Week of Jan. 18 – Jan. 24, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 3

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Openings  - Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. “The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able to say, ‘What are you going through?’” - Simone Weil en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simone_Weil  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

·      The Caisses populaires acadiennes are offering $50,000 in scholarships http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=367
Again this year, students have a chance to win a scholarship from the Foundation des caisses populaires acadiennes. The Foundation provides $50,000 in scholarships annually, in the form of 50 scholarships of $1,000 each. Registration forms are available to students online, on the Caisses populaires acadiennes Website, www.acadie.com In order to be more environmentally friendly, paper format registration forms will no longer be available. To enter, students must meet the eligibility requirements as described on the website. All registration forms must be completed before March 31, 2009. The scholarship draw will take place in April, and the winners will receive their scholarship during Co-op Week, in October, 2009.

·      NBTA Credit Union is seeking to fill an Accounting Clerk position.  The Accounting Clerk is a permanent full-time position which involves a working relationship with owners and staff of NBTA Credit Union.  The successful candidate will report directly to Management. Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia is currently accepting applications for the position of Corporate Paralegal to provide high quality confidential administrative and paralegal support to Legal Services and the Corporate Secretary, including assistance with the Compliance and Corporate Services departments. Details at http://www.ns-credit-unions.com/ The Credit Union Central of PEI invites applications for the position of Operations Officer. Reporting to the Office Manager, the incumbent is responsible to provide operational and risk management support to credit unions; administer master contracts for risk including fidelity, liability, property and security; loan administration; support on internal operations and documentation control. Morell Credit Union, a rural based credit union in Eastern PEI with assets of $25 Million, invites applications for a one-year contract position as Loans Officer. Reporting to the General Manager, the incumbent is responsible to administer the consumer loan portfolio, including credit analysis, underwriting and portfolio management, credit administration and cross-selling. The successful candidate will be required to have previous experience in lending and collections.

·      Congratulations to Keith Neville of Sydney, who was the lucky winner of a framed Sidney Crosby Jersey, the grand prize in the fundraiser for the Relay for Life. Second and third place winners were John Wall, Victoria Road and Paul Graham of Dominion. Each wins an NHL All-star jersey. Steel Centre Credit Union  raised close to $2,500 for the Relay for Life http://www.sccu.ca/

·      Advance Savings Credit Union  http://www.advancesavings.ca/ presented a cheque for $250 to BUILT Network Moncton Inc. to assist toward the purchase of a portable laptop/LCD stand and computer desks with keyboard trays. The items are to upgrade the current computer work stations that are required for BUILT Network Moncton’s Customer Service Representative Skills Development Program.  BUILT Network Moncton Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that provides services to persons with low self-esteem, low self-confidence, depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder and other mental health issues at a level of wellness to return to the workforce.  This is achieved through the delivery of an eight-week tuition-free Customer Service Representative Skills Development Program that gives seven weeks of in-class instruction in a workplace setting with the eighth week reserved for job search and graduation.

·      In support of the Christmas turkey dinner at Edith Cavell Elementary School, the Record Street branch of Advance Savings Credit Union in Moncton, NB http://www.advancesavings.ca/ presented the school with a cheque for $500.  Funds were raised through the Loving Spoonfuls Program where Advance Savings Credit Union staff members collect money through various methods including casual days, sales of chocolate bars at teller counters, silent auctions and draws for various prizes. 
http://www.advancesavings.ca/news_pages/community_ascu_news_EdithCavellDonDec08.htm “We are pleased to be able to help support our local schools, especially during the Christmas season,” says Derek Ellard, manager of the Record Street branch of Advance Savings Credit Union.  “Our staff raised this money to help ensure that all the students at Edith Cavell were able to enjoy a hot turkey dinner this Christmas.  When the food services provider started charging students for the Christmas dinner, we made a commitment to help ensure that every student is able participate in the dinner, regardless of the cost.”

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Trends - Author and consultant Joe Pine explains what consumers want in a TED conference by going through a short history of economics – beginning with commodities, goods, services and experiences, which is where we’re at today. Take a commodity like coffee beans, roast them, package them and put them on grocery store shelves and you have a good. Brew it and serve it in a cup and you have a service. Serve it in a place like Tim Horton’s (he used Starbucks as an example) and you have an experience. Pine then argues that experiences vary greatly depending on their authenticity, which is defined by two dimensions: being true to yourself (self-directed) and being what you say you are to others (other-directed). With these two dimensions, Pine says customers can rate a business’ authenticity (‘are they what they say they are to others?’ and ‘are they true to themselves?’). Depending on the answer – yes is real and no is fake – customers can discover whether a business is authentic or not, or a bit of each. Disneyland, as an example, is a ‘fake real’ – it is not really the Magical Kingdom, but to some, it offers the experience of immersing oneself in the Magical Kingdom. A ‘real, real’ business is the best for consumers, but ‘real, fakes’ and ‘fake reals’ are not completely bad. How do you rate your co-op? See more at http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/joseph_pine_on_what_consumers_want.html  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 learned that people have to borrow such small amounts of money to start a business.” - Kala, Moncton, NB

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Co-op Ed 101The New Brunswick Film Co-op http://www.nbfilmcoop.com/   is a non-profit, charitable organization involved in the production of 16mm and digital films. The New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative is in its 29th year of operation.

