Week of May 17 - May 23, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 19
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This Week in Co-op Circles
· Friends of the Growing Circle Co-op were invited to the 2nd Annual General Meeting of the Co-op, Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 7 to 10 PM, St. Paul’s Church Hall, 101 Prince Street (at Richmond), Charlottetown, PEI. They heard about the co-op’s new virtual farmers’ market initiative. For more information about this co-op, contact: Jane McNeil at 569-0233, email:firstname.lastname@example.org
The Advance Savings Credit Union Community Champion Award was
designed to honour organizations, or individuals
within the community, who make the world a better place and inspire all of
us. Sometimes it is the single action of a person which makes them stand
out from the crowd, and sometimes it’s someone’s whole life. The second
annual Advance Savings Credit Union Community Champion was presented to John
Leadbetter at the Advance Savings Annual General
Meeting at the Moncton Coliseum on April 21st. “Mr. Leadbetter
was chosen as this year’s Community Champion for his numerous years of service
in several organizations that support both youth and seniors,” said Janice
Rice, vice-president, operations for Advance Savings Credit Union.
“Mr. Leadbetter puts smiles on the faces of the young
and the young of heart with his enthusiastic sense of fun.” Also known as J. J
the Clown, Mr. Leadbetter has an amazing story of
survival, from being diagnosed as a young child with celiac disease to
contracting polio in his early teen years. His “never give up” attitude served
him well in his life, and the many years he spent in hospitals and doctor’s
offices produced a strong, compassionate, friendly man who seeks to make the
world a better place with his infectious sense of humour.
He is currently a member and founding president of the Moncton Celiac
Club and is the vice-president of People’s Park Tower Senior’s Club and past
president for Tenants Association of People’s
· On Friday, May 8th, Eagle River Credit Union hosted its 25th Annual General Meeting. As part of the AGM elections were held to fill three vacant positions on the Board of Directors. As only three candidates ran to fill these positions, they were elected by acclimation. The three new directors are: Milton Hancock (re-elected), Ginger Ryland, and Amanda Buckle. www.eaglerivercu.com
Advance Savings Credit Union in
· The members of the Local Advisory Council of Corridor Co-op Food Market in Milford, NS, initiated a 50/50 charity draw in January, 2007. Half of the winning funds go to selected local registered charities and the other half goes to the successful member who purchased their 50/50 ticket that week. As of April 2009, the store has surpassed the $100,000 mark combined. To date more than $10.5 million has been given back to members and Atlantic Canadian communities through Co-op stores’ 50/50 draws.
· Co-op stores http://www.coopatlantic.ca/ in Atlantic Canada are a Gold partner of the Acadian Games, the largest Acadian youth gathering in the Atlantic provinces, with more than 1,000 athletes taking part in 11 sports from June 24-28, 2009 in Petit-Rocher, NB.
· Marcel Garvie is the 2009 recipient of the Sénateur Hervé-Michaud Award http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=377 As part of the Distinction evening of the Caisses populaires acadiennes Annual Congress, Marcel Garvie was honoured with the title of volunteer of the year, by being awarded the Sénateur Hervé-Michaud Award. From 1999 to 2009, he was a member of the board of directors of Coopérative de Caraquet, and held various positions successively, from director to secretary, and finally as president. In 2004 he joined the board of directors of Coop Atlantic, as the representative for zone 8, and in 2007, he accepted the position of president of the organization.
· Members have voted in favour of the new Caisse populaire Restigouche, in special meetings on May 13. Members of four caisses from the Restigouche region have voted in favour of the merger plan that was presented to them. http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=379 Caisse populaire Atholville-Val d'Amours, Caisse populaire de Kedgwick, Caisse populaire Restigouche and Caisse populaire Restigouche Est will form a single entity, identified as Caisse populaire Restigouche. The new Caisse will be officially constituted on July 1, 2009, following the approval of the project by the Superintendent of the caisses populaires.
