Week of May 10– May 16, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 17

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·      iNova Credit Union was honoured for its commitment to the environment and social responsibility by the Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia at its 75th Annual General Meeting. iNova Credit Union received the Coady Award, which is presented annually to the credit union or caisse populaire in Nova Scotia or Newfoundland and Labrador that best exemplifies leadership, contribution and commitment to social action and the well-being of their community.   “At iNova Credit Union, we are proud of our co-operative roots, so to be awarded the Coady Award ranks as the highest honour achievable. Dr. Moses Coady, a Cape Bretoner, was an environmentalist and a man that believed in the “little people” and that’s what we do and that’s our passion.” says General Manager Willy Robinson. “It’s truly an honour to be recognized for our commitment to the environment and our community and as corny as it may sound we will continue to ensure people and their needs come first.” iNova Credit Union is a founding member of the Atlantic Canadian Sustainability Initiative, and with that embraced The Natural Step framework. Over the past three years, the credit union has also helped 21 entrepreneurs realize their dreams of business ownership, granting more than $120,000 in micro-credit loans. In addition, they have assisted small businesses by granting loans that are now approaching $5millon. “We are a proud community partner,” adds Board Chair Stephen Scanlan. “From our mitten tree to collect mittens and hats for local school children to China Sichuan Earthquake relief, we are dedicated to giving back and our customer-owners appreciate that.” To find out more about iNova Credit Union contact General Manager Willy Robinson, Phone: 902-453-8870, Email: wrobinson@inovacreditunion.coop  or visit the Credit Union’s Web site: www.inovacreditunion.coop  

·      Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-operative co-founders, Debra and Jeff Moore were honoured this week by the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC).  On May 1, 2009, the University presented them with Honorary Doctor of Laws. This honour reflects their ongoing commitment to social justice issues, and especially to the introduction of Fair Trade business practices in Canada.  Just Us! Coffee Roasters was founded in 1996 by the Moores, along with three of their friends.  Since then they have worked to develop direct relationships with farmers all over the world to pay fair, above market value prices for the products they sell.  Debra and Jeff have also been leaders in the areas of sustainability and education.  Their commitment to Fair Trade, community, organic standards and co-op principles have helped to promote their business as an example of a successful business model to other Atlantic Canadians. www.justuscoffee.com

·      Kenneth MacGregor MacLean, former managing director of the Co-op Central of Prince Edward Island, has died in Summerside, PEI, at the age of 90. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary (Marchbank) MacLean; twin daughters, Gloria, Australia; Gail Archibald, New Minas, and son, Roy at home. He is also survived by sister, Marjorie Underwood, Halifax; sister-in-law, Jean Burch, Charlottetown; son-in-law, Dr. David Large, Port Joli; aunt, Doris Carr, St. Eleanor's, P.E.I.; grandsons, Peter, Philip and Adam , all of Ontario; five great- grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by daughter, Marilyn Large, sister, Gwen MacNutt and brother, Donald MacLean. Ken and his wife Mary operated a successful dairy farm for many years. As an individual who believed in giving back to his community, he made important contributions to the social, economic and cultural life of Prince Edward Island through the Co-operative Movement for four decades. In 1989 he received the Distinguished Co-operator Award from the Atlantic Council of Co-operatives. http://thechronicleherald.ca/announcements/display.php?anntype=obituaries~2009/04/30~16926568

·      Bayview Credit Union, with branches in Saint John and Sussex, NB, has once again made the list of the Top 100 Credit Unions in Canada.  Credit Union Central of Canada ranks credit unions and caisse populaires across the country (with the exception of Quebec) on the basis of total assets. The top 100 credit unions reported a six-month growth rate of 4.8 per cent over mid-year results, and had assets of nearly $101 billion.  www.bayviewnb.com

