Week of July 13 – July 19, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 32

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Openings“If I can stop one heart from breaking,

I shall not live in vain;

If I can ease one life the aching,

Or cool one pain,

Or help one fainting robin

Up to his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.”  - Emily Dickinson  www.online-literature.com/dickinson/  

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This Week in Co-op Circles

§      The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) is seeking a Technical Consultant to support the development of a Business Plan for one or more pilot Credit Unions to be established in the Kampong Chhnang province of Cambodia. This is a three week field assignment requiring travel to and from Cambodia, starting September 13th, 2008.  Please fax or email resumes and covering letters to: Derek Cameron, Program Officer Asia and Microfinance, Canadian Co-operative Association, 400-275 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2L6, Fax: 613-567-0658, derek.cameron@coopscanada.coop For more information visit www.coopsCanada.coop  The deadline for applications is July 30, 2008.

§      Moncton area credit unions recently joined together to purchase the 20th of 100 shelves being sold in the Buy a Shelf campaign at the Food Depot Alimentaire (FDA). Representatives from Advance Savings Credit Union, OMISTA Credit Union, PSE Credit Union and Rexton Credit Union gathered at the FDA to present a cheque for $12,500; the price to buy one shelf. The FDA’s main purpose is to help those who help others. They operate as a food storage and distribution centre from their recently acquired 12,000-square-foot warehouse and distribute food to 23 food banks and community kitchens across southeastern New Brunswick.  Approximately 2.5 million pounds (1.134 million kg) of food is processed through the FDA every year – enough to fill 85 tractor trailers.  The Buy a Shelf campaign is a capital campaign where 100 shelves are being sold at a cost of $12,500 each to help raise $1.25 Million in order to purchase the building where they are currently located; a purchase that will significantly reduce their annual operating costs and free up funds to purchase more food for the communities. Currently their operating costs are over $72,000 per year. The cost to purchase one of the shelves can be spread out by paying $2500 annually for five years.  “The area Credit Unions are committed to doing whatever we can to ensure that this valuable resource remains available for the many food banks in our communities,” says Jennifer Marr, Community Promotions Officer for Advance Savings Credit Union. “The FDA is still early in its campaign and only needs to sell 80 more shelves in order to reach their goal so we encourage other businesses to also consider supporting this community-focused organization by purchasing a shelf.”

§      Three Moncton credit unions have joined together to support the Typically Canadian Group, a team of inspirational young men who are biking across Canada in order to pay tribute to people who have battled or are currently battling cancer.  Representatives from Advance Savings Credit Union, OMISTA Credit Union, and PSE Credit Union gathered at the Assumption Fire Department to present the Typically Canadian team with a cheque for $750.  All proceeds go directly to the Canadian Cancer Society and the Typically Canadian team has already raised over $63,000 for the cause. “It is truly inspirational to see four young men coming together to cycle across Canada to raise awareness and funds for a disease that will affect each and everyone of us someday,” says Jennifer Hamilton, Business Development Manager for PSE Credit Union.  “Through their selfless dedication to this cross-country journey, in each of the communities they visit, they are honouring Typical Canadians who have battled or lost their lives to cancer. These young men truly are heroes for their dedication and time to this cause.” Over the summer, the Typically Canadian Group is partnering up with firefighters across Canada as they embark on a cross-country journey, to inspire others, not with the physical feat of riding their bikes, but by relaying the inspirational stories of Canadians who have battled this merciless disease and honouring all Typical Canadians who have gone above and beyond in the fight against cancer.

§      Are you interested in taking part in a fundraising event that incorporates a love for dancing, a show of cultural diversity, a sense of team spirit and some great entertainment – all for the good cause of helping CUSO and VSO volunteers make the world a better place to live, work and play for all? If so, then the position of chair and/or committee member for Dance for the World’s Special Events Committee may be just the volunteer opportunity you’ve been looking for! Check out www.dancefortheworld.ca Halifax event is scheduled for Nov. 15th, 2008. If interested, please call 1 800 676-8411 or email cuso.atlantic@cuso.ca  

§      Advance Savings Credit Union, OMISTA Credit Union, PSE Credit Union and Rexton Credit Union presented the CHOICE REWARDS™ MasterCard® and Credit Union Community Leadership Award to the Maritime Junior “A” Hockey League team player who best exemplifies credit union values of community involvement, responsibility and leadership.   The recipient of the award for the 2007/2008 season is Corey Garland of the Dieppe Commandos (formerly the Moncton Beavers). Corey, who is attending Concordia University in Montreal this fall, was presented with the award during a recent game along with a $500 scholarship from CHOICE REWARDS™ MasterCard®.  He was also presented with a $500 scholarship from the area credit unions.      

