News about the 2017 ACE Institute in Denver, July 18-21

Thanks to those who have passion for cooperation and education

Four vibrant cooperators were celebrated at the ACE Institute Awards Banquet on July 19 at Regis University, Denver. Bill Stevenson, director of the Cooperative Development Center of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union received the William J. Nelson Award for outstanding contribution to ACE. Stevenson was a member of the 2017 ACE Institute planning committee, rallied local cooperative leaders around the Institute and ensured it included Denver’s community wealth building successes. Yessica Holguin collected the John Logue Award on behalf of the Community Wealth Building Network of Metro Denver.  Holguin is one of the first full-time employees of a community wealth building network, demonstrating the power of the Denver collaborative to mobilize resources.  The network helped change legislation, promote worker cooperatives and community-centred economic projects.  Nat Locke, an education graduate student of Hamline University of Minnesota, received the William Hlushko Award for being key to new education programs for young cooperators, co-founding cooperatives and chairing the USA Cooperative Youth Council’s Education Working Group. Luc Morin, executive director of Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario, is 2017’s Outstanding Contribution to Cooperative Education and Training award winner and a force behind many youth, women’s, rural and new immigrant co-op programs in French-speaking communities of Ontario.

Gracias a todos los que poseen pasión por la cooperación y la eduación

Este año celebramos los logros de cuatro cooperativistas en el Banquete de Premios del Instituto ACE.  El evento se llevó a cabo en la universidad de Regis en Denver.  Bill Stevenson, el director de  Cooperative Development Center of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union; recibió el premio William

J Nelson, por su estupenda colaboración con ACE.  Stevenson fue miembro del comité organizador de ACE 2017, reunió a líderes cooperativistas locales para el Instituto, y se aseguró de incluir el éxito de la creación de riquezas en la comunidad de Denver. Yessica Holguin aceptó el premio en nombre de Community Wealth Building Network of Metro Denver.  Holguin es una de las primeras empleadas a tiempo completo de una comunidad dedicada a la creación de riquezas; lo que demuestra el poder colaborativo de Denver en movilizar recursos.  Esta red ayudó a cambiar la legislación, promover las cooperativas de trabajadores y adelantó proyectos centrados en la economía comunitaria.  Nat Locke, un estudiante graduado de Universidad Hamline de Minnesota, recibió el premio William Hlushkopor, por  ser un recurso clave para la creación de nuevos programas educativos dirigidos a jóvenes cooperativistas;  co-fundando cooperativas  y presidiendo el USA Cooperative Youth Council’s Education Working Group.  Luc Morin, el director ejecutivo del Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario, fue el ganador del premio Outstanding

Bill Stevenson, Yessica Holguin, Nat Locke & Luc Morin. photo/foto: Bob Kjelland, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

Contribution to Cooperative Education and Training.  Él es la fuerza detrás de muchas cooperativas juveniles, nuevos programas cooperativos para inmigrantes; cooperativas de mujeres y cooperativas rurales localizadas en las comunidades de Ontario.

 

