Week of Mar. 8– Mar. 15, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 9

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·      Atlantic Filmmakers Co-operative has chosen the four filmmaking teams selected to participate in the production phase of the 2008/2009 FILM 5 Program. The films will be shot in April and May and will be finished on 35 mm film for theatrical release in September. Teams participate in a series of intensive workshops, receive mentorship and are awarded over $35,000 in cash and services each toward the creation of a five-minute film. Also, the 3rd Annual Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival is running March 30th - April 4th. http://www.afcoop.ca/node/424 If you have some extra time and have an interest in film, the film co-op is looking for assistance in the following departments:
- Box Office - Screenings – Distribution - Event Support For more information, please contact us at (902) 420-4572 or email

·      Ali Marr and her crew from Advance Savings Credit Union were the winners of a crazy co-operator photo contest with the Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership program.  For Ali’s co-operative efforts she will receive an ACYL North End jacket with embroidered ACYL logo.  http://www.acyl.coop/english/newsletter.htm#good

·      Paul Crane has recently been appointed the Director of Co-operative Development for the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council. In addition to Crane, the NSCC has representatives in the Western Region, Jonathan McClelland and in Cape Breton, Mark Sparrow who provide support to Co-operatives within their areas of the province.   The Council is continuing its efforts to bring as much information to co-operatives in Nova Scotia as possible.  Recently, the council began updating its web site, which provides co-operatives with improved access to information and much more. http://www.nsco-opcouncil.ca . The council is also updating its files of co-operatives in Nova Scotia. Should you have any questions or require any assistance, you can contact Crane at 902-624-5555 or by e-mail at paul@nsco-opcouncil.ca.

·      Co-op Atlantic raised $47,801.75 in 2008 for the United Way http://www.acyl.coop/english/newsletter.htm#good The employees raised the money for the United Way of Greater Moncton & Southeastern NB Region Inc. They also earned the Silver Certificate of Merit for the 2008 Campaign results. The employee participation was up from 35% the previous year.

·      Advance Savings Credit Union St. George Boulevard branch staff recently changed out of their office attire and donned dealer clothes when they hosted the Advance Savings Credit Union Casino Night. The evening was a huge success with close to 75 residents coming out to participate in an evening filled with games and lots of laughter.). http://www.advancesavings.ca/newsletterWinter2009.htm#Comm

·      Co-op members are invited to participate in a special half day workshop designed to introduce a variety of renewable energy technologies including wind and solar electricity, ground source heat pumps, solar domestic hot water, heat loss management, solar convection heating systems and much more. A panel of experts will provide an overview of each technology and lead “talking tables” where you can join in small group discussions to get more information or the answers to questions you might have about your own situation or interests. A tour of the Community College’s “renewable energy demonstration bunker” will provide you with an opportunity to see firsthand how each technology works in real life. This is an introductory level workshop and will be of interest to virtually anyone who wants to know more about renewable energy for residential or commercial buildings. The workshop will be held on April 17th from 12:00 – 4:30 p.m. at the Moncton Community College at 1234 Mountain Road. If your co-op is a member of the Council (see Members page on our website at http://www.cecnb.ca), the workshop fee is $25. For all others, the fee is $35. Lunch will be provided.  To register, please write to info@cecnb.ca or call 227-9607 by March 31. Seating is limited.


Trends - - Ron Levesque


Today I Learned Something New: International Development Through the Eyes of Students - During the year, as part of my work with the Canadian Co-operative Association, I visit schools and talk about co-operatives and communities in developing countries. I always appreciate the insights of the students, shared through comment sheets. This week: “I learned about life in the Philippines and how it is different than Canada. I learned about their culture, economy and co-ops and how co-ops help.” -  Jack W, Grade 6, Sussex NB


Co-op Ed 101 – While snow and freezing rain come down, I dream of warm sun and T-shirt weather. Even if I don’t go anywhere, I love to look at the travel promotions and follow the links to far away and exotic places.  Recently I discovered this co-op travel company based in the United Kingdom. http://www.co-operativecruises.co.uk/about-us/ The Co-operative Travel Cruises is a specialist web division of The Co-operative Travel, the largest independent travel agent in the UK. To read about their ethical policies http://www.co-operative.coop/ethicsinaction/ethicalpolicies/ or their environmental policies http://www.co-operative.coop/ethicsinaction/environment/ - Maureen MacLean


