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Co-operatives continuing to contribute to communities

For over a hundred years, co-operatives have been part of the fabric of Saskatchewan communities.

In Senlac, Saskatchewan, the first grain elevator was built in 1911 – a Saskatchewan Co-operative Elevator Company venture. The farmer-owned SCEC was founded in 1911 and 40 elevators were built in the first year. The elevator at Rockhaven, with many Swarthmore area farmers among its members, was one of another 93 SCEC elevators built the following year.

In Unity, SK, the Producers’ Creamery was established in 1914. Although it was eventually sold to private interests, it started as a farmer owned co-operative.

Snow plow clubs in rural areas operated on a co-operative basis for many years, before rural municipalities took over the job of keeping country roads passable in winter.

co-op red sheildEarlier this year, the Luseland location of Delta Co-op held 100th year anniversary celebrations. Originally the Grass Lake Grain Growers Association Limited, the local co-operative was formed in 1915. In later years, the organization was renamed the Luseland Co-operative Association Ltd, and today is part of Delta Co-op. Delta Co-op itself celebrated its 85th anniversary in 2014.

The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan gives some early history. “Farmers … began to use co-operatives to supply themselves with goods and to help them take control of handling and marketing their produce.” The first co-operative named by the encyclopedia is the Grain Growers’ Grain Company, formed in 1906. The second was the elevator co-op.

The encyclopedia goes on to say, “the hardships of the 1930s strengthened the co-op movement, and co-operative methods were used to meet a wide variety of needs, including marketing, banking, insurance, the refining of oil, and provision of farm implements.”

“Banking by co-operative methods,” of course, are credit unions. Established in 1940, the Macklin Credit Union will celebrate its 75th anniversary later this fall. Unity Credit Union will follow suit with its own 75th anniversary celebrations in 2016. What is now Credit Union Central, in 1941 was the Saskatchewan Co-operative Credit Society – English Canada’s first credit union system.

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The longevity and continuing success of local co-ops and credit unions are a testament to the power of business by co-operation. In Saskatchewan, approximately 490,000 people – almost half the population – are members of 51 different credit unions. In Saskatchewan, 1,280 co-operatives continue to operate, employing some 15,000 people.

Those involved on boards and in management will say the success comes from the enterprises being owned and controlled locally by members, not by lone CEOs or far-off shareholders. Members are accountable to each other for decisions made, and those decisions are made democratically with everyone having a voice. Profits are returned to members via equity cheques and cash-back dividends.

Because members, directors and staff live and work in the communities served by their co-ops and credit unions, monetary and volunteer hour donations are made to other community organizations and events.

Since 1982, C-op Week has been proclaimed across Canada every October. Members of co-operatives and credit unions will celebrate Co-op Week Oct. 11 to 17 this year.

International Credit Union Day has been celebrated even longer, first being recognized in 1948. This year, Credit Union Day is Oct. 15.

“Co-op Week is a time to reflect on the contributions the co-operative sector has made to the lives of Canadians and celebrate the impact that co-operatives have in our communities,” says the Saskatchewan Co-operatives Association’s website. The Canadian site says it this way: “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. Co-op Week is recognition of their continuing contributions at home and abroad.”

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Stop in at your local co-op or credit union next week to congratulate them and see what special activities they have going on as part of their Co-op Week celebrations.

Next week’s paper

News of some hockey championships is starting to trickle in while other teams will still be on the ice this weekend. Find out who and what in the March 30th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald. The last issue of March, 2015 will also feature:

  • a heartwarming story about a former resident making a name for himself simply by performing acts of kindness;
  • the Luseland location of Delta Co-op will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year – find out how and when it began;
  • a report on Unity Credit Union’s AGM and a summary of the year past and the year ahead; and
  • met the Town’s new, and first, Director of Finance.

Along with the RCMP report, a new Faith Matters column, a report of who won what for which project at the Regional Science Fair and more, there is plenty of reading and viewing ahead for you in next week’s paper.


Next week’s paper

Be sure to check out the Evolution 2014 pages in next week’s paper and learn more about some of the people and businesses serving Unity and area. Along with Evolution, in next week’s paper, you will find:

  • who won what where in Delta Co-op’s and local credit unions’ Members Matter Most promotion;
  • an introduction to our new staff member at the Press-Herald;
  • the game report on the Midget AA Lazers’ first win of the season; and
  • more lucky winners – Trip of the Month and the Hospital Auxiliary’s 50/50.

