In memoriam: Penny Bethke

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to a long-time supporter and Board member, Penny Bethke.

Penny was a passionate leader in the co-operative housing sector in Toronto, advocate of co-operative business principles and corporate social responsibility, as well as women’s issues.

She had an integral part in Alterna’s creation, a result of the merger between CS CO-OP and Metro Credit Union. As an Alterna Board member, Penny served on numerous committees, performed duties as Vice Chair of the Metro Credit Union board, and as Chair of Alterna’s Member Relations Committee.

Penny passed away surrounded by friends and family Saturday after a courageous battle with cancer. Her wishes are for donations to be made to St. Joseph’s Health Centre in lieu of flowers.

A visitation and memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 at the Paul O'Connor Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Avenue East (between Warden and Pharmacy). Visitation will be from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a service following in the chapel.