Alberta's Co-op News March 2018
ACCA has been actively working on many projects in this first quarter of 2018!
We are looking forward to be connecting co-operators from all over Alberta throughout the coming months!!
Career Development Opportunity
If you are you looking to enhance your leadership skills and support youth development, then you should consider being a volunteer staff for the ACCA Co-operative Youth Leadership Program .
Learn how to plan and facilitate large groups, work in a supportive and dynamic environment, and hone your communication skills. Volunteer staff support youth as they develop leadership skills for a week at the Goldeye Centre in Nordegg AB. To learn more please contact Liane Courchesne, Youth Program Coordinator at or 780-991-4620 for more information!!

Thrive Business Accelerator
Be the difference in  #YYC . Apply today for Thrive Accelerator and grow your  #socialimpact  while building your financial sustainability. This 4 month program starts March 13. Gain valuable business skills, tap into a community of local change-makers and gain access to key resources that will help you achieve your vision. 

Servus Credit Union pilots tech branch in Panorama Hills
(Calgary, Alberta) – Servus Credit Union opened its high-tech Panorama Hills branch on Wednesday, and it's unlike any they have opened before. The branch has a staff of financial advisors ready to greet and assist members, and it also features a video ATM and interactive digital display in its Member Lounge. The concept is an advice-based branch, where the emphasis is on shaping members' financial fitness—helping them to feel good about their money.

Film Screening: A Silent Transformation
Free Screening: A Silent Transformation. March 27th 4:30PM at Mount Royal University
Riddell Library and Learning Centre
74 Mount Royal Circle Southwest, Calgary
Ideas Visualization Lounge

A Silent Transformation is a film about the transformative power of the co-operative model.It explores the innovative self-help efforts of diverse communities, which by addressing their needs collectively are helping to regain the radical vision of co-operation. In these communities are the seeds of economic democracy, global solidarity, and a new popular movement to transform society! Will it grow and flourish? Watch the trailer here:

Resources to Strengthen your board of directors:
Free Online Self-Directed Co-operative Governance Course, offered by the University of Saskatchewan Centre for the Study of Co-operatives

To be successful, co-ops must properly answer the basic governance question: who gets to decide what? This course examines how governance determines co-op success. We look at three key ideas: ensuring people work well together, creating a successful view of the future, and building legitimacy. Using real world cases, we discuss how these ideas translate into practical features like board structure and member engagement as we explore how to get the right people making the right decisions.
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