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Loss of Canadian Author Educator Historian and Friend - Dr. Ian MacPherson

19 Nov 2013 3:49 PM | Terry MacDonald (Administrator)

We are greatly saddened by the loss of our friend and fellow co-operator.  He has worked tirelessly with us for almost three years on our "Co-operative Enterprise - Building a Better World" book project - which was just completed last month. He also served as as the president of our small development co-operative know as the Global Co-operative Development Group Inc.

In Ian's spirit we are proceeding with the formal global webinar book launch which he helped to plan on the morning of November 20, 2013.

We felt it appropriate to include a message sent by the Executive Director of the Canadian Co-operative Association to all its members concerning Ian's passing.  Also below please find a link to the memorial blog which CCA has set up in Ian's memory.

                                                                Terry MacDonald and Greg Wallace

Please see the email below from Denyse Guy, Executive Director, CCA:
Dear Members,
It is with profound sadness that I am letting you know that Ian MacPherson,  Canada’s foremost co-operative historian and former president of CCA,  died suddenly on the weekend at age 74.   Ian was one of the Canadian co-operative movement’s leading lights, a scholar, a teacher, a friend and a passionate co-operator.   He had a close relationship with CCA, having served as its first president following the 1987 merger of the Co-operative Union of Canada and the Co-operative College.  He also was the author of A Century of Co-operation, the commemorative book published by CCA in 2009.
Ian touched the lives of many co-operators from across Canada and around the world.  He chaired the ICA committee which revised the co-operative principles in 1995, and most recently was promoting  an international initiative linking co-operative to peace and social cohesion. On a personal level, he served as an inspiration to many, many individual co-operators; he was a mentor to me for more than 15 years and provided wonderful and insightful guidance that I will always cherish.  
I have sent a message of condolence to Ian’s son Andrew on behalf of the CCA board and staff.  The family is thinking of having a celebration of Ian’s life in Victoria early in the new year, and I will keep you informed.  In my office, we are assembling your thoughts and condolences that will send to the family. 
I will also be talking to the Board of Directors and staff about developing a proposal for a scholarship fund in Ian’s name, in recognition of his enormous contribution to co-operative education.
Ian will be truly missed by all of us.

Co-operatively yours,                         

Denyse Guy
Executive Director /Directrice Générale
Canadian Co-operative Association/
Association des cooperatives du Canada


            Memorial Blog for Ian MacPherson         

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