Client Stories

Collective Enterprise Opportunity

A unique co-op project launched last year at Children of the Earth High School (COTE).

The abORIGINAL student co-op, kicked off in March 2014, is a collective enterprise led by students, for students. The co-op’s goal is to empower COTE students who want to learn how to start a business, and to help student artists market and sell their own creations.

I think students learned about the importance of co-ops inside each and every community


“I thought it would be a typical business, but I was in store for a lot of fun and a lot of learning,” says Gordon Parisian, student co-op President.

The co-op held its first art show and sale in December 2014 at Neechi Commons. Their second art sale was held in April 2015. Each was profitable, and well attended.

Parisian says that the co-op’s benefits are far reaching.

“I think students learned about the importance of co-ops inside each and every community,” says Parisian. He emphasized that, “Everyone in the community gets a chance to work in it, and even when you’re not in the co-op, your community still benefits from it because co-ops fundraise and fund a lot of programs inside our communities to help improve it.”

The COTE co-op worked with both SEED Winnipeg and the Manitoba Cooperative Association.

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