Week of Dec. 20– Dec 26, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 46

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This Week Sharing Christmas Memories

§      What was my favourite Christmas present? To put myself in the reflective mood, I went and dug out a Christmas idea scrapbook I keep from year to year and made a cup of tea, in a green holly mug from a stash of Second Cup Christmas tea bags I keep in a can in the pantry. I had to remind myself this was not a question about my favourite Christmas but instead about a gift. Was it the transistor radio I got at age 8 complete with the earphone that I could use to listen late at night to WPTR in Albany, NY with the transistor hidden under my pillow? Was it the popsicle stick lamp my daughter made me at school, or the snow globe my other daughter bought me? Then I remembered what I would choose. In our family, Christmas trees don’t have a theme or a color. Instead they are a wonderful eclectic collection of bought, handmade and passed down ornaments. Growing up, one ornament which hung on my parent’s tree was a red metallic half moon cradling an elf I had named Tommy.  It was my job to hang this ornament. Well, the very first Christmas I was married I opened a beautiful box and inside was Tommy.  Mom had added a note saying “I guess Tommy belongs on your tree now.” And today more than three decades later I remember that present every time I unwrap Tommy (who is probably now 50 years old) and place him gently on the tree. - Maureen MacLean

§      One of my favourite family traditions emerged without us even realizing. My family home is rarely quiet; often there is a different kind of music blaring from each different room….the juke box in the living room, cd player downstairs, etc. Naturally, when we were all sitting around opening gifts on Christmas morning, my dad thought we needed the background noise of some type of music. When I was a child in the 80s my dad used to record music videos and on one Christmas morning a number of years ago he felt that was just what we needed to add to our Christmas morning so he found the old tapes and popped them in the VCR. The videos are just wonderful with all the bright colours, techno-influences, hairdos, etc. Now we all insist that Christmas isn’t Christmas until we have our 80s music videos playing on the side of things. – Erin Hancock

§      Looking for a fun spot for your children or grandchildren to have a little Christmas fun. Google “Santa’s Secret Village” for a visit to Northpole.com. Visit Santa’s Workshop, the Reindeer Barn and other village buildings for games and activities. Or visit Mrs. Santa in the Kitchen where in addition to activities to do, you can sneak a peek at Mrs. Santa’s Cookbook for great Christmas recipies. – Glenna Weagle

§      The slow leisurely pace of Christmas morning with loved ones gathered, dogs and cats included…good coffee, phone greetings from family near and far, conversations, reminiscences and memories, delicious chocolate and thoughtful unwinding: this is the goodness Christmas brings. The winter solstice is behind us. The days are beginning to lengthen! Merry Christmas everyone! – Brenda MacKinnon

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This Week in Co-op Circles

§      The Atlantic Council for International Co-operation wants people to know about their "Active-8" project for International Development Week (IDW). This IDW, ACIC wants to recognize youth leaders who promote global social justice and environmental sustainability in their everyday lives. Do you know someone  between the ages of 15-30 who stands out as an active leader for a better world? Nominate them to become a part of ACIC’s ACTIVE-8 TEAM!  As a member of the Atlantic ACTIVE-8 TEAM, their commitment and efforts to build a better future will be recognized through multi-media profiles on its IDW website, representation at municipal proclamation ceremonies, and interviews with local media. More importantly, as ACIC showcases their leadership, these eight Atlantic youth will also inspire the commitment of their peers and others to take action. This year’s IDW campaign challenges all to commit to actions for positive change for  the world this International Development Week, and beyond. How can you help? Nominate a youth leader active in global issues, from your area. They must be between 15-30 and live in the Atlantic Region. To submit a nomination, please complete the attached form with your nominee, and send it to us by January 7th at 4pm. Do you have questions about the ACTIVE-8 Campaign? Please contact Abena Amoako Tuffour AT intern@acic-caci.org  or call 902 431-2311

§      Canada’s co-operative sector is celebrating a decision by the United Nations General Assembly to proclaim 2012 the International Year of Co-operatives. The proclamation of the International Year was included in a resolution entitled “Co-operatives in Social Development”, which was adopted by the General Assembly at today's session in New York. The full text of the resolution can be downloaded from http://tinyurl.com/InternationalYear.


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      Apr 15-17, 2010 – Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting

§      May 28-29, 2010 – Co-op Atlantic’s Annual General Meeting

§      June 14-16, 2010 – Canadian Co-operative Association Congress 2010: Co-operation and sustainability: the way forward, The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC


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Rising Tide Collective* - Erin Hancock, Ron Levesque, Brenda MacKinnon, Maureen MacLean, Glenna Weagle