2012 International Year of Co-operatives The United Nations has proclaimed 2012 the International Year of Co-operatives. And all of us at Gay Lea are excited to be a part of the resolution. The resolution, entitled "Co-operatives in Social Development", recognizes the diversity of the co-operative movement around the world. And the goal is to encourage governments to create a supportive environments in which co-operatives can flourish. A co-operative is an enterprise that is owned and democratically controlled by its members. Each co-op is designed to meet the collective needs of its producers, while proudly serving the community in which the members live. So it’s not all about the bottom line. Gay Lea is considered a producer co-op because it is made up of farmers and producers. Our members band together to process and market the dairy products you love, right in your own backyard. To find out more about this initiative and how co-operatives like Gay Lea work around the globe visit the Canadian International Year of Co-Operatives web site at www.canada2012.coop.