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Jackie Littlejohn

Director, representing GROWMARK, Inc.

Tell us a bit about yourself (i.e., your background (where you grew up, education, children, which co-operative you work for, your position, etc.)

I grew up in Brant County on a farrow to finish hog farm. Attended the University of Guelph for Agricultural Business. I now reside in Oxford County with my family, working for GROWMARK, Inc. as their Marketing and Communication Specialist for the Ontario Region.

How long have you been involved in the co-operative movement, and what do you love most about it?

I have been involved with the co-operative movement since I was 14 and first attended CYL. I love the sense of community that comes with the co-operative movement.

If there is one thing you would want people to know about co-ops, what would it be?

The community and concern for others within with co-operative community.

Why is your co-operative a member of OCA?

GROWMARK is a federated regional co-operative. It is important for GROWMARK to partner with various associations that continue to add value for our members. OCA offers a great deal of insight into potential opportunities and/or challenges within the co-op sector and government that can impact our members. We value the expertise and support OCA brings to our co-op network. 

What do you think are some of the benefits of being a member of OCA?

The ability to collaborate with other co-operatives in Ontario and Canada.

What do you think are some of the opportunities and challenges facing OCA in the next 3 - 5 years?

As the world emerges from COVID we have seen some distinct changes in how we work and the priorities we deem important. Co-operatives are uniquely positioned to showcase ourselves as the choice for business.

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