IYC Flag Flies at Miramichi City Hall During Co-op Week

Representatives from four Miramichi Co-operatives: Beaubear Credit Union, Beaubear Co-op, Northumberland Dairy Co-operative, Co-operators Insurance and Amanda Hachey, from the Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick joined City of Miramichi Mayor, Gerry Cormier, on a cool, misty Monday morning to raise the International Year of Co-operatives flag for Co-op week. The flag flew in front of City Hall for the duration of Co-op Week (October 14 to 20). This is one of three joint initiatives that the Miramichi Co-operatives participated in to bring awareness to 2012 International Year of Co-operatives.

In June, Miramichi co-operatives established a one-time scholarship. The scholarship was open to any high school graduate who was a member, or a child of a member of a Miramichi co-operative.  The applicant was required to complete a short essay on how one of the seven co-operative principles applies to them. The recipient of the $1,000 scholarship was Ransen Harris, a graduate of James M Hill Memorial High School.

Canada Day in Miramichi is a time of community celebration and a great time to celebrate International Year of Co-operatives. The Miramichi co-operatives joined the parade, a long-standing tradition on Canada Day.  A float was decorated; participants wore IYC t-shirts and handed out candy and IYC tattoos to the hundreds of people, young and old, that lined the parade route.

Co-operatives of the Miramichi are proud of the success and awareness that was achieved through the International Year of Co-operative activities.

Amanda Hachey(Co-op Enterprise Council of NB), Charlie Hubbard (Northumberland Co-op Dairy), Glennford Copp (Northumberland Co-op Dairy & Beaubear Credit Union), Percy Scott (Northumberland Co-op Dairy), Baz McGean (Beaubear Credit Union & Beaubear Co-op), Gerry Cormier(Mayor of The City of Miramichi), Jack Christie (CEO, Northumberland Co-op Dairy), Raymond Blacquier (Manager, Beaubear Co-op), Tim Saunders (Northumberland Co-op Dairy), Andy Richardson (CEO, Beaubear Credit Union), Adam Hambrook (Co-operators Insurance), Tosha Hamilton (Beaubear Credit Union Branch Manager)