Week of May 17 - May 23, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 19

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Openings  - Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. “The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good.” – Brian Tracy www.briantracy.com Send your favourite quote about celebrating co-operatives, communities and a better world for all, to News1@nbnet.nb.ca  

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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:growingcirclecoop@live.com

·      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 Park Tower. For more information about this award, visit www.advancesavings.ca or call 855-2728.

·      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 New Brunswick, is committed to reducing its environmental footprint and making the world a better place for the next generation.  In support of Earth Day on April 22nd, ASCU donated aspen trees to six local schools: Edith Cavell Elementary, Hillcrest Elementary, West Riverview Elementary, Port Elgin Regional, Petitcodiac Regional, and JMA Armstrong. School http://www.advancesavings.ca/news_pages/community_ascu_news_earthday2008.htm

·      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/

·      Two Bernice MacNaughton High School students from Moncton, NB, Kyle Furlotte and Daniel Lee, have created a plan for a new shopping cart. The proposed shopping cart would have a built in global positioning system. Shoppers could access their grocery lists via a USB port, e-mail, or cell phone using blue tooth technology. The cart would then direct shoppers to the location of each item and let them pay through the cart to avoid lineups. Furlotte and Lee were among 14 New Brunswick high school students who competed in Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge sponsored by Co-op Atlantic and Scotiabank. Its aim is to teach students about entrepreneurship. The competition started in Moncton four years ago, but has since grown to accommodate students from across the province. First place winners are awarded $1,500, with second place winners receiving $750 and third place winners receiving $350. New to this year’s competition was the Youth Community Choice Award, which is given to a student and a group of students who demonstrate leadership in a volunteer community initiative.

·      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 info@cecnb.ca to find out the benefits of joining. The Council’s annual general meeting will be held on May 29th at the Ramada Inn in Moncton from 9:00 until noon.  

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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 Moncton who specializes in online learning, content syndication and new media, three years ago created a blog page that offers ‘Things You Really Need to Learn”. I mention it today, in part because I’ve been living these words in some sense for a number of years (at least since my university days in Philosophy classes) and also in part because I think Trends readers will be a receptive audience and that, for some reason, the timing is right. In his entry (www.downes.ca/post/38502), Downes explains to readers “How to predict consequences”, “How to read” and “How to distinguish truth from fiction” (two of the most important skills you’ll ever learn), “How to empathize”, “How to be creative”, “How to communicate clearly”, “How to learn”, “How to stay healthy”, “How to value yourself”, and “How to live meaningfully”. It’s not a particularly heavy read and I think most real co-operators will find themselves in there somewhere. – Ron Levesque

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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 Montreal artist in 1967.  They are found in the rotunda of the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital.  I was reminded how, in many communities, the co-op was closely tied to the development of the community.  British medical missionary Wilfred Grenfell arrived in Labrador in 1892. He spent much of the summer sailing up and down the Labrador coast, treating about 900 people for a wide range of illnesses. http://www.heritage.nf.ca/society/grenfellmission.html The Grenfell Mission provided some of the earliest permanent medical services in Labrador and northern Newfoundland. Before the mission opened its first hospital at Battle Harbour in 1893, almost no health-care resources existed in the area. Hospitals were nonexistent, no formally trained nurses were on hand, and although some physicians occasionally visited the Labrador coast from the island of Newfoundland or the United Kingdom, no resident doctor practiced there. Alongside its medical endeavours, the mission sought to make other social changes, specifically in the areas of education, agriculture, and industrial development. To this end, mission workers built schools and helped establish lumber mills, community farms, co-operative stores, and a commercial handicraft industry to create alternative sources of income. You may like to look at how this happened in St Anthony by reading a bit of the history http://www.grenfell-properties.com/chronology.htm  - Maureen MacLean

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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 Ottawa June 16-19. If your co-op is able to support him, please contact him as soon as possible at christophermcdaniel15@hotmail.com - Erin Hancock

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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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 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 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 mthompson@ccednet-rcdec.ca 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, Halifax, NS. Tickets can be obtained by contacting andrea@nsco-opcouncil.ca or (902) 893-8966

§      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

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Contest of the WeekLast week’s contest: Ron Levesque and Ghislaine Curwin from Moncton and PJ Trefry from Yarmouth are the winners. They sent correct answers within five minutes of each other. This was a fun week with 21 entries. We would like to recognize Coastal Financial Credit Union for the great support we get from their staff. Folks, you are appreciated. Please keep those entries coming!”  

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 Dog”
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 contest1@nbnet.nb.ca.

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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 egg
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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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. The Acorn Press www.acornpresscanada.com  was founded in 1994 by editor, poet, and publisher Laurie Brinklow, as the fulfillment of her long-standing dream to have her own publishing company.  The Press is based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Growing Up With Julie is the story of Gerry Steele’s childhood with a French-speaking mother in an English-speaking community. It is published by Acorn Press. Set in Miscouche, near Summerside, Prince Edward Island, in the Depression and Second World War years of the 20th century, the story is a gritty snapshot of life in a Catholic family burdened by extreme poverty, alcohol, illness, and cultural tensions between Acadians and Scots.  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 27, 2009