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Co-ops Donate $50,940 to Canadian Red Cross BC Wildfire Fund
Victoria, BC (July 20, 2017) - The Canadian Red Cross will have $50,940 added to the BC Wildfire Appeal thanks to a generous donation from the Vancouver Island Co-ops. Federated Co-operative in Saskatoon instantly stepped up to match the funds.
“We are committed to supporting the communities where we do business and causes that matter to our member-owners. In light of the recent wildfires throughout the province, we are honored to support the ongoing efforts of the Canadian Red Cross,” said Dave Hoy, Chair of the Vancouver Island Co-op Management Group and CEO/General Manager of Peninsula Co-op.
“The unity between the Vancouver Island Co-ops, at a time of great need in our province, has been remarkable,” says Hoy. “Contributing locations include Peninsula Co-op, Mid-Island, Port Alberni, Comox, Tofino, Ucluelet, North Island, Hornby and Sointula. “Many of our member-owners, customers and staff have close friends and family affected by the fires, and we feel that this donation is simply the right thing to do.”
“Federated Co-op has a donation matching plan in place to work with local Co-ops and their fundraising efforts,” said Dave Dyck, Associate Vice President of the Calgary Region. “We will be matching the Vancouver Island Co-op’s donation, bringing the total value of this donation to $50,940. All funds will be allocated directly to the BC wildfire efforts. In addition, Federated Co-op recently donated $1 million over five years to the Canadian Red Cross in support of their Disaster Management Program across Western Canada.”
The Canadian Red Cross helps vulnerable communities in Canada and around the world affected by emergencies and disasters – situations ranging from individual house fires to floods that disrupt entire regions. Following a disaster in Canada, Red Cross workers provide vital assistance for people’s basic needs including shelter, family reunification assistance, finding support, first aid, information, clothing and food. They work in partnership with first responders, emergency managers and public officials to support their response activities.
Co-op Donates $66,000 to the Hub at Cowichan Station!
Co-op is pitching in to help expand an important community hub in Duncan.
The Cowichan Station Area Association has received a $66,000 donation through Co-op Community Spaces, a funding program supporting recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture projects. The donation will support the organization’s efforts to create new community rooms at The Hub at Cowichan Station, which it has operated since 2011 in the former Cowichan Station School. However, the upper floor in the historic facility has remained closed to the public. Renovations will create two spacious, sunny rooms on the second floor that will provide meeting spaces for numerous community and recreational events.
About Co-op's Community Spaces
Donations totalling $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."
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
Press Release (PDF)
The Project in pictures (PDF)
Peninsula Co-op recognized for “Excellence in Sustainability”
On February 27th, 2017 at the Federated Co-op Annual General Meeting, Peninsula Co-op was recognized for their “Excellence in Sustainability.”
There were five pillars of sustainability taken into account: fiscal responsibility, environmental sustainability, community investment, employee engagement and cooperative leadership.
Watch our submission video here:
Peninsula Co-op announces the opening of our 17th gas centre location on November 23rd, 2016.
We’re excited to embrace the community of Sidney with another location at 10350 McDonald Park Road, on the corner of McDonald Park Road and the Pat Bay Highway. This new and larger site marks the second location in Sidney and the 17th in our family of gas centres in Greater Victoria, Duncan and the Comox Valley.
The mariners and recreational boaters welcome the availability of marked fuel for their watercraft. While the residents in the area are keen to let us know what grocery products they’d like the convenience store to carry. The convenient location and accessibility on and off the highway offers easy access to travellers for gas, propane and the large convenience store. This location offers regular, premium, marked mid-grade, and diesel gas at 6 pump islands, as well as propane for both auto and bottle fills. In addition, clean up your car at the touchless car wash and vacuum services.
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“What will happen to the current Co-op location on Bevan Ave?”
At this point both locations will be open through the Fall and into early 2017. We do not own the Bevan Ave location, we lease it. The lease expires in June 2017 and the land is for sale. Our Peninsula Co-op roots are strong on the Saanich Peninsula and one of the primary reasons we purchased the new location at McDonald Park Rd, is to continue to serve our member-owners and customers for the long term.
Construction of the new Glenshire location in Langford marks our fourth location on the Westshore and 18th in our company.
This new location will be an anchor on the newly constructed Westhills Parkway connector which links Goldstream to Sooke Road. The roadway is currently under construction and once completed construction of our Peninsula Co-op location will commence with a forecasted opening of late 2017.
December 1, 2016
New Peninsula Co-op Locations Coming Soon!
Construction on the new McDonald Park Road in North Saanich (Sidney) is well underway and on schedule to open in mid-to-late November 2016. This location will offer: regular, premium, marked mid-grade, and diesel petroleum options at 4 pump islands, as well as propane for both auto and bottle fills. Our customers will appreciate the large 2600 sq ft convenience store as well as the touchless carwash and vacuum.
“What will happen to the current Co-op location on Bevan Ave?” At this point both locations will be open through the Fall and into early 2017. We do not own the Bevan Ave location, we lease it. The lease expires in June 2017 and the land is for sale. Our Peninsula Co-op roots are strong on the Saanich Peninsula and one of the primary reasons we purchased the new location at McDonald Pk Rd, is to continue to serve our member-owners and customers for the long term.
Construction of the new Glenshire location in Langford marks our fourth location on the Westshore. This new location will be an anchor on the newly constructed Westhills Parkway connector which links Goldstream to Sooke Road. The roadway is currently under construction and once completed construction of our Peninsula Co-op location will commence with a forecasted opening of late 2017.
This location will offer regular, premium, marked mid-grade, and diesel petroleum options at 6 pump islands, as well as propane for both auto and bottle fills. Like our new Sidney location, customers will appreciate the large 2600 sq ft convenience store, touchless car wash and vacuum.
July 21, 2016
Co-op donates $75,000 to Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary
A $75,225 donation from the Co-op Community Spaces program will help the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary build bridges to nature with a new boardwalk. Since launching in 2015, Co-op Community Spaces has supported 37 projects in Western Canada with approximately $2.5 million. The program is administered by Federated Co-operatives Limited on behalf of the more than 200 independent retail co-operatives that form the Co-operative Retailing System.
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Island Co-ops Vote for Merger
Co-op members in the Comox Valley and on the Saanich Peninsula have voted unanimously in favour of the two groups merging next spring.
Dave Hoy, Peninsula Co-op’s Chief Executive, said “Members attending special meetings this week all voted in favour of the measure that will see Comox join the larger co-op under the Peninsula Co-op banner as of April 1, 2016. The idea of Island Co-op’s merging has been talked about for years.”
Read more here
(PDF)December 3, 2015
Peninsula Co-op Supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria in a Big Way
Peninsula Co-op is pleased to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Program with a donation of $10,000. For 35 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters have been helping children in our community. Their mentoring programs give children a sense of belonging, self-worth, resiliency and capacity to make healthy, well-informed choices. Supporting them gives kids like Nathan opportunities they may not have otherwise had. Read Nathan's story here.
Read more here
(PDF)March 25, 2015
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