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Cowichan investigating chance at Caring Co-operatively
Cowichan could be a selected site for a B.C. Co-operative Association program developing elder care co-ops across Canada.
But first, seniors living in the valley have been asked to attend a meeting hosted by Cowichan Co-operative Connections and featuring a presentation by a coordinator of the Canada-wide initiative.
"In the hopes that Cowichan can be one of the selected sites for this project, Cowichan Co-operative Connections is hosting a meeting for all Cowichan seniors and support agencies to discuss what type of model would best address our needs in the valley," states CCC's Rick Juliusson. "The co-ordinator of this Canada-wide initiative will make a presentation prior to the community dialogue."
The B.C. Co-operative Association program, funded in part by the government of Canada through its Social Development Partnerships Program and the Vancouver Foundation, is aimed at supporting three different kinds of co-ops: housing co-ops, aging in place and foster care co-ops, and co-op residential care facilities.
The program, called Caring Co-operatively, will provide development funding of up to $20,000 for pilot co-op projects, designed and directed by seniors, senior organizations, and communities," states a press release.
"The project is designed to empower seniors to work together on the provision of services that they need, and that they design," said project coordinator and director of Co-op Development at the BC Co-op Association, Kevin Harding.
The BC Co-operative Association is a provincial association of co-operatives and represents more than 600 co-ops across B.C. With its members, it works to build a co-operative economy.
Cowichan Co-operative Connections is the regional co-op council in the Cowichan Valley, supporting and developing the co-operative movement locally.
Formed in 2012 to celebrate the International Year of the Co-operative, the local group regularly organizes film screenings, workshops, public lectures and other events to raise community awareness on the possibilities for applying co-ops locally.
Folks are urged to stop by the meeting at St. John’s Anglican Church, corner of First and Jubilee Streets in Duncan Friday, Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For more information on the community meeting, contact Rick Juliusson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://cowichan.coop/events/.