The Ontario Co-operative Association

The Ontario Co-operative Association

October 21, 2005 14:17 ET

Waterloo youth to receives the top youth award in Ontario co-operative sector

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 21, 2005) - Riki-Kay Middleton's strong passion for the co-operative experience and her enthusiasm for the Ontario Co-operative Association's Co-operative Young Leaders program (CYL) earned the 21-year-old Waterloo woman the Co-operative Youth Leadership Award, presented as part of the 7th Annual Co-operative Gala and Spirit Awards ceremony held in Burlington, ON, Wednesday night.

Middleton says she is an unashamed booster of the unique leadership, communication and co-op skills development camp experience. "It enriches the lives of young people throughout Ontario." Middleton learned about CYL camp from a neighbour in the housing co-op in which she lived, and enrolled in all three years of the program.

In fact, she appreciated her experience as a participant so much, she continues to come back to CYL camp as a facilitator. "Now it's my job to encourage youth to open up ... and allow them the same experience I was able to have," she adds.

Middleton and her family live in Beaver Creek Housing Co-op. Kim Connors, who is the co-ordinator of Beaver Creek Housing Co-operative, nominated Middleton: "If you are lucky enough to have her share her co-op experiences with you, it is impossible not to walk away with a little more perk in your step."

Enrolled at Conestoga College in graphic design, Middleton is looking forward to making her mark in the world and influencing the media.

On Co-op is a primary resource and common voice for the development and enhancement of co-ops and credit unions in Ontario. Through membership in On Co-op, co-operatives and credit unions access programs and services in lifelong co-operative learning; government relations; communications and member relations; and co-operative development. Visit

For additional information on the Co-operative SPIRIT Recognition Awards, CYL Camp, or the economic impact of Ontario co-operatives, contact Mark Ventry, Member Services and Marketing Officer, On Co-op. 519.763.8271 or 1.888.745.5571.

Contact Information

  • On Co-op.
    Mark Ventry
    Member Services and Marketing Officer
    (519) 763-8271 or 1 (888) 745-5571