Social Responsibility is our mandate 
Supporting community isn’t a marketing tool at the Co-op: it is one of the seven International Principles upon which co-operatives are built. At the Co-op, our social responsibility is as important as providing services for our members. You can see some of the things we do to support the community on our Co-op News pages.

Building our community 
Mid Island Co-op supports a broad range of organizations, with priority given to those projects or organizations that build long-term capacity in our community. And our responsibility goes beyond our local community – we believe we have a responsibility to do business in a way that is environmentally sound and that encourages equality beyond our borders.

Education Awards           
Now Accepting Applications for Mid Island Co-op's Education Awards  

Each year Mid Island Co-op is proud to provide 22 bursaries and scholarships to post-secondary students. The majority of these awards are provided through local school districts and Vancouver Island University who select the recipients. Three awards are provided directly by the Co-op’s Member Relations Committee. Applications are now being accepted for these three additional awards, valued at $1,000 each. The Member Relations Committee will select the three recipients based on the answers provided in this application, which shall be evaluated on the basis of overall merit and need demonstrated. To qualify for an award, an applicant must be currently attending a post-secondary institution or accepted for the following academic year/term, and must be taking a credit program (this could be an area including academic, business, trades, vocational or adult education). 

Applicants must be a Mid Island Co-op Member, or a relative of a Mid Island Co-op member. Applications will be accepted until noon May 19, 2017 and can be found online at 

Please either mail, e-mail, fax (250) 729-8426 or dropped off your application at the Mid Island Co-op Administration Office located at #103 - 2517 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, V9T 3L2. Successful recipients will be notified by August 1st, 2017.

2016 Vancouver Island University:
($1,000 Award)
Mid Island Co-op Natural Resources Protection Award - Owen William Tylyn Der (Nanaimo)
Mid Island Co-op Tourism & Recreation Award - Suzanna Marie Street (Parksville)
Mid Island Co-op Trades & Applied Technology Award - Jennifer Beebe (Nanaimo)
Mid Island Co-op Early Childhood Education & Care Award - Miranda Satermo (Nanaimo)
Mid Island Co-op Forest Resources & Protection Award - Chelsea Henley (Lake Cowichan)
Mid Island Co-op Award - Joshua McNair (Nanaimo)
Mid Island Co-op Adult Basic Education Award - Jacob Kruger (Nanaimo)

2016 Nanaimo - Ladysmith Secondary Schools: 
($500 & $1,000 Award)
Heather Froese
Rebecca Hannibal
Julie-Anne Kitchen
Cole Virtanen
Megan Schlitz    
Casey Burroughs
Taylor Murray
Tayelor Bourque
Cassandra Gray
Emily Stobo
Nora Loyst
2016 Ballenas Secondary School (Parksville):                                                                          
Bethany Scholfield ($1,000)                 
Cameron Mazey ($500)

2016 Kwalikum Secondary School:
Oliver Kis ($1,000)                 
Leandra Thomson ($500)                                                                    

2016 Gulf Islands Secondary School                                                                                        
Erik Perrins ($1,000)                           
Andrew Sinclair ($500) 
Member Relation Committee 2016 Education Awards:     
Jennifer Coburn ($1,000)                  
Lisa Swain ($1,000)       
Hayley Carolan ($1,000)

