Week of July 18 – July 24, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 17

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Openings  - Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.” - Alfred D. Souza www.soulonline.org/bigquest/writings/february/hapiness.htm  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 Distinguished Co-operator Awards program was established to recognize the enormous contributions made by Nova Scotian co-operators to the economic and social well-being of our province. This year, the recipients of the Distinguished Co-operator Award were Donald Kennedy, nominated by Upper Stewiacke Co-operative and Mike Wark, nominated by Valley Credit Union. Donald has made significant contributions to the co-op and credit union sector as he has faithfully served many co-operatives and credit unions for over 40 years, dedicating his time, talent, and energies to the movement. He contributed to the betterment of his community by serving as manager, board member, vice president, and president of Upper Stewiacke Co-operative, board member and chair of Arimathea Funeral Co-operative, board member and chair of Springside and Heritage Credit Unions, board member of Farmers Dairy Co- operative, and chair of the Riverside Cemetery Co-operative. Mike Wark has made significant contributions to the co-operative and credit union sector by serving many co-ops and credit unions for over 25 years, dedicating his time, talent and energies to the movement. He contributed to the betterment of his community by serving as a general manager of Amherst Credit Union, CEO of Valley Credit Union, chair and regional lending committee member for Investing in Nova Scotia Enterprises Co-operative, vice-chair of Connecting People for Health Co-operative, committee member for League Data Destination 2001, member of the Cumberland County Co-operative Development Program, and board member and finance committee chair for Amherst Co-operative; all the while spending countless hours volunteering with numerous community organizations.

·        Rochdale’s Pioneers Museum — the birthplace of the Co-operative Movement — is set to be redeveloped following £1.5 million of funding. 31 Toad Lane will be modernized in time for the United Nations Year of Co-operatives in 2012. http://www.thenews.coop/story/1836

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Co-op Ed 101 – This week, we present an interesting Nova Scotian co-op. EduNova is a non-profit co-operative association established to promote Nova Scotia’s expertise in education and training to international markets. EduNova was founded in 2005 with support and endorsement from the Province of Nova Scotia, the Canadian government, and several Nova Scotia based public and private education institutions. http://www.ic.gc.ca/app/ccc/srch/nvgt.do?lang=eng&prtl=1&sbPrtl=&estblmntNo=234567030952&profile=cmpltPrfl&profileId=21&app=sold   EduNova is a membership-driven organization with membership from all 11 universities in the province, the Nova Scotia Community College, the seven (7) English school boards through the Nova Scotia International Student Program (NSISP), and several private education and training partners. - Maureen MacLean

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Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - Put your co-op enthusiasm to good use with a video contest! The Canadian Co-operative Association is inviting 90 second video submissions that depict the co-operative difference. What does the co-operative difference mean to you? It’s time for show and tell. The top three videos selected  (plus up to 7 “honourable mentions”) will be featured on the CCA Cinema  at www.ccacinema.coopscanada.coop. The winner will receive a basket of co-op products ($150 value). You enter by uploading your short video to YouTube and sending the link to Donna Balkan at donna.balkan@coopscanada.coop. See the explanation video for the contest on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/CCAottawa#p/a/u/1/bx3CppAorFk. See the contest entry details at www.coopscanada.coop/videocontest - Erin Hancock

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Co-op Cooking - Loaded with fresh vegetables and herbs, this meatless sauce is a perfect way for gardeners to make use of their produce. Or if you don’t garden, it is a great excuse for an outing to your local farmers market. Add your favourite red wine to the sauce while cooking if you wish.

Vegetarian Pasta Sauce

1 medium onion, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

1 sweet red pepper, chopped

5 garlic cloves, minced

2 tbsp olive oil

3 medium zucchini, chopped

3 medium yellow summer squash, chopped

3 tomatoes, chopped

1 eggplant, peeled and cubed

1/2 lb sliced fresh mushrooms

2 cans (28 oz) Italian crushed tomatoes

1 can (6 oz) tomato paste

2 cans sliced ripe olives, drained

1/4 cup minced fresh basil

3 tbsp minced fresh oregano

1 tbsp minced fresh rosemary

2 tsp Italian seasoning

1 1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

In Dutch oven or large pot, sauté onions, peppers and garlic in oil until tender. Add chopped vegetables and cook, stirring for 5 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours (until thickened). Serve with your favourite pasta. – Glenna Weagle

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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·        August 6-8, 2010: The Work We Do is the Solution, 2010 National Worker Cooperative Conference, Clark Kerr Conference Center at UC Berkeley, Co-hosted by the USFWC and Bay Area worker cooperatives. http://www.usworker.coop/events/conference2010

·        Sept. 10-12, 2010, 750+ people will be in Boston for the largest Fair Trade conference in North American history. http://fairtradeconference.ning.com/ *Learn how to bring more Fair Trade into your Life, Town, and Business*Meet face-to-face with the Fair Trade Artisans and Farmers behind cool Products*Build Relationships with the larger Fair Trade Community*Pick up practical advice that's tailored to your needs as an Activist, Entrepreneur, Student, etc*Be a part of history! Futures Conferences only happen every five years - don't wait to be a part of this growing movement for change!

·        Oct 17-23, 2010 – Co-op Week

·        Oct 21 – International Credit Union Day

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Rising Tide Collective* - Erin Hancock, Brenda MacKinnon, Maureen MacLean, Glenna Weagle, Steve MacDowall