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You are here: Home> Personal > Caisse Desjardins Vallée de la Matapédia > Involvement in the community

Involvement in the community

The caisse understands the challenges and issues facing its members. With their support, it can provide its fellow citizens with valuable help regarding initiatives aimed at common betterment and the advancement of society.

The Community Development Fund serves to redistribute a portion of the cooperative's surplus earnings to the community. Following a proposal by the board of directors, during the annual general meeting, members decide what portion of the surplus earnings will be paid into the community fund. Through their caisse, members can support causes that are important to them.

Members who sit on the board of directors manage the community fund. Every year, they report on the fund at the annual general meeting.

In 2018, members of Caisse Desjardins Vallée de la Matapédia agreed to contribute $175,000 to the Community Development Fund.

In 2018, the caisse redistributed $192,541 to more than 20 of La Matapédia's key projects. Our cooperative ended the fiscal year with a balance of nearly $700,000 in its Community Development Fund. Most of the projects we supported have contributed to the economic development of our region, the education of our youth and the vitality of the community. As you know, being a co-op member has its advantages!

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In 2016, your caisse held a consultation to make sure its community initiatives were in line with the new Desjardins Group Standards for caisse Community Development Funds.

The objectives were:

  • making sure caisse actions met the real needs of the community
  • giving members the chance to voice their opinions on community involvement
  • being a socioeconomic community leader

Just before Christmas, the caisse collected community socioeconomic data to study the actions and recommendations of community development key players and coordinate them with the MRC development service.

During our caisse's typically busy RRSP season, we also polled members with an online AccèsD survey, on our Facebook page and with an in-caisse printed survey.

It gave us the opportunity to make sure our initiatives were in line with member concerns.

After the socioeconomic data and consultation results were analyzed, the caisse Board of Directors chose the principles that will guide us for the next 3 years:

  • Supporting academic perseverance and education
  • Supporting economic and environmental development through sustainable development of local resources (e.g., by supporting initiatives like inhabited ecoterritories, forest biomass, salmon rivers, agriculture, tourism, wind farms and ecoconstruction)
  • Promoting health and healthy lifestyles through innovative initiatives
  • Promoting La Matapédia culture and heritage
  • Maintaining and developing rural services through cooperation
  • Supporting needy families, new immigrants and seniors through humanitarian and community services

The caisse reviewed its selection process to make sure it prioritizes the initiatives that correspond with its principles. The organizations will be able to submit initiatives twice a year, in April and October and will have to read the new community involvement policy and fill out the new form.

See the new community involvement policy (in French only, PDF, 419 KB) - This link will open in a new window..

Fill out the application form (in French only, PDF, 994 KB) - This link will open in a new window..

If you have any questions, contact Isabelle Paquin at 418-629-2271, ext. 7206227, or by email - This link will open in a new window..

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