Week of Apr. 1 – Apr. 7, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 23

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Openings – “The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.- Mortimer Adler www.thegreatideas.org/adlerbio_short.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

·     April 30th is registration deadline for those hoping to attend the Working together to make a difference conference at the University of Guelph from May 15-16. It’s a national corporate social responsibility and community investment forum for co-operatives, credit unions, community investment organizations and co-operative developers.  The forum will be an opportunity to network with peers, learn and share stories and leadership practices. Willy Robinson from iNova Credit Union in Halifax will be part of a panel on corporate social responsibility along with Peter Robinson from Mountain Equipment Co-op. It is recommended that those attending the forum view the video An Inconvenient Truth before attending. There will be a discussion on how co-ops and credit unions can adapt to climate change realities, lead by The Natural Step Canada consultant Chad Park.  Register by contacting Miruna Nichita, miruna_nichita@cooperators.ca Go to www.csrforum07.com to check further details.

·     The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) is bringing women managers from credit unions in developing countries to Canada this July as part of the seventh running of its popular Women’s Mentorship Program. The fourteen women will be hosted by Canadian credit unions from July 12 – 21 before flying to Calgary to attend the World Council of Credit Unions 2007 Conference. In the past five years over 100 Canadian credit unions have hosted and provided on-site mentoring/job shadowing opportunities to 87 women from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. To find out how you can mentor a visiting credit union manager this summer contact program manager Laurie Tennian at 613 238-6711 extension 209. Go to www.coopsCanada.coop

·     Bayview Credit Union in Saint John, NB, held its 69th Annual Meeting at the Branch 69 Legion on March 20, 2007. There were 201 voting members and 13 guests in attendance. Board President Norma Kelly reviewed the President’s Report. http://www.bayviewnb.com/index.cfm?method=pages.showpage&pageid=fe7de881-b769-79e7-9fba-ad7e14c121fe  Bayview had another strong year with net growth of over $19 million, a 10.61% increase in net assets amounting to over $204 million. Board Secretary Shirlee Coleman honoured Bayview members with 50 or more years of membership. There were 23 such members in attendance

·     The final selection of coaches going to Uganda and Malawi has been made by the Canadian Co-operative Association. They will be in Toronto from May 19-22 for pre-departure briefings and depart for Entebbe on May 23. They will be back in Canada on June 11, 2007. The Atlantic participants  are  Kevin Cooke, Branch Manager, Coastal Financial, Yarmouth, NS; Wilberdien (Willy) Robinson, General Manager, iNova Credit Union, Halifax NS, and Marsha A. Damon, Branch Manager, Bayview Credit Union Limited, Saint John, NB.


Youth Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree with Erin Hancock - Leslie Voellmecke, a previous youth intern in Kenya and now an employee with the Canadian Co-operative Association, along with Victoria Morris of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association will be hosting a workshop during the 2007 National CCEDNet Conference in St. John’s, NL. These young co-operators will be presenting “Your Front Door to the Global Marketplace: Youth Creating Change Through Co-operatives” on Thursday, April 19 from 1:45- 4:15. Their session will offer interactive activities to understand co-op principles as well as profiles of youth involvement in co-ops, including local as well as international examples. Find more information about attending this workshop as part of the larger conference at http://www.ccednet-rcdec.ca/en/pages/conference_07.asp.


What is Your Vision Statement?  –This week, a vision statement from NBTA Credit Union: “Your Financial Well-being is our Business”  www.nbtacu.nb.ca Judy Jewett is the general manager of this full service credit union, serving teachers and family in the province of New Brunswick from their offices in Fredericton. Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational Links – This week, we look at a fishing co-operative in NS. Apaqtukewaq Fisheries Co-op was formed in 1995. http://www.potlotek.ca/cifn/fish2.html  The main activities of the co-op to date have been to fish the band’s quotas in lobster and snow crab. The co-op was formed to enable the community of Chapel Island First Nation, St Peters, NS, to open doors for job creation. A case study on this co-operative can be found at http://www.aincinac.gc.ca/pr/ra/coo/apaq_e.html During the peak season, which is from May to September, it employs seven people.


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, from Wales, South Caernarfon Creameries. This co-operative was established in 1938 as a farmer owned co-operative, for the purpose of collecting and processing milk. The creamery is situated in one of the most picturesque areas of North West Wales, the Llyn Peninsula, in the foot hills of Snowdonia, famous for their breathtaking scenery and natural beauty. http://www.sccwales.co.uk/profile.htm


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      April 14: New Ross Credit Union Annual General Meeting - Location:  Forties Community Centre; Time:  Social - 6:00pm, Dinner - 6:30pm, Meeting - 7:30pm

·      April 16-17: Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia AGM

·      April 18: League Savings & Mortgage Company AGM

·      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 10-13: Atlantic Council for International Cooperation Annual General Meeting and Symposium, St. John’s, NL. Theme of this year’s conference is “Moving Forward: Future Trends in Development” Tel/Tél: (902) 431-2311 Fax/Téléc: (902) 431-3216 E-mail/Courriel: info@acic-caci.org http://www.acic-caci.org

·      May 15-16: Working together to make a difference – A National Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Community Investment Forum for co-operatives, credit unions, community investment organizations and co-operative developers, University of Guelph. Register by April 30 by contact Miruna Nichita, miruna_nichita@cooperators.ca Go to www.csrforum07.com to check details.

