Week of Jan 10 – Jan 16, 2010, Vol. 4, No. 47

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This Week in Co-op Circles

§      The Dandelion Community Investment Co-op is holding an information session January 12 at the Acadia Cinema in Wolfville. The two-hour session, which begins at 7 p.m., is scheduled for the “Little Whittle Community Room.” The public is invited to learn more about community investments, meet current clients and the board of directors and find out about the low-interest loan program for local entrepreneurs.  Established last February, the Dandelion Co-op is designed to strengthen the local economy by providing funding for qualifying applicants, allowing financial investments to stay within the community. A lot of the research and writing of business plans and policy manuals and the paperwork associated with the co-op’s start-up is already in place. The province has an Equity Tax Credit, designed to assist Nova Scotia small businesses in obtaining equity financing by offering a personal income tax credit to individuals investing in eligible businesses. For every dollar invested, 30 per cent can be deducted from an individual’s provincial taxes. For information, contact info@thedandelion.ca or phone 670-8651.

§      The Acadia Cinema Cooperative Ltd. (ACC) is a non-profit community cooperative, established in 2002, that was created for the purpose of purchasing and refurbishing the Acadia Cinema building on Main Street in Wolfville, NS. In partnership with Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op., and with the Fundy Film Society as anchor tenant, the facility has been available to patrons, presenters and shareholders since November 2004. To view upcoming events, go to http://acadiacinema.coop/

§      Sunset Funeral Co-operative in Margaree Valley, NS, had a busy year in 2009 and would like investors to know that by investing they are eligible for the Nova Scotia Equity Tax Credit. The tax credit is calculated at 30 per cent of the investment made by the individual to a maximum investment of $1000 per year Also, people can buy more shares in the co-op through monthly installments which can be arranged by contacting the funeral co-operative’s office at 248-2991. For more information, you can e-mail co-op directors at sfuneralcoop@ns.aliantzinc.ca

§      OMISTA, Advance Savings, PSE Credit Unions, and League Savings and Mortgage along with C103/XL96 accepted donations of non-perishable food, new clothes, new toys, cash or gift certificates for the less fortunate in the greater Moncton area during the Christmas season . http://www.omista.com/news_detail.aspx?news_id=83  The donations went to the Salvation Army which distributed the items to families. Donations were also spread among different organizations who serve outlining areas. The totals for 2009 were  Cash - $3,832.77, Gift Cards - $295.00,Toys – 437, Food – 271 and Clothing – 42

§      Victory Credit Union in Nova Scotia  http://new.victorycreditunion.ca has come up with another way to contribute to local non-profit organizations.  Casual for a Cause is a program that Victory Credit Union staff participates in on Fridays by contributing a nominal donation to dress casual. http://new.victorycreditunion.ca/web?service=direct/1/ViewPortalPage/PortalBlocks/dlinkArticle&sp=S1911&sp=3799 At the beginning of each quarter Victory Credit Union staff selects a worthwhile cause and work toward creating a donation for that cause. At present, the staff is collecting funds for New Boundaries, a local non-profit organization that has been providing services to adults in West Hants since 1975.

§      2010 Roy Mackin Memorial Scholarship applications are available from Bayview Credit Union, Saint John, NB.  Bayview presents a minimum of four scholarships of $1,000 each to eligible students who are members or whose parents/guardians are members of Bayview Credit Union. These scholarships are non-renewable but winners may re-apply each year. They are contingent upon full-time enrollment in a post-secondary institution http://www.bayviewnb.com/index.cfm?method=pages.showPage&pageid=59f8a3c4-af74-6a7d-3375-b8fa12a4022a&CFID=28548098&CFTOKEN=706452fc3491d9a9-16479E9E-E465-542C-6D1E2FCE329AF156

§      The Youth Committee of Acadian Credit Union http://new.acadiancreditu.ca/web?service=direct/1/ViewArticlePage/dlinkFullArticle&sp=1923&sp=4001    has a new project with the Primary class of École NDA: Spend, Give & Grow. The project is to follow the students until they reach Grade 4.  Each month Acadian Credit Union donates $10 to the class and they decide what they want to do with the money.

§      Congratulations go out this week to York Credit Union (Fredericton NB) CEO Dennis Williams who is retiring after 34 years of service. His final accomplishment was helping steer the merger between York and Omista Credit unions. Dennis was a good supporter of Circles and we hope he will continue to be part of our Circle in retirement.

