Young co-operators show tons of talent during Co-op Tent Party contest

WELLINGTON, PEI – Sept. 5, 2012 – The focus of the 9th Annual Co-op Members’ Appreciation Tent Party, held Aug. 25 in the Wellington Co-op parking lot, was definitely on today’s youth and their talents since they represent the future of the co-operative movement.

A highlight of this year’s party was the “Co-op’s Got Talent” contest, which featured 10 young acts competing for three top prizes. Ten-year-old Alecia Arsenault of Summerside grabbed first prize, $100, with her stunning rendition of Adele’s Rolling In The Deep. That performance also earned her a non-competitive guest spot at the Acazing Talent Contest, held Aug. 30 during the Evangeline Area Agricultural Exhibition and Acadian Festival.

The young dance troupe, Les Pieds Rythmés from Summerside, made up of Bryanna Sharkey, Loren Enman and Renée Gardiner, shared the $50 second prize. Fourteen-year-old pianist-singer Rachel Brown from Bayside earned the $25 third prize.

The tent party was organized and hosted by co-operative partners Évangéline-Central Credit Union, Wellington Coop, The Co-operators and Le Conseil de développement coopératif de l’Î.-P.É., along with RDÉE Prince Edward Island.

This fun day, whose official theme was the International Year of Co-ops, once again featured lots of activities for the whole family. Those in attendance enjoyed free barbecued hotdogs, refreshments and cupcakes.

Free activities included an inflatable bouncer, noise makers and tattoos for the kids, as well as musical entertainment by Adrienne Gallant, Zakary Cormier and Alex Arsenault, Albert Arsenault and Julie Savoie and the trio Ten Strings and a Goat Skin.

Participants from the Young Millionaires program were also in attendance to promote and sell their products and services.


CUTLINE: Ten-year-old Alicia Arsenault proudly accepts her $100 first-place prize from the recent Co-op’s Got Talent Contest. Also seen, during the Co-op Members’ Appreciation Tent Party, from left, are Sandra Jeffery, activities coordinator for the International Year of Co-ops; Angèle Arsenault, president of Le Conseil de développement coopératif; Diane McInnis, marketing officer with Évangéline-Central Credit Union; and Mike Bradley representing The Co-operators (Mike Bradley Insurance Services Ltd.)

For more information:

Diane McInnis
Marketing officer
Évangéline-Central Credit Union
(902) 854-2595

Velma Robichaud
Co-op development officer
Le Conseil de développement coopératif
(902) 854-3658