Week of June 4 – June 10, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 29

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Openings"Increasingly, the world around us looks as if we hated it."
-Alan Watts www.alanwatts.com Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. Send your favourite quote about celebrating co-operatives, communities and a better world for all, to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

This Week in Co-op Circles

·      Erin Hancock, a former Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership www.acyl.coop seminar participant, is considering a Public Policy focused Masters program in the fall and is seeking suggestions around policy research that is needed surrounding the co-operative sector. She hopes focus on co-operative policy in the Atlantic Provinces so if you have concerns about current policies, see gaps or disparities, she would like to hear from you.  Contact Erin at respectfordiversity@alloymail.com, or 905-688-2174

·      Once again this year, co-ops in Atlantic Canada are helping to sponsor Agrifest (www.agrifest.com) in Canning, Nova Scotia, Aug. 10-13.  This annual event celebrates agriculture, food and the outdoors with tours, plots, gardens, classroom, demos, food, family pavilion and exhibits.

·      Sussex and Studholm Agricultural Society is the world’s oldest co-op at 165 years. In fact, it was open three years before the Rochdale Pioneers opened their co-op in England in 1844. People at the first recorded meeting on March 30, 1841 passed a resolution stating “that the funds of this Society be appropriated by the committee in such a manner, as they think fit, for the promotion and improvement of agriculture generally.” The June issue of Rural Delivery (to subscribe go to www.countrymagazines.com details the history of Sussex and Studholm and the proud members and employees who have made it successful.

·      President and CEO of Halifax’s Credit Union Atlantic Jamie Baillie is one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEO’s, according to Atlantic Business Magazine.  Jamie was recognized at the Top 50 Gala Awards Celebration held earlier this month. The Top 50 CEO’s are recognized for their excellence in leadership, proven management ability, corporate and organizational growth and commitment to the community.  You can read more in the latest issue of Atlantic Business  magazine. Visit Credit Union Atlantic’s Web site at www.cua.com

·      When the community of Tignish, Prince Edward Island decided to build a new arena, the co-operative sector stepped up to the plate and became key supporters in ensuring the community center is built. Tignish Credit Union, Tignish Fisheries Co-op and Tignish Retail Co-op are each Diamond Contributors ($50,000+) and The Co-operators ($10,000 -$24,999) are Gold Contributors. Work on the new building has begun. Visit www.tignish.com/arena/

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Expanding Your Back Yard – This week, Leveraging Diversity to Maximum Advantage: The Business Case for Appointing More Women to Boards by Carol Stephenson. The author notes the fact that women “have a deep and intimate knowledge of consumer markets and customers. Women, for example, control 80 per cent of household spending, and using their own resources, make up 47 per cent of investors. They buy more than three quarters of all products and services in North America.” To read the complete article, go to: http://www.iveybusinessjournal.com/article.asp?intArticle_ID=507

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What is Your Vision Statement?  – This week’s vision statement comes from the College Hill Daycare Co-operative in Fredericton, NB.College Hill Daycare Co-operative is a place where children are valued for their wonder, curiosity, perspectives and ability to lead their own learning;  educators build on learning that came before and lay the groundwork for learning that will come after; the staff are valued for their role in keeping the children's fascination alive by promoting a love of learning creativity, fostering independence; there is acceptance and compassion for differences among people; children have the time, space and freedom to explore and investigate their interests and ideas; each teacher uses an array of techniques, materials and activities to bring about the child’s total and unique growth; educators create a community where the children come to know that the group is valued, the individual is respected and that each person has a responsibility with the class; we are all partners in education and continued growth of the children; we support each other, sharing the same vision and encouraging the same goals for your child.” www.unb.ca/chdc/vision.html  Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca
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Co-op 101 Educational Links - Learn about a  Fair Trade Worker Co-operative in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, about half an hour south of Boston. Equal Exchange, http://www.equalexchange.com/index.php founded in 1986, is the oldest and largest for-profit Fair Trade company in the US. They offer organic, gourmet coffee, tea, sugar, cocoa, and chocolate bars produced by democratically run farmer co-ops in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Equal Exchange was the winner of the 2006 SBANE (Smaller Business Association of New England) Innovation Award.  The co-op was recognized for its unprecedented combination of innovations including pioneering Fair Trade practices, democratic worker cooperative structure, unorthodox capital model, and its unique partnerships with eight Faith-based organizations.

