The Ontario Co-operative Association

The Ontario Co-operative Association

October 17, 2006 11:30 ET

The Ontario Co-operative Association: Celebrating Young Leaders in the Ontario Co-operative Sector

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 17, 2006) - A young woman with a passion for leadership and promoting the Ontario co-operative movement will receive an award for encouraging young people to become involved in the sector. Krista Duynisveld, a student at the University of Waterloo, will receive the Co-operative Youth Leadership Spirit Award of at the annual Co-op Gala and Spirit Awards in Burlington.

Duynisveld, a native of Ilderton, Ontario, has been involved in the Ontario Co-operative Association's Co-operative Young Leaders program since 2001, when she first participated in and then graduated from the unique leadership program for teenagers. Since then, Duynisveld has volunteered as a facilitator of the program, and has worked to promote awareness of the value of co-operatives in communities. Duynisveld's nomination came from Libro Financial Group (formerly St. Willibrord Credit Union), a colleague with the CYL program, and On Co-op's Youth Advisory Committee.

Under the theme of Share, Learn, Grow, the Co-op Gala presents a day of meetings, workshops and networking opportunities, and culminates in the annual Co-operative Spirit Recognition Awards dinner. The Gala takes place at the Royal Botanical Gardens, (680 Plains Road West), Burlington.

Gala sponsors include co-operatives of all sizes - Credit Union Central of Ontario, Gay Lea Foods Co-operative, GROWMARK, Inc., The Co-operators, BDO Dunwoody, the CUMIS Group, the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (Ontario Region), Growthworks Capital Ltd., Iler Campbell, Lerners LLP, Meridian Credit Union, Ontario Natural Food Co-op, Prentice, Yates and Clark, AgEnergy Co-operative, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Canadian Alternative Investment Co-operative, Foss National Leasing, Land O'Lakes Feed, Unisync Group Ltd. and Moonscape Multimedia. The Spirit Awards dinner will feature food items provided by Ontario co-operatives.

The Gala and Spirit Awards are presented by the Ontario Co-operative Association. On Co-op is the primary resource in Ontario for the development and enhancement of co-operatives and credit unions across the province.

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