Week of May 9 – May 15, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 10

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Openings  - “Darkness deserves gratitude. It is the alleluia point at which we learn to understand that all growth does not take place in the sunlight.” – Joan Chittister www.benetvision.org/ Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. Send your favourite quote about celebrating co-operatives, communities and a better world for all, to circles1@nbnet.nb.ca  


This Week in Co-op Circles

·        Five youth from the Tatamagouche area of Nova Scotia have created a 30 minute short film called Fair Trade TV: Raising Youth Consumer Conscience. It is to educate others about the bitter reality that biting into a chocolate treat may sometimes cause suffering for millions of children.  This group of youth wanted other kids to know that how they spend their money makes a difference in other countries, so they wrote, performed, and filmed six short skits about different aspects of Fair Trade. There is a screening in Halifax, Room E1020, Rowe Bldg, Dalhousie University, Thursday, May 13th at 7 PM The group is also accepting donations for their youth delegation to Guatemala in 2012.

·        Jim Hale, a founding Director of the Co-operative Enterprise Council (NB) and long time volunteer with BRUNCH (Brunswick Co-operative Housing) passed away recently. His obituary is available at: http://fergusonknowlesfh.com/Obituaries/53045/

·        Recently the Petitcodiac branch of Advance Savings Credit Union www.advancesavings.ca joined together with the Village of Petitcodiac and the Petitcodiac Regional School Parent School Support Committee (PSSC) to purchase a new monitor for the school.  Branch Manager, Maxine Rice presented Chair of the PSSC, Crystal Hooper, with a cheque in the amount of $427.99. With the money that was donated, the PSSC purchased a 42" LCD monitor with a USB port to allow information to be uploaded from a computer onto the monitor and displayed as a presentation.  The information that can be provided on this will include such things as upcoming events, successes, initiatives, and needed notifications for and from the Petitcodiac Regional School, the village, and the community businesses

·        Due to a conflict, the Stampeders will no longer be providing the entertainment on June 23rd at the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council Annual Banquet. ABBEY ROAD is now the featured band. You can join members of the Council for an evening of fun, friendship, food and music aboard the Harbour Queen I on Halifax Harbour. For more information, please call 893-8966 or e-mail info@nsco-opcouncil.ca Space is limited so register early.

·        Thanks to Mark Gorman (NBTA Credit Union), Justin Mury (Credit Union Atlantic), David Chapman (Credit Union Central of Prince Edward Island), Blake Reynolds (OMISTA Credit Union), Bethany Mayne (UPEI Student, PEI Co-op Council), and Lacey Ozon (UPEI student), the Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership Camp at Canoe Cove on Prince Edward Island,  was a great success. http://www.acyl.coop/english/newsletter.htm   

·        Amy Dauphinee, a board member of the Ontario Charitable Foundation, and a strong proponent of international credit union and co-operative development, died recently. She also felt strongly about the rights of women in the developing world and urged the Co-operative Development Foundation to engage in microlending to support businesses run by women. She was in her 90th year. The Co-op Development Foundation honours the Dauphinees (Tim and Amy) through the donation of an annual scholarship for the person selected by a CCA committee who excels in the studies of co operative enterprise.  The Foundation would never have developed so successfully if it were not for Amy Dauphinee. 

·        Aspiring filmmakers with a passion for Atlantic food now have an opportunity to combine the two and win a prize. The Eat Atlantic Online Video Contest, organized by Co-op Atlantic, is asking residents of the four Atlantic provinces to make videos of 90 seconds or less featuring food from their region. The videos will be judged by three local food experts, and the winner in each province will receive a multimedia prize pack including an iPod Nano and a 10-inch Dell Notebook computer.  The contest is part of the Eat Atlantic Challenge, which has been held in September for the past two years. Atlantic Canadians were asked to pledge to eat only Atlantic food for one day, and more than 4,500 people participated in the challenge in 2009. Contest entries must be received by August 15, and winners will be announced during the 3rd Annual Eat Atlantic Challenge Celebration, on September 2.  For more information, go to www.eatatlantic.ca.

