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      Sarah FirbySarah Firby

      Hi Everyone!

      I’m Sarah, and first off I just want to say how incredibly cool it is to see so many people who work in the Co-operative sector! I can’t quite remember how I first found this course, but I am happy to be here to enhance my learning. In my spare time I enjoy hiking and gardening.

      In terms of connection to cooperatives I am a product of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program (Co-op Camp) and started my passion for cooperatives through this program first as a participant, and fortunately later as a counsellor. I’ve recently completed my Bachelors of Commerce at the University of Saskatchewan, and have now been accepted to the Graduate Certificate in Co-operatives and Social Economy program starting in September (which I am thrilled to start). Fortunately I had the opportunity to complete a co-op education term in 2018 with Federated Co-operatives Ltd. in the Energy department, and have continued employment there since. What I love most about the co-operative model is seeing how it is interpreted in different industries, and the level of support to and from the communities these businesses serve.

      The co-operative model, and how it interacts with legislation and society while still remaining competitive is a challenge that co-operatives face and something I would like to better understand. I think better understanding co-operative governance from the perspective of others through this course will not only enhance my personal learning, but will benefit by contributions as a Co-op customer member and team member.

      I’m looking forward to having great conversations with you!

      -Sarah Firby

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      Jen BudneyJen Budney

      Hi Sarah! I’m thrilled to have you in this course – it’s so great to meet people who have “grown up” in the system. I’ll be teaching the Social Economy and Public Policy course for JSGS in the Winter 2021 – I expect to see you there as well? I hope you enjoy this course a lot.

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