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 Canada, there will be workshops on green funerals, funeral co-ops and their many services and products, using the media and the role and challenges of the funeral co-operatives network in Canada. It now has 36 member co-operatives spread out over three countries and in five provinces of Canada. Registration deadline is today, Sept 30. Contact Annie Normandin at normandin.fcfq@reseaucoop.com

§      On June 20, Bayview Credit Union, Saint John, NB participated in the Rally of Hope for the Saint John Regional Hospital. This was the final Rally of Hope after 24 years, and all proceeds in 2009 will be used to support the Neonatal ICU, which is in serious need of a major updating, not having changed since its inception in 1983. http://www.bayviewnb.com

§      Bayview Credit Union, Saint John, NB, has announced its 7 WORDS campaign. http://www.bayviewnb.com Share how you feel about Bayview or how Bayview makes you feel in seven words or less. You could win $100! Bayview will publish as many as it can for Credit Union Day 2009 to tell the world about the Bayview difference...in members’ words!

§      Community Credit Union has announced its Student Bursary Awards Program for 2009.  For the 2009 graduating class, there will be a $1,000 bursary available to an eligible graduate at each high school.  This program is being offered to any Grade 12 student who is graduating from a provincially recognized high school in Cumberland County, Colchester County or from Tantramar Regional High School in Sackville, NB.  http://www.communitycreditunion.ns.ca/?service=album/8795 The student should complete the application and submit it to the Principal or Guidance Counselor at his or her school before the May 15, 2009 deadline.

§      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, christa.mcmillin@coopscanada.coop

§      The 2009 Canadian Worker Co-op Federation AGM/Conference will take place from November 19-21 in Moncton, NB.  The theme is:  From Crisis to Recovery!: how worker co-ops are a critical response to times of economic and environmental crisis.  The keynote speaker is Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada, an inspiring speaker who is dedicated not only to the environment but also to the co-operative values and principles.  The program will include a live video feed from the CICOPA Conference taking place in Geneva, Switzerland. There will be many workshops of practical use to worker co-operators: from dealing with retirement of worker-owners, to financial models, worker co-op basics, co-operation among co-ops, carbon accounting -- and more!   As usual, there will be great opportunities for sharing and networking with other co-operators.   The full program is now available at:  www.coopzone.coop/CWCF_Conf09  There are two seats up for election at this AGM on the CWCF Board of Directors:  BC, and Ontario.  If any members of a worker co-op member in either of these provinces is interested in running, or would like to nominate another candidate, please contact one of the members of the Nominating Committee, CWCF Board President, April Bourgeois, coopventures@sasktel.net, or outgoing BC Director Marty Frost, martyfrost@can.rogers.com.  

§      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 Ottawa to review the 60 highest-scoring proposals.  The committee drew up a list of recommended projects to be submitted to the Hon. Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture and Agri-Food), who is responsible for the federal government's Co-operatives Secretariat. It is expected that the results will be announced by Minister Blackburn in October. The second call for applications, for projects beginning on April 1, 2010, will be launched in October with a deadline of December 31, 2009. There will be $2 million in funding available for innovative co-operative projects in four priority areas: agriculture; rural and northern community development; innovative goods and services; and capacity building and sustainability.  More information will be posted shortly on the CCA website. 

§      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 stecm@cucentral.com. 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 donna.balkan@coopscanada.coop

§      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 Östersund, Sweden. The theme The Social Economy in a world facing a global crisisexplores the question of stability in the marketplace and social enterprises, social capital, sustainability, governance and different models found in the social economy in different areas of the world among other themes. Although you might not be so lucky to attend the conference, you may find the papers presented at  http://socek.se/ciriec_research_2009/docs - Erin Hancock


Co-op Ed 101 - Last week I was in St John’s, NL, to attend the annual meeting of the Newfoundland-Labrador Federation of Co-operatives (NLFC) http://www.nlfc.coop/

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


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      Oct. 21, 2009 – Annual Wine and Cheese Reception, Nova Scotia Co-op Council at Windows, World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax. Space is limited. Please RSVP to andrea@nsco-opcouncil.ca or (902) 893-8966.

§      Nov 19-21, 2009 Canadian Worker Co-op AGM and Conference, Moncton, NB

§      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 WeekLast 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 contest1@nbnet.nb.ca.


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.

Marinated Portabella Burgers

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 Dijon mustard

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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