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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Oikocredit in Canada

Education and outreach activity in Canada is carried out by two not-for-profit Support Associations, led by active volunteers. Investment administration is led by the National Support Office, under National Director Eugene Ellmen. 

Eugene was appointed National Director in January, 2013. Previous to his work with Oikocredit, Eugene served for 13 years as head of the Social Investment Organization, Canada's umbrella organization for socially responsible investment (now Responsible Investment Association). Eugene is the author of the critically-acclaimed Canadian Ethical Money Guide, and has won awards for his work in responsible investment and corporate social responsibility.

He is responsible for Oikocredit's investment administration activities in Canada, and serves as Oikocredit's Canadian representative.

The two Support Associations are led by volunteer boards and have responsibility for carrying out Oikocredit's grass roots education and outreach initiatives. These include representing Oikocredit at local events, as well as mounting webinars, workshops and annual meetings to educate the public about investment and development, and Oikocredit's work around the world.

The Support Associations are: