Vallée Bras-du-Nord is a solidarity cooperative based on an innovative model of cooperative management. Many awards over the years attest the success of our model, since the founding of the coop in 2002. This model combines the employees (workers), the producers of tourism services (producer members) and landowners providing rights of access (support members). Its Board of Directors consists of 11 members, divided into three categories.All have a common desire to ensure sound management and quality development. This results in better control in regard of the tourist boom of the Valley, and builds a high sense of belonging among employees, partners and the community in general.
A person or company that has the ability to be a user of services offered by the Cooperative, and be a producer of services of the Cooperative. The Coop has 13 user-producer members of tourist services.
An individual who can perform any kind of work for the Cooperative. The Coop has 20 workers.
Company or person who has an economic or social interest in achieving the objective of the Cooperative. The Coop has 16 supporting members.
From the very beginning of the development of the Vallée Bras-du-Nord, we were supported by the local population who believed in this project. Visionary owners and trusted people who allowed a right of access for trail development on their land. Over time, we have developed this extensive network of trails. Without the support of the community and the openness of the owners, our development would never be what it is today. Here we salute the important contribution of these people, and thank them from the bottom of our hearts. They are, in their way, the builders of our unique ecotourism cooperative. Thank you all, and long live these agreements.
Louis Jobin High School in St. Raymond has developed a school program with an outdoors concentration that leverages the wealth of St-Raymond’s territory and surrounding areas. It was built in collaboration with Vallée Bras-du-Nord’s coop, whose expertise in education through adventure and nature has been successfully used. The school offers this program to students of 4th and 5th secondary level.
Many successes in recent years and multiple benefits generated by Vallée Bras-du-Nord’s model of cooperative solidarity attract curiosity. This model shines throughout Quebec and beyond its borders.