Week of Oct. 4– Oct. 10, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 35

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This Week in Co-op Circles

§      John Campbell Chamard, who was instrumental in establishing a Ph.D. program in Management and Master of Management in Cooperatives and Credit Unions, at St Mary’s University in Halifax, NS, passed away September 25, 2009, at the QEII Emergency Room. He was 67. This Masters program was the first of its kind in the world.  John served as director of the MMCCU from 2003 to 2009.  He had worked as a professor at Saint Mary’s University since 1974 and attained the rank of tenured full professor.  He also held the CIBC Chair of Entrepreneurship. He taught for many years in the CMA and CMA/MBA program.  He was active in the Faculty Union, serving as its president for a term and was involved in contract negotiations.  His friend and colleague Tom Webb, says “John liked the idea of co-operatives and the purpose and values of co-ops resonated with him.  He was thrilled when they found innovative ways of combining good business sense with making the world a better place and was chagrined when they fell short of the values in their performance.  He absorbed information and ideas about them at a great pace as the program developed.  What he found most exciting was the students attracted to the program.  Interacting with mature students who had a values commitment to their idea of business gave him great pleasure.  He waxed eloquent about the quality of discussion and the intensity and commitment he encountered in the MMCCU students.” Current and former students in the program remembered John fondly with warm accolades and fond memories.

§      The Clarenville Area Co-op - Clarenville Lions Club 50/50 committee has announced a $60,000 commitment to the local Vista School Board to purchase a SMART Board interactive white board for each of the eight schools in the district. This equipment is the latest technology that accommodates different learning styles and especially benefits children with special needs.  The donation was announced during a teachers’ professional development conference on September 29th.  This is the third special project since Clarenville began the 50/50 program in April, 2007.  $36,000 was donated to furnish the Great Room in the new Dr. Albert O’Mahony long-term care facility and $25,000 was donated to the Dr. G. B. Cross Memorial Hospital for an ultraviolet light treatment (UVB) machine.  From April 1, 2007 to September 30, 2009, total proceeds of $642,615 have been shared between winning members and local non-profit organizations through the 50/50 Charity Program.

§      Fredericton Co-op recently hosted the 6th Annual “Concern for Community” Golf Tournament in support of the New Brunswick Association for Community Living. This year’s event included 101 golfers and raised over $3,800 for NBACL. Special thanks to co-sponsor Northumberland Dairy and also a thank-you to Fredericton’s fellow co-op organizations who supported the event including Co-op Atlantic, Co-op Fuels, Medicine Shoppe, Capital Credit Union and York Credit Union.

§      Members of co-operatives and credit unions across Canada will be celebrating Co-op Week from October 11-17, a time to reflect on the contribution the co-operative sector has made to the lives of Canadians and their communities. Co-op Week has been proclaimed across Canada every October since 1982.  International Credit Union Day, which will take place on Thursday, October 15, has been celebrated worldwide on the third Thursday of October since 1948. This year, Co-op Week will celebrate the advantages of co-operatives in an uncertain economic environment.   Co-op Week 2009 is focusing on three main themes:  

§         Co-operatives are...putting people first

§         Co-operatives are...creating sustainable jobs

§         Co-operatives are...investing in communities

For more information about Co-op Week 2009, visit http://www.coopscanada.coop/en/orphan/Co-op-Week-2009.  Other Co-op Week activities include an online fundraising auction organized by the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada.   A preview of the auction, which will accept bids as of October 8, can be viewed by clicking the online auction link at http://www.cdfcanada.coop/

§      Just in time for Co-op Week, check out this article just published in Progress Magazine about the success, resilience and versatility of Atlantic Canada’s co-ops and credit unions http://www.progressmedia.ca/article/2009/09/principles-and-profits

§      On September 26, 2009, Typhoon Ketsana caused widespread damage in the Philippines, killing at least 240 people and affecting more than 1.8 million. In the region of Cainta Rizal, east of Manila, the Canadian Co-operative Association’s long-term partner, the National Federation of Co-operatives of Persons with Disability (NFCPWD), was seriously damaged by flash flooding, but still mobilized its twenty staff to assess the damage and provide assistance to its member co-operatives. Two of the federation’s member co-operatives were identified as being catastrophically damaged, with their machinery, tools, and inventory they use to make school desks submerged under waist deep water. One community, where many of the members live, was completely submerged, with the water level two stories high. With assistance from CCA and the Co-op Development Foundation, the NFCPWD plans to provide 150 co-op members with fresh water, food, clothing, cooking utensils, mattresses, blankets, and medicine. To ensure members can get back to work as soon as possible, the NFCPWD also plans to provide replacement equipment and materials for the worker-owned co-operatives. To date, CCA has raised $4,500, which is partly due to a considerable and generous donation from Gay Lea.  If you are interested in being a donor to this cause, please send a cheque to CDF indicating the special designation on the cheque and e-mail Julie.Breuer@coopscanada.coop  to let her know the cheque is coming, or shortly, you can make an on line donation by visiting www.cdfcanada.coop and select “Philippines Flood Relief” from the drop down menu under the tab “Donate To”. 

