Week of Sept. 27– Oct. 3, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 34
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This Week in Co-op Circles
The 4th annual meeting of the funeral co-operatives of
Canada is being hosted by Sunset Funeral Co-op at St Patrick’s Hall, in
North East Margaree, NS, from Oct 16-17. As well as
news from funeral co-ops across
On June 20, Bayview Credit Union,
Bayview Credit Union,
§ The Canadian Co-operative Association has a new committee on Environmental Sustainability. It will be self-funded with teleconferences and one face to face meeting to be held before or at the next CCA annual meeting in June 2010 (in Vancouver). Membership in the Committee will consist of 8-12 individuals who will be drawn from CCA members and other interested members of members. A CCA director will also sit on the Committee. The purpose of the committee is “to address critical environmental sustainability issues and provide advice and guidance to the CCA Board of Directors”. The final terms of reference of the Committee, as well as a list of Committee members, will be approved by the CCA Board at its November meeting. The deadline to receive expressions of interest to sit on the Ad Hoc Environmental Sustainability Committee is: October 16, 2009. Please send interested name(s) to:Christa McMillin, Manager, Member Services, email@example.com
The 2009 Canadian Worker Co-op Federation AGM/Conference will
take place from November 19-21 in
§ Wayne McLeod, President and CEO of Westoba Credit Union in Manitoba, has been re-elected President of the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF). McLeod and Heather McLachlin, Vice-President, Business Development and Partnerships for The CUMIS Group Limited, were both re-elected to the CDF Board at the foundation’s Annual General Meeting earlier this month. They were the only two CDF directors whose positions were up for re-election this year. CDF also said goodbye to Norma Tomiczek of Co-op Atlantic, who had been a representative of the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) on the CDF Board. Sandy Wallace of Credit Union Central of Manitoba was appointed to take her place. “CDF would like to thank Norma Tomiczek for her many years of service as a Director on the CDF Board. Norma's tireless efforts to promote CDF have greatly benefited the organization," Mr. McLeod said. "CDF would like to welcome Sandy Wallace and looks forward to his contribution to our Board in the future.”
Applicants to the Co-operative
Development Initiative’s (CDI) Innovative Co-operative
Projects component (ICP) will likely know within the next month whether
their project proposals will receive CDI funding. Over the past four
weeks, CDI’s staff team evaluated the 194 projects submitted by the July
31 deadline. CDI is co-managed by the Canadian
Co-operative Association and the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité.
On September 29-30, the seven-member ICP selection committee met in
§ If you missed the deadline to order Co-op Week materials, you can still download this year’s Co-op Week posters from the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) website. High-resolution PDFs of the posters, available in English and French, can be downloaded at www.coopscanada.coop/en/orphan/Co-op-Week-2009. While there are no more printed versions of the Co-op Week posters and leaflets available, International Credit Union Day posters and leaflets can still be purchased from Credit Union Central of Canada by contacting Magda Stec at firstname.lastname@example.org. Co-op Week will take place from October 11-17, 2009, with International Credit Union Day on Thursday, October 15. Please let CCA know of any activities your co-op or credit union is planning for Co-op Week by contacting Donna Balkan at email@example.com.
§ Eric Bowes of Miramichi, New Brunswick and William Andrew West of Clifton, Nova Scotia are the winners of this year’s McEwen Scholarships, awarded by the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) in partnership with Co-op Atlantic. Since W.H. McEwen’s initial gift to CDF in 1973, the scholarship fund has been able to grow each year to provide two scholarships annually to Co-op Atlantic staff and members to improve understanding and knowledge about co-operative issues and co-operative organizations. The value of each scholarship is $4,000. This year Co-op Atlantic received a total of 31 applications: 11 in the staff category and 20 in the member category. Bowes was this year’s recipient in the staff category, while Mr. West was awarded the scholarship in the member category.
§ The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) will be holding an online auction in honour of Co-op Week, but you don't have to wait that long to find out what’s up for grabs. A sneak preview of the 40 auction items, ranging from a Sri Lankan tiger eye pendant to a basket of Cocoa Camino chocolate, is available at http://realauction.ca/cdfc/en/. Bidding will open on October 8 and will remain open until October 20.
Trends - Well, wouldn’t you know it: you talk about something in Co-op Circles and everyone jumps on the bandwagon. I am referring of course to last week’s Trends article about flashmobs. No sooner had it appeared – actually it was the Saturday prior to the Trends article – that a flashmob organized at one of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s stump speeches leading up to Sunday’s election in Germany. A group of internet citizens assembled as a flashmob at the speech and yelled (what was supposed to be an ironic) ‘Yeaaaah!’ whenever Merkel spoke. The rest is history – though the flashmob had little effect as Merkel was re-elected – but it gained an impressive Youtube following. See here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Od2DTV_PCk –Ron Levesque
Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree
- The 2nd International Research Conference on the Social Economy is
taking place this week (October 1-2) in
Co-op Ed 101 - Last week I was in
Several innovative things have been accomplished by the Federation in the past 12 months. A new Website will soon be launched, the board is reviewing its structure and as a result of a motion passes at the AGM, a youth seat will be created. The NLFC is the central agency representing the collective interests of the co-operative business sector in the province. The NLFC promotes the co-operative business model and supports the growth and development of co-op enterprise. Service delivery is undertaken in partnership with existing co-ops, community development agencies, industry associations and government. –– Maureen MacLean
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§ Oct. 21, 2009 – Annual Wine and
Nov 19-21, 2009 Canadian Worker Co-op AGM and Conference,
§ Nov 25, 2009 NBTA Credit Union Annual General Meeting / Call for Board of Directors takes place at 650 Montgomery Street, Fredericton. Details at http://www.nbtacu.nb.ca/
Contest of the Week – Last week’s contest: First in was Marsha Long, Bayview CU, Saint John, NB, Good to hear from you all Answer: 1. third of add + 3/4 of over - dove 2. 1/2 of thread + 5/6 of bottle - throttle 3. 2/5 of fresh + 3/4 of game - frame 4. 5/6 of sprint =- print 5. half of then + all of ere – there This week’s contest: I will sell you four CDs for $15 or 7 CDs for $24. I don’t mind which as I make the same profit on either deal. Today I sold 26 CDs. How much profit did I make? Please keep those entries coming! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Co-op Cooking – This is a delicious vegetarian option to se in place of beef burgers since grilled portabellas have a meat-like texture and flavour. Enjoy one at your next barbecue.
4 large fresh portabella mushroom caps
1/2 cup red dry wine or balsamic vinegar
2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
1/4 cup honey
4 whole wheat or multigrain hamburger or Kaiser buns
2 medium roasted red sweet peppers, halved
4 small lettuce leaves
Place mushrooms in re-sealable plastic bag. In a measuring cup or small bowl, mix wine, garlic, oil, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper. Pour over mushrooms and seal the bag. Marinate at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours, turning occasionally. Remove from marinade and broil or cook on hot barbecue for 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until warmed through and softened. Halve the buns and toast or warm on grill; spread cut side of buns with mustard; place lettuce on bottom half of buns, top with grilled mushrooms, roasted red pepper halves and top half of bun. Notes: Roasted red peppers are available in jars or in some deli sections of supermarket or you can grill, peel and freeze them when peppers are in abundance. For a different taste, top each cooked mushroom cap with 1 tbsp chevre (soft goat cheese) and return to grill to warm cheese before placing it on the bun. - Glenna Weagle
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