Community Spaces announces 2017 Recipients

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June 14, 2017
Community Spaces announces 2017 Recipients

Co-op donates over $180K to groups across central Alberta

Co-op is giving a boost to three local organizations that are creating new opportunities and experiences for central Alberta residents.

The Innisfail Public Library, Blackfalds District Agriculture Society and Medicine River Wildlife Centre in Spruce View have all received donations through Co-op Community Spaces, a funding program supporting recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture projects.

  • INNISFAIL PUBLIC LIBRARY ($25,000) - A new community garden seeded this spring will provide opportunities for community members to learn about nutrition, gardening and the needs of the local food bank.  The new space will allow the library to run educational program for residents of all ages and produce food that will support the local food bank.
  • BLACKFALDS DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY ($25,500) - A scenic rest area next to the Wadey Visitor Services Centre will allow visitors and community members to relax, picnic and watch activities in nearby All-Star Park.
  • MEDICINE RIVER WILDLIFE CENTRE ($133,000) - The Wildlife Homes Playground will be a vibrant addition to the organization's new interpretive centre and wildlife hospital.  The new playground will be open to the public and feature interactive, wildlife themed play structures, as well as educational materials that encourage children and families to interact and learn about their environment

In 2017, with Canada 150 just around the corner - individual projects were eligible to receive up to $150,000 through Co-op Community Spaces.  In total, 27 organizations are being supported through the program this year.  Combined, these groups - which include non-profits, charities and community services co-operatives - have received $2 million for their community projects.  Since launching in 20-15, Co-op Community Spaces has provided $4.5 million to more than 50 projects across B.C., Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Co-op Community Spaces is an exciting program that is making a difference across Western Canada.  Central Alberta Co-op is supported and owned by members and customers throughout this region, so it's important that we give back and make investments in our community and people, which is what Co-op Community Spaces is all about.

Co-op Community Spaces is administered by Federated Co-operatives Limited on behalf of more than 190 independent retail co-operatives across Western Canada that form the Co-operative Retailing System.  For more information, including complete details about the 2017 Co-op Community Spaces projects, see www.communityspaces.ca