Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Event: April 5, The Vancouver Social Co-ops Forum

The Vancouver Social Co-ops Forum will be held on Wednesday, April 5, from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver. Coffee and registration begins at 12:30 pm.

The Vancouver Social Co-ops Forum is presented by the Social Co-ops and Social Care Project of the BC Co-operative Association (BCCA) and three local organizations; Langara College Continuing Studies, the Social Planning and Research Council of BC, and the BC Association for Community Living.

The Vancouver Social Co-ops Forum will include an overview of co-operative enterprises, BCCA's video Civilizing the Economy: Social Co-ops and Social Care, and presentations about emerging social co-ops in the region.

A series of forums throughout BC has introduced social co-ops and assisted communities to find ways to use the social co-op approach to address local service issues. The Vancouver Forum is the last in the series.

Social co-ops are social enterprises based on the principle of reciprocity - the production and exchange of a good or service that provides a benefit to both the community and to co-op members. Often the member/owners of social co-operatives are the service recipients. There are many different types of social co-ops, and the Forum is a great opportunity to learn about these and how they may have relevance in your community.

Phone Langara College at 604-323-5323 to register and quote course number 50825. This event is free but it is necessary to register.

Refreshments will be served.

Western Economic Diversification and VanCity Savings support BCCA┬╣s Social Co-ops and Social Care Project. The project is building awareness of social co-op enterprises and identifying groups and communities interested in piloting social co-op projects. For more information about the BCCA Social Co-ops Project, contact Cheryl Hewitt at BCCA.

Tags: for:vsef, Social Economy, Nonprofit, CO OP

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