Week of Apr. 29 – May 5, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 28

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·     Marcel Garvie is the new president of Co-op Atlantic. Other executive members are Norma Tomiczek, Dominion, NS, 1st vice-president, and Wayne Lee, Stephenville, NL, 2nd vice-president. Newly elected to the board at this year’s AGM was Mary MacDonald, Saint John. Other board members in the eight zone structure are Michael Oulton, elected by acclamation, Adelard Cormier, Bertha Campbell, and George Trueman. www.coopatlantic.ca

·     The Credit Unions of P.E.I. have teamed up with the P.E.I. division of the Canadian Cancer Society to help fight cancer on the Island. The Credit Unions have committed to sponsoring the annual Relay for Life fundraising event for the next five years — the largest ever single investment by a P.E.I. business in support of Islanders impacted by cancer.  Philip Smith, president of the P.E.I. division of the Canadian Cancer society, said the Relay for Life allows the society to continue to fund some of the best cancer research in Canada, increasing the survival rate of those diagnosed with cancer.  “To have this long-term corporate sponsorship really sets a firm foundation for the relay and lets people really focus on the work of raising money for cancer research to support people living with cancer.” http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=20104&sc=100

·     Credit Union Knowledge network announces a new national designation exclusively for credit union directors. Now directors may earn the distinction of accredited Credit Union Director”http://www.cucentral.com/Cusource_accredit_23mar07

·     Anna Florczynski is the new Chief Executive Officer of Bayview Credit Union. She has been employed with Bayview since 1982, serving in various capacities including acting CEO, Chief Financial Officer, and Finance and Administration Manager. She holds a Certified General Accountant designation, an Associate of Credit Unions Institute of Canada designation, and a diploma in Personnel Human Relations. Additionally, she is a graduate of Dale Carnegie Training and of numerous professional development courses. She is a sitting member of the board of governors for the Certified General Accountants Association of New Brunswick, and a member of the Saint John Board of Trade.  http://www.bayviewnb.com/index.cfm?method=pages.showpage&pageid=fe7de881-b769-79e7-9fba-ad7e14c121fe to read about Bayview’s AGM held on March 20 in Saint John, NB.

·      La Caisse Populaire de Shippagan Ltée announced its new affiliation with the Fédération des caisses populaires acadiennes effective June 1, 2007. As of that date, the francophone Office de stabilization will have the mandate to supervise the Caisse Populaire de Shippagan as well as ensuring that sound business and financial practices are maintained and, consequently, ensuring its continued profitability so it can maintain the excellent service now being provided to its members. La Caisse Populaire de Shippagan Ltée announced its financial results for the 2004-2006 fiscal years, http://www.cpscu.com/english/home/index.cfm?id=128 The Caisse populaire also announced that its audited financial statements for the year ending May 31, 2003, had to be restated. The President and CEO of the Caisse, Robert S. Charbonneau, informed the members present that the audited financial statements confirm that the Caisse populaire had recorded losses of $59 million for the previous four years.

·     The Norm Bromberger Research Bursary has been established in recognition of the outstanding contributions made by Norm Bromberger to the development of credit unions and co-operatives in Saskatchewan and across Canada. http://www.coopscanada.coop/cooplinks/education/awards/#norm The bursary will provide $2,000 each year to encourage research in the area of co-operatives and credit unions. Deadline for application is June 30, 2007 E-mail: coop.studies@usask.ca

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Youth Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree with Erin Hancock - Four young co-operators in Vancouver, BC recently incorporated the New Practice Facilitators Co-operative to provide education about co-operatives. All of the four members, Chelsea Lake, Dylan Mulvin, Sarah Hyde and Katie Carachelo have delivered workshops with the British Colombia Co-operative Association (BCCA) in schools or at conferences previously. Chelsea currently works for the BCCA, having just finished her BA at the University of British Colombia with a focus on co-operatives. Dylan is a communications student at Simon Fraser University. Sarah works for the YES (Youth Excellence Society—providing a more inclusive camp environment for youth with disabilities) as the Youth Including Youth coordinator, while Chelsea and Dylan work with the camp as counselors and facilitators. Katie works as a lifeguard and as a care worker in a group home for youth with disabilities. This not-for-profit co-op “was created to provide quality educational workshops to youth and adults relating to community and co-operative development.” They offer personalized workshops in consultation with the groups who request their services. If you would like to learn more about this co-op or are interested in the workshops they offer, contact them at thenewpractice@gmail.com.

