Co-op Community Spaces Program to support community-based projects across Canada with increased funding of $2 million

Saskatoon, SK, 2017-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — In 2017, Canadians will celebrate the places and people that bring communities together — and Co-op is joining the party.

Donations totaling $2 million from the Co-op Community Spaces Program will support 27 community-based recreation, conservation and urban agriculture projects across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

“With increased funding in 2017, Co-op Community Spaces will reach more organizations and communities in a single year than ever before,” said Vic Huard, Executive Vice-President of Strategy with Federated Co-operatives Limited, which administers the program on behalf of the more than 190 independent retail co-operatives that form the Co-operative Retailing System in Western Canada.

“For generations, Co-op has invested in Western Canadian communities and we’re proud to continue that tradition through this innovative program, which is empowering local organizations, fostering community and enriching the places we call home.”

Local results

Since launching in 2015, Co-op Community Spaces has provided $4.5 million to more than 60 projects, including parks, community gardens and sports fields. Each is operated by a registered non-profit, charity or community service co-operative.

The 2017 Co-op Community Spaces projects include a waterfront park in Port Alberni, B.C, an outdoor athletic facility in Grande Prairie, Alta., a winter recreation hill in Saskatoon, Sask. and an educational farm in Brandon, Man.

Complete details about all of this year’s recipients are available at communityspaces.ca.

Source: CO-OP

SIRCA Funding To Develop New Way To Clean Up Soil at Former Gas Stations

Saskatoon, SK, 2017-May-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Funding announced this week will help SIRCA partners develop and test a new way to clean up the soil at former gas stations.

Biowaste from a cattle processing plant is being converted into a water-based, nutrient-rich material to be injected into the ground to aid in the digestion of petroleum hydrocarbons by soil-based organisms. The project is a collaboration between the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) and UFA, all members of the Sustainable In-Situ Remediation Co-operative Alliance (SIRCA).

“We’re developing new phosphorous-rich materials to help bacteria and fungi in the ground consume hydrocarbon pollutants,” U of S soil scientist Derek Peak. “These materials will enable us to treat contaminated soil right at the site rather than excavating the soil to process it. This could cut remediation costs in half.”

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) will provide $750,000 over three years through its College-University Idea to Innovation (CU-I2I) grant, which aims to develop and apply research and technology between colleges, universities and businesses. FCL and UFA are jointly providing an additional $75,000 cash and $337,500 in-kind contribution.

“Through SIRCA, we’re able to take innovative technologies from concept to reality, from the lab to real-world application,” said Vic Huard, Executive Vice-President of Strategy at Federated Co-operatives Limited. “Not only are we building sustainable solutions to lessen our impact on the environment and improve our communities, we are sharing this knowledge in the spirit of co-operation.”

The partners will make new compounds at NAIT, evaluate them at U of S laboratories and the Canadian Light Source synchrotron, and then pilot-test the soil additives at two sites in Stony Plain, Alta.

“Remedial approaches have real and measurable sustainability benefits over traditional excavation-based approaches,” said Kris Bradshaw, FCL’s Impacted Sites Manager. “This research will ultimately help us and others manage the vast array of impacted sites in Canada and around the world.”

The innovative project will also create a training partnership program between the U of S and NAIT: two U of S PhD students will serve as mentors to NAIT students and U of S students will have the opportunity to work with highly specialized tools at NAIT.

SIRCA was formed in 2014 to bring together researchers, co-operatives and industry to advance research activities and remediation technologies. Previous funding of $1 million from NSERC and $1 million from FCL established an industrial research chair at the U of S in 2015 in support of SIRCA research. More information on the SIRCA initiative is available at www.sirca.coop.

Contact:
PHONE: 306.244.3311
FAX: 306.244.3403
GENERAL INQUIRIES: inquiries@fcl.ca
GENERAL CAREER INQUIRIES: careers@fcl.ca

Source: Co-op

Co-op Community Spaces Program now open for applications

Saskatoon, SK, 2017-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Applications for funding from the Co-op Community Spaces Program are now being accepted. Registered non-profit organizations, registered charities or community service co-operatives are invited to apply online at communityspaces.ca between Feb. 1 and March 1, 2017.

Co-op Community Spaces supports projects in Western Canada dedicated to recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture with funding between $25,000 and $150,000, up from $100,000 in 2016. Co-op will increase total funding to $2 million in 2017, up from $1.5 million last year.

“The need to support community-led initiatives remains high in light of the economic slowdown in Western Canada,” said Vic Huard, Executive Vice-President of Strategy at Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL). “Co-op will continue to give back and invest in our communities. Co-op Community Spaces provides the opportunity to celebrate Western Canadian communities and the efforts of the people behind important local projects.”

