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We are now accepting applications for the 2021 recognition and award. 


This award is given annually to member groups that are active in social justice and co-operative development activity.  The award consists of three elements:  recognition from our community, our commitment to promote the project further through CCEC, and a financial contribution from the Roger Inman Trust.  The project itself contributes to the economic development of the community.

If you are a CCEC Member Group, business or individual you may apply for this special recognition and cash award. The award honours the memory of Roger Inman who contributed lots of time and effort to the early years of CCEC. His contributions to the wellbeing of the credit union and community economic development are numerous.  

Roger Inman became a member when CCEC first opened in 1976 and shortly after began serving as a volunteer teller. He was also a member of the credit committee, and later joined the Board of Directors where he served as co-chair and spearheaded the newsletter. A warm lovable man, Roger always contributed his time, insights, and humour to the many community initiatives with which he was involved. He was also active in local politics where his keen mind and natural optimism were always appreciated. Through this award, we acknowledge his devotion to community economic development, his commitment to his ideals and his generosity in spirit.

CCEC is committed to keeping our money and resources working in our community by actively supporting and promoting the development of strong, successful community businesses, projects and organizations

Applications are available on our website. Learn more about the award and our 2020 Award Recipient, The People's Prom 

If you have any questions, please contact Joanne.


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It’s International Credit Union Day on Thursday, October 15.  It has been held on the 3rd Thursday in October for the past 72 years. Did you know there are  291 million credit union members worldwide?  As we reflect on the role CCEC has played in our community and in our members’ lives, let’s share our experiences and invite our friends and family to join CCEC. 


CCEC received its charter in 1976, 2 years after a group of people involved in daycare, consumer and housing co-operatives raised capital to support community economic development. They called their group the Community Congress for Economic Change Society.  Our mandate was to serve groups that have been excluded from the economic mainstream - because they don't fit a banker's idea of a good credit risk - for example, the arts groups, immigrant organizations, housing co-operatives, and similar organizations that continue to be core of our membership. Loans were available to meet our members needs, and for community enterprises and community action. The founding members of CCEC described the loan process as "group solutions to individual problems."  The local focus of the credit union saw the money reinvested within our community. 

Some things haven't changed at CCEC over the past 44 years.  We continue to be guided by the principles that are the foundation of CCEC. We also continue to ensure community input into the lending process by maintaining a credit committee elected from the membership. Also, many directors, credit committee members, and staff are active in community groups that make up our membership.

CCEC is a member-owned, community development organization that is powered by people, like you;  in service of people like you.   Let’s celebrate International Credit Union Day! 


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The YES is running a limited number of smaller programs this summer.  Youth ages 14-18 who want to attend Camp YES this year, please email Joanne and ask about Sponsorship to cover the Registration Fee.


The province recognizes the importance of summer camp experiences for youth's emotional and social development. We know that Camp YES programs have a powerful positive impact on the youth they serve, and on their mandate to build inclusive communities where all youth thrive. 


Read the BC Co-op Association interview with Chelsea Lake, ED of The YES Camps.  Learn how they are dealing with COVID-19, keeping their members and community at the centre of all they do, and how they pivoted to continue serving their community during a global crisis.


As COVID was unfolding, they asked themselves, "What should we do during this time?  As co-operators, the question inevitably becomes, how can we best serve our members, or our community?"


At The YES, their community consists of 14-18 year-olds across the province, as well as the many alumni who have participated in our program over the years. As youth programmers they know that teens are an especially vulnerable population. 38% of the teens who come to The YES camps self-report as struggling with depression and anxiety, and 35% come from homes that struggle to make ends meet. We know that many teens rely on their schools or communities to meet their needs whether physiological, social, or emotional. So, at The YES they;ve been  asking themselves, how can we best serve teenagers right now? How can we reach youth who are lonely, isolated or in high-risk situations? How can we help prevent substance abuse, self-harm and mental illness during this global crisis?


Here are some ways, The YES is supporting our youth: 


1. CARE PACKAGE: THE PODCAST:  You can find their weekly podcast wherever you listen to podcasts, or on their website.

2. SOCIAL MEDIA CARE AND CONNECTION CHALLENGES: The YES is using its social media platforms to challenge teens to get creative about showing care and connection across distances, engaging youth in building connections across distance, focusing on activities that build participants’ self-worth, mental wellness, empathy for others, social-emotional learning, and grit.

 3. THE YES VOLUNTEER SUPPORT NETWORK:  The YES is  reaching out to participants from the last two summers (over 450 youth) to set up phone and virtual meetings.  They are focused on trying to reach the most isolated and vulnerable youth in their network.

4. VIRTUAL EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS: The YES teaches life-skills, and offer sessions like Relaxations: 30 minute mindfulness activities, Thought of the Day: insights and wisdom from staff, volunteers, and others. The YES is working to produce these sessions virtually to offer out to youth across their  networks.

