Week of May 13 – May 19, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 30

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Openings“It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can't tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.” -Joyce Maynard  http://www.joycemaynard.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

·     The annual general meeting and banquet of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council www.nsco-opcouncil.ca will be held on June 7, 2007, at the Best Western Glengarry Hotel in Truro, with keynote speaker, Justin Trudeau. He will speak about youth empowerment and the challenges young people face today. As well as taking care of annual meeting business, NSCC members will have an opportunity to attend a renewable energy workshop. The brief and fact-filled workshop will include information about the development of renewable energy in Nova Scotia, its current status, and the opportunities and challenges that smaller scale projects present, the work being done by the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council to promote community and co-operative based renewable energy, a presentation by Wind Prospect, a United Kingdom based developer that actively partners in the development of community based wind projects.  The general manager from Wind Prospect’s Halifax office discussed the process and pitfalls of wind energy project development.

·     Creating Balance: Our Journey Continues….is the title of The Co-operators’ 2006 corporate responsibility report. It is their third such report and is part of their commitment to being a responsible, sustainable organization that invests in the social economy and to strengthen their commitment to a greener, healthier, natural environment. You can view the report on The Co-operators Web site www.cooperators.ca

·     New Brunswick-based Falls Brook Centre in Knowlesville, funded under CIDA’s Voluntary Sector Fund and Voluntary Sector Program, http://www.fallsbrookcentre.ca/english_home.htm   was approved for an organic food market project in rural Mexico. The primary goal of the project is to connect Mexican consumers with local organic markets to increase sales for local producers and to provide healthy choices for families and consumers.  The project acknowledges women’s roles in local Mexican food markets and their contribution to family income.  As well, the project will establish a strong local organic farm market network across Mexico, while improving living standards of impoverished indigenous people.  Falls Brook Centre was the first Canadian NGO to be funded under the new CIDA’s Voluntary Sector Fund announced in June 2006


What is Your Vision Statement?  –This week, a vision statement from Anglia Regional Co-operative Society Limited in the United Kingdom http://www.arcs.co.uk/main_society.asp Its vision: to be the first choice locally Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational Links – My computer’s home page is set to our co-op: Rising Tide Co-operative Ltd.  http://www.risingtidecoop.com/  Here is another Rising Tide:

Rising Tide Theatre http://www.heritage.nf.ca/arts/risingtideprof.html Founded in 1978, Rising Tide has become one of the longest-performing theatre companies in Newfoundland and Labrador. Rising Tide is one of the mainstays of professional theatre in Newfoundland and Labrador http://www.risingtidetheatre.com/menu.htm In the summer of 2000, after three years of hard work, Rising Tide moved to its new home. The Rising Tide Arts Centre is located on Green's Point http://www.risingtidetheatre.com/rising_tide_arts_centre.htm


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 Footprint Workers Co-operative based in Leeds, England. Footprint was set up in July 2000 to provide printing services to the highest possible ethical and environmental standards. Its membership consists of three part-time members, each working about 15 hours a week. All members are directors of the company. It offers membership to all trained workers and everyone gets the same rate of pay. http://www.footprinters.co.uk


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      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 –Last week we had six submissions, all arriving on Wednesday. The first correct answer was from Dennis Williams, Fredericton, NB. 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. Last Week’s Contest and Answer: In a day of foraging, a tramp collects 274 cigarette ends. He knows that for every 5 cigarette ends he can make a new cigarette. How many cigarettes can the tramp make and then actually smoke? 68: from the initial 274, he can smoke 54 with 4 remaining. From these 58 stubs, he can smoke 11 with 3 remaining. From these 14, he can smoke 2 with 4 remaining. From these 6, he can smoke 1 with 1 remaining. Therefore he can smoke 54 + 11 + 2 + 1 = 68 This Week’s Contest:  Below you will find 15 well-known six letter words, with only their endings remaining. Can you determine the words? ___rnt;___few;___ryo;___yme;___rak;___urd;___ynx;___mpi;___hom;



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 Tanya, Grade 8, Truro, NS: “What I thought was interesting was that they are trying to start a waste watchers program. I was surprised to hear every dollar your charity earns the government gives you three more. I can’t help wondering about how many people have been helped by your organization.”


It’s Easy to Cook – May will feature Chicken recipes. Chicken is an excellent source of protein. A 100 gram serving of chicken will supply around half the recommended dietary intake. 100g of baked chicken will give around nine per cent of the recommended dietary intake for energy. Does Chicken Soup Have Healing Powers? http://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/05/12/14/does_chicken_soup_have_healing_powers_004.htm  You can look like you have spent all day in the kitchen by serving up this Gourmet Chicken Dish

8-10 pieces of skinless chicken breast

1 can whole cranberry sauce

1 small bottle low calorie French dressing

1 package onion soup

In a shallow pan sprayed with cooking spray, place chicken breasts. Then mix cranberry sauce, French dressing and soup mix in a bowl. Stir well and baste over chicken use all the mix.  Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour .Remove to a platter and pour any left over sauce in the baling dish on the chicken as a garnish


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, May 23, 2007