Week of Apr. 19– Apr. 25 2009, Vol. 4, No. 15

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·      Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op is looking for a Production Manager for its coffee roastery in Grand Pre, close to Wolfville, NS. This position is a management position reporting to the CEO. Responsibilities include roasting and packaging operations, quality assurance as well as facility maintenance supervision at Grand Pre and Hantsport. As a member of the management team, the Production Manager will implement the strategic goals of the Production Department. Just Us! is a worker owned co-op which imports and roasts Fair Trade, organic, green coffee beans to ship to its customers across Canada, mostly in the Maritimes. Just Us! is looking for someone who believes in Fair Trade and is socially minded to inspire staff to excel. The Production Manager’s job will suit someone who has 3 to 5 years management and production experience; has excellent communication and organizational skills as well as an ability to think outside the box. A great sense of humour and Spanish would be an asset. Just Us! offers a paid health plan, profit sharing and the chance to work with a great bunch of people. Please send resumes to andrea@justuscoffee.com until April 28, 2009.

·      During the past year East Coast Credit Union contributed $140,000 and 94 weeks of volunteer hours as part of its vision of social responsibility to the communities in which its branches are located. On Sunday afternoon, April 19, in Margaree Centre, Cape Breton, East Coast hosted the annual meeting of its 13 branches. During the year it committed $30,000 to the Strait Area Transit Co-operative so that it can provide alternative transportation to the rural communities in the area. Also, East Coast was honoured as the 2008 Outstanding Sponsorship Partner at the Maritime Philanthropy Awards for its support of L’Arche Cape Breton. For more about East Coast Credit Union go to www.eastcoastcreditu.ca

·      Joe MacNeil, East Coast Credit Union board member will be presented with the 2008 Nova Scotia Distinguished Co-operators Award at the 60th anniversary gala of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council on June 15 at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax, NS.  MacNeil has been involved with the credit union movement for more than 40 years. He was also on the board of the Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia for 10 years. For more about the awards and NSCC’s anniversary gala, go to www.nsco-opcouncil.ca/

·      Co-op Atlantic has published a spring issue of Agrifitti. Here what members have to say about the co-operative way of doing business at http://www.coopatlantic.ca/e/images/agrifitti/agrifitti%2008.pdf

·      Scotsburn Dairy Group is scaling back operations in Corner Brook, NL. Scotsburn informed its workers in Corner Brook on Wednesday afternoon (April 15) that the local facility will not produce milk after May 29. It will be used solely for warehouse purposes after that time. http://www.atlanticfarmfocus.ca/index.cfm?sid=242839&sc=586

·      A quick note about a couple of new publications that may be of interest to some Co-op Circles’ readers: Organic Friends E-Zine from the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC), which contains recent organic research results, Cereals Symposium presentations, OACC Technical Bulletins and newspaper articles about organic farming.  http://www.oacc.info/FriendsE-zines/april2009.asp and the first issue of “Work Together”, a new global information bulletin for co-operatives and worker-owned enterprises in industry, services and crafts. It is available from cicopa@cicopa.coop


Trends - I wrote last week that it was becoming more and more difficult to tell the ‘real’ co-ops from other businesses because the latter were appropriating some of the marketing positions that have been co-operative mainstays for years, if not decades. The opposite is also true. One reader forwarded a story about Servus Credit Union in Alberta that paid out a $3.6 million bonus to its soon-to-be-retired CEO.  To quote CBC news’ website: “Chairman Bill Anhorn said (Steve) Blakely was given the money because it was possible he could have lost his job during the amalgamation, and he would have then been entitled to severance pay.” Sounds like big bank to me. The Credit Union’s members didn’t know about the deal – this was brokered before the amalgamation process of several credit unions – and Blakely didn’t lose his job as CEO of one of the amalgamating credit unions. He became the CEO. To quote a Red Deer Advocate reader: “Please tell me what has happened to the days when men and women went to work, took on the task at hand, at their regular salary and didn’t expect a bonus just because they did a good job?” Indeed.   – Ron Levesque


