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Co-op donates $110K to Grande Prairie & District Catholic Schools Education Foundation for outdoor sports facility

(June 15, 2017) — Co-op is pitching in to help create new opportunities for physical activity and fun in Grande Prairie. 

The Grande Prairie & District Catholic Schools Education Foundation has received a $110,000 donation through Co-op Community Spaces, a funding program supporting recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture projects. 

The funds will support the organization’s plans for an outdoor multi-sports court at St. Kateri Catholic School that will be used by students and the entire community. 

Once complete, the outdoor facility will provide community members with several recreational opportunities — including basketball and hockey — without expensive membership fees. 

“A special thanks to the Co-op Community Spaces Program for providing us with $110,000 for our new Multi-Sports Court, we are looking forward to our new partnership with our local New Horizon Co-op. The Co-op Community Sports Court couldn’t have come at a better time, as St. Kateri Catholic School will be modernized and the 5000 sq. ft. fenced Co-op Community Court will provide an elite, safe recreational area for students and community members to enjoy the outdoors, while staying active.” said Kari Prichard, Executive Director with Grande Prairie & District Catholic Schools Education Foundation.

Local support

In 2017 — with Canada 150 just around the corner — individual projects were eligible to receive up to $150,000 through Co-op Community Spaces.

In total, 27 organizations are being supported through the program this year. Combined, these groups — which include non-profits, charities and community service co-operatives — have received $2 million for their community projects. 

Since launching in 2015, Co-op Community Spaces has provided $4.5 million to more than 60 projects across B.C., Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. 

“Co-op Community Spaces is an exciting program that is making a difference across Western Canada and we’re delighted to see it come to Grande Prairie,” said Laurie Gronhovd, General Manager with New Horizon Co-op. “New Horizon Co-op is supported and owned by members and customers throughout northwest Alberta, so it’s important that we give back and make investments in our community and people, which is what Co-op Community Spaces is all about.”

Co-op Community Spaces is administered by Federated Co-operatives Limited on behalf of more than 190 independent retail co-operatives across Western Canada that form the Co-operative Retailing System. For more information, including complete details about the 2017 Co-op Community Spaces projects, see www.communityspaces.ca.

About New Horizon Co-operative Association 

New Horizon Co-op is a retail co-operative that has proudly served Northwestern Alberta for more than 80 years. Today, New Horizon Co-op serves more than 52,681 members — and many more customers where it operates Grande Prairie, Valleyview, Laglace, Rycroft, Falher, Fairview, Fox Creek and Clairmont. Since 2007, New Horizon Co-op has returned more than $25,195,272 million to its members in cash back and equity, while contributing over $297,615.81 to community organizations and initiatives. 

Media Opportunity

A cheque presentation will be held at St. Kateri Catholic School on June 22 at 2:30 PM. All media representatives are welcome to attend.

When: Thursday, June 22, 2:30 PM
Where: St. Kateri Catholic School, 7906 Mission Heights Drive, Grande Prairie, Alberta T8W 1H3


New Horizon Co-operative Community Spaces, represented by Amanda Pinard, Human Resources Director of Co-op, presented a cheque in the amount of $110,000 to Superintendent Karl Germann on behalf of the Grande Prairie & District Catholic Schools Education Foundation. Co-op Management, and students and staff of St. Kateri Catholic School and Celtic Academy were in attendance at the special event.