· The Canadian Co-operative Housing Federation (CHF Canada) has produced a Sustainability Toolkit to help co-operatives make environmentally-conscious decisions. While the toolkit is aimed at housing co-ops, it would be useful for other sectors as well, covering such areas as sustainable transportation, water usage and energy efficiency. The Sustainability Toolkit can be found at www.baseline-graphics.coop/toolkit/tk-page01.html
· Valley Credit Union with branches throughout Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, went really “green” at its recent annual meeting by making its an annual report cover “plantable”. Check out Botanical Paperworks at http://www.botanicalpaperworks.com/product/Plantable+Flowering+Seed+Paper/218/
The Co-operative Enterprise Council in New Brunswick has welcomed
its newest members York Credit Union http://www.yorkcu.nb.ca/
and the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation http://www.canadianworker.coop/
If your co-op is not yet a member, please contact us at to find out the benefits of
joining. The Council’s annual general meeting will be held on May 29th at the
Ramada Inn in
Trends - This week again, I’m
writing less about trends, and more about something that I’ve decided has
become important again. Stephen Downes, a Canadian
government researcher in
Co-op Ed 101 – This week I am in St
Anthony, NL, and while here I am visiting the local co-op, the Grenfell
Historical properties and the Jordi Bonet Murals, created and fabricated by the
Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree -
Dedicated young co-operator Chris McDaniel wishes to send a plea for
support to co-operatives. Given the focus on youth in this, the 100th
anniversary of the Canadian Co-operative Association, Chris is trying
desperately to attend the CCA Congress in
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§ 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 email@example.com
May 29, 2009 Annual General Meeting of the Co-operative
§ May 29-30, 2009 Co-op Atlantic
Annual General Meeting,
June 3-5, 2009 Canadian CED Network Conference,
§ June 3, 2009 Canadian CED Network’s Food Policy Working Group is hosting a One-Day Forum on Local Food (9:00am - 4:00pm, Riddell Hall – University of Winnipeg). For more information, contact Matthew Thompson by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 416-760-2577.
§ June 15, 2009 60th
Annual Gala, Nova Scotia Co-operative Council with guest speaker Rev Jesse
Jackson at World Trade and Convention Centre,
June 16-19, 2009 CCA’s 100th anniversary
§ 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, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Larry Haiven (902) 420-5082 or email@example.com
Nov 19-21, 2009 Canadian Worker Co-op AGM and Conference,
Contest of the Week – Last week’s
contest: Ron Levesque and Ghislaine Curwin from
Answer: 1. Skyrocketing/Trolleyman is “rock & roll” 2. Thermometer/Apoplexy is “mom & pop” 3. Delaware/Bordering is “law & order” 4. Surprised/Trashiness is “rise & shine” 5. Throughout/Stumblebum “rough & tumble”
This week’s contest: This is a basic anagram teaser
where the clues will lead to two words that are anagrams of each other. For
example, “Attach Father” would be “Add Dad” Or “Canine Deity” could be “God
1. Not above the arm joint?
2. Secure like a sheep’s sound?
3. Tutoring mutant creature?
4. Large area of a swindler?
5. Depriving a condiment?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Co-op Cooking – Here’s a dish which can
be served with a salad for a light lunch, or use smaller mushrooms and serve as
an appetizer for a dinner party.
Seafood Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms
Aioli Sauce: 1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp each lemon juice and water
1 clove garlic, minced
dash of hot pepper sauce (optional)
Whisk ingredients together; cover and refrigerate to blend flavours.
1/2 lb lobster, crab, cooked shrimp or imitation seafood, finely chopped
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp shalllot or green onion, finely diced
2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
hot pepper sauce to taste
2 fresh Portabella mushrooms or 4 fresh Griller mushrooms
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
small amount olive or vegetable oil
Mix seafood with egg, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, shallot, parsley and bread crumbs. Remove stems from mushrooms and with a spoon, scrape off the brown gills. Brush inside and outside of mushroom caps with oil. Place cap side down in shallow baking pan and pack mixture into caps, mounding as necessary. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 400F for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through. Drizzle with Aioli sauce to serve. - Glenna Weagle
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