The Ontario Co-operative Association

The Ontario Co-operative Association

October 17, 2006 11:47 ET

The Ontario Co-operative Association: Local Leader in the Ontario Co-operative Sector Celebrated

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 17, 2006) - A woman who has championed developments in the Ontario credit union and co-operative movements is being recognized for years of outstanding leadership. Sheena Lucas, chair, Credit Union Central of Ontario, will receive a Co-operative Spirit Award recognizing her outstanding contributions to the Ontario Co-operative Association (On Co-op). Lucas will receive her award during the upcoming annual Co-op Gala and Spirit Awards in Burlington.

Lucas, of Kingston, has been deeply committed to promoting awareness of the value of credit unions and co-operatives in communities. In nominating her, the On Co-op Board of Directors praised Lucas' knowledge of the movement and dedication to the promoting the co-operative way of life. In a letter of support, The Co-operators wrote, "Sheena has demonstrated her deep commitment to the co-operative sector at the provincial, national and international levels through many years of service and significant contributions to Credit Union Central of Ontario, The Co-operators, the Canadian Co-operative Association and the Ontario Co-operative Association. She has offered leadership to these organizations through difficult times in a variety of roles."

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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