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A flag rais­ing cer­e­mony in recog­ni­tion of Co-op Week took place at City Hall in Swift Cur­rent, Oct. 8. This fol­lowed the of­fi­cial procla­ma­tion of Oct. 11-17 as Co-op Week dur­ing a reg­u­lar City of Swift Cur­rent coun­cil meeting, Oct. 5. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Pi­o­neer Co-op and In­no­va­tion Credit Union at­tended both events. Co-op Week is cel­e­brated an­nu­ally in the same week as In­ter­na­tional Credit Union Day, which is on the third Thurs­day in Oc­to­ber. Co-op Week is an op­por­tu­nity to high­light the con­tri­bu­tions of the co-op­er­a­tive sec­tor and its im­pact on com­mu­ni­ties across Canada. Pi­o­neer Co-op was formed in Swift Cur­rent in 1936. It cur­rently op­er­ates 30 lo­ca­tions in 19 com­mu­ni­ties through­out south­west Saskatchew­an and em­ploys 600 peo­ple. It has 21,234 ac­tive mem­bers, and dur­ing the past 10 years the Pi­o­neer Co-op mem­bers re­ceived over $108 mil­lion in eq­uity re­turns. In­no­va­tion Credit Union em­ploys over 400 staff. It pro­vides a full range of fi­nan­cial ser­vices to over 55,000 mem­bers. It has been rec­og­nized as a car­ing com­pany by Imag­ine Canada for spend­ing one per cent or more of pre-tax profit on com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives. In­no­va­tion Credit Union has given back over $5.8 mil­lion dur­ing the past 12 years to the com­mu­ni­ties it serves.

Photo by Matthew Lieben­berg/Prairie Post

The par­tic­i­pants in the Co- op Week flag rais­ing cer­e­mony stand with the flag be­fore it was hoisted into the air, Oct. 8. From left to right, In­no­va­tion Credit Union CEO Daniel John­son, Swift Cur­rent Mayor De­nis Per­rault, and Pi­o­neer Co- op CEO Larry Kozun.

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