The Co-op has 250 members. Its equipment resource has also grown to include a Super 16 AATON XTR, non-linear sound editing suites, and picture editing suites as well as digital cameras and the latest HD technology. The Co-op provides broad-ranging support (workshops/training, creative support and mentoring, grant writing assistance, equipment, human resources, socials, informal writer/director/actor labs. It also presents diverse quality films and videos through its annual provincial Film Festival. The Co-op also seeks to give a voice to, and develop the talents of, artists in NB that would not otherwise have the opportunity to express their views in film and video. Check out the Silver Wave Film Festival in November at http://swfilmfest.com/index-e.html - Maureen MacLean

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      Feb 2 – 5, 2009 Institute for Co-operative Studies, Banff, AB. Presented by the Canadian Co-operative Association, the Institute of Co-operative Studies is the only national co-operative event that contributes to the development of leadership across organizations and sectors within a co-operative and credit union context. Details, as they become available, will be posted to www.CoopsCanada.coop/meetings/instituteofcoopstudies.

§      Mar 20-21, 2009 Credit Union Central of Prince Edward Island Annual Meeting, Delta Prince Edward, Charlottetown, PEI

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

§      April 23-24, 2009 Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia Annual Meeting, Westin Hotel, Halifax, NS

§      April 25, 2009 League Savings and Mortgage Annual Meeting,Westin Hotel, Halifax, NS

 

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Contest of the Week – Last week Leanne Boutilier, Sydney, NS, had the first of four correct submissions.  Others were Cathy Darland, Joanne Sheppard and Glenna Weagle

 Everyone who enters has their name placed in the contest can for the month end draw. The contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon. Send your entry to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca. Last week’s contest: What am I?

You may praise your good fortune and curse all you hate,
Yet I rule all your chaos and gamble your fate.
By some I’m avoided by others I’m game,
Called by fat or slim, my meanings the same.

Hint

I'm dieing for you to guess!
Answer: “Chance” This week’s contest: Matthew Shelborn frequently has to travel for his company, which gives him a chance to meet many people from all parts of the US. In April, Matthew flew to five different US cities on business and he flew a different airline each time. During each trip he chatted with the person next to him, and no two people he talked to were in the same profession. From the information, can you determine the date Matthew made each flight (each was on a Monday exactly one week apart starting on April 2nd), the airline he flew, his destination, and the profession of the person who sat next to him on each flight?

1. Three consecutive flights were, in order from first to last, the flight Matthew took with WTA Airways, the flight where he sat next to the teacher, and the flight he took to Atlanta.
2. Matthew sat beside the sports coach on a flight some time earlier in the month than the one he took to Seattle.
3. The week he flew Air Express was some time earlier in the month than the trip to Boston, which was some time earlier in the month than the trip where he sat next to the ballet dancer.
4. It wasn’t on the trip to San Diego where Matthew sat next to the doctor.
5. Matthew didn’t fly Skyways on his trip to Seattle, and he didn’t fly WTA Airways on the trip where he sat next to the sports coach.
6. Atlanta was not Matthew’s destination on the trip where he made the acquaintance of the ballet dancer.
7. The Fly America flight was exactly two weeks before the flight where Matthew passed the time chatting with the attorney.

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Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - Fredericton Direct Charge Co-op has recognized the importance of getting the next generation of people involved in the co-op movement through a variety of initiatives. They invest in the “fredkid” program, which is an online resource for families with small children in the Fredericton area that aims to provide children with a high quality of life (http://fredkid.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=258&Itemid=299). They have also engaged young people in planting community gardens to understand where their food comes from (http://www.coopatlantic.ca/e/images/agrifitti/agrifitti%20fall%202005%20eng.pdf , page 2). Furthermore, they have also maintained a commitment to sponsoring youth to attend Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership seminars (www.acyl.coop) among other projects. This model of engaging youth is one to be embraced throughout the co-op movement to encourage a thriving future for our co-ops and communities. - Erin Hancock

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Co-op Cooking – Curries, popular in Thai cooking, are easy to prepare with purchased curry pastes. In this dish, sweet, salty and sour flavours blend with the spicy curry. It’s a great vegetarian dish or you can prepare it with chicken or shrimp if you wish.  

Thai Curry Dinner
12-oz. firm tofu, drained
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 medium onion, sliced
1 lb sliced fresh mushrooms (white, crimini or oyster work well)
1 can lite coconut milk
3/4 cup vegetable broth
2 to 3 tsp Thai red or green curry paste
2 tsp finely grated lime rind
1 tbsp fish sauce
2 cups halved green beans
1/3 cup diced red pepper
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp lime juice
2 green onions, thinly sliced
fresh Thai basil or coriander leaves (optional)
2 cups hot, cooked jasmine or white rice
Cut tofu into 3/4-inch cubes. In large skillet or wok, heat oil over medium-high heat; stir-fry onion 1 to 2 minutes. Add tofu; stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes (until lightly browned). Add mushrooms and stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in coconut milk, broth, curry paste, lime rind and fish paste; bring to boil while stirring to blend well. Add green beans; reduce heat to medium and boil 5 to 8 minutes (until beans are crisp-tender. Add red pepper; cook until sauce has thickened to desired consistency (about 3 to 4 minutes). Stir in lime juice and sugar. Serve over hot rice and garnish with green onion and basil or coriander if desired.
Variations:  1. Add 4-oz peeled, raw shrimp with the red pepper.
                    2. Substitute 12-oz skinless, boneless chicken for the tofu.
Tip:  If fish sauce is not available, add 1/2 tsp salt and substitute mango juice nectar for the broth. Omit the sugar.- Glenna Weagle

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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009