At CCEC, we are proud of our members who have contributed to the Camp YES Scholarship Fund allowing us to cover the Registration Fee for our Youth. 


For more information on the Scholarship Fund, contact Joanne.  For information on Camp YES, visit their website.
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The YES Camp created the Care Package Podcasts to provide care, support, and humour to youth around BC in response to the crisis of COVID-19.

Our CCEC members have supported our youth to attend the YES camp for many years. At this time, the YES is uncertain if they can hold the camps, so they’ve pivoted their focus to doing what it can for struggling youth.

The podcast – appropriately titled Care Package – aims to engage youth who are experiencing an unprecedented amount of uncertainty and anxiety in a time of already huge change in their lives.

The Podcasts go out every week, usually Wednesdays. You can get notifications from your podcast apps if you subscribe, or you can subscribe to The YES mailing list on the website to get an email notification and their blog. They also post on Instagram and Facebook for each new post. Amongst the segments – interviews with staff members, call-ins from campers, and “poopses and oopses” – a time for embarrassing stories.

For Canada’s young people, the last month has brought about more change and uncertainty in their lives than possibly ever before. Kids Help Phone has recorded a 350% increase in youth seeking help over text since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic – leading to Kids Help Phone asking for more volunteers to meet the demand.

The YES and our team are concerned about what’s going on for teenagers out there right now – so we wanted to do something that would provide some care and connection out to all those teens who might just be at home with their family, or they might be in a vulnerable situation.” – Chelsea Lake, Director of the YES

At CCEC, we are accepting sponsorship applications for youth who want to attend camp. Camp registrations are open and payment is on hold until they can confirm the camps can safely run. Email Joanne if you have youth wanting to attend the camp. If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund, please email or phone the branch. 


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CCEC Member grunt gallery facilitates artistic creation, exhibition and community engagement. They are working to continue generating and sharing these things despite our physical separation from one another. This will be a process, developed between artists, arts workers, and our communities. Scroll down to see what the are doing now to provide Digital Community Engagement.  Visit their website. 


CCEC has various artists, art groups and musicians as members who are working to continue their programming through digital engagement. Tell us what you are doing so we can share this with our members.  Let us know what you are doing to stay connected. 

 

At Grunt Gallery: 

Be safe.  Let's stay connected just in different ways. ​

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Effective immediately and until further notice, our branch opening hours are: 

  • Tuesday to Friday from 12pm-5:15pm
  • Closed Saturdays

Our staff will also be more available by phone from 9:30am-5pm Tuesday to Friday at 604.254.4100. 

During this time, we are asking our members to not visit the branch unless necessary.  Please consider using ATMs, telephone and online banking.

We are taking proactive measures to serve our members safely and responsibly.  Your health and safety and that of our staff members remain our top priority during this uncertain time. 

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As your local credit union, we work to keep you and our community safe during this COVID-19 situation. As a community, regardless of COVID-19 and the uncertainty it presents for all of us, we should always be helping those who are more vulnerable to ensure their safety and well-being. 

 

In the midst of the COVID-19 situation, it is important that we provide as much information about the precautionary steps we are taking to mitigate risk to you and to our community.

 

It is helpful to organize ourselves to protect the vulnerable in our community. This could be elderly people in our neighbourhood, for example, or perhaps a whole family with infected kids, where everyone needs to stay in the house for 2 weeks or until testing negative. Get involved in your local Block Watch and community associations to learn more. 

 

At the branch, we are: 

  • Disinfecting and cleaning surfaces in contact by our members by wearing gloves 

  • Having hand sanitizers on the counter for your use

  • Encouraging our members to use ATM and online banking and not to visit the branch during this time unless necessary. If you cannot visit the branch, please call us and we can advise you how to proceed with safety and security for your banking needs. 

 

As a community, we encourage you to: 

  • Reach out to your neighbours who are more isolated and lonely to offer to do their shopping

  • Use grocery store delivery services or use a Community Supported Agriculture program that also supports our local food sources

  • Donate to the Food Bank and local Food Security projects

 

As a precaution, you may wish to have in your pantry non-perishable items like rice, pasta,  beans and vegetables including kale, miners’ lettuce and your favourites from the freezer.

 

In the midst of the COVID-19 situation, it is important that we provide as much information about the precautionary steps we are taking to mitigate risk to our community.  Learn more at the Vancouver Coastal Health website, avoid unnecessary travel and use common sense.  

 

Call us for more information and share your thoughts. 


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Camp registration is Open!  A CCEC tradition is to see the “Camp YES Thermometer” go up in the branch. The “Thermometer” tracks the funds donated by our member-owners to pay the camp registration fee for our youth. Each year, through the generosity of our members, we have sent up to 10 youth to the YES Camp and a few to the Reunion. 

