Mid-Island Co-op

Co-op donates $66,000 to The Hub at Cowichan Station

 Co-op is pitching in to help expand an important community hub in Duncan.

The Cowichan Station Area Association has received a $66,000 donation through Co-op Community Spaces, a funding program supporting recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture projects.The donation will support the organization’s efforts to create new community rooms at The Hub at Cowichan Station, which it has operated since 2011 in the former Cowichan Station School.

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However, the upper floor in the historic facility has remained closed to the public. Renovations will create two spacious, sunny rooms on the second floor that will provide meeting spaces for numerous community and recreational events.

About Co-op’s Community Spaces

Donations totaling $2 million from the Co-op Community Spaces Program will support 27 community-based recreation, conservation and urban agriculture projects across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

“With increased funding in 2017, Co-op Community Spaces will reach more organizations and communities in a single year than ever before,” said Vic Huard, Executive Vice-President of Strategy with Federated Co-operatives Limited, which administers the program on behalf of the more than 190 independent retail co-operatives that form the Co-operative Retailing System in Western Canada.

“For generations, Co-op has invested in Western Canadian communities and we’re proud to continue that tradition through this innovative program, which is empowering local organizations, fostering community and enriching the places we call home.”

Since launching in 2015, Co-op Community Spaces has provided $4.5 million to more than 60 projects, including parks, community gardens and sports fields. Each is operated by a registered non-profit, charity or community service co-operative.

The 2017 Co-op Community Spaces projects include a waterfront park in Port Alberni, B.C, an outdoor athletic facility in Grande Prairie, Alta., a winter recreation hill in Saskatoon, Sask. and an educational farm in Brandon, Man.

Complete details about all of this year’s recipients are available at communityspaces.ca.