Week of Nov. 26– Dec. 2, 2006, Vol. 2, No. 7

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Openings“Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty. They merely move it from their faces into their hearts.”  - Martin Buxbaum  http://www.worldofquotes.com/author/Martin-Buxbaum/1/index.html   Thanks to Glenna Weagle, Bridgewater, NS for sharing her favourite quote. 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

·             Concentra Financial has announced that Erin Hancock, Fredericton, NB, is the recipient of the 2006 Dennis Lyster Leadership Bursary. Hancock is a young co-operator, living in Fredericton, NB, pursuing her Masters in Philosophy in Public Policy Studies at the University of New Brunswick. She obtained her Bachelor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies from the University of New Brunswick in 2005, receiving the Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick Silver Medal for outstanding grade point average. Hancock is a member of Capital Credit Union, Mountain Equipment Co-op and vice- president and member of the Mobilizing Youth to Deliver Advisory Services (MYDAS) co-operative in Atlantic Canada. The Dennis Lyster Leadership Bursary, established in 2004, provides a maximum of $5,000 annually to promote the development of leadership within co-operatives and credit unions.

·             On Thursday, November 23, 2006, Sidney (Sid) Pobihushchy, age 74, passed away peacefully at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital. http://www.canadaeast.com/ce/classifieds/obits.php Sidney was born in 1932 in Saskatchewan. He was a past-president of both Co-op Atlantic and Fredericton Direct Charge Co-op. He was a professor of political science at the University of New Brunswick for 27 years, retiring in 1995. Sidney was also an advocate for the rights of aboriginal people. Sympathy is extended to his wife, Joy, and his four daughters and one son. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Sidney Pobihushchy may be made to the Masters of Management, Co-operatives and Credit Unions Bursary Fund at Saint Mary’s University through York Credit Union in Fredericton. Donations can also be mailed directly to the MMCCU Bursary Fund, c/o Tom Webb, Faculty of Management, 330 Sobey Bldg., St. Mary’s University, 923 Robie Street, Halifax, NS, B3H 3C3.

·             David Daughton, Prince Edward Island, was re-elected to the board of the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation at the AGM held in Alberta recently. There were approximately 80 people in attendance. Participants from the Atlantic region were:  David Daughton, Peter Hough, Patricia Poll from CareForce Homecare Workers Co-op in New Minas, Marc Henrie (MYDAS and Université de Moncton), and Krystal Payne and Nick Scott, formerly with Under the Ground Café, and now students at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB.   Conference proceedings should be on the CoopZone web site within a week www.coopzone.coop and on the CWCF site a little later.

·             Moncton Restaurant Equipment Co-operative www.gormans.ca celebrated its fifth year in business on Sept 21, 2006.  Since forming in 2001, the Co-operative has continually expanded in Atlantic Canada.  With the acquisition of Summertime Restaurant Equipment Ltd. in September 2005, the Co-operative has established itself as a major player in restaurant equipment and supplies sales in the region.


Expanding Your Back Yard –Canadians should care about the Canadian Wheat Board fight.  Go to www.theholmteam.ca/Dawson.CL.pdf  Is Medicare next?


Governing For Tomorrow When you are getting ready for a meeting at your credit union, who attends to all the details? Meeting Preparation: A Dirty Job, But Someone’s Got to Do It, Are You Ready? by Karen Zimbelman



What is Your Vision Statement?   White River Valley Electric Co-operative in Missouri, focuses on improving members’quality of life. It serves more than 39,000 consumers in five counties. It does more than provide reliable electricity to their members. This integrated system also offers energy-efficient and economic development incentives, sponsors electrical safety and youth programs, and participates in community development efforts.  http://www.whiteriver.org  Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational LinksThe Organic Consumers Association was formed in 1998. http://www.organicconsumers.org/clothes/leaders.cfm Read about their vision and programs. It is an online and grassroots non-profit public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues like food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. In time for Christmas, the Association’s buying guide can be found at  www.organicconsumers.org/btc/BuyingGuide.cfm


You CAN Do That the ‘Co-op’ Way - Each week, we feature a co-operative formed to meet a particular need in communities around the world. This week, Sevananda Natural Food Co-operative (pronounced "SAY-vuh-NAHN-dah") is one of the United States Southeast’s largest consumer-owned cooperatives. For over 30 years now, Sevananda has provided the Atlanta, Georgia area with high quality natural and organic foods. It offers the finest selection of bulk herbs and spices, local and organic produce, vitamins and supplements, and natural foods groceries. Its kitchen serves fresh and nutritious baked goods, soups, sandwiches and salads. It offers ongoing health, cooking and nutrition classes and a variety of information brochures on healthy living. http://www.sevananda.coop/retailer/store_templates/shell_id_1.asp?storeID=C5G13S77A6GB8P0JT1P2Q4XBHR8BFXX2


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      Nov 20 – Dec. 4 – Consumers Community Co-operative Member Association Meetings in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

·      2007 - The 2007 National Community Economic Development Conference will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland, April 18-21, 2007, 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.

·      2007 – 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

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Contest of the week   - Last week we received several answers. None were exactly correct, but Ron Levesque, Moncton, was the “closest” to the total amount. 
Thanks to everyone for sending in your entries. Don’t forget! Everyone gets his/her name placed in the contest can and the lucky submission for November will be 
announced the first week in December. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon. Also, we will make one draw on December 22 from all the names 
we have collected for all of 2006 and send them off a special Grand Prize so be sure to get lots of entries in before then. 
Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca  
Last week’s contest and answer: A bookworm eats from the first page of an encyclopedia to the last page. The bookworm eats in a straight line. 
The encyclopedia consists of ten 1000-page volumes and is sitting on a bookshelf in the usual order. Not counting covers, title pages, etc., how many pages does 
the bookworm eat through? Answer: He eats through 8,000 pages. 
This week’s contest: A petrol tanker drives along at a steady 30 kph. At the moment it began to move, someone put a hole in the petrol tank and ignited the petrol. 
The flames are following it at a speed of 25 kph. After 26km, it stops. How long before the flames reach it?


It’s Easy to Cook -We would like to include your recipes made with Co-op brand products like Co-op Gold, Market Town and Harmonie. Tell us a bit about why your recipe is a favourite. Those who contribute recipes will be eligible to win a cookbook. As of this week we have only four issues of Co-op Circles left before Christmas dinner. With a bit of preplanning, Christmas dinner is easy to cook. Each week, I will share a simple, but easy to make, recipe for the great day. Do you have a favourite recipe that you always make at Christmas that you would like to share? If so please send to news1@nbnet.nb.ca  

1 head green cabbage, shredded
2 carrots, grated
1 red onion, thinly sliced
2 green onions (white and green parts), chopped
1 fresh red chile pepper, sliced
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 lemon, juiced
Pinch sugar
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
Several dashes hot sauce (optional)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Combine the cabbage, carrots, red onion, green onions, and chile in a large bowl. In another bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, and sugar. Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and toss gently to mix. Season the coleslaw with the celery seed, hot sauce, salt, and black pepper. Chill for 2 hours in the refrigerator before serving. You can make this the day ahead. Makes about 8 servings. Next week: Dressing to Die For


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·             I'm delighted to see this MYDAS event from the (wonderful!) Co-op Circles newsletter!) I hope that this idea might take root elsewhere. Perhaps regionally/sub-provincially in Ontario? Please keep me in touch with developments. – JC, ON


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006