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Former local resident fostering co-operative change overseas

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Photo: Ingrid Fischer participates in a field trip to officially open newly built credit unions, homes and wells on the eastern shores of Sri-Lanka -submitted.

A former Fort St. John resident is changing the world, one country at a time.

Ingrid Fischer started her journey at the North Peace Credit Union. She became a member of the Canadian Co-operative Association and took an interest in international development.

She says working at the local credit union prepared her to rebuild countries plagued by natural disasters and war.

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The CCA is an organization that connects co-operatives and credit unions world-wide. Member co-operatives cover virtually all sectors of the economy.

Fischer has most recently returned from a three-year position in Sri Lanka, where she worked as a Program Manager. The 51 year-old helped rebuild basic services that were destroyed by the tsunami in 2004.

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She says she worked with local co-operatives to establish long-term resources for the thousands of people that were impacted by the disaster.

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Fischer says the progress was difficult at times, because there was an active civil war in the region.

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Fischer was in Ottawa last week to celebrate Co-op Week in Canada and International Credit Union Day.

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She will now be heading to Ghana to continue her development work.

Fischer says anyone who is interested in international development should visit www.coopscanada.coop/

She says the best place to start is by volunteering through the organization.

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