Pastor Bruce Moir’s take on the sometimes scary times we are living in, thank you cards,  and upcoming events, among other items, round out the October 27th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald.

As part of Co-operatives Week in October, Credit Union Day was celebrated October 16. Staff at the Unity Credit Union brought all kinds of home baked goodies to treat any and all members who came to the branch that day.
Unity Credit Union, Unity, Saskatchewan

The May 19th Press-Herald

As always, the next issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald will keep you informed about what has been going on AND what will be going on in your local Saskatchewan communities! Check out the May 19th issues for:

  • local recognition of National Police Week;
  • an opportunity to help those with Crohns and colitis;
  • details on Delta Co-op’s latest expansion plans; and
  • a look forward to the Cardinals’ 2014 NSRBL season.

Then there’s the police report, a review of St. Peter’s School dessert theatre evening, the top 10, an editorial about using children’s pictures online and of course ads – ads for events, ads for specials, ads for important information such as changes to zoning bylaws.

And yes, we think perhaps spring has truly sprung, at last! Found these pussy willows last Friday, May 2, while out enjoying a sunny day.

Signs of spring


Delta Co-op – happy to be part of the community

Delta Co-operative Ltd.

Come on in! Welcome to our story, which is your story too. We live where you live, work where you work and we are helping grow the local economy. We are your neighbours and we invest in the communities we serve.

We say “we” but really … it’s you. Delta Co-op is really yours, because you own it. If you’re a member, you’re an owner. If you’re not a member, we invite you to become one. Delta Co-op membership offers you a lifetime of rewards, including high quality products and services at competitive prices. Our profits are your profits, returned by way of dividends paid out at year-end.

Understand when we say “we”, we’re actually saying you AND us – working, shopping, profiting, decision-making, helping out our communities – together.

Delta Co-op works together to provide goods and services to the community in the most up-to-date manner. We can be found online at our website, http://deltacoop.ca/, on Facebook and even on your phone! Look for “co-op CRS” at your app store and download it, free, for weekly coupons, flyers, locations, hours and much more.

Delta Co-op is proud to support the communities we serve, and neighbouring communities, with sponsorships, donations, advertising and by hosting fundraising barbecues.

We’ve been part of the local community for over 80 years. Delta Co-op is a multi-branch, multi-department retail co-operative.

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With branches in Unity, Luseland, Senlac, Wilkie and Macklin, Delta has deli, bakery, produce, meat and grocery departments, building supply and hardware stores, an agro-centre with seed and feed supplies, cardlocks, a C-store and gas bars. See our special page at wilkiestories.com for details on what services we provide in each of our home communities: http://unitystories.com/delta-co-op/. Phone numbers for all locations are at http://unitystories.com/delta-co-op/locations/.

This corner of the province is our home. We promise to stay local, committed to community and to a business model that shares profits with all members. It’s only $10 to become a shareholder in Delta Co-op, making you a part owner in each and every one of our locations.

Remember, at Delta Co-op, co-op red sheild

Fundraising barbecue

BBQ fundraiser

Why are Delta Co-op petrol manager Murray Hamm and Unity grocery store manager Marvin Phillips cooking up burgers and hot dogs?

A fundraising barbecue was all part of fundraising efforts organized by Delta Co-op staff to help out fellow staff member, John Hildebrand and family, with expenses.

John and Arleen’s son,Caleb, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, meaning the left side of his heart was severely underdeveloped. Caleb, who turns one-years-old in about three weeks – August 14 – has already had four surgeries in his short life, most of which has been spent in hospital in Edmonton.

Baby Caleb with Mom and Dad

John is the agronomist at the co-op’s Unity agro location and travels to Edmonton everty weekend.

As well as the fundraising barbecue, staff organized a 50/50 draw amongst themselves and sold raffle tickets. Donations were also received from community members who came out in force to support the barbecue and raffle.

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Delta Co-op’s Kristine Moon, right, collects the cash from a long line of paying customers at the fundraising barbecue for baby Caleb and family, hosted by the co-op, July 11.

A total of $3,052, including extra donations made, was raised from the barbecue, raffle and 50/50 draw.