Week of Mar. 30– Apr. 5, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 18

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Openings – “It is one of the greatest compensations in life that no one can help another without helping themselves.” - 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

§      On Friday, April 11, 2008, the National Young Leaders’ Committee, together with the “New Brunswick Youth Committee”, is hosting a Think Tank Forum to debate and discuss “Co-operative Principles:  Do they really differentiate us?”.  The National Young Leaders’ Committee will be gathering this input from young leaders across the country, and compiling that feedback into a position paper.  This paper will be presented to the Canadian credit union system at this year’s national conference in Ottawa. For further information, or to find out how to register for this exciting session, please contact Committee Representatives Jackie Jardine (506-452-1824 / jjardine@nbtacu.creditu.net ) or Beverly Somers (506-852-3947 / bsomers@omista.com ).


§      The PEI Co-operative Council (PEICC) is seeking a dynamic, self-motivated individual to fill the position of Executive Director. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a newly formed Council in the co-operative sector.  The Executive Director serves as chief executive of the Council and, in partnership with the Board, is responsible for the success of the Council. Together, the Board and Executive Director assure the Council’s relevance to the community, the accomplishment of our mission and vision, and the accountability of the Council to its diverse constituents.  Qualifications: An appropriate combination of education and experience, including knowledge of Community Economic Development and a good understanding of the co-operative sector.  Computer literacy, fundraising and financial management experience. Experience working with a non-profit board of directors. Bilingualism considered an asset. Salary range: 35,000 – 60,000 (comparable to experience) Resumes may be submitted to:  peicoopcouncil@gmail.com Requests for more detailed job description may also be made to the above address Deadline for resumes will be April 7th, 2008.

§      The latest newsletter from the Master of Management Co-operatives and Credit Unions program at St Mary’s University, Halifax, NS, can be found at www.smu.ca/mmccu.  You will find articles on:
   * Creating a Co-operative Culture
   * Linking to Malaysia
   * The Social Responsibility Report that Won 15 major Awards
   * Graduates and Masters Candidates on the move
   * What is an iSORP and Why It Is Important to Your Co-operative Business
Program Manager Tom Webb encourages people to distribute the newsletter and check out the program. The next "wave" of Masters Candidates will attend orientation in August for a September start on course work.


Trends – I was handed an in-store flyer the other day that had the word ‘potatoe’ spelled exactly as I’ve spelled it...three times. It also promoted ‘chocalate’ something or other...They lost me on the first error.  There’s a poster in the gym at the school where I do karate that instructs the children on how to do sit-ups correctly by stating: “Children grade three and above can put there hands...” It’s a poster sponsored by McDonalds that no doubt is in many schools across the country. It occurred to me that we’re seeing many more spelling mistakes in all types of communications these days. It seems people can’t or won’t spell correctly anymore, or at the very least take the time to proofread their material. The problem is becoming so bad I wonder if people care about correct spelling, or worse, if they even notice the misspellings. Perhaps it’s my past as a newspaper writer and editor that somehow magnifies these mistakes when I run across them. I still see bad spelling as unprofessional and ultimately, uncaring towards the readers. Because of this, yesterday I revisited a website for copy editors that I used to visit often when I was more involved in writing than today. If you’re interested in a pretty good read and don’t mind learning a few things, visit www.theslot.com  started by Bill Walsh, now copy editor for the Washington Post. The section called ‘Sharp Points’ is interesting. - Ron Levesque


Circle of Life - WITHOUT VOLUNTEERS, kids can’t play.  BE ONE.  This is the message of the 2008 Sport Makes A Difference campaign from Sport Nova Scotia.  They are calling on Nova Scotians to volunteer in organized sport or physical activities in their community.  “Enrolling children in sport or other physical activities has been shown to lead to improved self-esteem, better ability to handle stress, increased academic performance, and better relationships with family, not to mention the health benefits that they will carry with them as adults.” For more information about the campaign and how to get involved, visit: http://www.sportnovascotia.ca/contents/advocacy/smad.htm

