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Mourning the passing of Ian MacPherson

Ian MacPhersonDear Friends and Colleagues,

With deep great regret and sadness, I convey the news that Ian MacPherson died suddenly on the November 16th, 2013. Ian was a world figure as an historian but also an activist in the world of co-operative enterprise. He took a leading role in creating the Canadian Co-operative Association, was the co-founder of CASC (the Canadian Association for the Study of Co-operation), and chair of the International Co-operative Alliance committee that revised the co-operative principles in 1995.

Prominent among his many contributions was the founding in the year 2000 of the BC Institute for Co-operative Studies (BCICS), later re-named the Centre for Co-operative and Community-Based Economy (CCCBE). The Centre became a prime source of scholarly material as well as support for practitioners in co-operative undertaking. The BCICS/CCCBE is an arm of the mentorship that Ian so warmly and generously practised himself for those interested in learning about and advancing co-operation as a community resource. Ian’s latest initiative, under the umbrella of the Centre, was the creation of the Co-operative Initiative for Peace and Social Inclusion.

Ian will be sorely missed by many in the academic world and especially in the world of co-operation.

In recognition of his multitude of contributions in scholarship and public service, Dr. MacPherson will receive a Honorary Doctorate - a decision made shortly before his unexpected death.  This award will be presented on January 18, 2014 at 11:00 am at the special service of remembrance held at the University Club.  The UVic flag will also be lowered in his memory on that day.

In lieu of flowers please consider any of the following:

Contributing to the UVIC Dr. Ian MacPherson Scholarship
Supporting the Dr. Ian MacPherson Legacy Fund at the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada
Donating to a charity of your choice
Joining a co-op

Regretfully,

Ana María
Ana Maria  Peredo PhD
Director
Centre for Co-operative and Community-Based Economy
University of Victoria
Canada

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