Merci à ceux et celles qui ont la passion pour la coopération et l’éducation

Quatre coopérateurs dynamiques ont été reconnus et célébrés lors du Congrès de ACE le 19 juillet dernier à l’Université Regis de Denver. M. Bill Stevenson, directeur du Centre de développement coopératif de Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, a reçu le prix William J. Nelson pour sa contribution exceptionnelle à ACE. M. Stevenson était membre du comité de planification du Congrès 2017de ACE. Il a su rassembler les leaders coopératifs locaux et régionaux lors du Congrès s’assurant de l’importance de consolider la richesse communautaire et coopérative de Denver. Mme Yessica Holguin a reçu le prix John Logue au nom du Community Wealth Building Network de Metro Denver. Mme Holguin est l’une des premières employées à temps plein de ce réseau communautaire. Elle démontre, par son implication, le pouvoir de coopérer et de mobiliser des ressources. Ce réseau a contribué à modifier la législation, à promouvoir les coopératives de travailleurs et les projets économiques axés sur la communauté.  Nat Locke, de l’Université Hamline du Minnesota, a reçu le prix William Hlushko pour son travail jugé essentiel aux nouveaux programmes d’éducation pour les jeunes coopérants. Nat Locke a aussi cofondé des coopératives et a présidé le groupe de travail sur l’éducation au sein du Conseil de la jeunesse coopérative des États-Unis. M. Luc Morin, directeur exécutif du Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario, a reçu, pour l’année 2017, le prix intitulé «Contribution exceptionnelle pour l’éducation et de la formation coopératives». M. Morin est le moteur derrière de nombreux programmes éducatifs concernant les jeunes, les femmes ainsi que les nouveaux immigrants en zone rurale de la communauté francophone de l’Ontario.

CHS Foundation President Nanci Lilja presented Nat Locke, Minnesota-based graduate student and co-op curriculum author, with the William Hlushko ACE Award recognizing emerging cooperative educators. photo: Bob Kjelland, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union.

Director of RMFU co-op development center Bill Stevenson wins the 2017 William J. Nelson ACE Award

Denver, Aug. 2, 2017 — A leader in Denver’s Community Wealth Building Network received the 2017 William J. Nelson Award recognizing those who add significant value to the Association of Cooperative Educators. Bill Stevenson, director of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Cooperative Development Center, was recently honored at the annual ACE awards banquet at Regis University, Denver. ACE is comprised of educators, researchers and leaders of cooperatives across North America and the Caribbean. They meet in a different city each year. (more)

Education student recognized by international co-op educators’ association

Denver, Aug. 2, 2017 — A developer of the new Cooperative Empowerment Course is this year’s recipient of the William Hlushko Award to Young Co-operative Educators from the Association of Cooperative Educators. Nat Locke, who was recently honored at the ACE Institute held at Regis University in Denver, (more)

Ontario Francophone cooperative leader recognized internationally as a top educator

Denver, Aug. 2, 2017 — The executive director of the Francophone cooperative association for Ontario, Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario, is 2017’s recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Cooperative Education and Training Award from the international Association of Cooperative Educators. He was recognized at the recent annual ACE Institute held at Regis University, Denver. Luc Morin, based in Ottawa, has created opportunities within French-speaking communities of Ontario. (more)

Yessica Holguin, Fellow, Community Wealth Building Network of Metro Denver, collected the John Logue ACE Award for the Network from author Steve Dubb, Senior Fellow of The Democracy Collaborative. Holguin said the award recognizes an “amazing network,” and is inspiration to continue its significant accomplishments. photo/foto: Bob Kjelland, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

Denver development network gains international notice of cooperative educators

Denver, Aug. 2, 2017 — The Community Wealth Building Network of Metro Denver recently received the 2017 John Logue ACE Award from the Association of Cooperative Educators at Regis University in Denver. The award honors the late Kent State University professor, often known as “Brother Logue,” who founded the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, which has helped more than 15,000 Ohioans become employee-owners. (more)

Association of Cooperative Educators meets for its first Colorado Institute in many years

Denver, July 2017 — The Association of Cooperative Educators is looking forward to returning to Colorado for its annual ACE Institute after 21 years.

Educators, researchers, communicators, students and developers of cooperatives and credit unions, primarily from United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, will arrive at Denver’s Regis University on July 17 and 18. The theme is Passing Along Passion for Democratic Principles, focusing on new ways to cooperate, platform (Internet) cooperatives, next generations, and community wealth building. Special attention will be paid to safekeeping democratic processes in organizations.

A highlight of the week is visiting projects that develop self sustainability in neighborhoods, such as the Westwood Food Cooperative that supplies fresh produce, and is a hub for urban agriculture.

This year, the Institute has also seen a greater coordination of community investors to bring emerging cooperators to the conference.