Here is a list of some of the community organizations and events that are supported by your Co-op:  
Lake Cowichan Community Services Society                  Salvation Army of Nanaimo
Mid Island Abilities & Independent Living Society            Nanaimo Minor Hockey Association
Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation                           John Barsby Football
Gabriola Player Theatre Society                                       Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra
Chemainus Little Town Christmas Society                        Nanaimo & Area Land Trust Society
Lake Cowichan Elementary Breakfast Group                   Nanaimo Lacrosse Association
Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Vancouver Island                Theatre One Society
Autism Society of Central Vancouver Island                     Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society Vancouver Island Mental Health                                       Island Crisis Care Society
Nanaimo Minor Baseball Association                               Relay for Life – Canadian Cancer
Oceanside Kidfest Society                                                Sayward Citizens on Patrol
Lake Cowichan Hospital Auxiliary                                     Nanaimo Sr. Men’s Curling Club
Salt Spring Minor Baseball                                                Gabriola Soccer Association
South End Community Association                                   Paws Without Boarders VI
Salt Spring Lady Minto Hospital Foundation                     Jr. & Sr. Timbermen Sr. Lacrosse           Navy League Nanaimo Branch                                         VI Power & Sail Squadron
Angels Abreast Dragon Boaters                                       Lake Cowichan Midget Hockey
Georgia Basin Ecological Restoration Society                 The Kidney Foundation
Arrowsmith Health Care Society                                       Nanaimo Clippers Hockey
Vancouver Island Children’s Book Festival                       Loaves & Fishes Food Bank
The Nature Trust of BC Brant Festival                              Vancouver Island Exhibition
Nanaimo Science & Sustainability Society                        Chemainus Theatre Festival Society United Way Central Vancouver Island                              Island Pathways- Salt Spring Island Salt Spring Singers Society                                                     Nanaimo SPCA   
Salt Spring SPCA                                                             Parksville SPCA
Nanaimo Harbour City Seniors                                         Parksville Food Bank  Special Olympics 
Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards                               Gabriola ICONIC Theatre Society
North Cowichan Fire Department                                     Rotary Club of Ladysmith 
Salt Spring United Church                                                Nanaimo Chapter - Cystic Fibrosis
The Kidney Foundation Walk – Nanaimo                         Nanaimo Rowing Club
NDSS Islanders Sr. & Jr. Football Association                 Ballenas Whalers Footbal Society
Parksville/Qualicum Legion 76                                         Rotary Club of Ladysmith
Nanaimo Regional John Howards Society                       Nanaimo Buccaneers Jr. Hockey 
Errington Memorial Hall Association                                   
Parksville/Qualicum Beach Haven Society   
Cowichan Valley Lacrosse Association                      
Gabriola Lions Club                                                                
Volunteer Nanaimo
Vancouver Island Symphony                                              
Lantzville Ladies Legion #257                                            
Nanaimo Lawn Bowling Club                                              
Cowichan Neighbourhood House Assoc.                           
Arts on the Avenue Ladysmith                                           
Vancouver Island Shriners                                                  
Mid Isle Highlanders FC Association                                  
Heart For Harewood                                                            
Nanaimo Child Development Centre                                   
Child Development Centre
Nanaimo Community Hospice Society                           Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock
The Nature Trust of BC                                                  BC Boys Choir
Salvation Army of Nanaimo                                            Stz'uminus First Nations
Dover Bay High School Athletic Department                  Vancouver Island Exhibition VIEX
Theatre One Society                                                      Chemainus Theatre Festival Society
Haven House                                                                 Nanaimo Unique Kids Society
Island Crisis Care Society                                              Citizens on Patrol
Nanaimo Minor Baseball Association                             Nanaimo Clippers Hockey
Nanaimo Walk & Bounce for Autism                               Forward House Community Society
Nanaimo Brain Injury Society                                         Parksville Kid Fest
Salvation Army                                                               Loaves & Fishes Food Bank
Nanaimo Science & Sustainability Society                   United Way CVI                                       Nanaimo 7-10 Club                                                       Island Pathways - Salt Spring Island
Ladysmith & District Marine & Rescue Society             Nanaimo Marine Rescue Society        
Habitat for Humanity Central Vancouver Island            Chemainus Cultural Arts     Gabriola Responsible Trans-Isle Express                     Nanaimo Timerman Lacrosse              
Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society                          Nanaimo Global Film Festival
Ladysmith Festival of Lights                                          Salt Spring Elementary School
Nanaimo Family History                                                 Vancouver Island Symphony
YES CAMP                                                                     Nanaimo Tubbers Hockey
Island Bel Canto Singers                                                John Barsby Community School
Nanaimo Search & Rescue                                            Nanaimo SPCA
Nanaimo Football Association                                        Nanaimo District Hospital Foundation
Parksville Royals Baseball Club                                     Ukrainian Cultural Society                    
Vancouver Island & District Power & Sale Squadrons   Volunteer Nanaimo
South End Community Association                                BC Summer Games - Nanaimo             Mid Island Bluegrass Festival                                        Nanaimo Equestrian Soc.                       The Port Theatre Society                                               The Island Consort Chamber Choir       Errington Therapeutic Society                                        Nanaimo Minor Lacrosse Association
Georgia Basin Ecological Assessments Stewardship     Nanaimo Lawn Bowling Club
Nanaimo/Ladysmith School Foundation                         Theatre One        
Big Brothers & Big Sisters of VI                                       Haven Society
Vancouver Island Children’s Book Festival                     The Kidney Foundation   
The Autism Society of Vancouver Island                        Harbour City Jazz Society                     Gabriola’s Brickyard Beast 10k                                       Nanaimo  Wakeboard Open             
John Howard Society                                                      Nanaimo Lacrosse Association 
Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra                                         Nanaimo Minor Baseball Association Nanaimo Minor Hockey Association            

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