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CDF Study Tour - Peru

On Monday, January 16th, 2012, the Co-operative Development Foundation (CDF) will embark on a 5 day Study Tour to Peru. Along with a volunteer team made up of Canadian Co-operative and Credit Union leaders, we will be visiting co-operative projects in the regions of Piura and Montero that have supported and empowered small communities of producer farmers to work their way out of poverty towards prosperity.

Sunday, January 29, 2012


Our Team

It’s Monday morning and we have a long day of travel ahead of us. At the Ottawa airport I’ve met up with Julie Breuer, Director of Operations and Fundraising for CDF and Philippa Wiens who is the CCA ID Project Officer for the Americas. Philippa visits her projects once or twice a year and has agreed to schedule this visit to coincide with ours in order to help guide us through the next 5 days. The first of our five volunteers has started the journey with us here as well. Alexandra Wilson is head of the Agency for Co-operative Housing, the body that regulates federally funded housing co-operatives in Canada. She also sits on the board of directors of The Co-operators Group and has been involved with co-ops in one way or another since 1974. We’re off to Toronto!

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