The Ontario Co-operative Association

The Ontario Co-operative Association

September 28, 2007 14:38 ET

John Boyd Recognized for His Life Long Relationship With Co-ops

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 28, 2007) - When John Boyd moved into Woodsworth Housing Co-op in 1980, he had barely unpacked before he was asked to join the membership committee. Almost three decades later, John remains fully dedicated to co-op living, both in word and in action. In recognition of his long association with co-operatives, John Boyd will be presented with the Distinguished Co-operator Spirit Recognition Award during a ceremony on October 17th.

John learned about co-operatives from birth: His father began working in a co-operative general story in Alberta in 1914, a year after John was born. In 1939 John joined a co-operative dairy in Winnipeg, and became its manager shortly after. "It meant explaining to them what a co-operative dairy was, how it differed from the privately owned companies, and what the Rochdale principles of co-operation meant."

When he learned that a housing co-op was being built near Jarvis and The Esplanade, he and his wife Gladys immediately signed up. That was 28 years ago. And now, at the age of 94, he has no plans to move.

An editor by profession, John began his housing co-op's first monthly newsletter. He continues to be one of the editors and contributors of "The Woodsworth Weekly." John's by-line is also attached to the co-op's handbook, containing bylaws and other information on Woodsworth Housing Co-op, as well as a series of special newsletters highlighting the 20th anniversary of his co-op. A smiling member of his co-op commented, "Whenever those of us in our 70's want to say, 'I've done my bit. I deserve a rest,' we are faced with John still going strong! It's not fair."

In print and at meetings, John frequently voices his concern about the health of the co-op community, and he has done so throughout the 28 years of the co-op's existence. "He makes us see how important it is to be a participant, not merely a bystander in life and in the co-op," says a co-op neighbour.

John Boyd will be presented with his Distinguished Co-operator Award on Wednesday October 17 during the 9th annual Co-operative Spirit Recognition Awards banquet and ceremony. The awards ceremony, the crowning jewel of the Co-operative Conference and Gala, takes place at the Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road West in Burlington ON. John was nominated for his award by Woodsworth Housing Co-op.

The Co-operative Conference and Gala, now in its 7th year, is a two-day event that brings together co-op sector supporters, champions and friends from across Ontario and beyond for professional development, meetings and networking. The conference includes tours of Hamilton-area co-ops and more than a dozen workshops and sessions. This October, the Spirit Recognition Award banquet, a tradition in the Ontario co-operative sector for almost 10 years, will celebrate the successes of 10 of Ontario's most distinguished co-operators - including John Boyd.

The Ontario Co-operative Association (On Co-op), host of the Co-op Conference and Gala, and the Co-operative Spirit Recognition Awards ceremony, is a resource and common voice for Ontario credit unions and co-operatives in the areas of co-operative development, government relations, membership and communications, and lifelong co-operative learning.

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