Co-op People (1996)

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         by the International Co-operative Alliance ICA 
                         December, 1996

         (Source: ICA News, Issue No.6, 1996, pp.12)

                         Co-op People

Martin Bergner, former head of the International Department of
VdK, has been promoted to Executive Vice President. VdK is one
of the two Consumer Co-operative Unions in Germany, mainly active
in the Eastern part.

CCA Executive Director Lynden Hillier has been seconded to the
Government of Canada to become Executive Director of the
Co-operatives Secretariat, effective 2 December 1996. The
secondment will be for a period of two years under Interchange
Canada, an executive exchange programme between the Federal
Government and the private sector. Mr. Hillier has been CCA's
Executive Director for the past 8 1/2 years. It was announced
that the CCA Board of Directors would fill the Executive Director
position through a contract for management services with the
Credit Union Central of Canada (CUCC).

M. C. Merril Perera from the Keopungoda St. Anthony’s Fisheries
Co-operative Society Ltd, has been elected as the President of
the Sri Lanka National Federation of Fisheries Co-operative
Societies for a period of two years from August 1996.

Raymond Stelandre, Secretary-General of BITS, has taken over the
responsibility for the Secretariat of Tourism International
Co-operative and Associated (TICA) on the retirement of
Connie Beswick from the CWS on 1 November 1996.

On 23 April 1997, four co-op leaders will receive the US
co-operative sector's highest honour - induction into the
Co-operative Hall of Fame. The inductees "Paddy" Bailey,
Stanley W. Dreyer, W. Malcolm Harding and Woodrow Keown will join
90 other co-op leaders in the prestigious Co-operative Hall of


Paul Derrick died in December 1996 at the age of 80. He was a
long-serving employee of ICA until his retirement. The funeral
was held on 9 December at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in London.

Eva Feher, Hungary, died on 12 November 1996 at the age of 71.
She worked for the National Federation of Agricultural
Co-operatives and held different positions in the ICA
organs between 1968-76. She represented the National Co-operative
Council in the ICA Central Committee, in the Women Co-operators'
Advisory Council/Women's Committee and was a member of the
Agricultural Committee.

Dr. Arturo Vainstok died on 4 January 1997 at the age of 86. In
addition to his many important contributions to the co-operative
movement of Argentina, Dr. Vainstock will be remembered by
countless co-operative leaders around the world for his
unwavering belief in the values of the co-operative movement and
in the necessity for practical international co-operation.