Week of Mar. 29– Apr. 4, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 12

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·      The late Rev. Dr. Moses Coady, an adult educator whose co-operative work in rural Nova Scotia sparked the Antigonish Movement and eventually the Coady International Institute of today, is in the running to be the Greatest Canadian Co-operator. To mark its 100th anniversary, the Canadian Co-operative Association is launching the Canadian Co-operative Hall of Fame this June. It is a virtual hall of fame recognizing and celebrating the legacies and achievements of outstanding Canadian co-operators.  Rev. Dr. Coady is among 14 nominees who will be inducted into the hall of fame, but only one will be named “Greatest” following public, online voting which ends April 30. “Obviously we are up against significant national competition for this award,” says Dianne Kelderman, CEO of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council which is one of the groups that nominated Rev. Dr. Coady for induction into the hall of fame and for the title. (Editor’s Note: See letter in Our Readers’ Write section from young co-operator Christopher McDaniel from Coady’s village who has been also working hard to have Coady named Greatest Co-operator)  Kelderman gives credit to Rev. Dr. Coady's vision for the co-operative system Nova Scotia has today. “He was the inspiration and passion that led us to being a $5 billion business sector owned by the people of this great province. Our legacy belongs to him, so it is a fitting tribute for us to nominate and honour him in this way.” Nominee profiles and voting information are available at www.coopscanada.coop/100th/fame.cfm Other nominees include Alphonse Desjardins, operator of the first "peoples bank" in North America; Alex Laidlaw, father of the non-profit co-op housing movement in Canada; and George Keen, a founder of the Co-operative Union of Canada. The winner of the Greatest Canadian Co-operator title will be announced in June during the Canadian Co-operative Association's National Congress in Ottawa.

·      Northumberland Co-operative Ltd in Miramichi, NB, held its 66th annual meeting this past Saturday at the Newcastle Lions Centre with 96 people in attendance. Sales were up in 2008 by three per cent from 2007. Sales were $78.4 million. Northumberland is the only New Brunswick owned fluid dairy, processing milk at Miramichi for distribution throughout New Brunswick. It also distributes ice cream and frozen food throughout the province. The Miramichi operation also includes a TM-BR Mart Lumber and Hardware retail store. The co-op has 301 members and employees 232 people. John MacDiarmid of Napan is board president. Jack Christie is the general manager.

·      Civil rights activist Rev Jesse Jackson is being brought to Nova Scotia by Nova Scotia Co-operative Council. The civil rights leader and two-time US presidential candidate, Rev. Jesse Jackson, will speak in Halifax, June 15, as part of celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council. Rev. Jackson’s presentation will be held during the Council’s 60th anniversary celebration at the World Trade and Convention Centre. Tickets for the dinner and speech are $100 and available through the Co-operative Council office in Truro (902-893-8966). Tickets must be ordered in advance; they will not be available at the door. A block of rooms are available at the Prince George Hotel. Please call 1-800-565-1567 for reservations. Media opportunities with Rev. Jackson are still being finalized. For more information or an interview, please contact:  Dianne Kelderman at dianne@nsco-opcouncil.ca or 902-896-7291.

·      Edunova of Halifax, NS, a co-operative whose members include Nova Scotia universities, public, private and independent schools, the Nova Scotia Community College and local companies specializing in training, has received a $250,000 loan from the provincial government. The loan will help with start-up costs on a contract Edunova has with Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The three-year, $24 million contract will help implement a new school curriculum and train teachers and principals. www.edunova.com

·      The Codroy Valley Credit Union in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Codroy Valley, has four locations and is located in areas with healthy local economies and potential for growth. Since fall, 2008, the directors of Codroy Valley Credit Union and the directors of Brook Street Credit Union have been meeting on a proposed amalgamation. Members are invited to a special member meeting on April 20 to hear a formal presentation and motion from the boards. Information meetings have been held during March in Doyles, St. George’s, Port aux Basques and other communities to help provide members with the information they need in order to make an informed decision. “An all-in-one, community-based operation is what has enabled us to excel,” says Corey Munden, Codroy Valley’s general manager.