Co-op Ed 101Gay Lea Foods is a co-operative owned by over 1200 farmers - approximately one quarter of Ontario’s dairy farmers. It has five production facilities in Toronto, Mississauga, Guelph and Teeswater where they manufacture milk, dips, cream, butter, sour cream, whipped cream, cottage cheese and skim milk powder. http://www.gaylea.com/about/ Recently, Gay Lea acquired the Ivanhoe Cheese Company. Ivanhoe is a growing, successful cheese company based in Eastern Ontario with a reputation of quality and customer service. They are the oldest cheese company in Canada, established as a co-operative in 1870 and owned as a private company by the current owners since 1987. - Maureen MacLean


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - During the national Congress for Social Sciences and Humanities, the Association for Non-Profit and Social Economy Research (ANSER) and the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) have teamed up to offer an international student day on May 26th in order to allow students involved in social economy research from across the world to connect and share their activities with each other. Learn more at http://www.socialeconomy.info/en/content/upcoming-conferernce-carleton-university There is no cost, but register soon at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=OqBg_2bUOcfTFhNYiuHjB_2beg_3d_3d  - Erin Hancock


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      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  Strategic Planning for Non-Profits, Co-operatives and other community organizations with Jane Garthson, Garthson Leadership Centre Workshop includes:  How to set direction in a way that focuses the tireless efforts of your volunteers (and staff, if any) on what really improves your community, How to oversee the development of a strategic plan that gets results, attracts supporters and funds, builds enthusiasm, and stays relevant and  12 great tips to make strategic planning worthwhile, effective and even fun COST: $140 + GST; Each additional participant from the same organization will receive a $15 discount, as will those who register for more than one workshop. Student rate available. Refreshments, tea and coffee served, but lunch not included. TO REGISTER: http://sec.oise.utoronto.ca/english/workshops.php or contact Lisa White at secworkshops@oise.utoronto.ca , 416-978-0022  LOCATION:  Social Economy Centre of the University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. W. (5th floor), Toronto, ON M5S 1V6, (St. George Subway Station)

§      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 at leadership@acyl.coop .

§      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. Apply today at leadership@acyl.coop

§      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.

§      May 29-30, 2009 Co-op Atlantic Annual General Meeting, Ramada Crystal Palace. Notice and delegate credential forms at www.coopatlantic.ca/htm.aspx?id=561

§      June 3-5, 2009 Canadian CED Network Conference, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB - three days of learning, networking and celebration Go to www.ccednet-rcdec.ca for details on conference.

§      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

§      Nov 19-21, 2009 Canadian Worker Co-op AGM and Conference, Moncton, NB


Contest of the WeekLast week’s contest: The first correct answer was from Cathy Darland, Moncton, NB. Twelve other people had the correct answer. Our Contest can will be full this month.    Thanks to all our many contest readers and submitters throughout the year. We always look forward to your entries and your notes and comments. Answer: CAT This week’s contest: What do the numbers 11, 69 and 88 have in common? April’s prize is a day/date portfolio so keep your submissions coming in. 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.


Co-op Cooking Here is an easily prepared Risotto. Serve this as a side dish or main course. This dish has all the fresh flavours of Spring.
Springtime Risotto 
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cups short-grained rice
4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
2 cups evaporated milk
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped chives
2 tbsp chopped basil
1 tbsp chopped mint
1 tbsp lemon zest
Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook gently for 5 minutes. Add rice and stir to coat with onion mixture. Combine milk and stock in saucepan. Heat until simmering. Add stock mixture 1 cup at a time, to rice mixture, stirring constantly until liquid is completely absorbed before adding more. Cook until rice is tender (15 to 18 minutes). Stir in remaining ingredients. Serve immediately. - Glenna Weagle


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, April 29, 2009