 – Bronwyn MacKinnon


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree The Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership Program has just launched a new website! If you would be interested in learning more about the program, sharing it with a young person in your life or exploring the possibility of serving as a volunteer staff person, check it out at www.acyl.coopErin Hancock


Trading Fairly – Over the next few weeks, Co-op Circles will feature Web links to fair trade projects and products. As consumers, we can make choices to support local producers in our own backyard and producers in the developing world, so that both are treated fairly and can have a livelihood that is life sustaining. The nomadic Barabaig tribe of East Africa has roamed the plains and savannas, adorning themselves with beautiful rings, bracelets, and jewelry. Through the Amias Project, the Barabaig now want to send their beautiful things and their stories around the world.

 Amias and its fair trade mission have allowed families to find stability in a region wracked by hardship and frequent drought. More parents now send their children to school, and they have enough food in times of need. They are increasing their livestock and making plans for the future. Amias, in the ancient language of the Barabaig, means "beautiful." So when wearing Amias jewelry or handbags, always remember that you are wearing hope, the story of the Barabaig, and something beautiful. From Amias’ Web site - http://www.amias.org/project.html


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. This week from Jeff, NS, Grade 4: “I learned that some of the people never go to school because they cannot afford it. I am happy we can all go to school for free in Canada.”


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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·     April 7, 7-9 pm – Solar Education Session, Co-op Fuels, Antigonish Farm and Garden Co-op, St Andrew’s St For more information see the web site http://www.co-openergy.ca/energy/ or call Lynn MacDonald and her number is (902) 863-1436. Her e-mail address is antigsh-mgr@co-opsonline.com.

·     April 8, 7-9 pm – Solar Education Session, Co-op Fuels, Braemore Co-op Food Market, Church St Extension For more information see the web site http://www.co-openergy.ca/energy/ or call Lynn MacDonald and her number is (902) 863-1436. Her e-mail address is antigsh-mgr@co-opsonline.com

·     April 25-26 – Inaugural annual general meeting, Co-operative Enterprise Council, Crowne Plaza, Moncton, NB

·     April 26 – Co-op Atlantic Annual General Meeting

·     June 23-28, 2008 - What’s Working in Community Development conference, Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia The pre-conference announcement can be downloaded from: http://www.horizonscda.ca/PDF%20Files/PreConfLo.pdf  If you are submitting an abstract or presentation outline, it must be received by December 31st, 2007.  The call for abstracts/presentations can be downloaded from: http://www.horizonscda.ca/PDF%20Files/AbstractsLo.pdf


Contest of the Week – Sally White was our lucky winner for Week 17.  The contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca.  All entries will be placed in the “Contest Can” for the month end draw. Week 17 Contest: My first is a color; my second is an agreeable exercise; my third is an article of clothing; my whole is a celebrated character. Who am I? Answer: Red Riding Hood This week’s contest:  Can you figure out what the following words have in common? 


Co-op Cooking – It would sometimes seem there are as many recipes for rice pudding as there are cooks to bake it. This is one that my family enjoys. It comes from a recipe book put together by one of the church groups in our area (Bridgewater, NS) more than 30 years ago. Although there are no spices in the recipe, I sometimes add a sprinkle of cinnamon and allspice along with a handful of raisins (my Mom used to say a recipe is only a place to begin), but its great just as it's written.
Creamy Rice Pudding
1 1/4 cups cooked rice
3 egg yolks
a little salt
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp flour
2 tbsp butter
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups milk
Mix rice, egg yolks, salt and vanilla. Mix flour and sugar and add to rice along with butter. Add milk. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into rice mixture. Pour into buttered dish; set in pan of water and bake at 350F for 1 hour.
Note: If adding spices and raisins, I put them in after adding the egg yolks. Egg whites will rise to the top to create a meringue. - Glenna Weagle


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, April 9, 2008