For more than 60 years ACE has helped bridge geographic, cultural and language divides to share education about cooperation. Helping support the conference are CoBank as presenting sponsor, the CHS Foundation, The Denver Foundation, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, La Coop fédérée of Quebec, the Ralph K. Morris Foundation, GROWMARK, Inc., Vancity credit union of Canada, The Cooperative Foundation, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and many more. Additional information is at www.ace.coop.

Contact: Catharine Chamberlain, ACE Institute Administrator, 647-669-5862 chamberlain@ace.coop

News about 2016 CASC-ACE Conference in Calgary

Community renewable energy is positive say researchers to give free talk at Calgary church on June 1

May 25, 2016 — About a hundred scholars, economic developers, community and faith leaders, and interested citizens will be meeting at Calgary’s St. David’s United Church to learn more about best practices and benefits of community renewable energy on June 1 at 6 p.m. The reception is part of a larger conference at nearby University of Calgary focused on co-operative development and education. Researchers J.J. McMurtry and M. Derya Tarhan will reveal findings about the effects of community renewable energy projects…(More)

Manager of co-operative services for Alberta association gains notice of international educators

May 24, 2016 — A young Calgarian who opens doors for many exploring economic betterment through co-operation is this year’s William Hlushko Award to Young Co-operative Educators from the international Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE). Seth Leon is the Calgary-based manager of Co-operative Services for the Alberta Community and Co-operative Association. He was involved in developing the Unleashing Local Capital Program…(More)

New William J. Nelson ACE Award recognizes Calgary woman who masters co-operation

May 24, 2016 —An energetic leader within the Canadian and American co-operative movement will be the first recipient of the William J. Nelson Contribution to ACE Award recognizing those who add significant value to the Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE). Hazel Corcoran of Calgary, the executive director of the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation…(More)

Brett Fairbairn of the University of Saskatchewan says William Nelson, recently retired president of the CHS Foundation, is the Higgs boson of education about co-operative organizations. Fairbairn commends Nelson for his uncanny ability to connect people who share goals and “make sure our work has weight and heft.” Nelson received two prestigious recognitions, one each from CASC and ACE at the June 2016 CASC-ACE Conference in Calgary.

Brett Fairbairn of the University of Saskatchewan says William Nelson, recently retired president of the CHS Foundation, is the Higgs boson of education about co-operative organizations. Fairbairn commends Nelson for his uncanny ability to connect people who share goals and “make sure our work has weight and heft.” Nelson received two prestigious recognitions, one each from CASC and ACE at the June 2016 CASC-ACE Conference in Calgary.

Those responsible for education in co-ops head to Calgary, May 31-June 3

April, 2016—“Use democratic power to energize your community,” is this year’s message from educators, developers and researchers who focus on co-operation. The Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) and the Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE) meet once again to share best practices and learning from around the world. They will convene at the Congress for Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Calgary, May 31-June 3.

“Educators dedicated to co-operatives have important information to share, and the Calgary Congress is the perfect place to do that,” says Sarah Pike, executive director of ACE. “Calgary is a city in transition,” adds Fiona Duguid, CASC President. “Its co-op activity and thinking are so inspirational.”

Celebrating in the community

Kicking off the whole event is a special opening reception featuring the Mark Goldblatt Inaugural Lecture to commemorate a great Canadian housing co-op advocate.

Another community event — “People, Power, Planet (PPP): Best Practices and Knowledge Mobilization in Community Energy Development” — will explore renewable energy collectives, and talk about the growth of alternate energy in Alberta. Leading the reception are researchers J.J. McMurtry and Mümtaz Derya Tarhan. They will be joined by representatives of Alberta Solar Co-op who will tell of their journey to create their co-op and the challenges they faced.