·        The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) is seeking volunteers for its credit union management and governance coaching programs in Africa and Asia. CCA is recruiting credit union professionals for the Management Coaching Program, which would involve two three-week visits to Mongolia, Ghana or Uganda and Malawi over a two-year period.  Applicants should be experienced credit union generalists, able to offer advice and assistance on all aspects of credit union management. Volunteers for the Governance Coaching Program would travel to either Ghana or Malawi for about two-and-a-half weeks in October 2010. The program includes face-to-face group work with local leaders, field visits to local credit unions and meetings with local board members to share experiences.  Applicants should be experienced current or former directors of credit union or co-operative boards. Participants in both programs are expected to contribute $2,000 toward the cost of the assignment; all other expenses would be borne by CCA. For more information about the coaching  programs, go to http://tinyurl.com/CCACoaching, or contact Sarah Feldberg (sarah.feldberg@coopscanada.coop) if you have any questions.

·        Found some treasures while doing your spring cleaning? Have products or services that could bring in a good price at an auction?  Donate them to the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) and help raise money for international co-op development. The Canadian Co-operative Association's 2010 Congress, to be held June 14-16 at The Westin Bayshore, will feature both a live auction and a silent auction to raise funds for CCA's international programming.  In return for your donation, CDF will recognize your support on signage at the Congress and on the item bid sheet. If you or your organization, are interested in making a donation or want to learn more please contact CDF Fundraising Officer Sarah Richardson (sarah.richardson@coopscanada.coop) or by phone (613) 238-6711 ext. 217.

·        The Canadian Worker Co-op Federation presents the tele-learning session Good Governance: Making and Implementing Decisions with presenters Lynn Hannley, Communitas  and Reba Plummer, from Urbane Cyclist on Wed, May 19th, 2010 12-1:30pm ET  Each presenter will speak and then participants on the call will be able to ask questions and share their experience on governance issues in worker co-operatives. Deadline: There is no charge for this session, but the number of spots available is limited. To register contact David Wilson at david@canadianworker.coop. Please note that this session is for CWCF members only. The deadline for registering for the session is Monday May 17th. Those who have registered will receive the toll-free phone-in number and passcode a day before the session.  Visit the CWCF website to read the minutes of, to view the PowerPoint and handouts, and to listen to the April 21, 2010 CWCF tele-learning session on Conflict Resolution.


The New Trends - Ah, summer is just around the corner and that means vacations for most. You can expect to see in your in-box those wonderful auto-responders with the classic “Out of the office, will reply to your message when I get back”. If this drives you up the wall, what do you think people will feel when they get your “out of the office” reply. Your auto-reply gives you a socially acceptable pass to do nothing about most incoming email for awhile. It doesn’t make the nagging feeling that you are missing the one or two really important items, that if missed could cause you much distress on your first day back. Do you end up checking your emails while you are down on that Caribbean island? Many do. So does the system work? Not really. Some will even try something like “I’m out of the office and will get back to you when I return on May 25th. If this is an emergency, contact Dan Brown at dbrown@example.ca”. Even this is not a good reply. Why? The day you get back is your busiest and Dan who really does not want to take any of your calls might make thinks worse for you. You might try something like ‘AwayFind’ which will create a simple emergency contact form. You just include a link to this form in your auto-response, i.e.: If your message is urgent, contact me through this link: https://awayfind.com/ginatrapani  (Click on that link to see my AwayFind contact form.) Most e-mailers who don’t need you right away won’t go through the trouble of filling out the AwayFind form, but those who do will. If you are going to use an auto responder here is a little tip from Gina Trapani. “Whatever kind of auto-responder you do use, here’s a tip: instead of promising to reply the day you're back from vacation, give yourself a few extra days of padding. Because when you finally go on vacation for real, not just faking it, you will come home to quite a backlog to catch up on.” What will you do with your emails when on vacation? Please tell us what you do. We really would like to know before we go on vacation. - Steve MacDowall, Publisher of The Thursday File Subscribe. It’s FREE http://www.thursdayfile.ca   