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What is Your Vision Statement?  –This week, a vision statement from FIRSTSASK Credit Union in Saskatchewan. “We aspire through commitment and enthusiasm to be recognized as a credit union that partners with our members and communities to enhance financial security.” http://www.firstsask.ca/  Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca
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Co-op 101 Educational Links – We are wondering if any of our co-op readers are willing to share their problems or experiences  around phone internet scams  Please send you comments to news1@nbnet.nb.ca  I am sure many of you are as annoyed as I am with the constant e-mails and telemarketing calls that slip through despite filters and security/ firewalls. Lately, my home has been receiving calls that we can’t seem to stop from some Ontario firm saying we owe someone money. Repeated calls to the phone company have not proved effective in eliminating this annoyance. We can’t reach a real person so that we can speak with them directly. All of us need the Internet and phone to operate our businesses and to keep in touch with families. The following Web site may help if you are having similar problems. l http://www.phonebusters.com/ or call Toll Free: 1-888-495-8501  Copies of Advanced Fee Letter Fraud (419 / West African / Nigerian Letters) should be emailed directly to: wafl@phonebusters.com  Email: info@phonebusters.com or contact the Competition Bureau, 1-800-348-5358  Website: www.cb-bc.gc.ca  Email: compbureau@cb-bc.gc.ca

A good Internet scambuster site is http://www.scambusters.org/scamcheck.html

The Nova Scotia Seniors Secretariat has a good site http://www.gov.ns.ca/scs/preventingfinancialex.asp Take time to report your problems. Maybe together we can stop some of this.

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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, the Vineland Growers Co-operative which has the distinction of being the longest continually running co-operative in Ontario. With facilities strategically located throughout the Niagara Peninsula’s fertile fruit belt, it is a grower-oriented and run organization dedicated to providing first class service to more than 300 shareholders. http://www.vinelandgrowers.com  

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·        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 7: The Nova Scotia Co-operative Council Annual General Meeting at the Best Western Glengarry Hotel in Truro, Nova Scotia, beginning at 4:00 PM. Guest speaker: Justin Trudeau

·      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 week –Winner of last contest was Catherine Ann Fuller, Cape Breton. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca  All entries will be place in the “Contest Can” for the month end draw. Answers to last contest are below.

1. hair-control foam

2. very exposed

3. tellin’ falsities

4. a lamenting cry

5. a dull person

6. a precious or loved one

7. first you get a parking ticket, then you get this

8. these make up a chain

Answers: 1) moose 2) bear 3) lion 4) whale 5) sloth 6) deer 7) toad 8) lynx

This week’s contest: The children’s encyclopaedia has suffered water damage. Below is a printout of reptiles and amphibians which have had every other letter removed. Can you replace the missing letters?

*e*r*p*n
*o*t*i*e
*r*c*d*l*
*u*t*e
*o*c*s*n
*e*t
*k*n*

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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.   From Susan, Grade 7, Fredericton NB: “One thing I thought was interesting about the presentation was that a lot of the people there don’t really have very much education but have so much talent to do the arts that they do. I have always wanted to go to Africa to help little children but there are so many other places in the world that need help and you just want to help all of those places but you are just one person and it’s hard to try to do everything.”

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It’s Easy to Cook – May will feature Chicken recipes: Roasted, broiled, grilled or poached, and combined with a wide range of herbs and spices, chicken makes a delicious, flavourful and nutritious meal. Read about the health benefits of chicken http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=116   If you have a favorite Atlantic Chicken recipe, please send it to us at news1@nbnet.nb.ca  This week, we share an easy chicken dish with spring asparagus

Chicken and Asparagus

1 medium onion cut in half and sliced medium thick

1 bunch asparagus cut into 1 inch lengths (about 2 cups when cut) discard bottom fourth

1 T chicken broth

1 T minced fresh ginger

3 medium cloves garlic, pressed

1 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch pieces

2 T soya sauce

1 T  vinegar

pinch red chili flakes

Heat 1 T broth in a stainless steel wok or 12-inch skillet. Stir fry onion and asparagus in broth for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add ginger, garlic, chicken, and continue to stir-fry for another 3-4 minutes stirring constantly. Add soy sauce, vinegar, and red chili flakes. Stir together and cover. Cook for another 2-3 minutes. This may have to cook for an extra couple minutes if the asparagus is thick. Season with salt and pepper

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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, May 9, 2007