Opportunities for Success: A Review of the Seymourville Co-operative

The community of Seymourville, Manitoba is attempting to revive the co-operative sector in their community. In response to this movement, a priority of the Joint Co-operative Development Project was to examine the conditions that lead the former co-operative in Seymourville to dissolve. By examining community members’ perception of how and why the former co-operative dissolved, it is hoped that lessons can be gleaned for future cooperative developments. Through an in-person survey, local residents were engaged in a dialogue to provide their perceptions and experiences with the former consumer-retail cooperative store. Researchers from the Rural Development Institute (RDI) captured their comments and views.