Week of Feb. 11 – Feb. 17, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 16

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Openings“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter www.whitehouse.gov/history/firstladies/rc39.html 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

·      The PEI Seniors Safety Program enhances seniors’ knowledge and helps them access the information and services they need to help them remain independent and safe in their community. This organization provides many services to PEI seniors, including the Vial of Life program. It provides a source of vital medical information for those first responding to the scene of a medical emergency. This year, through the financial sponsorship of Prince Edward Island Credit Unions, this program has been updated and expanded. Through this sponsorship, the vials have been standardized Island-wide and are a free service to residents of PEI. A database has been created in which Vial owners will be contacted every six months to see if they have any health changes and to ensure those changes are noted within their Vials. http://www.peicreditunions.com/news/article.php?ID=528

·      A cheque in the amount of $2,741 was given to L’Arche Cape Breton through a payroll deduction program from East Coast Credit Union for 2006.  www.eastcoastcreditu.ca   L’Arche Cape Breton, founded in 1983 by Tom and Anne Gunn, is home to approximately 50 people with developmental disabilities. L’Arche believes the East Coast Credit Union’s philosophy of caring for and helping people in our rural communities closely mirrors the L’Arche Cape Breton vision of care giving, where the values of compassion, inclusion and diversity are upheld and lived by each person. In 2005 East Coast Credit Union entered into a non-financial partnership with L’Arche Cape Breton. Through this partnership East Coast Credit Union has provided opportunities to raise public awareness of L’Arche. Credit union staff members from all 13 branches of East Coast have had a chance to tour the L’Arche Cape Breton community. They decided they wanted to do something more. In July 2006, the East Coast Credit Union L’Arche Payroll Deduction Plan was introduced. When the Board of Directors of East Coast Credit Union heard of the staff initiative they applauded their efforts by agreeing to match their 2006 total, dollar for dollar. www.ns-credit unions.com/default.asp?mn=  

·      A Nova Scotia credit union employee is representing Canada on the Kilimanjaro Initiative to benefit at-risk youth in East Africa. Jeff Healy, Marketing Manager with Teachers Plus Credit Union, www.teachersplus.ca was selected this month to represent Canada on the climb, taking place February 24th to 28th. . The main objective of the Kilimanjaro Initiative www.kilimanjaroinitiative.org is to encourage young people to believe in themselves and to assist in providing opportunities that will enable them to take on a constructive role in their communities. Healy is being sponsored on the climb by the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU). He has worked for the credit union system for three years. http://www.ns-credit-unions.com/default.asp?mn=

·      The first national governance award for the co-operative and credit union system will be launched at CCA’s AGM and Congress in Newfoundland in June, 2007. The award will acknowledge examples of best practice and innovation amongst boards and directors within the co-operative system. CCA has brought together leading corporate governance experts, academics, directors and staff responsible for the board together to identify the unique elements of corporate governance within co-operatives and credit unions. The first awards will take place at the 2008 AGM and Congress with details, including criteria and categories, of the award being announced at this year’s congress in St John’s, NL. Further details will be available shortly at www.coopsCanada.coop .


Expanding Your Back Yard – Cooperative Merger/Consolidation Negotiations: The Important Role of Facilitation www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/pub/cir52.pdf


Governing For Tomorrow- Defining the difference a cooperative makes in the world and the dramatic impact that fulfilling that difference can produce. http://www.cooperativegrocer.coop/articles/index.php?id=323


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

the Florida Credit Union League. Its vision is to be the source of advocacy, information, and support for all credit unions in Florida. http://www.fcul.org/For_Credit_Unions_46.htm Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational LinksThis week, there has been discussion on one of the co-op list serves about coop or democratically run schools. I though some Circles readers might be interested in one in Sudbury Valley School located in Framingham, Massachusetts http://www.sudval.org/00_home_01.html  It is a place where people decide for themselves how to spend their days. Here, students of all ages determine what they will do, as well as when, how, and where they will do it. This freedom is at the heart of the school. It belongs to the students as their right, not to be violated. The Sudbury Valley School ® is a democratic school. Students and staff each get one vote on all matters of substance, including the school rules and hiring/firing of staff. The school has no grades, tests, or scores. The students initiate all their own activities and create their own environments. The physical plant, the staff, and the equipment are there for the students to use as the need arises. The school provides a setting in which students are independent, are trusted, and are treated as responsible people; and a community in which students are exposed to the complexities of life in the framework of a participatory democracy.


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 Open Harvest in Lincoln, Nebraska. http://www.openharvest.coop  


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      Feb. 14 – Saint Valentine’s Day

·      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

·      April 18-21 - The 2007 National Community Economic Development Conference will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland 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 - The first correct entry to arrive for Week 16 was from Ron Levesque, Moncton. Congratulations!!  Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca  Last week’s contest and answer - 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? You would have started with $100.00. This week’s contest – Below are thirteen 5 lettered, everyday words, each of which has had two of its letters removed. In total, these 26 letters are A-Z. The remaining letters in each word are in the correct order. There are no words which are spelled differently based upon location (favour/favor, etc) and there are no plurals. Can you determine the original words?


For example, APE = APPLE


It’s Easy to Cook In February, we will feature apples, readily available from apple growers in Atlantic Canada at this time of year. The first apple trees in Nova Scotia were planted near Port Royal in the early 1600’s by Acadian settlers. Over the years, Nova Scotia apple growers have improved the quality of the fruit through better handling methods immediately following the harvest. Did you know apples are the major tree fruit grown in Nova Scotia, contributing more than 50 million dollars to the local economy? Visit www.nsapples.com

 Apple Bread

This moist bread is made with raw apples. If you’re tired of banana or pumpkin bread, try it for a nice change. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-by-5 inch loaf pan.

1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 cups peeled, coarsely chopped raw apple
1/2 cup chopped walnuts ( optional)

Using an electric mixer, beat the oil, eggs, and sugar together until thoroughly blended. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together and stir into the egg mixture. Add the apple and nuts. Place in the prepared pan and bake at 350°F for approximately 55 minutes.


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007