CCA and CCCM say Their Unity will Forward Canadian Co-op Movement

CCA and CCCM say Their Unity will Forward Canadian Co-op Movement

‘The more united we are among co-ops in this country, the stronger and more influential we will be’

What’s the best thing that can happen from the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité (CCCM) forming a new organization? If you ask Donna Balkan, it’s all about a unified organization being stronger than either individual organization on its own.

Looking to the future, Donna, CCA communications manager, says she thinks the new apex organization — tentatively called Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada — will create a “very strong, very dynamic and very cohesive Canadian co-operative movement.”

“The more united we are among co-ops in this country, the stronger and more influential we will be,” she says.

 
  The Canadian Co-operative Association and the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité delegates voted in favour of uniting as one, bilingual organization at the joint CCA/CCCM Congress in Edmonton on June 28.

“I envision a very strong and united movement where both the CCCM members and CCA members will have drawn from their history but left behind the things that divided them. I think that both CCA and CCCM have a lot of experience to contribute from their history (and) from their roots, but at the same time, once they become the new organization, they’re no longer CCA and CCCM, they are something new.”

CCA and CCCM delegates voted strongly in favour of forming the apex organization during their annual general meetings at the joint CCA/CCCM Congress in Edmonton on June 28. The apex organization will represent co-operatives, credit unions and mutuals currently represented by the CCA and CCCM.

After the new organization is launched in early 2014, the CCA will continue to exist. Its primary responsibility will be overseeing international co-operative development activities.

The decision to unify the CCA and CCCM is the result of many years of discussion between the English- and French-speaking organizations.

“People have been talking about this for a long time and it’s a very, very exciting development,” says Donna.

“These things are never simple and there will be bumps along the way — there always are — but in the end it is the best thing that could have happened to the co-operative movement in Canada.”

Like Donna, Denis Richard, CCCM’s newly-elected president, says he’s encouraged by the unity proposal between the two organizations.

Denis says he’s “proud” to see the English- and French-speaking co-operators forming a unified organization.

“From now on, all co-operators — anglophone, francophone and from other cultures — will work together to build on our collective heritage and create a stronger co-operative movement in Canada for the future,” he says.

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