Regional Support Associations

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Canada Atlantic Canada Support Association

Why Support Associations?

Oikocredit Canada’s Support Associations are groups of volunteers whose members are engaged in promoting Oikocredit’s mission. Volunteer associations are part of a long-standing tradition in Oikocredit’s work. In addition to being active volunteers for Oikocredit, Support Associations are members of the Oikocredit International co-operative.

Oikocredit has two Support Associations in Canada – Oikocredit Canada and Oikocredit Canada Atlantic. Click on the regions to learn more about how you can get involved in your local Support Association.

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Mission, vision and values

Oikocredit is guided by the principle of empowering people. Our experience proves that the most effective and sustainable means of assisting those in need is providing an opportunity to help themselves.

Mission and vision statements

Vision

A global, just society in which resources are shared sustainably and all people are empowered with the choices they need to create a life of dignity.

Mission

Oikocredit challenges all to invest responsibly. It provides financial services and supports organizations to improve the quality of life of low-income people or communities in a sustainable way.

Our values

People

Oikocredit supports organisations that provide financial opportunities to disadvantaged people irrespective of their faith, culture, age or gender.

Sharing

Oikocredit provides a vehicle for meaningful sharing. An uneven distribution of resources, wealth and power can lead to conflict. When the global community is prepared to share what they have, respect each other and work together, justice and peace can prevail.

Grassroots

Development is most effective when it stems from grassroots. In the co-operative culture of Oikocredit, people's initiatives and participation are central to all acts and policies.

Integrity

Respect between people implies honesty and truthfulness. Oikocredit is determined to listen with an open mind and communicate in full transparency on all parameters of its own policies.

Environment

A balanced ecosystem is the basis for life and as such, should be preserved. Oikocredit believes that a healthy balance in nature can only be achieved in a world where resources and power are spread evenly.

Ecumenical spirit

Around the world, people of faith are willing to share their resources. Oikocredit forms part of that worldwide coalition of solidarity.