·      Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op and JUDES (its educational arm) are celebrating fair trade. National Fair Trade Weeks (May 1 - 15, 2009) and World Fair Trade Day (May 9, 2009) are a salute to the people and organizations who have dedicated themselves to making Fair Trade what it is today, one of many solutions towards a socially, ecologically, and economically healthy world.   Here are some ways you can join JustUs! in celebrating: A special photography exhibit and fundraiser - The Faces of Fair Trade will be held in Halifax: Saturday, May 9, 2009 @ 3 - 6 PM, Agora Community Church, 2730 Fuller Terrace This free event celebrates fair trade producers from around the world with images of Fair Trade producers.  Select prints will be for sale ($15 - $50), along with a silent auction, raffle, music, and other festivities.  Drop by for a visit and help JUDES continue our educational work! And in Wolfville: Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 6 - 8:30 PM, Jack’s Gallery, Just Us! Coffeehouse, 450 Main Street. Enter the Win a Weekend in Wolfville contest.  Wolfville wants everyone to be talking about Fair Trade!  As Canada’s first Fair Trade Town, Wolfville is celebrating National Fair Trade Weeks (May 1- 15, 2009) by hosting the first ever Weekend in Wolfville Contest.  Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to explore what your backyard has to offer and learn about Fair Trade and local food!  Visit www.judesfairtrade.ca/activities/contest2009 for details.  There will also be a special presentation in partnership with the Halifax Public Library about the pivotal role of indigenous women in Ecuador in community and economic development.  Through first-hand accounts and photos, the struggle of farmers in owning their land and the role of fair trade in empowering women to honour their heritage and make a difference in their communities, will be told on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 @ 7 PM, Halifax Public Library, Main Branch, 5381 Spring Garden Road

·      Credit unions and co-operatives in Atlantic Canada are invited to use the Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership program’s Web site to get news out about the bursaries and scholarships they offer. They can post them at http://www.acyl.coop Whether it’s a youth event, activity, scholarship or bursary, contact Trevor MacDougall at ACYL Leadership leadership@acyl.coop

·      The 60th Annual General Meeting of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council will be held June 15 at the Prince George Hotel in Halifax. In conjunction with the meeting a workshop “Co-ops and Preferred Shares: The Nuts & Bolts” will be presented by Patterson Law. Space is limited. To register, contact (902) 893-8966 or andrea@nsco-opcouncil.ca. Workshop - 12:30 PM & Annual Meeting - 2:00 PM Please indicate if you wish to attend both the AGM and workshop. There is no charge to attend.

·      Credit Union Central of Saskatchewan has announced the 15th Annual Norm Bromberger Research Bursary to be awarded in support of research relating to co-operatives and/or credit unions. This bursary was established in recognition of the outstanding contributions made by Norm Bromberger to the development of credit unions and co-operatives in Saskatchewan and across Canada. http://www.peicreditunions.com/news/article.php?ID=704

·      At its Annual Meeting, held April 27, 2009, the Chaleur Credit Union revealed its 2008 financial performance to its members.  Chaleur Credit Union has attained the $100,000,000 mark in assets, increasing by 11.21% in 2008. Also, in 2008 it had an annual surplus earning before income taxes, member dividends and fair value in the amount of $770,864, http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=373

·      The Atlantic Certified Organic Co-operative Ltd. (ACO) has been accredited. The Committee on Accreditation for Evaluation of Quality (CIEQ) has recognized it as a third-party organic certification service. It is compliant to ISO Guide 65 as well as to requirements from the CAEQ and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. http://www.atlanticfarmfocus.ca/index.cfm?sid=247110&sc=586 By 2010 it intends to expand its accreditation to include the National Organic Programs.
ACO moved in March. The address is: 200 Harmony Road, Salmon River, Nova Scotia B6L 3P6. It can be reached toll free at: 1-888-375-9190. The fax number is: 902-897-4247, the email address is: aco@ns.alliantzinc.ca


Trends -   I say it is the Law of Unintended Consequences, but researchers at Duke University in the U.S. call it ‘vicarious goal fulfillment’. Of course, we’re talking about a study at Duke that showed that ‘just seeing a salad on the menu seems to push some consumers to make a less healthy meal choice’. Vicarious goal fulfillment “happens when a person can feel a goal has been met if they have taken some small action, like considering the salad without ordering it”. A study showed that people who had high levels of self control when it came to food choices (based on a pre-test) could avoid french fries when presented with only unhealthy choices. “But when a side salad was added to this menu, they became more likely to take the fries.” This has major implications for other areas of life – think about some of the choices you make daily and see if you’re not into vicarious goal fulfillment. This phenomenon may also explain why rational people sometimes do irrational things – think credit card debt, sub-prime mortgages, etc. Read about the study here: http://news.duke.edu/2009/04/fries_research.html   – Ron Levesque


