Week of May 16 – May 22, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 11

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Openings  - “A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.” – Charlotte Bronte www.online-literature.com/brontec  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  

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·        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 values, principles and practices that make co-operatives different from other types of businesses, and the difference co-operatives make to the lives of Canadians, will be the focus of this year’s Co-op Week celebrations, which will take place from October 17-23, 2010. Canada’s two national co-operative associations, the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité (CCCM), have chosen Experience the Co-operative Difference (Vivre la différence coopérative in French) as the theme of Co-op Week 2010. “Co-op Week 2010 will be a celebration of the co-operative difference:  the advantages co-ops have over other business models, and the enormous difference co-ops have made, and continue to make, to the lives of Canadian and their communities,” said Carol Hunter, CCA's executive director . “We want as many Canadians as possible to experience the co-op difference first-hand, not only during Co-op Week but all year round.” As in past years, Co-op Week will also include International Credit Union Day, which will take place on Thursday, October 21.  The theme for this year’s ICU Day “Local. Trusted. Serving You.” focuses on credit unions’ trusted, community-focused approach to member service.   The ICU Day campaign will also use the tagline Experience the Credit Union Difference in its promotional materials.  The campaign was developed by an international committee consisting of the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU); Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and the National Co-operative Business Association (NCBA) in the United States, Credit Union Central of Canada and the Canadian Co-operative Association.   For more information on Co-op Week 2010 and a preview of the Co-op Week poster, visit  www.coopscanada.coop/en/orphan/Co-opWeek2010

·        Co-op Housing Federation of Canada  is holding its Pre-AGM meetings across Canada for 2010 AGM Delegates http://www.chfcanada.coop/eng/pages2007/agm_regionalmeetings.asp In New Brunswick, the meeting will be held Saturday, May 29, 12:30 p.m. at Wright Street Housing Co-operative (BRUNCH meeting at 10:00 a.m. & Delegates meeting at 12:30 p.m.) Contact: Ken Elliott, (506) 325-2306 or email: pahokee@nbnet.nb.ca In Nova Scotia, the meeting is Wednesday, May 26, 7:00 p.m. (Atlantic time) by conference call. Contact: Debbie Hamilton, 902-423-2667 in Halifax (or toll-free at 1-866-213-2667) or email: dhamilton@chfcanada.coop

·        Co-op Atlantic has announced a $700,000 renovation to its downtown Charlottetown grocery store. The Queen Street location has lost money in each of the six years since it opened, and Co-op is hoping the changes can turn the store around. It is a renovation, not an expansion, but the re-design will allow for better use of space within the current building, including the addition of a pharmacy. One of the biggest expenditures will be on a new roof. A seasonal, outdoor farmers market will also be added. Hatchard said the idea is to complement the current farmer’s market, not compete with it.

·        Co-op Atlantic will be holding its annual meeting May 28-29 in Moncton, NB. Four directors have let their names stand for election to the board. Marcel Garvie, Zone 9, and Michael Oulton, Zone 4, will be re-elected by acclamation. In Zone 6, Sheldon Palk is running against incumbent Mary MacDonald. For more details, see http://www.theatlanticco-operator.coop/theatlanticcooperator/PostDetailS/tabid/69/language/en-US/Default.aspx?id=41

·        Nova Scotia Co-operative Council CEO Dianne Kelderman was selected by Atlantic Business Magazine as one of the Top 50 CEO’s in Atlantic Canada. Dianne was nominated by Council staff, and was officially recognized May 12 at a gala dinner at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax. Since 1999, Atlantic Business Magazine has dedicated one of its six issues per year to profiling Atlantic Canada’s most accomplished business leaders. Hundreds of individuals are nominated annually, but only 50 are chosen. Nominees are judged on their proven managerial ability, reaction to challenging situations, leadership philosophies, organizational growth over a three-year period, and commitment to industry. Dianne was nominated for her ability to forge partnerships and get things done, and her commitment to economic and business development in the region.

·        Eagle River Credit Union, NL, is looking for a Financial Services Representative - Tri-Town Branch. Please  submit your resume to the Human Resources Department PO Box 29 L'Anse au Loup NL  A0K 3L0 more details at https://www.eaglerivercu.com/Home/YourCreditUnion/AboutUs/Careers/

·        Étienne Boudreau, a former manager at the Fédération des caisses populaires acadiennes, received the Ordre du Mérite Coopératif Acadien, during the Distinction Evening of the Caisses populaires acadiennes Annual Congress. It is the highest award in the Acadian cooperative movement. http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=1445  Boudreau was born in Maisonnette, in October 1950. He started his career in the Caisses populaires acadiennes network in 1971. The Caisse populaire de Maisonnette was founded and operated in the home of his maternal grandparents, Aimé and Victorine Godin. In addition, his father, Alban Boudreau, was one of the founders of this institution, which is now known as Caisse populaire Acadie.