Meet CCEC Members, Helen Spaxman and her teen, Claire. Claire has been to camp and to the Reunion. Helen’s family started donating to the Camp YES Fund for many years even before having kids. She says they donated because they hoped that their children and the youth of our community would be able to go to this camp.

Claire Says, “Thank You” 

“At the YES Camp, we do “reflections” at the end of the day, where we reflect on how our day went and then answer questions, which are sometimes light and funny, but sometimes very personal and heavy. 

When I truly opened up in reflections, I benefited by getting things out of my head that I wouldn’t normally talk about with people at home. Before camp, I felt like I couldn’t talk to my friends about certain things, maybe I didn’t want to burden my friends with my thoughts. I was also afraid it’d start rumours and more people would know about it than I originally intended. 

I have learned that YES Camp is a safe space, I can talk about anything there and get so much support from the staff and my fellow campers. Funnily enough, many of these “fellow campers” have become very close friends. Now that I’ve been to camp a few times, I’m not just a good communicator and listener at the camp, but I’m also applying these skills to my friend group at home. 

Since I’ve started opening up to friends at school, I’ve noticed so many more people sharing things with me that they never thought they’d share. My friends now feel the same comfort in talking about their feelings that I used to only feel at camp and they’re not afraid to ask me for help when they need it. I’m so so grateful to have been able to  attend YES summer camps and fall camp reunions. I’ve grown so much as a person and as a friend and I’m so ready to grow even more. Honestly, without the YES Camp, some of my closest friendships wouldn’t even exist.”

“Camp YES is a Game Changer!” says Helen Spaxman

For more information, visit the Camp YES website. To make a donation to our Camp YES Fund, call us or visit the branch. Youth interested in being sponsored to attend Camp are asked to complete an application form that will be available on our website.
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THE PEOPLE'S PROM is a fundraiser for creative resistance and direct action. It's a radical, community-oriented, annual event in East Vancouver held Feb. 14th.  It is a queer, cross-dressing, big dress wearing prom you never had in high-school.

The Prom Committee is a volunteer-run group of seven individuals who organize the People’s Prom and oversee the People’s Trust Fund. Since 2001, they have raised funds and provided micro-grants of $200 - $5,000 to grassroots organizations for initiatives that may have difficulty securing funding from other sources. Several grants are given out annually.  Check back for their funding application.  

Over the years the fund has given micro-grants to Indigenous groups, women’s centres, anti-poverty and homeless activists, environmental and anti-pipeline initiatives, political arts festivals, and transit education. In the last 20 years, they have given out an estimated $80,000 in micro-grants.  There are CCEC Member associations including No One is  Illegal who have received funds from the People's Prom. 

Congratulations! 

A big shout out to the other nominees this year:  Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks, Alliance Against Displacement and Mountain Protectors. 

The award is in recognition of an individual who contributed lots of time and effort to the early years of CCEC and who had a strong interest in community development.   Hence the award goes to member groups that are active in social justice and co-operative development activity. The award is comprised of three elements; recognition from our community, our commitment to promote the project further through CCEC, and a financial contribution from the Roger Inman Trust to support the project.

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If you have a moment this Spring, it’s time for a bit of comedy from Theatre In the Raw. As part of its 25th season of production, Vancouver’s Theatre In the Raw is presenting the uproarious play Enter Laughing by Joseph Stein adapted from Carl Reiner’s novel. Carl Reiner, a well-known comedian with many credits to his name, was instrumental part of Sid Caesar’s hilarious TV comedy series Your Show of Shows and other endeavors. The show runs for 10 performances at Studio 16 (1551 West 7th Ave) between May 8th and May 19th.

In the mid-1930s in NYC, David Kolowitz is on track to fulfill all of his parent’s hopes and dreams by becoming a druggist. David Kolowitz however, has ideas of his own.


David Kolowitz wants to be an actor. Loosely based on Carl Reiner’s autobiography,

Enter Laughing focuses on the first awkward steps a performer takes into the limelight.

This ensemble cast features Adam Olgui, Jacques Lalonde, R. David Stephens, Elliot Wesley, Janis Harper, Giuseppe Bevilacqua, Jennie McCahill, Noella Ansaldi, Ralston Harris, Lisa Robertson, Stanley Fraser, and Gavi Beigel under the direction of Theatre In the Raw’s artistic director Jay Hamburger.

Come celebrate a quarter century of theatre production by Theatre In the Raw with Enter Laughing by Joseph Stein – May 8th to 19th at Studio 16. Perhaps never done before in the Lower Mainland, it’s a show not to be missed. Tickets on sale now at www.theatreintheraw.ca.

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