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Local Farmers Markets launch new season, team up to better serve customers

May 23rd, 2016 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Local Farmers Markets launch new season, team up to better serve customers)

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picture 689aabanner pfrIsland Roots Market Co-operative has partnered with Bowen Road Farmers Market and there are plans for a single indoor year-round market open 5 or 6 days each week in Nanaimo

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Coco Cafe’s big impact recognized, now a finalist for Small Business B.C. Awards

February 15th, 2016 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Coco Cafe’s big impact recognized, now a finalist for Small Business B.C. Awards)

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banner pfrCoco Cafe has around 33 full and part-time employees, with roughly 50 per cent having some form of a developmental disability. It’s “a place where everyone is welcome”

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Local farmers work to improve, deepen connections with customers, community

June 30th, 2015 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Local farmers work to improve, deepen connections with customers, community)

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picture 638pfr banner workingThe demand on Vancouver Island for locally-grown food continues to rise — but the challenge now is getting that food to the people who want it

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Social enterprise leader in Nanaimo to coach nonprofits

April 21st, 2015 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Social enterprise leader in Nanaimo to coach nonprofits)

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pfr banner workingLee Herrin, executive director of the Fernwood NRG neighbourhood social enterprise in Victoria, was in Nanaimo recently to speak with representatives from local nonprofit organizations

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Social enterprise could be your nonprofit funding solution

March 9th, 2015 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Social enterprise could be your nonprofit funding solution)

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picture 617As government funding for nonprofits is reduced and competition for limited funding increases, organizations are being pushed to become more self-sufficient and sustainable

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COCO Cafe serves up inclusion from its community hub in Cedar

July 7th, 2014 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on COCO Cafe serves up inclusion from its community hub in Cedar)

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Employment and socialization are important to everyone. Experiencing them can be challenging for people living with a developmental disability

picture 530Since opening in June of 2011, COCO Cafe has become a bustling community hub that truly is “Where friends meet”. The COCO (Cedar Opportunities Co-Operative) mission is to employ people with developmental disabilities within their community.

COCO was founded by a group of families in the Cedar/Yellowpoint/Cassidy areas of Nanaimo, British Columbia, all of whom have adult children with developmental disabilities. The families began meeting in 2007 to explore the idea of creating employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities within their community. During the initial stages of planning it was decided that, not only would a cafe be a welcome addition to the community, it would also be able to provide a range of different employment opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities in a manner that increases their visibility and integrates them into the community.

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