·      Cooperative Radio Richmond has received $223, 734 from the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Development of Official-Language Communities Program. With the funding, the co-operative will be able to purchase and install the necessary equipment to allow this French-language minority community radio station to broadcast a variety of local content. Billy Joyce, president of Cooperative Radio Richmond, says the “community radio helps our official-language minority community live in its own language, take part in Canadian society, ensure its long-term development, and make dreams come true.” In Petit-de-Grat, Nova Scotia, La cooperative Radio Richmond Ltee. has been granted 5.2 kW on 104.1 for a new French-language community station.

·      The Silver Wave Film Festival is putting out a call to all classrooms and students in New Brunswick to submit youth videos in French (with English Subtitles) or English 2 minutes in length in any genre, covering any topic. This contest is open to youth between 8 years and 15 years old. Students can do: drama, documentary, music video, animation, claymation, experimental or an actual trailer for Silver Wave! If the videos submitted are accepted, they will be screened in the Silver Wave 09 Youth Screening Showcase and the group of youth filmmakers will get a SWFF t-shirt, bag and a special pass to all SWFF workshops and of course the youth screening program at next year's festival as well as any other youth screening events that are appropriate for youth viewing. This is the 8th annual festival. Please mail submissions to: NB Film Co-op/Silver Wave P.O. Box 1537, Fredericton, NB E3B 4Y1, Deadline: June 1 on DVD. The Silver Wave Film Festival will take place from Nov. 12-15.

·      Logan Cooke of Glace Bay, NS, who was the winner of a jersey autographed by Marc Andre Fleury and provided by New Waterford Credit Union.  All proceeds from tickets sold on the jersey went to Relay for Life.  http://www.nscreditunions.ca/default.asp?mn=1.18.28.63

·      Acadian Credit Union in Cheticamp has announced that Hailey Larade is the winner of its IPOD draw. Hailey and other students from Notre Dame Academy School brought in their used stamps that are to be donated to OXFAM Canada. http://www.acadiancreditu.ca/web?service=page/Home

·      Adam Hayward, a teacher at  Miramichi Rural School in Bay du Vin, NB, has been invited to be part of a contingent of only 15 teachers from across Canada who will be travelling to Rwanda in July for an on-site professional development opportunity as part of the 15th anniversary ceremonies of the Rwandan Genocide. In partnership with the Canadian Co-operative Association and Atlantic Council for International Co-operation, Adam led his class through an awareness project about clean water and the management of water resources and wells in developing countries during International Development week in Februrary. The cost of his trip to Rwanda is approx. $4,000. The school district will help him with some funding but Adam is seeking help in raising the additional funds. If anyone has any fundraising ideas or would like to speak with Adam he can be reached at Adam.Hayward@nbed.nb.ca

·      In recognition of his work to ensure a regional organic certifying agency, Ted Wiggans received Farm Credit Canada’s 2008 Innovation Award at the Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick’s annual meeting. http://www.atlanticfarmfocus.ca/index.cfm?sid=235618&sc=586  Wiggans, who has been farming for over 20 years, his wife Louise, a teacher, and their four children operate a mixed farm in Harvey. They have an organic garden and raise lamb and sheep. He sells organic vegetables at the Boyce Farmer’s Market in Fredericton Wiggans, who was president of Maritime Certified Organic Growers Coop, took the challenge not only to find the funding but also to work together with Nova Scotia Organic Growers and come up with an amalgamated certification body that would be ISO 65 compliant and accredited, while still local, member owned, and affordable. The new Atlantic Certified Organic Coop Ltd. has passed the initial audits and should have CFIA approval and accreditation long before the new June 2009 deadline.

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Trends - This edition of Trends will be my last one. Work and personal commitments are piling up and I no longer have the time to even think about and research subject matter – much less write about it. If you’re wondering, well, that’s my contribution to April Fool’s Day, though it leads well into this week’s topic. In a little more than three weeks, London (UK) will be celebrating its first ever Slow Down Festival. Modeled after recent ‘slow’ trends – Slow Food was the first, now there’s Slow Travel, Slow Shopping and Slow Design – the Slow Down Festival will present a number of events designed to slow Londoners down. There will be ‘the Big Slow Walk’ across Waterloo Bridge (on the pavement at rush hour, no less), a presentation by Canadian author Carl Honoré (In Praise of Slow), a snail mail workshop (yup, how to write real letters...on paper, that you mail to someone), as well as a host of classes from pottery and yoga to tai chi and theatre. Read more about the festival here: http://slowdownlondon.co.uk/ or look up ‘Slow Movement’ on Wikipedia...and slow down. - 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: “Today I became increasingly aware of the overwhelming poverty in many countries all over the world. I became inspired to someday travel and volunteer in foreign countries when I  graduate from dental hygiene.” -  Stephanie,  Moncton, NB