Co-op Ed 101 – Last week I attended the annual meeting of Credit Union Atlantic https://www.cua.com/ I was impressed with the credit union’s success this past year and its move toward being green by having an almost paperless AGM and posting the annual report on line http://www.cuagoodthings.com The 60 year old credit union is a  full-service financial institution. Credit Union Atlantic (CUA) is the largest credit union in Nova Scotia, with more than $270 million in assets, and nearly 17,000 customer-owners.  CUA has approximately 115 employees, and is comprised of seven branches, a business centre and a corporate office in the Halifax Regional Municipality.  Have a look at their community investment report http://www.cuagoodthings.com/ - Maureen MacLean


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - JUDES, the Just Us! Development and Education Society, has just recently developed the first edition of their newsletter, Fair Trade Focus. In this first edition, you’ll learn about upcoming fair trade events, products for sale and more. If you would like to receive the e-newsletter, contact Satya Ramen at satya@judesfairtrade.ca or visit their website atwww.judesfairtrade.ca - Erin Hancock


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      May 9, 2009 Pictou County Co-op Food Market Members IWK Auction, Linacy Fire Hall, beginning at 10 am. For a  complete list of items and information e-mail: koop4iwk@gmail or call Art Jenkins (902) 755-3530

§      May 14, 2009 Oikocredit Atlantic Co-operative Annual General Meeting, 7:00 pm Helen Creighton Room, Alderney Gate Public Library, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Guest Speaker Marie Claire Brisbois will discuss ongoing microfinance programs in Guatemala. Everyone welcome.

§      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 winner was Randi Alexander, Codroy Valley Credit Union, Grand Bay East, NL

Answer: Mildred was first with Bob buying her a rug.

Then it was Linda with Tim buying her a bracelet.

Lastly it was Ute with Ron buying her tickets to a ballet.

 Tim's wife is Ute, he bought a bracelet for Linda

We loved the postscript sent by one of our regulars. “And not one of them bought a gift for his own wife.  I don't know, in my family I wouldn't get away with that!  Too bad about Linda and Ute, too.  Must make it difficult at family barbecues.” - MF

This week’s contest: In these Word Pyramids, the first letter is given to you. Use the clues to build the pyramid to find the answer. Each word gets bigger by one letter. In each consecutive answer, a letter is added to the previous answer. Note: However, the answer letters might not be in the same order. Good Luck!! Start with the letter: P. Then move down one row and answer the question
1. 17th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
2. an object of the affections
3. one of a series of actions to achieve a goal
4. stripped animal skins
5. club-shaped tool for use in a mortar
6. Mayan ______ of Tikal

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. May’s prize is a CD of International Music.  Send your entry to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca.


Co-op Cooking – As you get ready to fire up the barbecue for the summer and plan your vegetable gardens, here is a recipe you might like to file for use when the fruits of your labours begin to fill your tables.
Grilled Chicken and Summer Vegetables
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 tbsp Sundried Tomato and Oregano dressing, divided
1 zucchini, cut into chunks
1 red pepper, cut into chunks
1 cup chopped asparagus
1/2 red onion, cut into chunks 
Preheat barbecue to medium-high heat. Brush chicken with 2 tbsp of dressing and let stand 10 minutes to develop flavour. Poke holes in bottom of tinfoil pan. Toss vegetables with remaining dressing and place in pan. Grill until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender crisp (about 20 minutes). - Glenna Weagle


Atlantic Canada Writes, Publishes and Reads  – Each week, we will feature a book (some old, some new) from a writer living and working in Atlantic Canada and published by an Atlantic Canadian publishing house. From Killick Press and Creative Book Publishing in Newfoundland and Labrador, http://www.creativebookpublishing.ca/en/index.cfm?pid=57&CatID=0&InvID=477 Rants, Riffs and Roars: The World According to Berni Stapleton Newfoundland comedian Berni Stapleton puts together a collection of short stories and sketches which are guaranteed to leave readers weeping tears of laughter on the floor. From her vantage point of the Friendly Neighbourhood Welfare Goddess, Stapleton illuminates the lighter side of the everyday life. If you have a favourite book or publishing house (from the East Coast) that you would like to promote, let us know and we will include it. Send your suggestions to news1@nbnet.nb.ca


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, May 13, 2009