Week of Oct. 19 – Oct. 25, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 44

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·           To help celebrate Co-op Week, the Clarenville Area Consumers Co-op partnered with other local co-operatives including the Newfoundland-Labrador Credit Union, The Medicine Shoppe and The Co-operators to hold a free Family Skating Party as a “co-operative” way to give back to the community. Approximately 150 people attended. The Co-op wanted to offer free ice skating to local residents (skating is only available in this region from October to April).  Everyone appreciated the complimentary hot chocolate, granola bars and, of course, the draw prizes.

·           Bayview Credit Union in Saint John, NB, is asking the community for entries for its “Who Makes A Difference in Your Life” initiative.  The idea is to get good news into the community and to give people a chance to say thank you to and to recognize the people who have impacted their lives.  It hopes to continue this initiative next year, as well. If there is someone members would like to thank, please write a story and submit it through Bayview’s website: www.bayviewnb.com.  The entry doesn't have to be long and involved.  Even a few words can make a big difference. Everyone is invited to be a part of this project.  You can enter as many times as you have people who matter to you. All entries are posted on Bayview’s website, so feel free to drop by and read what New Brunswickers had to say about the people who matter to them.

·           The employees of Beaubear Credit Union www.beaubear.ca/ in Miramichi, NB, celebrated the credit union’s 70th anniversary this summer. As part of recognizing its 70 year history, a charity barbecue was held to raise $500 for the local food bank and a commemorative stamp was created as well as a scale replica 1938 Studebaker Truck.

·           Bayview Credit Union with branches throughout Saint John, NB, has named the recipients of the 2008 Roy Mackin Memorial Education Awards, Melanie Collrin, Eve Powell, Ashlee Doyle, Emma Pinfold, Morganne Foley and Kayla Richard. The late Roy Mackin was general manager at Bayview for many years.

·           Taking advantage of Coop Week, the Caisses populaires acadiennes unveiled the poster image of the VISA Classic card. During a breakfast meeting with employees, Camille Thériault, CEO of the Mouvement, took the opportunity to highlight the merits of cooperation, and to unveil the new VISA Classic credit card. This card, which is used by approximately 43,000 card holders throughout the Caisses populaires acadiennes network, usually displayed the image of their partner, Desjardins. Through an agreement negotiated between VISA and the two institutions, the VISA Classic card will now also display the Caisses populaires acadiennes logo. http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=359

·           Assumption Life and the Caisses populaires acadiennes' affiliate Acadia Life, have announced a partnership agreement giving rise to a new sales company specializing in the distribution of personal insurance in New Brunswick. This historic agreement unites the strengths of two important Acadian companies by the creation of a new subsidiary specializing in the distribution of personal insurance products throughout the province. The agreement represents the union of two of the largest institutions in the francophone personal insurance market in New Brunswick http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=358

·           Della Hetherington, Advance Savings Credit Union owner from Petitcodiac, NB, was entered into a draw and won a 22” LCD HDTV by ensuring that her shares were paid up during Advance’s Shares Top Up Contest. Also, Advance Savings Credit Union www.advancesavings.ca, serving the Moncton area, has presented a cheque for $250 to the Salvation Army to assist with purchasing turkeys for its annual Christmas Aid program.  The Christmas Aid program services the tri-community area, providing food, toys and clothing for families in need at Christmas.  http://www.advancesavings.ca/news_pages/community_ascu_news_SalvationArmy.htm

·           A bicycle rodeo, breakfast, and a dance with local artists were among the events that helped to mark the recent 65th anniversary of Paquetville Co-op in New Brunswick.

·           If you want to see a giant pumpkin, Bergengren Credit Union www.bergengrencu.com has one. The pumpkin was donated by local grower Nick Oxner. Drop into the branch in Antigonish to guess the weight for a chance to win a prize of $75.00 cash in recognition of its 75th Anniversary. All proceeds raised will go to the Antigonish/Guysborough Early Childhood Intervention Program www.nsnet.org/antigonish/.

·           Heritage Credit Union, www.heritagecu.com/ with seven locations in Nova Scotia, for the second year in a row, has been named to Progress Magazine’s Top 101 Companies list. “Being recognized as one of the Top 101 Companies is a significant accomplishment for our organization”, says Ken Shea, President and CEO of Heritage Credit Union. “The companies that are recognized each year are true leaders in their field and we are honored to be amongst them. We are also very proud of our staff for their part in this accomplishment.”  This year, Progress, in partnership with the Sobey’s School of Business continued their comprehensive approach to the Top 101 companies of the year. Progress produced the top 10 rankings in four areas of operational performance by creating a balanced score card within their Top 101 survey. These best practices areas are: Customer Orientation, innovation and learning, internal management practices, and governance and social responsibility. Heritage Credit Union ranked #3 in the overall Balanced Scorecard, #5 in the Customer Orientation Category, #5 in the Governance and Social Responsibility
category, and #9 in the Internal Perspective category.

