Week of May 23 – May 29, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 12

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Openings  - “To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly.” - Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette kirjasto.sci.fi/colette.htm 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

·        The 2010 Atlantic Credit Union Golf Tournament is set for September 9th & 10th, 2010.  The golf tournament will take place at the award winning Kingswood Golf and the pre-tournament social will be held at the Fredericton Inn. If you are interested in participating, contact Linda Perry, (506)857-8184 Ext 101, linda.perry@cucnb.nb.ca

·        A new co-operative looking to establish an oilseed processing plant in Lawrencetown (Nova Scotia) received a $15,000 federal grant Friday (March 26) to help fund a feasibility studyhttp://www.atlanticfarmfocus.ca/NB-NL-NS-PEI/2010-04-01/article-1054281/Group-funded-for-Lawrencetown-processing-plant-study/1

·        Victory Credit Union in Nova Scotia has donated $500 each to this year’s Victory Challenge recipients. Recipients were, Ellershouse Community Hall, Matthew 25 Food Bank, Cheverie Crossway Salt Marsh Society and the Hants North Rural High School Drama Club. http://www.victorycreditunion.ca/web?service=direct/1/ViewRotatingPortlet/RotatingPortalBlocks/dlinkArticdl&sp=S2061&sp=3799

·        The Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership (ACYL) will be hosting its third and final co-operative youth leadership seminar of 2010 this fall.  After hosting two events in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick it is now time to visit Nova Scotia. “The Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership is an exciting, creative and interactive leadership seminar for high school students 14 to 18 years of age living in Atlantic Canada.  A typical ACYL seminar is 4 days and filled with exhilarating co-operative activities that will contribute to you being a leader!” The date and location has yet to be determined.  ACYL will be accepting only five returning ACYL alumni as well as five Creative Directors (young leaders).   All applicants will be required to be sponsored ($300) by a co-operative or credit union in their community.  Sponsorship will cover the costs of food, accommodations and registration.  Staff and volunteers can assist youth in the sponsorship process.  Travel is not included BUT there will be many opportunities to car pool with our volunteer facilitators from across Atlantic Canada. If interested, applications can be filled out online at http://www.acyl.coop/english/wall.htm (left hand side bar). Contact Trevor MacDougall, Ph:  506.862.0737   Fax:  506.858.6555  Cell: 506.381-2667 e-mail:  Leadership@acyl.coop

·        Rooftops Canada /Abri International is celebrating 25 years of building homes around the world.  Rooftops Canada was launched in late 1984 as the international program of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada. It now also represents the five other national and provincial co-op and social housing organizations. Together, Rooftops’ partners own and manage most of the 650,000 non-profit housing units across Canada.  Please visit http://www.rooftops.ca/english/aboutus/index.asp?page=150 to learn more about the 25th anniversary events. 


Co-op Ed 101 –This week some background on a worker co-op represented at the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation Annual General Meeting in New Brunswick last fall - Careforce Home Care Worker Co-operative Ltd., Wolfville, Nova Scotia. www.careforce.ca  was formed by the workers of Care Force Home Health Care Services Ltd. (Corporation) to purchase the Corporation(a share purchase) from the owner, Lay Yong Tan. In the fall of 2005, Lay Yong Tan approached the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation to explore the option of converting his business into a worker co-operative. The member/employees are personal care workers who work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Staff is involved with meal preparation, housekeeping, personal care, respite care, palliative care, appointments and companionship, and any activities required to maintain individuals comfortably and safely in their own environment.

http://www.coopscanada.coop/assets/firefly/files/files/pdfs/Careforce_Home_Care_Worker_Co-op.pdf - Maureen MacLean


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The Social Economy Student Network is a cross-discipline network of students studying and interested in issues of non-profit, co-ops, charities, community development, social justice and other such topics that are neither private nor public in nature. The network is hosting the “Student Conference on the Social Economy: Innovation in a Changing World – Critically Exploring Social Economy Alternatives” during the annual Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities. This year, the congress is being held at Concordia University in Montreal. The student event will be held on June 1st. Read the invitation at http://socialeconomy.info/files/u1/Concordia_Invitation.pdf - Erin Hancock


Contest of the Week – Last week’s winner: Vivian Campbell, Halifax, NS. Answer: Mr. Green has red and yellow tulips. Mr. Yellow has blue and green. Mr Red has blue and yellow, and Mr. Blue has red and green. Congratulations! This week’s contest: Living in PEI with all the great courses, Doug and David played several golf matches against each other in a week. They played for a Michaels pizza at each match but no pizzas were purchased until the end of the week. If at any time Doug and David had the same number of wins, those pizzas were cancelled. Doug won four matches (but no pizzas) and David won three pizzas. How many rounds of golf were played? 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 - I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.


Co-op Cooking - Another of my favourite cookbooks is a small, handwritten work, bound with a piece of yarn between covers made of wallpaper. It was put together by a Women’s Institute group years ago. Here is one of the recipes it contains.

Chinese Pork

1 lb pork steak, cubed

2 tbsp flour

2 tbsp oil

3 green peppers, cut in strips

1 cup celery, cut in 1/2 inch pieces

3 tbsp chopped onion

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

3/4 cup crushed pineapple

1 can consomme

1/4 cup cider vinegar

1 tbsp soya sauce

3/4 cup brown sugar

3 tbsp cornstarch

3 cups cooked rice

Dip pork in flour and brown in oil. Add peppers, onion, celery, salt, pepper, pineapple and half the consomme. Stir vinegar, soya sauce, brown sugar and cornstarch together. Bring pork mixture to boil and add vinegar mixture, stirring until sauce becomes shiny. Simmer covered for 15 minutes. Serve with rice. Note: This dish freezes well. – Glenna Weagle


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”).

§      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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