Week of Feb. 4 – Feb. 10, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 15

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Openings“You must stick to your conviction, but be ready to abandon your assumptions.” – Denis Waitley http://www.waitley.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

·     Interested co-operators can join 200 credit union, co-operative and community investment representatives at the 2nd Annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Community Investment Forum in Guelph, Ontario, May 15, 16 and 17, 2007. While there, they can learn about best practices and leading trends in CSR and community investing, network with peers, and help grow a national CSR network of co-operatives and credit unions. Registration is $175 with financial assistance available on application. This conference is organized by a steering committee of credit union and co-operative representatives, including Credit Union Central of Canada and Canadian Co-operative Association, following the first successful 2006 Forum.  Contact Miruna Nichita at  Miruna_nichita@cooperators.ca  for registration information.

·      A group of professionals in New Brunswick are making a difference in Guinea using microcredit and other community development models. The Lyceum Group (TLG) is a collective of mostly New Brunswick professionals who are working to improve lives in Guinea, West Africa.  http:// www.grouplyceum.com The outcome is a model village now being visited by many from both Guinea and abroad.  Efforts have been made to teach school children about their isolated ecosystem, collate the history of their people and culture, and stimulate pride in the empowerment of each resident.

·      This is International Development Week 2007. It ends on Saturday and there are many events happening across the region. Thursday, February 8th, 12 Noon – 3 PM, Westin Nova Scotia, 1181 Hollis St., Halifax, NS In celebration of International Development Week, the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation is hosting the Engendering Change Luncheon. Speakers will discuss the importance of gender equality in contributing to economic growth, sustainable development, and reducing poverty around the world. Cost: $20 – includes a three-course meal ($15 for students) For tickets call 431-2311 or email communications@acic-caci.org. Friday, February 9, International Opportunities Fair, 5:30 pm – 8.30pm UNB Saint John Grand Hall, Scotiabank Building, King Square, Uptown Saint John NB; 6 – 7 pm - Working in International Development in Africa Panel Discussion: Listen to inspiring stories and advice from UNB students and graduates who have worked in Africa;  7– 8:30 pm  Right to Be Heard: A Look into the World of Human Trafficking Listen to speakers Ric Esther Bienstock, award winning producer/director of documentaries, Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, founder of World Hope International, and Alberta Kaikai, anti-trafficking co-ordinator for World Hope in Sierra Leone as they address the issue of human trafficking, share their personal stories and show clips from Ric Esther Bienstock’s documentary “Sex Slaves / The Real Sex Traffic”

·      Canadians are blogging their experiences while helping Ghana’s credit unions. For the next three weeks, you can follow the adventures of two credit union professionals as they blog their experiences helping credit unions in the West Africa country of Ghana. Barry Delaney and Marcia Greenwood are in Accra, Ghana’s capital city with the  Canadian Co-operative Association’s Ghana Coaching Program.  To follow Barry’s and Marcia’s blogs, go to: www.coopscanada.coop and follow the links.


Expanding Your Back Yard –Social and environmental entrepreneurs have a lot to teach big business by John Elkington and Mark Lee http://www.grist.org/biz/fd/2006/12/20/entrepreneurs/


Governing For Tomorrow- Possibly no other area within the cooperative contains as much potential for either success or disaster as does that of board/general manager relationships by Geoffrey F. Smith and Karen Zimbelman http://www.cooperativegrocer.coop/articles/index.php?id=19 Assessing Management Performance


What is Your Vision Statement?  – This week, our vision statement comes from

the Keystone Development Center (KDC) in York, Pennsylvania. It was created in 1998 by an all-volunteer group of individuals, including one farmer and several working at various service organizations. All were devoted to cooperative and rural development in Pennsylvania. Its vision is to sustain communities, economies and resources in rural areas through cooperatively owned businesses.


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Co-op 101 Educational Links – This week, I read am interesting e-mail from a Canadian Co-operative Association staff person in Sri Lanka. I decided to share some news stories and links to co-operatives in that country. Only two years ago, Sri Lanka was devastated by the tsunami. http://www.coopscanada.coop/pdf/Resources/NewsReleases/Tsunami%20appeal%20jan05.pdf


and http://www.coopscanada.coop/pdf/tsunami/AsiaReconstructionBulletinWinter05.pdf

 It is always good to reflect on past and present co-operative development and preparations for the future. http://www.colombopage.com/archive_07/January2061909JV.html

Iran and Sri Lanka have agreed to bolster their co-operation in the co-operatives sector http://www.tamilinsight.com/index.php?news=4398

Women's Bank, Colombo, Sri Lanka



You CAN Do That the ‘Co-op’ Way - Each week, we feature a co-operative or collective formed to meet a particular need in communities around the world. This week, we visit the River Market Community Co-op in Stillwater, Minnesota. www.rivermarket.coop


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      Feb 4-10 - International Development Week

·      Feb 4 at 2:30 pm, Spring Garden Public Library, 5381 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax Public screening of the film “Wal-Town” There will be a special appearance by two of the six activists who, in the summer of 2004 and 2005, ventured across the country to put Walmart’s feet to the fire about their business practices and the effects they were having on Canadian cities and communities. A free event presented by NSPIRG and the Halifax Public Libraries. A second screening of Wal-Town on Monday, February 5 at 8:30pm NSCAD Bell Auditorium, Room D440 4th Floor 5163 Duke Street, Halifax, NS.