·        Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union (NLCU) invites the public to take part in the NLCU Charitable Foundation Corporation’s 7th Annual Walk-A-Thon, Sunday, June 6th. Each of its twelve branches will be holding a walk in their respective areas throughout the province. Each walk will be approximately 4 km with lunch and refreshments to be served. The proceeds raised from this event will go to Ronald McDonald House NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR. https://www.nlcu.com/Home/InOurCommunity/

·        Recently the Petitcodiac branch of Advance Savings 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. ADVANCE SAVINGS CREDIT UNION www.advancesavings.ca  has seven branches in Moncton, Petitcodiac, Port Elgin, Rexton, Riverview and Salisbury N.B.

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Co-op Ed 101 .COOP DOMAIN NAMES.  http://directory.coop/explore.htm Have you ever wondered why many co-operative organizations use .coop in their web or email addresses instead of .com, .ca, or .org?  .Coop is the internationally-recognized domain name for co-operative enterprises. More than 4,000 co-operative organizations – 282 of them in Canada – use the .coop domain to identify themselves as co-ops. 48 Ontario co-ops are listed in the .coop directory. The administrators of .coop have created an interactive .coop directory that will connect you with all organizations that use the .coop domain. The directory is sortable by region and economic sector, and includes maps showing you the exact location of .coop users. You can also consult the .coop website to find out whether the name you want to use is available, and they have launched a .coop auction for certain unused names that are in demand. - Maureen MacLean

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Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - Student housing co-op makes the choice for fair trade. Science 44, a student housing co-op in Kingston, Ontario has made arrangements to purchase all of their coffee from a women’s co-op in Guatemala. The Ontario Student Co-operative Association also highlights that the co-op is choosing organic and developing a new compost system as well. Read more at http://tinyurl.com/27cpq53. The co-op is still accepting summer applications (minimum one month lease) if you want to try living in a student housing co-op. Visit them at http://www.science44co-op.com/ to learn more and find application forms.  - Erin Hancock

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Contest of the Week – Last week’s winner: Dennis Williams, Fredericton, NB. Answer: Socks do not come in left and right, so any black will pair with any other black and any white will pair with any other white. If you have three socks and they are either colored black or white, then you will have at least two socks of the same color, giving you one matching pair. Congratulations! This week’s contest: Four keen gardeners were displaying their fine tulips. In total there were four colours and each tulip appeared in two colours. Mr Green had a yellow tulip. Mr Yellow did not have a red one. Mr Red had a blue tulip but not a green one, whilst Mr Blue did not have a yellow one. One person with a red tulip also had a green one. One person with a yellow tulip also had a blue one. One of the persons with a green tulip had no red. Neither of the persons with a yellow tulip had a green one. No person has two tulips of the same colour and no two persons had the same two colour tulips and their names provide no clues. Can you tell who had which colour tulips? 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

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Today’s Smile - Anything labeled "New" and/or "Improved" is not: the label means the price went up. The label "All new" or "Completely new" means the price went way up.

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Co-op Cooking - I think my love of cookbooks was passed along by my mother who used to bring them home from the library and read them like novels. (She also taught me a recipe is only a starting place). Over the years I have collected quite a few cookbooks. My oldest one is “Dr Chases New Receipt Book” published in 1889 and my newest was picked up last Saturday at our local feed store. The ones that I tend to enjoy the most are those published by local churches, schools, clubs, etc. The recipes are tried and true and usually somebody’s favorite. Here is one from a local horse association.

Creamy Chicken and Rice Bake

1 can cream soup (chicken or mushroom)

1/2 can water

3/4 cup uncooked long grain white rice

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/3 tsp ground black pepper

2 cups fresh cut-up vegetables (or frozen)

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

 Mix soup, water, rice, onion powder and pepper in 2-quart baking dish. Stir in vegetables, (if frozen, thaw under running water). Top with chicken and sprinkle with additional pepper if desired. Cover and bake at 375F until chicken is cooked through and rice is tender (approx. 1 hour). Remove chicken and stir rice. Replace chicken, sprinkle with cheese and place under broiler until cheese is melted and bubbly. Note: Extra-old Cheddar can be used but because it is white, sprinkle with a bit of paprika for colour. Also, for a change of taste, add a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese. – Glenna Weagle

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      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”).
http://www.ccednet-rcdec.ca/files/ccednet/pdfs/Summit_registration.pdf

§      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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