Member Statement, Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Saskatoon Co-op in National Co-op Challenge
Ms. Chartier: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Co-operatives have been building local economies and supporting communities worldwide for hundreds of years. In 2012 we honour this business model and its values of working co-operatively to achieve our economic, social, and cultural goals.
Recently the Good Food Junction co-operative opened on 20th Street West as part of Station 20 West, a larger development which includes other important health, housing, community, and economic development services for individuals and families. This new co-op is an oasis in a food desert, offering a range of fresh food as well as packaged food and household items for reasonable prices, making healthy eating a viable option for families living in our core communities.
The Good Food Junction recently became a Western finalist in the National Co-op Challenge, an opportunity for new co-ops to win cash prizes to assist the growth of their businesses. Twelve regional prizes will be distributed in four areas across Canada. Three co-ops will win prizes in the western region after creating a video to showcase their commitments and their enthusiasm to growing their enterprise. The Good Food Junction is a strong contender for an award and may then be entered to win a final grand prize of even more cash.
Mr. Speaker, people can check out the Facebook page for the National
Co-op Challenge. We can all vote to support the Good Food Junction
in its bid to win the grand prize to help this co-op grow even stronger
to serve the people in Saskatoon. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.