First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities

A highlight will be the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Co-op Development and Education Series. Co-operators from across Canada will offer their firsthand experiences of making co-operatives work for Indigenous communities. The session will be moderated by Merle Massie and Darcy Overland of the Co-operative Innovation Project at the University of Saskatchewan. Panelists include Mary Nirlungayuk of Arctic Co-operatives Limited, Kevin McLeod of Saskatchewan First Nations Technical Services Co-operative, Ltd. and Art Cunningham and Juanita Marois of Alberta Aboriginal Development Co-operative.

Experiencing co-op frontlines

Once again this year, tours or “Mobile Learning Sessions” will allow participants to take lessons from co-operators in the community at UFA Co-operative Limited in Airdrie, Calgary Co-op, Filipino Canadian’s Family Multi Purpose Co-op, Sarcee Meadows Housing Co-operative Ltd, Connect First Credit Union, Prairiesky Cohousing co-op, the Grain Exchange Worker-Owned Co-operative, Calgary Aging in Place Co-operative, Cooperative Théâtre à Pic and NewScoop YYC, a news co-operative.

Mirroring communities

Senior managers of larger co-operatives operating in Alberta will discuss how their organizations continue to grow to reflect changing communities. Panelists are UFA President and CEO Carol Kitchen, Calgary Co-op Vice President Jeff Ambrose, Karen Flamand, Co-operators General Insurance Company senior region claims manager, and Servus Credit Union’s Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Vern Albush.

Co-ops’ power in solving public issues

From both sides of the border, government officials will offer solutions to create more co-op friendly public policies. Moderating the session will be noted Albertan co-operator Lynn Hannley, managing director of The Communitas Group Ltd. One panelist is Rebecca Kemble, a worker co-operator and Alder of Madison, Wisconsin.

Go to 2016 Proceedings for more information on the 2016 CASC and ACE Conference, including the conference’s more than 40 workshops and presentations, annual awards banquet and keynote presentation by William Nelson, recent president of the CHS Foundation and past ACE president, entitled “Transitions in Cooperative Education: An Incomplete Agenda for the Future.”

For More Information, contact: Catharine Chamberlain, communication director, ACE, 647-669-5862, aceeducators@me.com

Cutline:  The Grain Exchange, Alberta's first fully worker-owned co-operative bakery and pizzeria, will be part of Mobile Learning Sessions and presentations in Calgary. The start-up is inspired by the world-famous Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives in California.

The Grain Exchange, Alberta’s first fully worker-owned co-operative bakery and pizzeria, will be part of Mobile Learning Sessions and presentations in Calgary. The start-up is inspired by the world-famous Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives in California.

Co-op champions always find more to learn.

Five reasons to attend the Calgary co-operative education conference whether you are Co-op Curious or a Champ

May, 2016— Of the close to 8,000 people visiting the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences this year at the the University of Calgary in late May and early June, a mighty group will be learners attending sessions put on by the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC), Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE), and the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER).

Why should you care?

When asked why the Co-op Curious should attend the conference, noted co-op developers had these insights.

1. Networking — The top reason is not surprising given there are thousands of thoughtful people congregating at the same locale.  Even among those who are only attending sessions of social economy and co-operative themes, there are a world of ideas and generations of learning. Participants will gain a number of new colleagues to lean upon.

2.  Learning What’s Possible — Heard of the Cleveland Model? The Co-op Curious should “learn the comprehensive strategies that formed the backbone of the Cleveland Model,” says renowned North Dakotan co-op developer Bill Patrie.  Steve Dubb of the Democracy Collaborative will talk about this change-making strategy in, “Community Wealth Building and Cooperatives: Adapting the Cleveland Model to Other Cities.” Co-operators have other models for betterment. Calgarian Hazel Corcoran will speak about using the Arizmendi replication strategy (similar to a co-op franchise) outside of its home base of the San Francisco Bay area.

3.  Visiting Other Frontrunners — Participants have a chance to see the co-op scene in Calgary and nearby Airdrie, firsthand. A tradition that dates back to the fifties for co-op educators, Mobile Learning Sessions (tours) will visit six co-ops and credit unions to learn about ten new or established ventures. “Get the inside scoop on what happens on the ground, and see co-ops in action,” says Seth Leon of the Alberta Community and Co-operative Association. It is a great way to, “understand how they meet member and community needs in different ways,” he adds.