§      The Island Media Arts Co-op in Prince Edward Island is holding a Historic Places Video Contest. This is a contest to produce a short video (30-45 seconds in length) using the “This Place Matters” theme featuring a valued heritage place from any Island community. This contest gives young people the real-life opportunity to conceive, plan, shoot, edit and produce something that can make a contribution to their community and win some money. The winner will have the opportunity to work with media professionals from the Island Media Arts Coop (IMAC) on re-producing the video to broadcast standards. There is $400 for the winning entry and the runner-up gets a $100 cash award. This contest is open to residents of Prince Edward Island, aged 19 and under who are not owners or employees of any media company nor are employed by the Province of Prince Edward Island. Upload your video (post as a video response) to the Media Arts Co-op Youtube channel, TheIslandmediaarts, before February 7, 2010. You, your friends and family, and anyone else that wants to, can rate the favourite ones. The top 4 highest rated and most viewed videos will be selected from for the prizes. For more information, please call (902) 893-3131 or email director@imac.coop.director@imac.coopLink to Youtubehttp://www.youtube.com/TheIslandmediaarts

§      Credit Union Atlantic in Halifax, NS, has established an online advisory panel which consists of Credit Union Atlantic members who provide their feedback to Credit Union Atlantic (CUA) through online surveys. If you want to sign up and participate https://www.cuapanel.com/join.php As a panel member, you will have an opportunity to provide Credit Union Atlantic with invaluable feedback on CUA services and products - feedback which will help CUA improve their service to you.


Trends -  Trends and Ron Levesque are taking a hiatus from Circles. Ron has started a new job and we at Circles wish him well. We and the readers have enjoyed having Ron on board. Perhaps he will rejoin us in the future. We certainly appreciate all his thought provoking contributions and we will miss him. Thanks, Ron!”


Co-op Ed 101 - This last week with two snow storms in Moncton I was thinking about co-ops in the North and a Web search came up with this interesting one: Arctic Borderlands Ecological Knowledge Co-op. The Borderlands Co-op http://www.taiga.net/coop/index.html monitors and assesses change in the range of the Porcupine Caribou Herd and adjacent Mackenzie Delta area . The Co-op is run by a non-profit society. Decisions on co-op programs are made by participants at annual gatherings. A board of directors is elected annually. Funding and support comes from Canadian, territorial and U.S. government agencies, co-management boards, and Inuvialuit and First Nation councils. Additional project funding is currently from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and the University of Alaska. Environment Canada provides in-kind support for overall program coordination. For more information go to http://www.taiga.net/coop/business/constitution.html


This Week’s Smile - What do you call the Scottish dentist? Phil McCavity


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree  - The North American Students of Co-operation (NASCO) in partnership with the National Co-operative Business Association are hosting the Emerging Co-op Leaders Program from May 3-6 in Washington, DC. This event aims to bring together young leaders in the co-op movement as well as building the future for the movement. They have recently posted the “Save the Date” for the event at http://www.nasco.coop/docs/emerging-leaders2010.pdf


Contest of the Week - Winner: The most recent winner was Joanne Sheppard, NL. Answer: This week’s contest is a fill in the Christmas riddle. Have fun.

Q. What do snowmen wear on their heads? Ice Caps
Q. How do sheep say Merry Christmas in Mexico? Feliz Navidad
Q. What is a snowman’s favorite lunch? An Iceberger!
Q. What do vampires put on their Christmas turkey? Grave-y.
Q. What did Elvis’s ghost say to Santa Claus? I’ll have a boo Christmas without you
Q. What do you call a snowman party? A Snowball!

This week’s contest: A three-year-old girl, and a 100-year-old man have had exactly the same amount of birthdays. How many birthdays have they had? 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 - Leftover turkey is never a problem as long as you have a few good recipes which incorporate the cooked meat. Here is a very nice, day after the celebration, salad. These proportions will provide 4 servings, but it is easily doubled or tripled for a larger gathering.

Crunchy Holiday Turkey Salad

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup finely chopped green onions

1/4 cup finely chopped celery

1/4 cup shredded carrots

2 tbsp dried cranberries

2 cups chopped, cooked turkey

Combine mayonnaise, vegetables and cranberries in a large bowl. Add turkey; mix lightly. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes for flavours to blend. – Glenna Weagle


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 9 – 12 – Co-op Housing Federation Annual General Meeting, London, ON

§      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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§      “I just wanted to say how enjoyable this edition was.  I really like the memories you folks shared – what a wonderful idea! Merry Christmas!”JJ, NB

§      “Merry Christmas everyone and thanks for all your hard work.  I do a staff newsletter every week and I know how much work it can be.” – KD, NS


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