Week of June 22– June 28, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 30

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Openings“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” - Hans Hofmann www.hanshofmann.net

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This Week in Co-op Circles

§      The Iona Connection is an umbrella co-operative comprised of historical societies and heritage groups from all over Cape Breton Island.  They share the common goal of preserving the heritage of the Island. Its mission is to create an environment where the culture and natural heritage of Cape Breton Island thrives. Established in 1994, its primary aim is mutual support through shared knowledge and experience. The membership discusses and acts on important policy issues of concern to the whole. Individual concerns can be raised and the membership can rely on the advice and leadership of the group. The Iona Connection strives to help the people of Cape Breton recognize and preserve what they value about their heritage. Historical societies, that are members of the Iona Connection hold their own meetings, arrange special events such as historical tours, etc., provide children's programming for schools, hold lectures and conduct commemorative functions. Some operate museums in their local communities providing a permanent home for their heritage and unique local treasures. Some of the year-round sites have paid staff, but for the most part, community museums are managed and staffed by volunteers, supplemented by university students in the summer. Visitors will enjoy both interesting exhibits and a friendly welcome at all of these sites. http://capebretonisland.org/content/view/36/41/

§      OMISTA Credit Union in Moncton, NB, was just awarded the position of 10th Best Place to Work in Atlantic Canada. In Progress magazine’s annual survey of the top 20 Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada, companies are ranked on Human Resource policies and employee responses to questions relating to leadership, culture, and company practices. At the Best Places to Work Awards Ceremony held in Halifax on June 20th, 2008, OMISTA Credit Union took home the award for position number ten, moving up two from last year’s rank of number 12 across the Atlantic. The Best Places to Work program was designed to recognize the best employers in the region who are recognized by their employees for making it a priority to create better workplaces. According to Peter Burke, president of Best Companies Group, “Identifying outstanding employers is a very effective way of recognizing the importance of creating cultures where employees love to come to work.”  As an employee, Anise Boudreau agrees. “OMISTA is not my job but my career, my future, where I am part of a team and have the opportunity to empower our owners to take control of their finances on a daily basis.”  For 70 years, OMISTA Credit Union has provided owners superior service, innovative products and wise financial guidance. OMISTA is part of Canada’s largest network of financial institutions. Credit Unions nationwide manage $95 billion in assets for over 4.9 million owners across the country


Trends - I’m reminded this past month of a series of books I used to read voraciously while a young child – the Hardy Boys series of books. I remember walking into the public library in Grand Falls every week to pick up another in the series until I’d read them all, and how Mrs. Shannon, the librarian, either took pity on, or rewarded me, with brand new ones until all 58 editions of the hard covered, aqua coloured books were all lined up perfectly on the shelf. I’m reminded of that this month because I’ve started reading the Hardy Boys to my sons, and while the original 58 still stand the test of time, the series actually ended in 2005 at number 190. (There are derived works, but I’m not counting them). Two of the books in particular grabbed my attention recently, #187, “No Way Out” is entirely set in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia; while in #188, “Farming Fear”, the Morton’s grandparents have belonged to a farm co-op for over 30 years. That’s pretty neat, especially considering the first Hardy Boys mystery was published in 1927 and updated beginning in 1959. What’s also neat is that to this day, the Hardys are still aged 17 and 18, but now they have access to GPS receivers and laptop computers to help solve their mysteries (it’s called a floating timeline). See more about the Hardy Boys on Wikipedia.– Ron Levesque


Circle of Life - Communities in Bloom: “is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental awareness and municipal beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program.” To learn more about this program that could already exist in your community, or how to get involved, visit:   http://www.communitiesinbloom.ca/ Bronwyn MacKinnon


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree The National Young Leaders Committee of the Canadian Credit Union System have identified young leaders across the country in the credit union sector and are working to create a database of these leaders. “The National Young Leaders Committee vision is to make the credit union system the number one employer for young leaders in the financial services industry. To bring this vision alive the committee is focusing on four key strategic goals: attracting talent, developing talent, retaining talent and succession planning.” Read more at  http://www.cucentral.ca/NYL_DB_July07Erin Hancock


Trading FairlyTen Thousand Village’s philosophy of helping to build a sustainable future is based on the principle that trade should have a conscience. Through 'fair trade' artisans receive the respect, dignity and hope that comes from working hard and earning fair value for their work. Check out the Web site: www.tenthousandvillages.ca


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: “Today I learned about the beaches and how polluted they are by plastic in the Philippines and how the credit union there is trying to educate the students in sorting their garbage. I also learned that the students have to share supplies, books and desks.”Jessica,Yarmouth, NS


Co-op Ed 101- Everyone is talking about the price of gas but no one can do anything about it and if the media hype is accurate, it won’t get better soon. Do we have alternatives? Will someday those of us in urban centers be able to do without a car except for certain days or events? Today, we look at some car share co-ops. http://victoriacarshare.ca/drupal-6.2/



http://www.calgarycarshare.ca/Maureen MacLean


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      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

§      August 10, 2008 – Credit Union Atlantic Lung Run, Pier 21, Halifax, NS. To register or fundraise and to learn more about the NS Lung Association and the Credit Union Atlantic Lung Run visit www.ns.lung.ca or call 1-888-566-8864.


Contest of the Week - Last week we had no correct entries. Good luck this week!!! Everyone who enters has their name placed in the contest can for the month end draw. The contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca Last week’s contest: A man applied for a job. The woman who interviewed him offered him two pay rates: a straight rate of $100 a day or a pay rate that would begin at one cent the first day and then double each day. The second rate meant the man would earn two cents the second day, four cents the third day, eight cents the fourth day, and so on. The man chose the second rate, and the woman hired him.  Tell why, and prove your case. Answer: The woman hired the man because she wanted a smart employee, and he was smart enough to figure out that he would accumulate much more money at the second pay rate as soon as he got to the 18th day of work. It’s true that at Day 10, the first rate would pay him a total of $1,000, for the first 10 days and the second rate would pay him a total of only $10.23 for the same ten days. By day 19, however, the first rate would earn him a total of $1,900, but the second rate would earn him $2,621.44 just for that day! And the man’s earnings would keep increasing by leaps and bounds. This week’s contest: In your mind, follow these instructions:

  1. Beginning with a full cup of coffee, drink one-sixth of it.
  2. Pour into the cup the same amount of milk as you have just drunk of the coffee.
  3. Now drink one-third of the mixture.
  4. Pour into the cup the same amount of milk as you have just drunk of the mixture.
  5. Now drink one-half of the mixture in the cup.
  6. Pour into the cup the same amount of milk as you have just drunk of the mixture.
  7. Drink the whole cup of liquid.

Have you had more milk or more coffee? How much of each have you had?


Co-op Cooking – One of the best of spring’s vegetables is asparagus, and it’s a wonderful salad component, especially when grilled. This salad is great for a light lunch, served with a baguette, or as a side for an early season barbecue.  
Grilled Asparagus Salad
2 lbs asparagus, woody stems removed
4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, cut into strips
8 oz goat’s milk feta cheese, crumbled
1 cup kalamata olives
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1 tsp coarse sea salt
1 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
pinch of coarsely ground fresh black pepper
pinch of salt
Preheat barbecue or indoor grill to high. Toss asparagus in 3 tbsp olive oil and season with a little of the salt and pepper. Grill for about five minutes (until slightly charred but still firm). Place on a large platter and sprinkle with tomatoes, feta and olives. Garnish with fresh basil leaves. Drizzle with aged balsamic vinegar and remaining olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and cracked black pepper. - Glenna Weagle


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