4.  Whose Voice Counts? This is the catchy title of Amy and Tim Dauphinee Scholarship Recipient Jayne Bergeron’s presentation. She looks at inequality, even in the face of co-op principles built on democracy and equality. Leon recommends this session, but it isn’t the only presentation that deals with barriers to those who wish to create their own futures. Presenters at the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Co-op Development and Education Plenary Panel will explore why co-ops have or haven’t been chosen in indigenous communities, and how to create greater respect for indigenous cultures. The conference also has a Youth Cohort to amplify the voices of the next generation.

5. Fun — Nothing gives co-operators more joy than talking with others who have great ideas for betterment.  With receptions or banquets every evening, and an atmosphere of celebration and optimism, the CASC-ACE Conference will recharge anyone’s motivation to make a difference. 

Five reasons to attend the CASC-ACE Conference if you’re already a champ (i.e., know a lot)

1. Networking and Fun – like the Co-op Curious, getting to know people with similar goals remains a highlight for Co-op Champs. Participants will learn trends and of new needs and approaches. If participants are well versed in their fields, they will find opportunities to assist others. Chances to connect go beyond formal sessions, and include the Opening Reception with the Mark Goldblatt Inaugural Lecture on May 31, and the People, Power, Planet Reception exploring renewable energy on June 1. The evening of June 2 includes a celebration of those who have made significant contributions to education about co-operation. (Awardees are yet to be announced).

2. Diversity – U.S. Cooperative Hall of Fame inductee and Conference Keynote Speaker William Nelson says the conference program —from its content to delivery to its people— shows: “the range and depth of the experience, strategies for shaping change, and social and economic diversity.” Participants can also glean ways to mirror changing communities from colleagues at an afternoon Engage and Inclusiveness Panel on June 1.

3. Truth and Reconciliation — Throughout the Congress for Humanities and Social Sciences, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is top of mind. Participants should be, “prepared to understand the Truth that precedes reconciliation not only in Canada, but throughout the world where indigenous people were enslaved, waged genocide against, and had their lands stolen,” says Patrie, a veteran of co-op development. Reconciliation is addressed head on, as in Isobel Findlay’s, “Co-operative Education After the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” and as subtext to the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Co-op Development and Education Plenary Panel, among other presentations.

4. Equality — “To borrow from Justin Trudeau’s famous quote on gender parity, ‘because it’s 2015,’” quips Leon, “Co-operatives have a history of being leaders in this area, but that does not mean there still isn’t a lot of work to be done,” he adds. “Learning the connection between co-operatives and gender inclusion is important to anyone interested in starting a co-op,” (editor’s note: or keeping it strong). There are a number of CASC-ACE Conference sessions that identify areas of inequality, and how co-ops have found solutions— for instance, a workshop entitled Energizing Communities facilitated by Joy Emmanuel and Linda Hill.

5. There is Still Work to Do — Mary Nirlungayuk, senior executive of Arctic Co-operatives Limited, encourages participants to view the conference as a beginning to action. Nirlungayuk will be a panelist of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Co-op Development and Education Plenary Panel. She hopes that participants will commit to creating change after the conference. “Yes—it has to come from the community,” she says; “now we have to (provide communities with) support—take (our) knowledge and apply it—that’s the next step.”

Go to 2016 Proceedings for more information on the 2016 CASC and ACE Conference, including the conference’s more than 40 workshops and presentations, annual awards banquet and keynote presentation by William Nelson, recent president of the CHS Foundation and past ACE president, entitled “Transitions in Cooperative Education: An Incomplete Agenda for the Future.”

For More Information, contact: Catharine Chamberlain, communication director, ACE, 647-669-5862, aceeducators@me.com