·      Feb 8 from 12 Noon to 3 pm, Westin Nova Scotia, 1181 Hollis St., Halifax, NS -In celebration of International Development Week, the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation is hosting the Engendering Change Luncheon. Speakers will discuss the importance of gender equality in contributing to economic growth, sustainable development, and reducing poverty around the world. For tickets call 431-2311 or email communications@acic-caci.org. For more information please visit www.acic-caci.org

·      Feb 8 -Panel Discussion - Right to Be Heard: The World of Human Trafficking, 7 PM, UNB Fredericton Head Hall, Dineen Auditorium. Speakers Ric Esther Bienstock, award winning producer/director of documentaries, Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, founder of World Hope International, and Alberta Kaikai, anti-trafficking coordinator for World Hope Sierra Leone, address the issue of human trafficking through a panel discussion. The work is funded by CIDA, Canadian International Development Agency, by a grant to World Hope Canada.

·      Feb. 16 -deadline for submission of papers for the Co-operative Innovation: Influencing the Social Economy conference being held in Saskatoon this Spring has been extended to February 16, 2007. The call for papers and instructions on how to submit a proposal can be found on the conference website at: www.usaskstudies.coop/socialeconomy/Congress2007

·      Feb 21-22 - Bio-Fuels and Value-Added Co-ops – What are they all about? Through a series of plenaries, case studies and break-out sessions lead by a variety of experts from all over North America, we will explore a variety of topics, including: Government policy, Establishing governance models and board policies, Membership and equity drives, Funding for co-ops, By-laws, policies and operations, Financing and taxation implications for co-ops in planning equity, Success stories, Research on new generation co-ops in Manitoba, Working together as a province. This conference is taking place in Portage la Prairie, MB If anyone in the Atlantic region is interested in following up on this conference, please contact info@manitoba.coop

·      Mar 2-3 - Members of the Social Economy and Sustainability Research Network are invited to take part in Bridging, Bonding and Building Policy Research, Future Inns, Moncton, NB For registration information, contact: Erin Hancock by Friday, February 23, 2007, m8b5c@unb.ca, 1-506-472-6003 (tel), 1-506-447-3224 (fax)

·      March 30-31, CUCNB Annual General Meeting, Hilton Hotel, Saint John, NB

·      2007 - The 2007 National Community Economic Development Conference will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland, April 18-21, 2007, and is being organized by the Canadian CED Network in partnership with local host Futures In Newfoundland and Labrador’s Youth - Bring It Home: Building Communities from a Rock Foundation. Conference organizers are inviting proposals specifically for four conference streams, as well as other topics of interest. The four streams are: Technology and CED, Youth and CED, Aboriginal CED, and Building Bridges.  The Canadian Co-operative Association is attempting to coordinate submissions on co-op topics and would appreciate knowing what is being submitted to the conference organizers. Please contact Lynne Markell, lynne.markell@coopsCanada.coop  if you are planning on submitting a co-op topic.

·      April 26, 2007 – Annual General Meeting, Consumers Community Co-operative

·      April 27-28, 2007 – Annual General Meeting, Co-op Atlantic, Crowne Plaza and Moncton Coliseum

·      May 28-June 1, 2007 -three organizations will come together for the first time in a joint conference. The International Co-operative Alliance Committee on Co-operative Research (ICA), the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC), and the Assocation for Cooperative Educators (ACE) will together host one unified conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This event will combine the approaches and audiences of the respective organizations and will be held in conjunction with the 2007 Congress of the Humanities and Social Scienceshttp://usaskstudies.coop/socialeconomy/Congress2007 Please note that the deadline for submitting proposals for presentations at the Co-operative Innovation: Influencing the Social Economy conference in Saskatoon in May 2007 is rapidly approaching. The deadline is February 1st. http://www.usaskstudies.coop/socialeconomy/Congress2007

·      June 22, 23 and 24 - 61e Congrès annuel du Conseil Canadien de la Coopération à Québec, Québec City, Québec

·      July 20-22 – Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy: Building Cooperation East and South, University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC

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Contest of the week - We had several entries last week. 
The first correct entry to arrive was from Kerniel Aasland Winnipeg, MB. 
Congratulations!!  Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca  
Last week’s contest and answer -- Each of the Johnson brothers has as many 
sisters as he has brothers. Each of the Johnson sisters has twice as many brothers as she has sisters. 
How many brothers and sisters are there in the Johnson family? Answer: 4 brothers and 3 sisters 
This week’s contest: How much money would I have had if, in spending 1/5 and then 1/5 of the remaining I had altogether spent $36.00? 


It’s Easy to Cook In February, we will feature apples, readily available from apple growers in Atlantic Canada at this time of year.

Squash and Apple Bake
• 2 lbs butternut or buttercup squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
• 2 Nova Scotia or New Brunswick baking apples, cored and cut into 1/2 inch slices
• 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
• 1 tbsp flour
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/2 tsp mace or 1/4 tsp nutmeg or cinnamon

Place squash in ungreased 12 inch x 8 inch baking dish; top with apple slices. Combine remaining ingredients; spoon over apples. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until squash and apples are tender.


More recipes can be found at http://www.tasteofnovascotia.ns.ca/recipe_directory/apples_pears.php


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007