WELLINGTON – Sept. 23, 2017- Evangeline area co-operatives, which are forever remaining solid and ready to meet any challenge, feel it is still extremely important to keep celebrating and sharing their successes. And that’s exactly what’s they’re going to do in October as they participate in Co-op and Small Business Week.
Four purely Co-op events are being planned to celebrate the week in this region that is still recognized as the Co-op Capital of the World on a per-capita basis.
The largest of these four events, the Co-operators’ Supper or « Co-op Forum », was a huge success in 2016 so organizers decided to repeat it this year. Sponsored by the Evangeline-Central Credit Union, this Oct. 19 gathering will give the opportunity to representatives of each of the area’s co-ops to have supper together and to share their recent successes and future plans.
During this informal event, held at Evangeline School cafeteria, the Co-ops will present the Co-op Order of Merit to a deserving co-operator. Participation at this event is by invitation only.
All co-operators and the public in general are however invited to all three of the other events.
Wednesday, Oct. 18, the Chez-Nous Co-op will hold an afternoon open house at its community care facility for elderly citizens in Wellington, starting at 1:30 p.m. There will be music, snacks and door prizes. Everyone is invited to come and visit the residents, many of whom were founders of the region’s many co-ops.
Thursday, Oct. 19, the Evangeline Central-Credit Union will celebrate Credit Union Day at its three branches in Wellington, Tyne Valley and O’Leary. Draws, prizes and snacks will be featured. Everyone is invited to drop in to drop off non-perishable goods for the food drive being held for the Summerside and Tyne Valley food banks.
Finally, on Friday, Oct. 20, Wellington Co-op will host Co-op Day. Throughout the day, each person who makes a purchase will win a prize (some will be big, some will be small).
CUTLINE: Noella Richard, left, and Jeannette Blacquière from La Palette Artists’ Co-op were among the participants at the 2016 Co-p Forum.
For more information:
Raymond J. Arsenault
Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI
902-854-3439, Ext. 231