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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 managed by staff in our international office in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. 

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:

Oikocredit Canada Support Association

From left to right: Joe Howse, Hans van Nie (Oikocredit International Members Council), Karl Braun, Eugene Ellmen (Former National Support Office Director), Abhishek Bhasin, Margie Parikh, Julie Scott, Andrew Nicholls, Kelly McMillan, Jack Boland (Volunteer), Heather Keachie, Brigid McQuaid. Absent from photo: Michelle Peterson and Aysha Dawood.

Formed in 2016 from local support associations in Ontario and western Canada, Oikocredit Canada is one of about 30 support associations around the world. Our mandate is to educate Canadians about the value of investment and development, and the work of Oikocredit. As a Support Association of Oikocredit, we are a proud member of the Oikocredit international co-operative. We participate in the international Annual General Meeting and have contributed to international working groups and committees. We receive our funding from Oikocredit International and from fees from our members.

We are a non-profit association incorporated under the Canada Corporations Act and have been operating in this capacity for more than a decade. But our volunteers have been active in Oikocredit for much longer. In the past 30 years, several of our volunteers have served with distinction as Directors of the International Board.

The current Board members are:

  • Heather Keachie, Director/President, Toronto
  • Abhishek Bhasin, Director/Vice President, Toronto
  • Karl Braun, Director, Waterloo
  • Joe Howse, Director, Halifax
  • Kelly McMillan, Director, Halifax
  • Andrew Nicholls, Director, Victoria
  • Margie Parikh, Director, Victoria
  • Michelle Peterson, Director/Secretary Treasurer, Vancouver
  • Julie Scott, Director, Toronto

Our office:

  • Aysha Dawood, Coordinator
  • Brigid McQuaid, Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper

Please contact us if you would like one of our volunteers to come and speak to your group. We love to share our Oikocredit story!

Get in touch

Oikocredit Canada
c/o Centre for Social Innovation
192 Spadina Avenue
Suite 300
Toronto ON M5T 2C2
workT: 1-647-546-2393
canada@oikocredit.org

Oikocredit Atlantic Support Association

As a Support Association of Oikocredit, OCA is a member of the Oikocredit International co-operative, and participates in the annual meeting of the organization, as well as working groups and committees.

It also undertakes educational and outreach work in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland to increase awareness about the development needs of people in emerging parts of the world, and how Oikocredit contributes to this.

The 2017 Board members are:

  • Mary Rigby, Secretary, Dartmouth, NS
  • Douglas Rigby, Treasurer, Dartmouth, NS
  • Lorne Burrows, Member, Beaver Brook, NS
  • Keith Thompson, Member, Fredericton, NB

Get in touch

Oikocredit Canada Atlantic
25 Graham St.
NS B3A 3H9 Dartmouth
workT: 1 902 466 4048