·           Nova Scotia credit unions joined more than 177 million credit union customer-owners in 96 countries around the world celebrating International Credit Union Day on October 16, 2008. The day honours the history and achievements of the credit union movement.  In Nova Scotia, credit unions provide wise financial guidance to more than 168,000 customer-owners at 31 credit unions offering 162 points of service (82 locations and 80 ATMs). The credit union network also employs more than 900 people provincially. “We take great pride in the fact that our credit unions are locally owned, managed and staffed, with a primary responsibility to respond to the needs of communities in Nova Scotia,” says Bernie O’Neil, President and CEO of Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia. www.ns-credit-unions.com  “We celebrate our ability to make decisions locally and our commitment to community development through such programs as our small business financing program. We also recognize the many ways we give back to the community by volunteering and supporting community initiatives.” As part of its Credit Union Day festivities, Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia was addressed by special guests representing Early Intervention Nova Scotia. This association is composed of 18 early intervention programs supporting children with developmental delays and their families throughout the province. It was chosen as the primary recipient of funds from the Nova Scotia Credit Unions Charitable Foundation with a three-year commitment.

·           The Canadian Worker Co-op Federation Board www.canadianworker.coop/ is recommending to the November 2008 AGM a resolution on increasing the size of the Board to 7 directors (from the current 4) and on changing the Board election process, including the incorporation of diversity criteria for the Board. .  A by-law resolution will be presented at the AGM. Although it is up to the membership to accept these changes, the Board Nominating Committee is seeking a sufficient number of Board candidates to fill all 7 director positions, 5 of which would be up for election.  If the new criteria are accepted, CWCF will be holding elections for 5 positions this year: 1) BC/ Yukon Director 2) Quebec Director 3) Atlantic Director 4) Director at-large 5) Director at-large. For more information, contact April Bourgeois, CWCF Board President / Prairies Director
306-359-1962 /coopventures@sasktel.net and Colin MacDougall, CWCF Treasurer / Ontario Director,613-235-6122 / colin@lasiembra.com, Co-Chairs, CWCF Nominating Committee

·           The Environment Committee of the Fredericton Direct Charge Co-op www.frederictoncoop.nb.ca/Board of Directors sponsored an afternoon of fun and learning about the environment on Sunday, September 14th at O’Dell Park. Thirty-six children, their parents and grandparents rotated around the park to 4 exhibits learning about the weather presented by Claude Cote, birds presented by Gerry Kemp, Tammy Mahendrappa and Chris Pitt on Soils and Naturalists and Melissa and Vanessa on trees and leaves. The final event of the afternoon was a nature walk including a mini-orienteering exercise throughout the park where everyone collected various items outlined in the orienteering instructions. One lucky girl and boy each won a set of binoculars; there were also 4 lucky winners of bird houses. But no one left the park empty handed; posters, t-shirts, stickers and a tree sapling were provided to each of the participants. Thanks to Duck Unlimited for supplying the posters. FredKids was a partner in this activity as well doing the face painting as the children arrived.

·           Fredericton Direct Charge Co-op’s www.frederictoncoop.nb.ca/Annual Community Golf Tournament took place Thursday September 25th, and raised $3,139.00 for the New Brunswick Association for Community Living. This event has raised over $12,000 for the NBACL since inception in September 2004. Members and suppliers took part, in particular Northumberland Dairies, who all assisted with door prizes and the barbeque. Staff members Mike Doran and Karen McCarty handled the organizing of this year’s event.

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Trends -  It doesn’t sound anything like what it is, but buckypaper has the potential to revolutionize the manufacturing sector. Scientists have called it buckypaper as an homage to Buckminster Fuller, an American inventor and architect famous for his geodesic structures (think Expo ’67 in Montreal and the US exhibit). The ‘paper’ is actually an array of carbon nanotubes (very, very small tubes) that are 50,000 times thinner that a human hair. A sheet of buckypaper looks like ordinary carbon paper, but with huge differences. It is 500 times stronger than steel when laminated together, conducts electricity like copper and disperses heat like brass. A strand of carbon nanotubes that is 1mm2 could theoretically support 6300kg of weight. The carbon nanotubes themselves are made of fullerene, very small carbon structures composed of hexagons (six sides) and pentagons (five sides), which can be further shaped into tubes, spheres or ellipsoids. If you take a close look at a modern soccer ball, you will see that they are made of hexagons and pentagons, or ‘buckyballs’. The applications are numerous – from airplane and car parts, to computer displays and ‘paper’ batteries, the future looks interesting thanks to ‘buckypaper’. See Wikipedia for more information.  - Ron Levesque

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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: “Thank you for visiting our school and bringing all the things to look at. I really liked the mask that stood up. Some day I would like to work for Canada in Africa.” -  Shelly, Grade 6, Charlottetown, PE

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Out of the Ordinary Dominion News Cooperative, a multi-stakeholder coop with a mandate of covering grassroots news and issues in Canada
and around the world is distributing 20,000 copies of its mining issue across the country, and holding discussions in communities coast to
coast to coast. To find out more about the mining issue, check out: http://dominionpaper.ca/mining

