Week of Aug. 19– Aug. 25, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 44

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Openings“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson www.rwe.org 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

·     In May of this year, OMISTA Credit Union’s Human Resource Manager, Beverly Somers, was chosen as one of five nominees for the National Credit Union Young Leaders Award. The National Young Leaders Award recognizes tomorrow’s leaders in Canada’s credit union system. Recognition programs that reward success and encourage retention help encourage young people to join the movement.  The National Credit Union Young Leaders Award was created by Credit Union Central of Canada’s board of directors to demonstrate strong support among national level leaders for young leadership. Beverly has been working diligently with the four other nominees from Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Ontario and British Columbia to develop a Leadership session for presentation at the World Credit Union Conference in Calgary. That presentation was made on July 31 before a large group of credit union professionals representing 62 countries around the world - with all her OMISTA www.omista.com  supporters, not to mention many other credit union professionals from Atlantic Canada, there in attendance. The five nominees and their presentations were assessed by a panel of judges. OMISTA was thrilled and filled with pride to learn the number one Young Leader for Canada was Beverly Somers. As the winning nominee, Beverly receives a $10,000 scholarship to cover tuition and travel costs to attend a leadership development program at a recognized university in Canada

·     The Prince Edward Island Co-operative Council (PEICC) was formally incorporated on July 27th, 2007. Its inaugural Annual General Meeting will be held in Charlottetown on Friday, October 19th, 2007, at which time the Island’s co-operative sector will be able to vote for the new Board. A ten-member Steering Committee that was nominated at the March 19th session in Charlottetown (to which all Island co-operatives and credit unions were invited) has been working for the past five months on ways to harness the enthusiasm and commitment of the co-op sector into an effective and respected PEI Co-op Council. Progress has been slow but steady, and the PEI Steering Committee has now achieved the significant step of registering the organization under the Co-operative Associations Act of Prince Edward Island. For more information, contact peicoopcouncil@gmail.com

·     La Société coopérative de Lamèque Limitée was recently chosen to receive an Environmental Leadership Award for Business from the New Brunswick government. For many years La Société coopérative de Lamèque Limitée has encouraged its members and customers to support a plastic bag recycling and reuse program. A plastic bag recycling bin was installed at the store entrance so that customers could bring back their used plastic bags. The co-operative also offers members and customers reusable plastic bags and fabric bags. In addition, training in efficient grocery packing was given to cashiers so that they could then pack the items better to reduce the number of bags used. The co-operative has also changed the way it operates to include the introduction of a cardboard recycling program, installation of a high-efficiency heating unit, and offering members a choice of regular or recycled paint. For more details http://www.co-opsonline.com/sites/CoopDiffStory.aspx?id=21



Trends – If you are even remotely interested in international development (and most co-operators are), you will want to listen to a presentation by Hans Rosling. Rosling is a professor of International Health at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet. His background is medicine and statistics and he spent many years in Africa studying outbreaks of diseases in remote areas. (There is more about Hans Rosling at en.wikipedia.org). I learned about him from his first talk at the TED conferences in 2006, where he introduced his Gapminder tools to the audience. From Wikipedia: “The aim (of Gapminder) is to promote a fact-based world view through increased use and understanding of freely accessible public statistics. His lectures using Gapminder graphics to visualise world development have won awards by being ‘humorous, yet deadly serious.’ ... In March 2007, Google acquired the Trendalyzer software with the intention to scale it up and make it freely available for public statistics.” It’s a trend even Statistics Canada has embarked upon – it offers much more free data than it did a couple of years ago, for example. To many people, statistics are boring, but Rosling’s presentation style and software revives them in a way that makes the numbers make sense to most people. As the timeline moves on the screen, you can literally see the effect that historical events have had in the development of any country – a change in leader or the end of a war moves the country in a particular direction, along with the effects it may have on neighbouring countries, etc – in a way that is much more visible and clear than a spreadsheet with numbers ever could. To see Rosling’s TED talks presentations – I suggest you watch 2006 then 2007 – visit ted.com and enter ‘Rosling’ in the search field, or download via your podcast software. A note: there is a surprise at the end of the 2007 presentation where Rosling proves that ‘the seemingly impossible is possible’.– Ron Levesque


Circle of Life - Waste Not Tips:  This week, we invite readers to share their tips for reducing waste or reusing items.  This could be ways to use food that is reaching the end of its shelf life or turning something that would go to the garbage into a useful household item.  My tip, which I just learned from a friend, is to take a bottle of wine that won’t be finished, and may not taste so good in a day or two, and pour it into ice cube trays.  You can use the frozen wine cubes the next time you cook with wine.  Send your tips to news1@nbnet.nb.ca   – Bronwyn MacKinnon


