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Mannville Co-op Celebrates 100 Years

Locals came to support the Cornerstone Co-op Mannville Food Store as they celebrated 100 years of incorporation on March 29. Board members thanked local owners and members for their support since 1919. “The Co-op in Mannville is part of the family in the Mannville District,” said Fred Wyard Scott. Others felt that the Mannville Co-op began as a necessity for survival, and was built by the community, sustained the community, and became an anchor of the village. Charles Stephenson was the first chairman of the board, and his great, great granddaughter, Amanda Baker, continues as a 4th generation team member. Cornerstone Co-op General Manager, Graham Getz said, “The Mannville Co-op has been making lives better in our community for 100 years.” The Village of Mannville presented a plaque in honour of the celebration, and guests enjoyed cake and refreshments throughout the day. Manager Cheryl Jory felt privileged to be part of the 100 year celebration and said, “At one time there were five meat markets or grocery stores in Mannville, and the Co-op survived. The team and owners are what make the store, and in my 22 years here I am thankful for the amount of people I’ve met and worked with over the years.”

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