Week of Aug. 1 – Aug. 7, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 19

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·        Co-op Atlantic announces this year’s Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge winning team is from the John Caldwell High School, in Grand Falls, N.B. http://www.coopatlantic.ca/htm.aspx?id=638   Jade Levesque and Shaun Ronan developed the best green business idea: a low-cost, dimple-covered fiberglass skirt that would cover the trailer of a tractor-trailer, creating less drag through its aerodynamically designed model, and increase the overall fuel efficiency of the vehicle. They won a $3,000 cash prize from Enterprise Greater Moncton, the community economic development agency organizing the yearly high school competition, of which Co-op Atlantic has been a major sponsor, since it began, 5 years ago

·        René Chiasson, General Manager of the Caraquet Co operative, was recently conferred the Gilbert-Finn Award for Manager of the Year 2010. He received his prize from the Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick at its annual banquet, held on the 1st of May in Caraquet.  An experienced manager, René is responsible for managing the Caraquet Co operative, which is comprised of three food markets in Caraquet, Maisonnette and Saint-Léolin, and a Co op Express gas station located in the heart of Caraquet http://www.coopatlantic.ca/htm.aspx?id=634  

·        In keeping with this year’s Co-op Week theme, Experience the Co-operative Difference, the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) is giving you the opportunity to tell the world, in video, what the co-operative difference means to you. Enter the Experience the Co-operative Difference video contest and you can win a basket of co-op products valued at $150.  The top 3 videos, as selected by our judges, and up to seven “honourable mentions” will be featured on the CCA Cinema (www.ccacinema.coopscanada.coop). All participants in the contest will receive an Experience the Co-operative Difference button, featuring the artwork on this year's Co-op Week poster. Deadline Sept 17 details at http://www.cecnb.ca/index.php?page=news

·        Credential Financial Strategies Inc. (“CFS”) is a wealth management program that specializes in insurance and other financial products and services. In partnership with Fredericton Group Credit Unions, CFS presently has an opening for a licensed Financial Representative. As a self-starter you have what it takes to become highly successful, earn an above average income and build a long-term career. Ideally, you have a minimum of 3-5 years of successful financial planning experience which includes life insurance and estate planning. Deadline for applications is September 1, 2010. http://www.creditunion.nb.ca/rep%20ad.pdf

·        Another successful year has passed for the Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative.  CBMIC held its annual general meeting in June at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre and reported on a very busy and prosperous year for the organization. While still a small and growing organization, CBMIC continues to expand its programs and facilitate growth within the music industry here in Cape Breton.  http://cbmic.ca/

·        The Celtic Heart of North America Co-operative has unveiled its online home. www.celticheart.ca The newly formed co-operative, which officially launched last October during the Celtic Colours International Festival, held an event to showcase its new website in June at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Judique. “It was just basically to launch the fact that the website is now up and running. It’s fully functional,” said Dan Coffin, marketing manager with Celtic Colours and chair of the board of directors of The Celtic Heart of North America Co-operative. “We had a little bit of a presentation and then we brought in some milling singers, we had a storytelling demonstration from the Highland Village, we had a little blast of tunes on behalf of Celtic Colours, and some fiddle demonstrations and a square set through the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre.” Partners in the co-operative include the Celtic Colours International Festival, Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts, Highland Village Museum, Glenora Inn & Distillery, Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, Fèis An Eilein, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Inverness County, Richmond County, and Victoria County. The website features a calendar of events, visitor packages, trip planning tools, maps, a list of co-operative partners, and more. The Celtic Heart of North America Co-operative is supported by funding and guidance from Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation and the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. Nova Scotia’s Office of Gaelic Affairs and Destination Cape Breton are advisors to the co-operative.

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Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership program has confirmed a September seminar in Mount Traber, Nova Scotia. The camp will run from September 30 until October 3. If you or someone you know would be interested in participating in an exciting camp with youth from across the Atlantic provinces (and you’re 14-18 years old), apply today at http://www.acyl.coop/english/participantapp.htm Find out more about this unique camp experience at http://www.acyl.coop/english/know.htm If you are with a co-op or credit union who wants to give a young person in your community the opportunity to attend (through your generous sponsorship), visit www.acyl.coop today. - Erin Hancock

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Co-op Cooking - Those of us who garden know that soon the zucchini will be marching out of the rows in great abundance. We seem to spend a lot of time looking for new uses for this green wonder, or looking for friends who would like to have them. I once heard it said that “this time of year you know the people who have no gardener friends. They are the ones in the supermarkets buying zucchini”. Here is a recipe you may not have tried before.

Zucchini Bean Salad

1 cup cut fresh green beans

1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 1/2 cups thinly sliced halved zucchini

1 green pepper, julienned

3 green onions, thinly sliced

3 tbsp cider vinegar

2 tbsp canola oil

1/3tsp sugar

3/4 tsp seasoned salt

1/4 tsp pepper

Place green beans in a small saucepan; cover with water and bring to boil. Cook 8 to 10 minutes (until tender crisp). Drain and rinse with cold water. Combine green beans, kidney beans, zucchini, green pepper and onions. Whisk remaining ingredients together. Pour over bean mixture and toss to coat. Cover and chill.  – 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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Smile of the Day“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.” - Mark Twain

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