Co-op Awards Program

The Manitoba Cooperative Association (MCA) is pleased to recognize cooperative achievement annually at the Cooperative Awards Banquet during Co-op Week.  Nominations are typically accepted annually from February to May in the following 4 categories:

Distinguished Cooperator Award

This award recognizes and honours Manitobans who have made significant contributions to the development and success of the cooperative community through long, varied and meritorious services in volunteer, elected or employed positions within cooperatives and credit unions. 

This individual will have contributed to a variety of co-ops, including co-ops on the local, regional and national level.  Current, former & retired employees, elected officials, volunteers and members of cooperatives and credit unions are eligible for nomination.  The nominee must have lived in Manitoba and contributed to cooperatives and credit unions.

Cooperative Merit Award

This award recognizes and honours Manitobans who have made significant contributions to the development and success of a cooperative through service in volunteer, elected or employed positions within a single cooperative or credit union.

The contributions of this individual to their co-op have enabled their co-op to grow and thrive.  Current, former & retired employees, members, elected officials, volunteers and others who have supported the cooperative or credit union are eligible for nomination.  The nominee must have lived in Manitoba.

Cooperative Achievement Award

To recognize and honour cooperative organizations in Manitoba that have implemented projects and ventures that embody the cooperative values and principles and that benefit, cooperative members and their communities.

The achievement must be apparent within the last 10 years and have already demonstrated recognizable benefits to the members and community.  Cooperative and credit unions are eligible for nomination but must be operating in Manitoba.

Youth Leadership Award

The award recognizes significant contribution by young people, aged 30 and under, in cooperative endeavours.

This award may also recognize the commitment and achievements of individuals or organizations in mentoring youth and supporting their successes as young cooperative leaders.  Individuals, both youth and adults, and organizations are eligible for nomination.  The nominee must have lived/operated in Manitoba.

2020 Co-op Awards Winners

Please join us in congratulating the following award recipients:

Cooperative Achievement Award

Fireweed Food Co-op

“…We are dedicated to growing a stable market for sustainably produced food.”

Cooperative Merit Award

Gary Epler

“Being a part of a strong dedicated Board of Directors, management and staff [Gary] helped grow the credit union membership and footprint from $40 million to $450 million.”

Cooperative Merit Award

Sandra Hardy

“Sandra was instrumental in the fundraising campaign that raised over $200,000 to offset the share prices for verylow-income members.”

Banquet Awards Program

Take a look at our 2019 Banquet Awards Program which includes a listing of all the past award winners.