COCO Cafe in Cedar has won $25,000 through the National Co-op Challenge.
The cafe, which exists to create opportunities for people with developmental disabilities, intends to use the money to expand the business.
Patricia Johnston, a founding member of the COCO board of directors, said a redesign of the cafe will soon take place to accommodate its growing catering business, and a catering van will also be purchased.
"By expanding catering to compliment the cafe's coffee shop business, we hope to create an additional 40 hours of employment a week for people with developmental disabilities," she said.
COCO Cafe was one of two finalists in the Western region of Canada in the non-profit group National Co-op Challenge's competition that each received $25,000. COCO Cafe was founded more than two years ago and currently provides employment for 12 people with developmental disabilities. Its staff and volunteers have turned the cafe's coffee shop into a popular venue.
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