Week of Aug. 29 – Sept. 4, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 21

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·        The Canadian Co-operative Association has volunteer assignments available in Nepal and Sri Lanka. For further details, go to www.coopscanada.coop  These are voluntary assignments but are open to professional consultants willing to donate part of their time. CCA covers travel, accommodation and daily expenses.  For a complete list of what CCA will cover, please contact Sarah Feldberg, Volunteer Co-ordinator, sarah.feldberg@coopscanada.coop 

·        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 Caraquethttp://www.coopatlantic.ca/htm.aspx?id=634

·        Co-op Atlantic Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge winning team this year is from the John Caldwell High School, in Grand Falls, N.B. http://www.coopatlantic.ca/htm.aspx?id=638Jade 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, five years ago.

·        Marcel Garvie, president of Co-op Atlantic has announced that Chief Executive Officer of Co-op Atlantic, John Harvie, has informed the Board of Directors that he will retire in May, 2011. Harvie has served the co-operative system for 35 years, including the past eight years as CEO of Co-op Atlantic. Harvie will assist the Board in recruitment for a successor, and in ensuring a smooth transition. Garvie expressed his appreciation for Harvie’s substantial contribution to the co-operative system in Atlantic Canada. “Co-op Atlantic has benefited immensely from John’s skilled leadership and vision and has experienced significant improvement in its operating results and financial position during Harvie’s tenure as CEO. These results are a reflection of John’s deep impact on the organization. He is committed to a democratic, consultative and respectful approach that is a testament to his core co-operative values. There is a spirit of harmony in working together that has become entrenched over the past eight years, which will continue long into the future.”

·        Fundy Model Forest, INFOR, NB Federation of Woodlot Owners, and SNB Wood Co-op will join together to present a provincial woodlot field day on September 18, in the hopes this event will once again be an annual fixture on the woodlot calendar.  Reflecting increased interest in the woodlot sector in exploring new opportunities and diversifying operations, the theme for the day is “Woodlot Management for the Future”. It will be hosted at the woodlot of Arnold Alward, SNB’s Woodlot Owner of the Year 2010, at Lower Ridge, near Havelock, NB.   Alward’s woodlot has many unique features, including approximately 1000 acres of plantations, ranging from 1985 to the present, and an excellent road network. For more information about the SNB Wood Co-op, go to http://www.snbwc.ca/

·        George Greenwood is the new chief executive officer at Advance Savings Credit Union in New Brunswick. George was formerly CEO at Beaubear Credit Union in Miramichi, NB. Previously, he worked with VanCity Credit Union in British Columbia. To find out more about Advance Savings, go to www.advancesavings.ca  George is a Certified Financial Planner with a Masters in Business Administration from Dalhousie University.

·        Unionized employees at Farmers Co-operative Dairy in Nova Scotia are back on the job after voting to ratify a new contract which ended their six-week strike.  Ralph Ballam, president and CEO of Farmers Dairy, said the agreement “was achieved through the willingness of the union and our co-operative to put our differences aside to reach a settlement.” The labour dispute involved 250 members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, including trades, machine operators, shippers, truck drivers and merchandisers.  

·        Credit Union Atlantic CEO Jamie Baillie will be officially declared the new leader of the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative party when the party holds its convention in October.  He is the only candidate seeking the position and has been appointed interim leader by the party’s caucus. Baillie, who was chief of staff to then Premier John Hamm before joining the credit union in 2005, said he will step down from the credit union position before the October convention. http://www.votejamie.ca/ Dianne Kelderman, CEO of the Nova Scotia Co-op Council is executive vice president of the provincial Progessive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia. Hear her endorsement of Baillie at http://www.votejamie.ca/


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The North American Students of Co-operation are looking to hire a Director of Education and Communications starting in January 2011. The job will be a permanent position in Chicago, Illinois. NASCO is a Canada-US organization that works to strengthen co-operative ties, support student co-op initiatives, provide training and conferences and much more. The new Director would take initiative on internet based, mailing and other communications activities, liaise with the board and also organize educational events. Read more at   http://www.nasco.coop/internship/node/82747  - Erin Hancock


Co-op Ed 101 - New Leaf Market in Tallahassee, Fla., http://www.newleafmarket.coop/ is a well-established consumer food co-op. New Leaf has been a part of the Tallahassee community for nearly four decades and boasts a membership of over 10,000, and continues to see strong growth. In 1974 the buying club legally became the Leon County Food Cooperative (LCFC). On May 1, 1974 the Co-op found its first permanent home with only 200 owners, $1000 in capital and $260 in inventory. Just a year and a half later in 1976 the LCFC moved to a warehouse, which offered approximately 4,500 sq. ft. of retail space in addition to housing the Canopy Road Credit Union. The LCFC was staffed by volunteers and led by a three-person management team and a small Board of Directors The newly expanded and renovated store ( 2008) includes  two additional checkout lanes, and additional retail space for grocery, frozen, refrigerated, and health and body care. The beer and wine department now includes 16 feet of chilled beer and over 300 types of wine. They also expanded their deli. Read about their partnership with Equal Exchange at  http://www.equalexchange.coop/turning-a-new-leaf - Maureen MacLean


Contest of the Week - There was a small worm at the bottom of a thirty foot well. In desperation to get out, the worm was only able to climb up three feet during the daytime, and reluctantly slide back down two feet at night. At this pace, how many days and nights will it take the worm to reach the top of the well? Please keep those entries coming! The Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon. Send your entry to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca


Co-op Cooking - Here is a cool dessert which brings a tropical twist to your summertime table. It is great the way it is, but I have sometimes dressed it up with an added shortbread-type crust. Hope you enjoy it.

Frosted Pineapple Lemon Gelatin

1 can crushed pineapple, drained, reserving juice

2 pkgs lemon gelatin

2 cups boiling water2 cups ginger ale, chilled

2 large, firm bananas, sliced

1/2 cup sugar

2 tbsp flour

1 egg, lightly beaten

2 tbsp butter

1 cup heavy whipping cream

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in ginger ale, bananas and pineapple. Transfer to    9 x 13-inch pan. Refrigerate until firm. Combine sugar and flour in small saucepan. Gradually whisk in reserved pineapple juice. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes (until thickened). Remove from heat. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg; return to heat and add egg into custard, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until thickened. Remove from heat, stir in butter and cool to room temperature.

In small bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold cream into custard. Spread over gelatin. Refrigerate 1 hour (until chilled). – Glenna Weagle


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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·        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

·        Nov 4-7, 2010 New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative Silver Wave Film Festival, Fredericton, NB Contact NBFC at info@nbfilmcoop.com or go to http://swfilmfest.com/index-e.html


Smile of the Day – “If practice makes perfect, and nobody’s perfect, why practice?”


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