The MCA’s mission is that it was created by their members to enhance and support the development of a strong, united, and influential cooperative community in Manitoba.
They work in three different areas with people in the province of Manitoba:
Commontable – Bringing different cooperatives together from around the province to share resources and ideas.
Youth Programs – educating youth about the cooperative movement and what their roles could be through a leadership program as well as a high school program.
Coop Development – Aiding those who are looking to begin or expand a cooperative, some exciting examples she will talk about are:
- The partnership between MCA, the provincial government, and CDEM for the development of an urban aboriginal cooperative strategy, cooperative
- Housing Cooperatives in Manitoba
- Peg City Car Coop
Some of the partners the MCA works with are:
Cooperative Community of Manitoba (various coops)
Non-profits (SEED Winnipeg)
Indigenous Organizations (Manitoba Metis Federation, Aboriginal Business Council)
We also talk about some opportunites for the future including the indigenous community using the cooperative model and a new way that coops are being recognized in higher education at the University of Winnipeg.
I hope you have as much fun listening as I did interviewing Vera.
For those of you in Manitoba that listen to this, be sure to stop in at the abORIGINAL art show on Dec.4th at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory.
I included a few links to other organizations that Vera mentioned during our interview here:
Manitoba Cooperative Association
Manitoba Metis Federation
Peg City Car Co-op
Lastly, if you are or know a person in Manitoba between the ages 15-18 that is an aspiring leader in their community and would like to learn more about leadership through co-ops, follow this link to look at the Co-op Youth Leadership Camp. It takes place every May in beautiful Clearlake, MB and is hosted by the MCA. I am the coordinator of this camp and I am always looking for new young people to come share their experiences and learn about co-ops!