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      Mar 20-21, 2009 Credit Union Central of Prince Edward Island Annual Meeting, Delta Prince Edward, Charlottetown, PEI

§      Mar 25, 2009 44th Annual General Meeting of Horizon Credit Union, Capital Hotel, Kenmount Rd, St. John’s, NL – 7:30 pm

§      March 27, 2009 Social Accounting for the Value Added of Volunteers and Members in Non-Profits and Co-operatives with Laurie Mook and Jack Quarter, University of Toronto, and Eric Plato, Frontier College – cost is $100 + GST TO REGISTER:  http://sec.oise.utoronto.ca/english/workshops.php or contact Lisa White at secworkshops@oise.utoronto.ca , 416-978-0022

§      April 17-18, 2009 Credit Union Central of New Brunswick Annual Meeting, Delta Fredericton, Fredericton, NB

§      April 22 -23, 2009 Blueprints of the Brand Forum, Westin Hotel, Halifax, NS – designed specifically for Credit Union CEOs and General Managers, this forum offers the tools to further enhance the brand for Credit Unions.

§      April 24, 2009 League Savings and Mortgage Annual Meeting, Westin Hotel, Halifax, NS

§      April 24-25, 2009 Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia Annual Meeting, Westin Hotel, Halifax, NS

§      May 29, 2009 Annual General Meeting of the Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick, 9:00 – 12:00 at the Ramada Inn in Moncton, NB.

§      June 16-19, 2009 CCA’s 100th anniversary Congress, Ottawa, ON. See www.coopscanada.coop/100th/congress.cfm

§      June 19-21, 2009 Symposium organized by the Masters in Management of Co-operatives and Credit Unions Program at St Mary’s University, Halifax, NS. Theme is “Legislative and Public Policy Issues”. Abstracts of papers must be received by Mar 31. Final paper and presentation slides by June 1, if applicable. More information and a style guide are available from Tom Webb, jtwebb@auracom.com or tom.webb@smu.ca or contact Larry Haiven (902) 420-5082 or larryhaiven@smu.ca


Contest of the WeekLast week’s contest: Marty Frost, BC, had the first of 4 correct submissions.  Answer: For being good at the garden fete, four children were each given two sweets. Jack had an orange sweet. The child who had a red one also had a blue one. No child had two sweets of the same colour. The child who had a green sweet also had a red one. Jim didn't have a red sweet and Joe had a green one. James didn't have an orange one and Jack had no blue sweets. Knowing that there were two sweets of each colour, can you tell the colours of the sweets each child had? Answer: Jack had an orange and a green sweet. Jim had an orange and a blue one. James had a red and a blue sweet. Joe had a green and a red one. Send your answer to this week’s contest to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca by Tuesday, at noon. All entries go into the monthly draw for a special prize. This week’s contest: A doctor and a bus driver are both in love with the same woman, an attractive girl with the unusual name of Pibbles. The bus driver had to go on a long bus trip that would last a week. Before he left, he gave Pibbles seven apples. Why?


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - Learn more about the Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program through a creative video posted on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFXgsJ3Vzpo  - Erin Hancock


Co-op Cooking – If you enjoy the convenience of casseroles and the goodness of fish you might like to try this recipe. 
Fisherman’s Pie
Topping      2 lbs potatoes, peeled
                   1 tbsp. butter
                   2 tbsp cream or milk 
Filling         2 cups milk
                   1 lb haddock or other white fish fillets
                   1 onion, peeled and sliced into rings
                   1 bay leaf
                   2 tbsp butter
                   2 tbsp flour
                   4 ozs peeled shrimp
                   1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
                   salt and pepper to taste
Cook potatoes in boiling, salted water; drain and mash while still hot. Beat in butter and cream or milk. Set aside. While potatoes are cooking: Place 2 cups milk in saucepan; add fish, onion and bay leaf. Poach for 15 minutes. Strain off and reserve liquid, discarding flavourings. Flake fish, removing skin and bones if any. Melt butter in a saucepan and stir in flour; cook gently for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and gradually add fish liquid. Return to heat and bring to the boil, stirring constantly until sauce thickens. Remove from heat and stir in flaked fish, seasonings, shrimp and cheese. Turn into 2-pint buttered pie dish and cover entire surface of mixture with creamed potatoes. Place uncovered in a fairly hot oven (400F) for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours (until potatoes are brown and crisp). - Glenna Weagle


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009