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Community Spaces Funding Program Starts Feb 1st
Co-op is helping communities create places where we can come together. Since 2015, the Co-op Community Spaces program has donated $6.5 million to 88 projects across Western Canada including a few right here in our own backyard. In 2016, $75,000 was given to Swan Lake Sanctuary to build a new boardwalk. In 2017, $66,000 was donated to the Hub at Cowichan Station making new gathering spaces available to those in the community. And just last year, $56,000 was donated to bringing an Urban Learning Garden to the Greater Victoria Public Library.
Projects are eligible for funding between $25,000 and $150,000 and associated with one of three categories: recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture.
The application period is open from February 1 to March 1 and more information is available at communityspaces.ca.
Commentator Winter 2018 Edition
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Peninsula Co-op’s Fuel Good Day to support Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island
Victoria (September 14, 2018) — Peninsula Co-op wants its members and customers to fill up and Fuel Good about it on Tuesday, September 18th.
As part of Fuel Good Day on Sept. 18, five cents from every litre of fuel sold at any of Peninsula Co-op’s 18 Gas Centre’s will be donated to Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. This includes all grades of gasoline and diesel fuel.
"The entire Peninsula Co-op team is excited about Tuesday’s Fuel Good Day. Last year, we raised almost $18,000 for kids in need. We hope the community will come together to help us beat that number this year," said Lindsay Gaudette, Marketing and Community Relations Manager, Peninsula Co-op.
"Peninsula Co-op’s mission to build strong communities is a perfect alignment with ours as a Foundation. We are so grateful not only for their generous donation from Fuel Good Day, but for providing local support in the community, and giving back to families all across our Island," said Veronica Carroll, CEO at Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.
Keep an eye out for Foundation staff and volunteers helping thank everyone for filling up on Fuel Good Day. To pay it forward, one lucky customer will win 2 airline tickets to anywhere in the world WestJet flies.
When: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Where: Saanichton, Brentwood Bay, Sidney, North Saanich, Victoria, Langford, Colwood, Mill Bay, Duncan, Comox, Campbell River
Co-op donates $56,000 to Urban Learning Garden
The Co-op Community Spaces Program is providing $56,000 to help build the Food Eco District (FED) Urban Learning Garden at the Greater Victoria Public Library. The garden provides a beautiful space and outdoor classroom where the public can learn how to save seeds, identify local plant species, discover First Nations plant uses and how to grow food in urban spaces.
"This project has been in the making for many years and the funds from Co-op make it a reality. We’re so excited to revitalize this space and we’re so thankful to Co-op for helping to make it happen,” said Heidi Grantner, Director of Food Eco District.
Co-op Community Spaces is investing in community projects across Western Canada, from Vancouver Island through to Manitoba. The program helps create, protect and improve projects dedicated to environmental conservation, recreation and urban agriculture.
This year, 24 organizations will receive a total $2 million for their community projects. Since 2015, Co-op Community Spaces has donated $6.5 million to 88 projects.
"This learning garden will foster educational enrichment and environmental sustainability. By supporting projects like this, we’re helping to build and support a vibrant and healthy community where people can come together,” said Lindsay Gaudette, Marketing and Community Relations Manager, Peninsula Co-op.
To learn more about the Community Spaces program, visit communityspaces.ca.
Dear Valued Co-op Member
We are writing this today to talk about your co-operative’s commitment to values and community, and to thank you for being a member and supporter of Peninsula Consumer Services Co-operative. It’s because of members and loyal customers like you that your co- operative has thrived for the past 41 years, and why we will continue to grow and invest in our community for many years to come.
While our long-term commitment to you and our community is unwavering, we don’t think anyone will disagree that we are living through a period of unprecedented change and challenge. This is certainly true for Peninsula Consumer Services Co-operative as we work hard to understand better how to serve our members and customers in an increasingly competitive world.
These challenges are not made any easier when large corporate competitors do things that seriously erode everyone’s trust in businesses and how they conduct themselves. For example, Canada’s Competition Bureau has named a number of large companies headquartered in Central and Eastern Canada in an investigation into anti-competitive practices to fix the price of bread over the past 14 years. This news was disappointing to us; your co-operative is not under investigation, but we understand how allegations like this tend to paint all businesses with the same broad brush. That said, we can assure you that we have not participated in any such behavior.
We can make this statement confidently because of your co-operative’s unflinching commitment to our core values. We know you understand that Peninsula Consumer Services Co-operative has been committed to investing in our community since June 4, 1975, and that throughout our history we have shared our profits with you – our loyal members – by paying you cash back and equity through your annual patronage allocation. Over the past four years alone Peninsula Consumer Services Co-operative has paid back
$15,603,067 to our members.
We’re a different kind of business. We all share in the success of our co-operative. Profits are shared with you, our members and customers, not with a select group of investors or individuals. And because we’re rooted so firmly in the soil of our local communities your co- operative continues to invest locally in new facilities, good jobs and in support of local causes that matter to you.
Thank you again for your loyalty and for your business, today and into the future.
Peninsula Co-op’s Fuel Good Day to support Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island
Peninsula Co-op wants its members and customers to fill up and Fuel Good
about it at their Gas Centre’s on Tuesday, September 19th.
Five cents from every litre of fuel sold on September 19th at any of Peninsula Co-op’s 16 Gas Centre’s located in
Victoria, Mill Bay/Cowichan, Duncan or Comox, will be donated to the Children’s Health Foundation of
Vancouver Island. This includes all grades of gasoline and diesel fuel.
“We are extremely excited about next Tuesday’s Fuel Good Day. Anyone who fills up their vehicle will be
contributing towards an amazing cause to help kids in our communities,” said Penny Sopel, marketing and
community relations manager, Peninsula Co-op.
“The amount raised on Fuel Good Day will make sure even more Island kids reach their full potential through
facilities, programs and equipment that the Foundation supports in our communities, including Jeneece Place,
the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health, as well as dozens of innovative and urgently needed health
projects. We can’t thank Peninsula Co-op enough for this generous donation as the beneficiary of their Fuel
Good Day,” said Veronica Carroll, CEO of the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.
Keep an eye out for Foundation staff and volunteers thanking everyone for filling up on Fuel Good Day at
Peninsula Co-op Gas Centres.
When: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Where: Saanichton, Brentwood Bay, Sidney, North Saanich, Victoria, Langford, Colwood, Mill Bay, North
Duncan, South Duncan, Duncan and Comox
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.
Stop by and say hi!
“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.
Read more here (PDF)June, 2016
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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