The Ontario Co-operative Association

The Ontario Co-operative Association

October 17, 2006 11:44 ET

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

GUELPH, ONTRARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 17, 2006) - Ontario Co-operative Association -

A young man who has mentored youth in the co-operative sector is being recognized for his dedication to developing young leaders. Craig Steven of Toronto is the 2006 recipient of the Co-operative Youth Mentorship Spirit Award.

Nominated by Gay Lea Foods Co-operative, Steven is a graduate of the Ontario Co-operative Association's (On Co-op) unique Co-operative Young Leaders (CYL) program.

In nominating Steven, Michael Barrett of Gay Lea Foods Co-operative says, "By imparting his leadership skills and abilities to young co-operative leaders over the years, Craig provides invaluable contributions toward building and improving the interest and talent of young co-operative members and potential employees...He exudes the respect, genuine commitment and enthusiasm that resonate with youth and make him a wonderful nominee". Steven continues to be a volunteer CYL facilitator.

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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