Danielle Chartier’s Member's Statement

Member Statement November 14, 2018 – Crocus Co-operative Celebrates 35th Anniversary

Ms. Chartier: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I am pleased to rise today to congratulate Crocus Co-operative on celebrating its 35th anniversary. This non-profit organization continues to provide cost-effective mental health rehabilitation services in Saskatoon. It currently has about 300 active members a month and about 1,800 lifetime members. Incorporated in 1983, this drop-in centre for people diagnosed with a mental illness was founded by individuals who were concerned about the lack of transitional care for people with mental illness. Crocus Co-op has a variety of programs available to its members. There is a work program that provides employment for members, including lawn care, snow removal, and garbage hauls. In 2017 Crocus provided casual employment for 87 of its members. There is a kitchen program where members can buy an inexpensive meal and learn how to cook those meals. Crocus Co-op also has a social program that provides recreational and educational activities. This co-op continues to be a place of support and respect. It challenges the stigma of mental illness with programs that provide tangible opportunities and significant benefits for its members while enriching the larger community. Mr. Speaker, I ask all members to join me in congratulating Crocus Co-operative on reaching this wonderful milestone and to thank them for all that they do in our community of Saskatoon. Thank you.

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