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Co-op Ed 101 - This week we feature another Newfoundland and Labrador co-operative.  NIFCO, the Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co-operative, was founded in 1975 by a group of filmmakers who wanted to ensure that the means of film production were available to artists working in the province. In the beginning the co-op was housed in the rear of the old National Film Board building in Pleasantville, with basic 16mm production and editing equipment, much of it borrowed. Gradually more equipment was acquired and in 1980 NIFCO moved downtown to its present location. The co-op now houses a complete production facility, including digital and analog editing suites, a mixing theatre, and an animation stand. NIFCO members have now produced more than 200 films, ranging from short animations to feature length dramas, television series and documentaries. For more information you can contact NIFCO, 40 Kings Road St. John’s, NL, A1C 3P5 Phone:(709) 753-6121, or visit http://nifco.org/  - Maureen MacLean

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      Oct. 25 – District 4 Credit Union Bowl-A-Thon in Nova Scotia in support of the IWK Health Centre. Since September, Heritage Credit Union’s branches have been selling IWK bracelets and sponsorship balloons in support of the Centre.

§      Nov. 7-9 - The North American Students of Co-operation annual institute (learning gathering) is being held from in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “Grassroots Run Deep” is conference title. Visit www.nasco.coop/institute/

§      Nov 13-15 – Canadian Worker Co-op Federation AGM and Conference, Winnipeg, MB www.coopzone.coop/CWCF_Conf08  

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

§      Feb 2 – 5, 2009 Institute for Co-operative Studies, Banff, AB. Presented by the Canadian Co-operative Association, the Institute of Co-operative Studies is the only national co-operative event that contributes to the development of leadership across organizations and sectors within a co-operative and credit union context. Details, as they become available, will be posted to www.CoopsCanada.coop/meetings/instituteofcoopstudies.

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Contest of the Week –Last week we had lots of correct answers: Cathy Darland, Moncton; David Kerr Winnipeg, MB; Larraine Perry, Grand Bay, NB;  Theresa McDonnell,  St. George’s, NL and Glenna Weagle, NS. People had fun with it and that is our goal. Good luck !!! Everyone who enters has his/her 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: Complete the word square by inserting the 9 letters into the grid, to create the same words reading down and across.
E E A A A D R R N
H I D E
I _ _ _
D _ _ _
E _ _ _

Answer:  Hide Idea Dear Earn

Thanks to one of our readers who added the  postscript:  “I am very proud of my four letter word vocabulary”. We love the smiles.  This week’s contest: A bit of a teaser: find two words that rhyme and fit the description. For example, a weird ape would be a funky monkey, or a wealthy Halloween gal would be a rich witch.
1. Game anxiety?
2. Blouse Stain?
3. One who lives in the basement?
4. Magical Iguana?
5. Arachnid’s beverage?

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Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - In Chicago, a group of youth have undertaken design and T-shirt printing as part of the Co-op Clothing Tech enterprise. The project is in its 4th year of operation and going strong; producing everything from shirts for community groups to school uniforms. See a video about the group at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKEmMGDgkXQ or read more at http://www.coopimage.org/programs.html - Erin Hancock

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Co-op Cooking – With the days getting cooler, there comes the mad rush to get the gardens ready for a winter sleep. Coming in from the gardens at lunchtime or after you've spent the morning pickling and freezing the remaining vegetables, it's nice to have something warm that can be readied quickly. These wraps seem to be a perfect solution.  The recipe is for eight but can be easily halved or quartered. 
Beef and Cabbage Wraps
8 8-inch flour tortillas
12 oz lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
1/2 to 2/3 cup barbecue sauce (your favorite flavour)
2 cups shredded cabbage with carrot (substitute ready-made coleslaw mix if you like)
Wrap tortillas in foil and place on baking sheet. Heat at 350F for 10 minutes (until heated through). In large skillet, cook beef and onion until beef is browned and onion is tender. Drain excess fat. Add 1/3 cup barbecue sauce. Cook, stirring, until heated through. Spread one side of tortilla with some of remaining barbecue sauce. Spoon on about 1/2 cup beef mixture. Add shredded cabbage mix and roll to wrap. To serve this as a larger meal, you can add yellow rice (add 1/8 tsp turmeric or saffron to water in which your regular rice is boiled), and Tomato and Cucumber Salad (toss chunked tomato and cucumber with olive oil, the zest and juice of 1 lemon. and salt and pepper to taste). - Glenna Weagle

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·           Love the puzzles! It’s my weekly “Stolen Moment”.  Thanks! - CD

·           I love your little contests, even if I don’t participate every time. Keep them coming. I like the contents very much. It keeps me informed of co-operative news. Thanks. - LD

·           I am a day late in getting to your third anniversary edition. Congratulations and thanks for your efforts that keep me informed on a lot of great topics and events – and still thrilled to be on your circulation list. – DK

·           Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and that your Hallowe'en is good and spooky where'er you happen to be. - GW

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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008