June 11, 2020

There have been many positive stories of people coming together and supporting one another through the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic – and we wanted to help say thanks.
In May, we asked you to tell us about someone going above and beyond to help their friends, neighbours or community during the pandemic. Of the 1,250 people randomly selected across Western Canada, there were 5 recipients of a $100 Co-op Gift Card in the St Malo Co-op area.

“Through the efforts of everyone working together to support one another, our community has been able to face the many challenges created by the pandemic these past two months,” said Henry Nickel, General Manager of St Malo Co-op. “It’s heartening to read the positive impact Co-op members and other members of our community are having and we just want to thank everyone for making our communities what they are.”
There were nearly 4,500 submissions made during the nomination period. Nearly 27 per cent of nominations were for a frontline worker with another 19 per cent for a healthcare worker, 17 per cent for a family member and 13 per cent for a friend.
There were a wide range of stories from a care assistant working with at-risk seniors to a neighbour baking buns for the block to a school secretary helping find meals for vulnerable children and families. Recipients in our community went above and beyond as well:

Rita was responsible for shopping all the curbside/ deliver orders.
Rollie always went above and beyond to help at the grocery/ hardware store
Marta was responsible for looking after the needs of the residents at the Chalet
Father Domenic Has been keeping the faith of people needing communion and confession
Courtney is a health care worker at PCH and has work extra hours to help with the pandemic

Co-op Helps is our way of supporting individuals and communities through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Co-op has made a $250,000 donation to food banks in Western Canada. This is in addition to the contributions local Co-ops are making in their respective communities.

For example, our Co-op has provided additional support to our community by making a large donation to the Helping Hands
Read more Helper Highlights and ways Co-op is supporting communities across Western Canada at www.wecare.crs .