§      Congratulations to Prince Edward Island resident David Daughton who has been awarded the  Worker Co-op Merit Award from the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation www.canadianworker.coop  David has over 30 years of experience in co-operative Community Economic Development. ( For more about David See Co-op Ed 101 in this issue of Circles

§      Check out the Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership Program’s E-Newsletter  http://www.acyl.coop/english/newsletter.htm  Also, co-operatives and credit unions can post their youth events, activities, scholarships, bursaries on ACYL’s website www.acyl.coop



Trends - Something happened in the UK last week that may have gone unnoticed in some quarters, but which really got a lot of attention in others. Reuters reported last week that ad spend on the internet (the amount of money spent on advertising) had grown 4.6 percent in the UK in the first half of 2009 – “making it the country’s biggest ad medium ahead of TV”. Internet ad spend accounted for 23.5 percent of all forms of advertising spending during the first six months of the year.  It marked the first time in a developed market that internet ad spend had surpassed television, as well as all other forms of advertising spending – including radio, direct mail, and all types of press display ads. Analysts are not sure if the result is because of the recession – television ad spending has gone down significantly in the UK – making internet ad spend a sort of ‘leader by default’, but everyone concurs that at some point, the switch will be permanent. See http://www.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUSTRE58S4IL20090929 to read the whole story. Ron Levesque


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - Natural Cycle Worker Co-op Limited in Winnipeg offers courier services throughout the city in all seasons ---considering the infamous winters in Winnipeg, these worker-owners are certainly keen. They’ve put together a very informative video of their operation available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=majIJneQUX0. This is an excellent video to share the co-op model with people new to the movement and see an interesting Canadian example. The official website of this worker co-op is http://naturalcycle.ca/. Given that we are approaching Co-op Week, share the co-op model with people in your life ----especially the next generation of co-operators. - Erin Hancock


Co-op Ed 101 - This week Brenda and I want to send our congratulations to our long time friend, David Daughton, who has been awarded the  Worker Co-op Merit Award.  We worked with David through the transition years of the Regional Co-operative Development Centre and on several projects through our worker co-op. We know that many Circles readers have memories of David’s work and times with them. If you would like to send David personal congratulations at the upcoming Canadian Worker Co-op Federation AGM in November (where he will receive the award), send them along to us at  news1@nbnet.nb.ca and we will see that they are delivered. After helping to start peer support co-operatives at university in the United Kingdom, David worked with natural food co-ops in Canada and then joined the housing arm of Co-op Atlantic, eventually moving on to the Regional Co-operative Development Centre where he led the development of an Atlantic Region youth internship program.  He coordinated the MYDAS worker co-op, "Mobilizing Youth for the Delivery of (co-operative) Advisory Services", and he played a key role in the creation of both the PEI Co-operative Council and the Community Enterprise Council of New Brunswick. David served on the volunteer CWCF Board from 2004 until 2008.  He has worked as Atlantic Coordinator of the Canadian CED Network and has been an active research partner in the Atlantic Social Economy and Sustainability Research Network. David’s consulting business, “Healthy Community Partners”, focuses on personal and planetary health issues, and has assisted many worker co-ops over the years with all aspects of their development.  David has served on the steering committee of the CoopZone Developers’ Network, and he was recently elected chair of the first elected Board of CoopZone.  David is also a poet, a write and a chef (having ‘either owned or cooked at half-a-dozen vegetarian restaurants’). David is well known on PEI, and beyond, for his commitment to the co-operative movement, his hard work and his sense of fun.  He and his family live by the sea shore on PEI. –– 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: We had only one entry from Pat Dempsey, Coastal Financial Credit Union. Answer: $15. If you write your information out as an equation, i.e. CDs + profit = $24 - 4 CDs + profit = $15  3 CDs = $9 so 4 CDs cost $12 and my profit is $3. I said I make the same on either deal. The only way I can sell 26 CDs is by 5 deals (3@4CDs & 2@7 CDs). Making $3 on each means total profit is $15.I guess it was a bit difficult. This week’s contest is easier.  This week’s contest:  What number should finish this sequence? 23, 14, 19, 6, 20, ? 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 – The prolific zucchini is still producing in my garden and so this salad may be seen on my table for yet another encore.

Mediterranean Marinated Vegetable Salad

2 large tomatoes cut in wedges

1 each green and yellow pepper, coarsely chopped

1 zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and sliced

1/4 cup red onion wedges

1/2 cup Italian-style dressing

2 tbsp chopped fresh basil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup crumbled feta cheese

In large bowl, toss together tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and onion. Combine dressing, basil and garlic; add to vegetables and toss to coat. Add cheese; mixing lightly. Refrigerate at least 1 hour to develop flavour. - Glenna Weagle


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