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Co-op Ed 101Commitment to its co-operative social responsibilities is very visible at Sydney Credit Union in Sydney, NS.  While Sydney Credit Union has always been involved with enhancing the social and economic well being of its members and the community, the credit union wanted a dynamic model that would facilitate an equitable distribution of our success with its five stakeholders. Have a look at its great web site https://www.sydneycreditunion.com/SharedContent/documents/CSR%20Communication%20To%20Members.pdf This space on the web site  is dedicated to Sydney Credit Union’s efforts in Cooperative Social Responsibility and is intended to provide members with an introduction to the process. The process should bring sustainable results for the five stakeholders. This is why the credit union named its CSR program Five Star Success - Maureen MacLean

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      April 17, 2009 Credit Union National Young Leaders Think Tank, Delta Fredericton. To register, please contact Credit Union Central of New Brunswick http://www.creditunion.nb.ca/cucnb.htm

§      April 17-18, 2009 Credit Union Central of New Brunswick Annual Meeting, Delta Fredericton, Fredericton, NB

§      April 22 -23, 2009 Blueprints of the Brand Forum, Westin Hotel, Halifax, NS – designed specifically for Credit Union CEOs and General Managers, this forum offers the tools to further enhance the brand for Credit Unions.

§      April 24, 2009 League Savings and Mortgage Annual Meeting, Westin Hotel, Halifax, NS

§      April 24-25, 2009 Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia Annual Meeting, Westin Hotel, Halifax, NS

§      April 30, 2009 Valley Credit Union Annual General Meeting, 7 pm, Waterville and District Fire Hall

§      April 30 - May 3, 2009 Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership program will be hosting it first youth leadership seminar of 2009 at Canoe Cove, Prince Edward Island.  Apply today.

§      May 21 - May 24, 2009 Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership program will be hosting its second youth leadership seminar of 2009 at Killdevil Camp in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador.

§      May 29, 2009 Annual General Meeting of the Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick, 9:00 – 12:00 at the Ramada Inn in Moncton, NB.

§      June 16-19, 2009 CCA’s 100th anniversary Congress, Ottawa, ON. See www.coopscanada.coop/100th/congress.cfm

§      June 19-21, 2009 Symposium organized by the Masters in Management of Co-operatives and Credit Unions Program at St Mary’s University, Halifax, NS. Theme is “Legislative and Public Policy Issues”. Abstracts of papers must be received by Mar 31. Final paper and presentation slides by June 1, if applicable. More information and a style guide are available from Tom Webb, jtwebb@auracom.com or tom.webb@smu.ca or contact Larry Haiven (902) 420-5082 or larryhaiven@smu.ca

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Contest of the WeekLast week’s contest: We had many different suggestions. The first correct one was from Deidre Amirault, Coastal Financial Credit Union, East Pubnico Branch. This month’s prize is a handmade, wooden ballpoint pen. It was won by Catherine Irving, Marie Michael Library, Coady International Institute, St. Francis Xavier University. April’s prize is a day/date portfolio so keep your submissions coming in. Last week’s contest: What do the following words have in common? are, came, crime, gape, hose, Jude, lien, ole, rode, Rome, smile. They are all one-syllable words. However, each one of them, when a letter is added, becomes a three-syllable word. Answer: area, cameo, Crimea, agape, Hosea, Judea, alien, oleo, rodeo, Romeo, simile This week’s contest: Here’s how it goes. There will be three scrambled word puzzles with a clue above each. The unscrambled words will have something to do with the clue.1.1. 1. 1.Clue: A step too far
Puzzle: Le ped lex
2. Clue: Random things or people that are placed together
Puzzle: Semolina clues
3. Clue: A plethora of facts
Puzzle: Oceanic played

Everyone who enters has their name placed in the contest can for the month end drawing The Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon. Send your entry to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca.