·      May 17: Canadian Community Investment Network Co-operative (CCINC) Meetings at University of Guelph – CCINC is a network of community loan funds, social enterprise funds, co-op funds, microloan funds and financial institutions with community investment programs. Register by April 30 by contact Miruna Nichita, miruna_nichita@cooperators.ca Go to www.csrforum07.com to check details.

·      May 17: CoopZone Forum at University of Guelph (www.coopzone.coop) Register by April 30 by contact Miruna Nichita, miruna_nichita@cooperators.ca Go to www.csrforum07.com to check details.CoopZone is a network of co-operative developers and it hosts a Web site which contains practical resources on starting and improving co-operatives.

·      May 28 – 29: Co-operative Corporate Governance Conference, Ottawa, ON. The Canadian Co-operative Association, in partnership with The Co-operators is lining up another strong roster of noted experts, practitioners and professionals working within the corporate governance and co-operative sectors. Building upon the success of previous conferences, this year’s event will be reviewing current trends and developments in corporate governance and relate it to co-operatives and credit unions. Aimed at corporate secretaries, governance professionals and staff working in the corporate secretary’s office, the conference will be addressing the themes of development and training; maintaining the integrity and identify of the co-op model; making evaluations effective; and directors liability. The conference also provides the opportunity through facilitated discussion for participants to share experience and best practices amongst their peer group. For further details, contact Quintin.Fox@coopsCanada.coop

·      May 28-June 1: 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

·      June 26 – 29: Co-operative Development: Harness the Hidden Potential, National Congress and Canadian Co-operative Association and Newfoundland-Labrador Federation of Co-operatives AGMs, St. John’s, NL. Through a range of interactive and participative keynote presentations, plenary discussions and workshops, the Congress sessions will explore what co-operative development means and how the system can look to build a lasting legacy for the communities it serves. As part of the broader discussions over the three days, sessions will include dialogue and learning exchanges focusing on leadership and movement-building strategies from a global, national and local perspective. For more information, go to www.CoopsCanada.coop/Congress2007.

·      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 weekWe had several correct entries last week. The first to arrive was from Catherine Ann Fuller. A few entries were also awarded “almost correct” as they suggested the last word was  “stall “instead of “stuck”. Like horseshoes, close is good. Everyone gets his/her name placed in the contest can and the lucky submission for April will be announced the first week in May. March winner is Dorothy McPhee. A small gift is on the way. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca  Last week’s contest and answer: Starting with a five letter word, change one letter to create a new word. This word is then changed by one letter to create another new word. For example, DOG, DIG, FIG etc. These words in turn mean
a gaggle of geese

a device for measuring time

what you can do with a mouse

a baby chicken

a device to prevent wheels from moving

a surprise

a small house

a pile of cards

a small piece of wood

unable to move
Answer:   Flock, clock, click, chick, chock, shock, shack, stack, stick, stuck   This week’s contest: Rearrange ‘new door’ to make one word instead.


Today I Learned Something New: International Development Through the Eyes of Students - During the year as part of my work with the Canadian Co-operative Association,  I visit schools and talk about co-operatives and communities in developing countries. I always appreciate the insights of the students, shared through comment sheets.   Now, it’s a new feature in Circles From Sierra B, Grade 6 F, Fredericton NB -

“Today I learned that in the Philippines the church was the biggest building in the community, they have a lot of palm trees, more than two people can ride on a motorcycle and in the world some of the main problems are global warming, hunger, pollution, poverty and disease.”


It’s Easy to Cook During the month of April, we will feature Fish recipes: Cod, salmon, trout, smelts, or other Atlantic species.  Read about the health benefits of fish http://ific.org/publications/brochures/fishbroch.cfm  and http://in.rediff.com/getahead/2005/apr/13fish.htm  If you have a favorite Atlantic Fish recipe, please send it to us at news1@nbnet.nb.ca This week, we share an easy and attractive salmon dish 

Sesame Crusted Salmon

1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon  sesame oil
4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets (about 1 inch thick)
Cooking spray
Preheat broiler. Combine sesame seeds, rind, and salt in a shallow dish. Drizzle oil over fish. Dredge fish in sesame mixture. Place the fish on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Broil 12 minutes or until the fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2007