The program was launched in 2015 to help protect, beautify and improve local spaces. Since then, it has provided $2.5 million to 37 projects, including as parks, greenhouses and sports fields. Administered by FCL on behalf of the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS), registered non-profit organizations, registered charities or community service co-operatives are invited to apply online between Feb. 1 and March 1, 2017.

Share & win

Co-op is looking to fund great community projects in Western Canada and you can help. Tell your friends and local community groups about Co-op Community Spaces by Feb. 15 for a chance to win a $500 CO-OP® Gift Card.

To learn more about Community Spaces, apply for funding or enter the contest, please visit communityspaces.ca.

Contact:
PHONE: 306.244.3311
FAX: 306.244.3403

Source: Co-op

Co-op Community Spaces in search to fund great community projects in Western Canada

Saskatoon, SK, 2017-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with up to $150,000 for your community project through Co-op Community Spaces.

Co-op Community Spaces supports projects in Western Canada dedicated to recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture with funding between $25,000 and $150,000, up from $100,000 in 2016. Co-op will increase total funding to $2 million in 2017, up from $1.5 million last year.

“The need to support community-led initiatives remains high in light of the economic slowdown in Western Canada,” said Vic Huard, Executive Vice-President of Strategy at Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL). “Co-op will continue to give back and invest in our communities. Co-op Community Spaces provides the opportunity to celebrate Western Canadian communities and the efforts of the people behind important local projects.”

The program was launched in 2015 to help protect, beautify and improve local spaces. Since then, it has provided $2.5 million to 37 projects, including as parks, greenhouses and sports fields. Administered by FCL on behalf of the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS), registered non-profit organizations, registered charities or community service co-operatives are invited to apply online between Feb. 1 and March 1, 2017.

Share & win

Co-op is looking to fund great community projects in Western Canada and you can help. Tell your friends and local community groups about Co-op Community Spaces by Feb. 15 for a chance to win a $500 CO-OP® Gift Card.

To learn more about Community Spaces, apply for funding or enter the contest, please visit communityspaces.ca.

Contact:
PHONE: 306.244.3311
FAX: 306.244.3403

Source: Co-op

Co-op-Roughrider Game Day Approved partnership donates $118,000 to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan

Co-op-Roughrider Game Day Approved partnership donates $118,000 to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan
Co-op-Roughrider Game Day Approved partnership donates $118,000 to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan

 

Saskatoon, SK, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Saskatchewan is clearly a champion when it comes to supporting healthy children and families in the province.

Thanks to Co-op members, customers and Roughrider fans across the country, the Co-op-Roughrider Game Day Approved partnership is making a $118,000 donation to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan for the 2016 season.

“The Game Day Approved partnership has been a lot of fun; it’s created conversations, engagement and expanded Roughrider collections,” said Vic Huard, Executive Vice-President of Strategy at Federated Co-operatives Limited. “The primary goal of the partnership, though, has always been to support children’s health. This has been a success thanks to our members, customers and, of course, the Saskatchewan Roughriders and their fans.”

This year’s total includes over $37,000 donated directly by customers at store checkouts, with the remainder being the result of proceeds from the Game Day Approved product line.

What started with Fantuz Flakes has grown exponentially to include a variety of green-themed food and merchandise – including this year’s Touchdown Teddy and Darian’s QB BBQ chips – that has netted positive yards for children’s health.

“We are extremely proud to have shared in the Co-op Game Day Approved partnership again this past season,” said Steve Mazurak, Vice-President, Sales and Partnerships, with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. “As an organization, we value giving back to numerous community programs, but being able to contribute to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan is a special opportunity.”

Co-op has donated over $2.3 million to the CHFS since 2010, which includes a $1.7 million commitment in 2013 and $450,000 from the sale of Game Day Approved products.

“It takes a great team to build a children’s hospital and the partnership between Co-op and the Saskatchewan Roughriders has been like winning the Grey Cup on home turf,” says Brynn Boback-Lane, President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan.

“We are tremendously grateful to Federated Co-operatives Limited, local Co-op retailers, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and, of course, to Rider Nation for supporting kids and families across the province through Game Day Approved products. This Saskatchewan spirit and generosity is allowing us to help care for kids in need, both now and in the future when the doors open on our new children’s hospital.”

This year, Game Day Approved partnerships – which include the Riders, Calgary Stampeders, Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers – raised a combined $207,000 for local children’s hospital foundations across Western Canada.

Source: Coop

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