Week of May 4– May 10, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 23
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Openings – "With Fair Trade we have an
incentive to invest in social programs that benefit producers and the
community. We also receive higher incomes to sustain ourselves. If it weren't
for Fair Trade, we wouldn't exist as banana producers since the amount we
receive for a box of conventional bananas does not cover our expenses."
- Edinson Cabana Zapata, co-op member, ASOPROBAN banana cooperative,
This Week in Co-op Circles
John Dechman, who served on the board
of Co-op Atlantic, has died in Middle Musquodoboit.
He was 87. Dechman was a farmer and a co-op and
community developer and took leadership positions over the years with Musquodoboit Valley Co-op, Co-op Atlantic, Arimathea Funeral Co-op, Dean Produce Co-op, and many other
producer and agricultural associations. He was an honorary elder of St James
§ The Co-operators has released its 2007 Sustainability Report: Designing for Sustainability. The company would like Canadians to provide feedback on its performance. Respond to the e-survey at www.cooperators.ca/sustainability_report. For every response they receive, $5 will be donated to the Tree Canada Foundation.
Consolidated Credit Union has entered into a unique ten-year
partnership with the City of Summerside in support of
the community’s sports, recreation, entertainment and meeting facility that
will see the Summerside Wellness Center change its
name to Credit Union Place. http://www.peicreditunions.com/news/article.php?ID=622
Inaugurated January 2008,
§ Brian L. Comeau was elected chairman of the board of directors of the Fédération des caisses populaires acadiennes. http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=181 At the annual general meeting of the Caisses populaires acadiennes, he succeeded Guilda Landry who, in 2005, became the first woman to hold this position in the history of the Mouvement. She was also the first woman on the board of directors of Acadia Life. Comeau, at 35 years of age, is the youngest member of the board of directors to become chairman.
§ Donald French and Robert Gauvin have received the Ordre du Mérite Coopératif Acadien. http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=180 French, past member of the board of directors of the Office de stabilisation des Caisses populaires acadiennes and Robert Gauvin, former general manager of Caisse populaire de Tracadie, received the Ordre du Mérite Coopératif Acadien, as part of the Evening of Distinction during the Caisses populaires Acadiennes annual general meeting. This is the highest distinction awarded in the Acadian cooperative sector. With many years of work with the Caisses populaires acadiennes network under their belt, the impressive track record of these two gentlemen is testament to their commitment toward the Mouvement.
Atlantic Canadians wishing to help
Trends - This coming Saturday, May 10,
is Pangea Day. Those familiar with Pangea know that it’s the name given to the big lump of
visible ground that formed the Earth before continental drift began to set in.
However this coming Saturday’s Pangea Day has no
relation – save figurative – to the original Pangea.
From Wikipedia: “On May 10, 2008
Circle of Life - WorldChanging: This is a very interesting “solutions-based online magazine that works from a simple premise: that the tools, models and ideas for building a better future lie all around us. That plenty of people are working on tools for change, but the fields in which they work remain unconnected. That the motive, means and opportunity for profound positive change are already present. That another world is not just possible, it's here. We only need to put the pieces together.” They cover so many areas of life from communities and business to politics and the planet. Read more at: http://www.worldchanging.com/ – Bronwyn MacKinnon
Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree – If you are (or know of) a young co-operator who is interested in seeing the bigger picture of co-operation worldwide, you should visit the International Co-operative Alliance’s Youth Co-operative Network online. Through various forums and the sharing of information and publications, they state: “We contribute to the development of the Coop Movement through Connecting, Communicating and Representing young people who are involved or interested in cooperative experiences.” Read more at www.icayouth.coop/node/62 . You can visit the site specifically set up for youth from ‘The Americas’ at http://www.icayouth.coop/taxonomy/term/6 Create your own postings or comment on something another young co-operator has posted! – Erin Hancock
Trading Fairly – Over the next few
weeks, Co-op Circles will feature Web links to fair trade projects and
products. The Marquis Project in
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: “I thought it was interesting that the kids have
such a hard life. It made me feel bad. Also, it was cool how people made art work from the tree skins and stuff.” –
Co-op Ed 101- While in
Co-op Community Bulletin Board
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June 12-14 – Co-op Housing Federation’s Annual General Meeting,
June 21-24 – 2008 Cooperative Communicators Association Institute,
§ 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 - Last week’s contest must have been difficult as we had only one submission. This week, we will try another fun one. See below. The Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon. Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org Last week’s contest: If a certain brand of ice cream is 99% fat-free, how many cups would I have to eat to ingest the same amount of fat that would be in 1 cup of regular ice cream? Answer: 100 cups. The ice cream that is 99% fat-free contains 1% of the amount of fat that would be in normal ice cream. Normal ice cream, of course, contains 100% of the amount of fat in normal ice cream. 100 divided by 1=100 This week’s contest: Eleanor found $4. Putting that $4 together with the money she had before her good luck, she now had 5 times the amount of money she would have had if she had lost $4. How much money did Eleanor have before she found the $4?
Co-op Cooking – Before we turn around
strawberries will be on the vine and we will all be eager to pick our boxes and
our bellies full. Perhaps you have not thought of tossing a few into
a great salad.
Strawberry-Bacon Spinach Salad
1 pkg fresh baby spinach (or about 6 oz from your garden)
1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup raspberry vinegar
In a salad bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries, bacon, onion and walnuts. In a small bowl or pitcher, combine the mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar. Toss the dressing with the salad just before serving, or serve the dressing on the side and allow everyone to add as much or as little as they like. - Glenna Weagle
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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, May 14, 2008