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Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - I (Erin Hancock) have been involved in research over the past couple of years concerning New Brunswick co-ops and government policy (interviews conducted in 2008) thanks to help from many dedicated co-operators across New Brunswick and University of New Brunswick professors (including Dr. Stephen Dutcher, a former writer with The Atlantic Co-operator and Dr. Luc Theriault who is currently doing Atlantic-wide co-op research). A special thank you to Concentra Financial and Co-op Atlantic for support for the research and traveling to conferences. I am happy to report that I will be defending my Master’s thesis entitled “Growing New Brunswick from the Ground Up: The Policy Context for Co-operatives in New Brunswick” on April 9th at 10 am at the Harriet Irving Library, University of New Brunswick (main floor meeting room). I will highlight the antiquated policies (30+ years old), the potential for co-ops to help meet policy goals if better supported and the role of co-operatives in advocacy and co-op development. All are welcome to come learn about the research. During 2009, I intend to provide a report to the New Brunswick government, letters to the editor in NB newspapers and provide the co-op councils and any interested co-ops with a summary of the research. If you are interested in learning more about the research, to receive a report or if you have questions, please contact me at erin.hancock@unb.ca  - Erin Hancock

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Co-op Cooking – I usually use less garlic than this recipe calls for and serve it over rice. I have also used dried parsley as well as fresh.   
Italian Broiled Shrimp
2 lbs jumbo shrimp, shelled and deveined
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup olive oil
4 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 cup hot water
2 tbsp finely chopped garlic
4 tbsp finely chopped parsley
Wash and dry the shrimp. Dust with 1/4 cup flour. Put 1/4 cup butter and olive oil in deep 9 x 14-inch baking dish; heat until butter melts. Place shrimp in single layer in dish and put in 400F oven for 8 minutes. Meanwhile make sauce: In saucepan, melt remaining butter; add flour. Mix in lemon juice, pepper, and water. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add garlic and parsley; mix. Remove shrimp from oven and pour sauce over. Mix until all shrimp are coated. Place under broiler for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately. - Glenna Weagle

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·      The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) has taken on a creative initiative: they are creating the first-ever virtual Canadian Co-operative Hall of Fame. The first inductees into this co-operative hall of fame will be announced at this year’s CCA National Forum in June, which will mark the association’s 100th year anniversary.  The first inductee into the hall of fame will be the winner of the CCA’s “Greatest Canadian Co-operator” contest, for which online voting has already begun. One nominee hails from Inverness County and his name is known around the world: Moses Coady. Born in Margaree, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, on January 3, 1882, Rev. Dr. Moses Michael Coady would go on to make waves in the co-operative world by playing a key role in the development of the Antigonish Movement, alongside his cousin and mentor, Jimmy Tompkins. This movement promoted co-operative development, microfinance and adult education, and has changed many communities in the Maritimes and around the world. During his younger years, Coady became uncomfortable with the out-migration of not only people in his community because of work, but people in his province as a whole, as well. This led Coady to St. Francis Xavier University (St. FX) where he received a strong education; later, Coady would go on to teach at St. FX. In time, he would help develop St. FX’s Extension Department which promoted adult education and one’s own potential; Coady became the first director of this historic department.  Many credit unions in the Maritime Provinces exist thanks to Coady’s involvement with the Antigonish Movement. With time, Coady traveled throughout Canada to promote the Antigonish Movement and thus helped develop credit unions and co-operatives all across Canada. Since that time, Coady’s teachings have reached communities all around the world.  Moses Coady had tremendous faith in democracy and the everyday person. Father Coady passed away on July 28, 1959, but his words are still known and his work is still recognized. The Coady International Institute, for example, located on the St. FX campus, continues to teach people from communities in various stages of development around the world about co-operation, education and development. Each and every day, a piece of Coady lives on as people from around the world build themselves up through co-operation and proper education. Now, just as Coady placed tremendous faith in the hands of the people, the Canadian Co-operative Association is doing the same through their contest. Voting for the “Greatest Canadian Co-operator” will take place until April 30th, 2009 at 5 PM Eastern Time; you can vote by visiting the following webpage: http://www.coopscanada.coop/100th/vote.php  - Christopher McDaniel, Margaree Forks, NS

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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, April 8, 2009