Your monthly ACCA news & updates
What a winter! Lots of snow and plenty of cold weather, but just like the co-ops across the province, it didn't prevent us from getting things done! That said we're thrilled Spring has sprung, and look forward to the upcoming Co-operative Youth Leadership Program, Co-op Meetups, and much more!

In the first quarter of 2018 our board did some strategic planning, we met with members, and worked with our co-op colleagues in BC to identify opportunities to share resources and best practices to enhance our value to members. In other news:

  • We welcomed our newest members to our association Universal Access. They are profiled in this newsletter. We'll be featuring more of our amazing members in our upcoming newsletters!
  • Brought co-op education to almost 200 post-secondary students at Mount Royal University, University of Calgary, and University of Alberta.

With Spring finally here, that means our Youth Leadership program is just around the corner! Registrations are coming in!! Be sure to send in your completed registration form by May 18, 2018 . Check out the website  for a list of previous years sponsors! if you haven't already, check out our Facebook Page 'for updates and more!

As we roll into Spring we are also promoting the great work of Alberta co-ops through our taking care of co-op business #TCCB (/' tee-double-see-bee) social media campaign. We want to celebrate the hard working folks who make it happen 24/7-365 days a year. Follow #tccb and use it whenever you're taking care of co-op business.
UFA CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF DOING BUSINESS
UFA Co-operative Ltd. celebrates 100 years of incorporation. Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Honourable Lois Mitchell; Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Andre Corbould; and the United Farmers Historical Society were all in attendance. 

Successful Staff Planning!
44 energetic volunteers from across Alberta participated in staff training!
Sessions included team building, mentorship, self esteem, how to facilitate an effective session, gratitude, and more! The volunteer staff left the weekend feeling prepared, excited and ready for their summer programs!
The Co-operative Youth Alumni Association of Alberta (CYAAA) also raised $1400 to send youth to the program!
New Member: Universal Access
Universal Access is creating equal access to opportunity for all community members by reducing barriers. Learn all about their amazing work, and how they can help your organization make a bigger impact, as well as access some serious granting dollars! Check out our interview with their CEO, Sean Crump .
Want to have your co-op featured in our newsletter? Drop us a line !
Internship Opportunity!
We are s eeking a recent post-secondary graduate to develop online and print marketing materials for an upcoming conference and ongoing ACCA communications activities.The internship can take place in either Calgary or Stony Plain, for a 10 week contract (35 hours per week and $20.00/hour)

The ideal candidate has a positive attitude, is eager to learn, and has creative problem-solving skills. Experience in graphic design, marketing, communications, and web-design (such as Square Space or similar programs) are key.
Interested? Check out the POSTING HERE
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May 17th Co-op Coffee Meetup! (Calgary)
Starting May 17th, from 8:00AM-9:30AM the ACCA is hosting a monthly co-op meetup. We're kicking things off in Calgary, but will be expanding to other location as well. This is an opportunity for those working in the sector and related areas to get together, network, and talk-shop. If anything, it’s a great way to get the started with colleagues over coffee .

When: May 17th 8:00AM-9:30AM
Where: Calgary Co-op Macleod Location ( 8818 Macleod Trail SE Calgary, AB )
Save the Date: Gathering of Alberta Co-operatives, October 17th and 18th in Stony Plain, AB

We invite you to save and share the date for the Gathering of Alberta Co-operatives . The fun takes place in Stony Plain, from the 17th of October until mid-day on the 18th. The Gathering of Alberta Co-ops will feature a series of innovative and engaging events looking at Growing the Co-op Sector, Knowledge Sharing and Mentorship, and Leadership.

Want get involved? Drop us a line to learn about sponsorship opportunities and more!

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