Nova Scotia Co-operative Council Announces Competition Winners

Three social enterprises in Nova Scotia have been selected as the top winners of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council’s Social Enterprise Innovation Competition.

The competition, which was open to social enterprises doing business in Nova Scotia, offered a chance for three organizations to win a top prize of a $2,000 equity investment combined with 40 hours of technical assistance as well as a mentor.  Runners up in each region are also awarded a $500 contribution combined with 5 hours of technical assistance.

The winners are:

Eastern Region

  • 1st place – Breton Ability Centre, Sydney, NS.
  • Runner-up – Munro Farms Environmental Services, Sydney, NS.

Central Region

  • 1st place – Hammonds Plains Firehall and Community Centre, Hammonds Plains, NS.
  • Runner-up – The Deanery Project, Ship Harbour, NS.

Southwest Valley Region

  • 1st place – Medway Community Forest Co-operative, Kempt, NS.
  • Runner-up – Mahone Bay Farmer’s Market Co-operative, Blockhouse, NS.

“The number and high caliber of submissions certainly shows the vitality of the social enterprise sector across Nova Scotia.” said Dianne Kelderman, President & CEO of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council.  “It was not easy to choose the top winners, because they are all winners.   Sincere thanks to all applicants and to our judges for their tough work, time and commitment.”

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Nova Scotia Co-operative Council
Truro, NS
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