What Is Co-op Week?
Did you know October 13 to 19 is Co-op Week in Canada? If you’re curious why we put aside a week to celebrate co-operatives in Canada, take a look at this brief history from the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA):
Co-op Week is the opportunity for Canadian co-operative and credit union members to celebrate the fact that they have collectively helped to build this country and to recognize their continuing contributions at home and abroad.
Co-op Week is always celebrated during the same week as International Credit Union Day, which is the third Thursday in October of each year.
Co-op Week has been celebrated by francophones throughout Canada since 1958. In 1981 celebrations were held among anglophone co-ops in the Maritimes and Saskatchewan. The event went national in 1982 with the encouragement of the Co-operative Union of Canada, a predecessor of the Canadian Co-operative Association.
Co-op Week appears to be a uniquely Canadian phenomenon. In the US, October is Co-op Month, and the International Co-operative Alliance and United Nations have an International Day of Co-operatives on the first Saturday in July.
International Credit Union Day, co-ordinated by the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), has been celebrated on the third Thursday of October since 1948.
Our friends at the British Columbia Co-operative Association (BCCA) are hosting a casual evening for co-ops and co-op fans to gather and connect on Wednesday, October 16 at 7pm at the Heartwood Community Cafe (formerly Rhizome Cafe).
All are welcome to attend, just RSVP ahead of the event. Hope to see some Modo members there!
Since Co-op Week is close to our hearts at Modo, we’re waiving our $20 registration fee for any new member signing up between Oct 13-19! So if you know someone who’s considering carsharing, make sure they know about our special offer.
Happy Co-op Week!