s Association of Cooperative Educators Association (ACE) Awards banquet in Austin, Texas on Monday will recognize outstanding cooperative educators and pay tribute to a mentor of many. Receiving the Outstanding Contribution to Cooperative Education and Training award is voted writer and journalist Lee Egerstrom of Minnesota. Egerstrom identified the movement that the development of new generation cooperatives that encouraged farmers and ranchers to own value-added processes. He remains active in Minnesota 20/20, a think tank about economic development, education, health care and other concerns.
The William Hlushko Award to Young Cooperative Educators goes to Erin Hancock of the newly created Cooperatives and Mutuals Canada, based in Ottawa. It’s an organization representing the interests of co-ops across Canada in French and English. Hancock’s many accomplishments include providing online portals for boards of directors and researchers so they can share and learn from one another.
The John Logue ACE Award established in 2010 to recognize those whose educational programs, technical assistance and research leads to co-ops that promote economic sustainability is to be given to Margaret Lund of Minnesota. Lund is the principal of a consulting practice she founded in 2008 to promote co-op development. She has created or co-authored several key resources that have helped cooperative developers in the United States and Canada.
The ACE Board of Directors gives the Outstanding Contribution to ACE award to Cooperation Texas of Austin. The award is reserved for organizations that provide outstanding assistance to the association. This year Cooperation Texas, a worker cooperative development centre, was instrumental in bringing cooperative educators to the University of Texas and highlighting the work of many to involve marginalized communities.
ACE educators will also remember University of Victoria Professor Emeritus Ian MacPherson who passed away late last year. MacPherson was an energetic and engaging storyteller and educator as well as historian who captured the most important moments of cooperation in North America. He is world renowned for leading the process to redefine cooperative principles. MacPherson’s recent work included cooperation’s place in peacemaking. At a recent meeting of the Canadian Association for Studies in Cooperation, Ontario-based educator J.J. McMurtry said MacPherson was, “always there (as) a mentor, (and) exemplar as a colleague.”