Co-op Ed 101 – In Atlantic Canada we have a number of Co-operative Funeral home but the greatest concentration is in PEI.  In PEI the funeral co-ops have come together and have a great web site http://www.peifuneralcoops.stpetersblueberryfestival.ca/ Each location has details on their own co-op like the West Prince Funeral Home formerly known as the Palmer Road Funeral Co-op, was the first in Atlantic Canada. Its inception sparked the flame for future funeral co-ops. Have a look at the history of each and the services provided - Maureen MacLean


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - JUDES (the Just Us! Development and Education Society) will be hosting a film screening of “Fair Trade TV—Raising Youth Consumer Conscience” on the evening of May 13th at Dalhousie University. The film contains a series of skits created by youth in Tatamagouche, NS. Join in for snacks, the screening and a discussion. Get more details at http://www.judesfairtrade.ca/#JUDES AGM. There are a number of other film screenings coming up, so visit their website often. Don’t forget, May 1-14th is designated as 2 weeks to celebrate fair trade. If you want to think more about your power as a consumer, start with this quiz:  http://www.judesfairtrade.ca/resources/quiz/ - Erin Hancock


Contest of the Week – Last week’s winner: David Kerr, MB, who said, “Manitoba spends millions every year on hundreds of miles of ice roads, so the answer is obvious to those of us who have depended on ice roads to ship heavy items into remote communities. The tractor and trailer came to the island on a winter road. I will bet people who live tropical islands would not think of frozen roads.” Congratulations! This week’s contest: Cathy has six pairs of black socks and six pairs of white socks in her drawer. In complete darkness, and without looking, how many socks must she take from the drawer in order to be sure to get a pair that match? 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


Today’s Smile - Ever wonder about those people who spend $2.00 a piece on those little bottles of Evian water? Try spelling Evian backwards.


Co-op Cooking -Looking for a change for breakfast? Here is a pancake with a definite difference, and you can top it with some Strawberry Salsa for a good for the eyes as well as the mouth combination.

Swedish Pancakes

1 cup rolled oats
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup flour
1 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. soda
1 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tbsp butter, melted

Combine oats and buttermilk in bowl. Refrigerate, covered, overnight. In morning, sift dry ingredients together. Stir into oatmeal mixture. Add remaining ingredients, mixing well. Bake on hot griddle using 2 tablespoons batter per pancake.

Strawberry Breakfast Salsa

1/3 cup apricot jam
3 tbsp. water
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 pints strawberries, stemmed and diced into 1/4 inch squares

In a medium bowl, whisk jam, water, and cinnamon; add strawberries. Toss gently to combine. Serve salsa over pancakes, waffles, French toast, hot cereal, or mix into plain yogurt. – Glenna Weagle


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      May 13-16, 2010 - Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership Camp Wildwood, Bouctouche, NB. Go to http://www.acyl.coop/english/newsletter.htm to apply.

§      May 15  -  Oikocredit Atlantic Cooperative, 9th Annual General Meeting, 2:00 pm, St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Hall, 39 Mountain Road, New Glasgow, NS.

§      May 28, 2010 Co-operative Enterprise Council of NB’s AGM, Moncton, NB

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

§      May 30 – June 1, 2010 – The Canadian Co-operative Association is one of the sponsors for the 2010 National Summit for a People-Centred Economy that takes place in Ottawa, May 30th to June 1st. Speakers include Raj Patel (author of “The Value of Nothing”), Nancy Neamtam (President of Le Chantier de l'économie sociale), and Ian MacPherson (Co-op “guru”).

§      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

§      June 23, 2010 – Nova Scotia Co-operative Council Annual General Meeting, Halifax, NS Healthcare Workshop ~ 1 – 2:30 PM, Annual Meeting ~ 3 - 5:00 PM, Radisson Suite Hotel, Halifax. Space is limited, so please RSVP to andrea@nsco-opcouncil.ca or (902) 893-8966, indicating which events you plan to attend (see attached for further info on the workshop)


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