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Capturing the spirit of Co-op Week

In celebration of Co-op Week the Nelson and District Credit Union members and staff were happy

In celebration of Co-op Week the Nelson and District Credit Union members and staff were happy to support the Kootenay Boundary Community Services Co-operative (KBCS Co-op) and the West Kootenay Stars for Success initiative.

Staff hosted a delicious bake sale that raised $900 towards the Stars for Success program. Credit union members also donated $500 to the KBCS Co-op to help support non-profit training with Linda Fairburn, Canadian bestselling author on the subject of leadership transition.

The Stars for Success program sponsors children up to age six years, to participate in local arts and recreation programs.

“When a child is physically active and interacting positively with children and adults, they are more likely to be healthy as well as socially and emotionally ready for school,” says Sonia Tavares, West Kootenay Early Years co-ordinator.

The succession planning training will provide co-op member agencies in Nelson with the opportunity to work with Linda Fairburn to develop plans for leadership transition.

“Through our partnership with Columbia Basin Trust, and sponsorship from the Nelson and District Credit Union and the United Community Services Co-op, we are able to make this participation in this high calibre training event very affordable,” says Eva Hernandez, operations coordinator with KBCS.

“The timing of the request from KBCS Co-op and the staff bake sale for Stars for Success aligned perfectly with Co-op Week and International Credit Union Day. We were happy to offer our support towards two important community programs,” says Tom Atkins, manager of marketing and relationship development with the credit union in Nelson.


The KBCS Co-op strengthens its 13 members and addresses issues of social well-being in the Kootenay-Boundary region. For more information about the co-op or its members, visit



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