 

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Words and Expressions from Yesteryear  -  Try your luck at figuring out a saying from years gone by. Last week –: “Give her the long main sheet.” Answer: To go off with no intention of returning. This week“You are moldering my brains.” Good luck! Send your guess to: News1@nbnet.nb.ca  

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You CAN Do That the ‘Co-op’ Way  - Each week we will feature a co-operative formed to meet a particular need in communities around the world. This week, from the province of Prince Edward Island, the PEI Certified Organic Producers Co-op (COPC) http://www.organicpei.com/index.php?/page/coop The PEI Certified Organic Producers Co-op (COPC) was established in 2002. The Co-op is composed of certified organic agriculture producers who wish to see organic agriculture grow within Prince Edward Island. Their vision of the future entails a vibrant, growing organic industry in PEI. They are committed to supporting: quality healthy food for Islanders, a revitalized rural economy and culture, protecting and enhancing the environment, and a fair income for organic farmers

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·        June 6, 2006 – Vermont Employee Ownership Conference, Burlington, Vermont. For more information, go to www.veoc.org

·        June 8, 2006 – 9th Annual Meeting, TEAMWork Co-operative Ltd, at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind auditorium, 6136 Almon St, Halifax

·        June 9-10, 2006 – Annual General Meeting and Mini-Congress, Canadian Co-operative Association, London, Ontario

·        June 12-17 – 70th Anniversary Celebrations – Victoria Farmers Co-operative, Baddeck, NS

·        June 14, 2006 – Building the High Performance Co-operative Workshop, 10 am – 12 Noon, Truro, NS. To register contact (902) 893-8966 or e-mail: nscoopcouncil@eastlink.ca

·        June 14, 2006 – 67th Annual General Meeting, Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, Truro, NS

·        June 15-17, International Symposium: The Co-operative and its Workers, Saint Mary's University, Room 415, Sobey Building, 923 Robie Street, Halifax, NS. The Symposium will explore how co-operatives manage the relationship with their workers and the interdependence between workers, consumers and primary producers.  Key questions that will also be examined:  How do co-operative values shape how co-operatives relate to their workers?  If unions and co-operatives have many shared values why do they not always have harmonious relationships?  Papers will be presented by participants from co-operative businesses, labour unions and academics.

·        June 30 – July 2, 2006 - 60th Annual Congress and General Assembly of the Conseil Canadien de la Coopération (CCC), in Chéticamp, Nova Scotia. Le Conseil Coopératif Acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse is currently helping CCC with the various preparations of the congress.

·        July 7-8, 2006 – Annual Festival of Place-Based Business, Cape Breton University

Remember to send news items and bulletin board items to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

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Contest of the week - There was no winner last week. The lucky name drawn for the month of May was Barbara Ledwell-Wotton, NL.  A small gift is on the way.  All entries in June will be added to the Contest Can and the lucky submission for June will be announced the first week in July. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon. Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca This week’s contest: I am a word of 11 letters.
My 4, 9, 5 is worn on the head.
My 10, 9, 1, 11 is a narrow road.
My 11, 2, 3, 4, 5 is a number.
My 8, 6, 7 is a spirit.
My whole is an excellent songster.
What am I?

Last week’s answers:

ADJUSTMENT  synonym - accommodation, Modification

ADJUSTMENT antonym -  misplacement, disorganization

JUSTIFY synonym -  legitimize, substantiate

JUSTIFY antonym -  denounce, blame

SECRECY synonym - clandestineness, openness

SECRECY antonym -  conspicuousness, openness

CONCERN synonym - consideration, attention

CONCERN antonym - disregard, neglect

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It’s Easy to Cook -We would like to include your recipes made with Co-op brand products like Co-op Gold, Market Town and Harmonie. Tell us a bit about why your recipe is a favourite. Those who contribute recipes will be eligible to win a cookbook.

Grilled Salmon and Mediterranean Vegetable Salad (serves 4) From the Heart and Stroke Foundation Web site www.heartandstroke.ca

Prepare barbecue racks by brushing lightly with vegetable oil or by spraying with vegetable oil cooking spray. Preheat the barbecue. In a dish, mix together 1 tablespoon (15 mL) olive oil and (15 mL) balsamic vinegar Add salmon fillets and coat with mixture. Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper. Allow to marinate for 10 minutes. Place vegetables on a platter and spray with vegetable oil cooking spray. Place on the grill, sprayed side down. Grill for about 3 to 4 minutes or until grill marks are evident. Turn over and grill another 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the grill and place in a medium bowl. Add remaining tablespoon (15 mL) olive oil, 2 tablespoons (25 mL) balsamic vinegar and chopped basil. Toss to coat taking care to separate onions into single rings; season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. Set aside.  Place salmon skin side up on barbecue racks. Grill for 3-4 minutes. Using a spatula, turn the salmon and grill another 4 - 5 minutes or until cooked through. Place grilled vegetable salad on plates and top with salmon; serve immediately.  During June, we will feature recipes with strawberries or salmon, both pleasures of the palate at this time of the year.  If you have a recipe for either, please send it to: cooking1@nbnet.nb.ca

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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, June 14, 2006.