What is Your Vision Statement?  –This week, a vision statement from the Northern Co-operative Meat Company Ltd It is recognized as one of Australia’s leading red meat food processors. Its vision statement: Through teamwork and partnership, meet the challenge of the future and achieve excellence in quality service. http://www.cassino.com.au/opportunity.php Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree  - Jackie Jardine of the New Brunswick Teachers Association Credit Union, based in Fredericton, NB is chairing a task force on youth for the Credit Union Central of New Brunswick. This group of eight credit union representatives is interested in finding strategies for drawing more youth into credit unions; as members, staff or directors. Currently the group is awaiting the return of surveys concerning youth involvement and products/services of all of the 19 NB credit unions. After gathering this information, the group will be better able to assess what strategies have been successful and what suggestions they might include in a youth tool kit that they will distribute to all credit unions. If you have any suggestions or ideas, please contact Jackie Jardine at jjardine@nbtacu.creditu.netErin Hancock


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.  The Book Co-operative aims to bring together people looking for books and journals with those looking to dispose of them. It is primarily used by university, public and commercial libraries who wish to dispose of their unwanted items. http://www.book-cooperative.co.uk/pages/page_1.php?PHPSESSID=8840645e33ca865cc4dcf35b72d2ff2e


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·     August 23-26 - Frame X Week, Halifax, NS. There will be a series of public screenings, visiting artists’ talks and workshops. For more information, contact the Atlantic Filmmakers Coop at 420-4572, or visit www.afcoop.ca or e-mail production@afcoop.ca

·     September 27-30 – Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership camp,  Camp Gencheff, PEI http://www.acyl.coop/english/index.htm

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Contest of the week – Last week, our first correct answers were from Duncan Matheson, Fredericton and Cathy Darland, Moncton. (Their answers arrived within five minutes of each other.)  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: Summertime in the Maritimes means many communities hold high school reunions. During a recent school reunion of the Class of 1955 four men were discussing their starting salaries back in 1962. The salaries in question were, 8, 10, 12 and 14 thousand dollars per year. The MP earned the most. Alan earned more than Brian and the doctor earned more than Derek, the vet. Charles could not remember what he started at. Brian, the lawyer, did not start at $10,000 nor did Derek. Can you determine who has which job and their starting salaries?  Answer:

Name     Profession  Salary
Alan     MP          $14,000
Brian    lawyer      $12,000
Charles  doctor      $10,000
Derek    vet         $ 8,000

This week’s contest: What comes next in this sequence: dog, goat, tarantula, aardvark, koala?     Choose from: cat, mouse, antelope, elephant


Co-op Ed 101 - This week, while travelling in Cape Breton, I was thinking about the many opportunities for tourism in Atlantic Canada and wondering how we could use the co-operative model to develop tourism to benefit local communities.  I found this example from British Columbia. Tourism Richmond ( BC)   http://www.tourismrichmond.com/aboutus.htm is a non-profit, membership driven organization with the mandate to position and market Richmond as a visitor destination. Currently there are over 200 members associated with Tourism Richmond, which has a voting board of up to 25 directors and various standing committees. Tourism Richmond is creating co-operative tourism marketing initiatives and promoting the development and growth of the tourism industry in Richmond through working co-operatively with members and partners to increase the economic benefits of tourism.  It is interesting to note that the Richmond County area of Cape Breton, has a similar initiative, also incorporated as a co-operative, and its mandate is very similar.


Co-op Cooking – When broccoli has appeared on your table once too often dressed in a cheese sauce, try the following for a real change of taste.

Broccoli in Garlic Butter
1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1 3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Steam broccoli. Drain well. In large skillet, heat butter and olive oil. Add garlic and rosemary; saute 1 minute. Add broccoli, stirring to coat. Cook until heated through. Season with salt and pepper. Turn into serving dish; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Do you have a favourite recipe which utilizes the fresh produce coming from your garden or the wonderful things appearing in roadside stands or our co-ops these days? Or perhaps for a specialty dish found in your corner of the country? Would you like to share it? Send it along to co-opcooking@hotmail.com. Have a great week, people.-  Glenna Weagle


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·     We have done the 5 cents bag to encourage members to use boxes, cloth or reuse their plastic bags since the late eighties. – Fredericton Direct Charge Co-op

·     Dear co-operators: Hurrah! that Co-op Circles is now archived! Woo-ho! I hope that someone(s) will have the early editions, so that the archive can be completed (I checked my inbox, but none were there, sadly). Love, In, and for, co-operation. – J.C. (Editor’s Note: We thank the Coady International Institute staff for archiving Co-op Circles each week. The very early Circles have not been archived yet but we hope to make them available soon.)

·     Our coop - Shean Co-op in Inverness, Nova Scotia - has been charging 3 cents per plastic bag since late June, 2007.  This is a result of a motion adopted at our annual meeting in May.  Note that our cost for the bags is between 3 and 4 cents each.  Our customers have been supportive of our small effort towards environmental responsibility. – M.H.


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, August 29, 2007