§      The Canadian Worker Co-op Federation (CWCF) is seeking nominations for this year’s Worker Co-op Merit Award, to be presented as part of the 2008 AGM/ Conference – November 13-15, in Winnipeg.  The criteria are:
* The Award is given to a person or co-op which has made outstanding contributions to worker co-operation.
* It is generally awarded to a person or co-op within the region in which the Conference is taking place.
* Current Board members and staff are ineligible.
The deadline for nominations is Monday, July 21st.  If you would like to make a nomination, please submit  to  Hazel Corcoran, hazel@canadianworker.coop Tél: (403) 276-8250, Fax: (403) 338-0226


Trends - I learned a new word today, and thought I’d pass it on. Maybe it’s because my first language is French, though most of my working life has been writing something or other in English, but until today, I’d never heard of a “contronym”. Right now, my spell checker has it underlined in red. My computer’s dictionary (New Oxford American Dictionary) can’t offer a definition, but the word exists. When all else fails, Wikipedia: “Contronym... (also called an auto-antonym) is a word with a homonym that is also an antonym. (...) It is a word with multiple meanings, one of which is defined as the reverse of one of its other meanings.” Put simply, a contronym is a word that has definitions that are opposite of each other. Some examples: ‘dust’ can mean getting rid of fine particles: ‘to dust furniture’; or applying fine particles: ‘to dust crops’. A trucker will tell you a ‘grade’ is a hill, a surveyor will tell you it’s level land. Something that is ‘custom’ may be what everyone does, or it may be unique. A mechanic will tell you a ‘bolt’ secures something, a prisoner may tell you it means running free. You can ‘garnish’ food – add something to it, or you can ‘garnish wages’ – remove something from them. You can learn more about contronyms here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contronym. Ron Levesque


Circle of Life - Local Summer Fun – Many people are choosing to adventure closer to home this summer with the price of gas and the environmental impact of traveling.  There are lots of things to see and do in our own backyards and it’s a chance to support our communities and local economies at the same time.  Some ideas include: farmers’ markets, community theatres, beaches and parks, museums, camping, and a variety of festivals and concerts.  Check out your local tourism department for a list of activities and places to see in your area. – Bronwyn MacKinnon


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree Just in case some of you have yet to see this fun video about the difference between banks and credit unions, find it on Youtube today at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cawzTSVTP2M&feature=related . The video was produced by Larissa Walkiw of Young & Free Alberta. This is a very quick and simple video to teach people about the fundamental differences between these two types of financial institutions. Read more about the initiative at www.youngfreealberta.com/, powered by Common Wealth Credit Union.  – Erin Hancock


Trading Fairly – In 1990, Bettys & Taylors  of Harrograte Ltd decided to plant one million trees around the world to give something back to the communities the family business relies on for tea leaves and coffee beans. Nine years later, with the help of its main partner Oxfam and the support of its customers, they planted their millionth tree.  To date, they have planted over three million trees on four continents, and donated more than one million pounds to Oxfam. To learn more, go to http://www.treesforlife.co.uk/


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 was surprised that in the Philippines the kids have to go to school in uniforms and sometimes classrooms have only ceilings and no walls.”-  Brook, Grade 5, Marshview Middle School


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      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.

§      Nov 13-15 – Canadian Worker Co-op Federation AGM and Conference, Winnipeg, MB

§      Nov 15, 2008 – CUSO’s Dance for the World event, Halifax, NS


Contest of the Week – In Week 31, Kathy Woodside of Charlotte County Credit Union was our winner.  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: Here is a set of letters that makes no sense: umboet. The letters can become a familiar two-word phrase if you put a j at the beginning and add another j where a second word should start. The phrase you can make out of the letters above is jumbo jet.  Figure out how to make each of the sets of letters below into a two-word phrase in the same way. Add a letter at the beginning. Then add the same letter where a second word should begin.

  • otow , tudykills , astood , oubleate , oodrief
  • Answers: not now,  study skills , fast food , double date , good grief

This week’s contest: Figure out the word hinted at in Clue 1. Then rearrange those letters and add one more letter to figure out the word hinted at in Clue 2. Continue recycling letters and adding one more until you have built a seven-letter word as the answer to Clue 5.

Clue 1
A drink made with leaves
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Clue 2
Something that's sticky on one side
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Clue 3
A fold in a skirt or curtain
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Clue 4
Thing that a stapler dispenses
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Clue 5
Bodies in space
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Co-op Cooking – Here in what we laughingly call the “fog belt”, summer has finally arrived. There is lots of sunshine and crowds of people on the beaches. After a swim, the perfect way to feed your guests is around the barbecue. Here is a mushroom salad that goes great with grilled meats. 

Grilled Oriental Mushroom Salad

3 tbsp each vegetable oil and soy sauce

1/3 cup rice vinegar

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

2 green onions, chopped

1 tbsp finely minced gingerroot

1 lb. assorted sliced fresh Mushrooms (white,

crimini, portabella, shiitake, oyster)

3 tbsp teriyaki sauce

16 cups mixed salad greens or baby spinach

1 tbsp sesame seeds

In small saucepan, mix oil, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, mustard, onions and gingerroot; set aside. Pile mushrooms in centre of large piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Drizzle with teriyaki sauce. Fold edges and ends to seal well. Barbecue on high heat about 5-6 minutes or until steaming. Heat dressing on barbecue or stovetop just until boiling. Divide salad greens evenly among 4 large salad plates. Top with warm mushroom slices and drizzle with hot dressing. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Serve immediately.- Glenna Weagle


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