Week of Oct. 10 – Oct. 16, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 26

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·        The Nova Scotia Co-op Council (NSCC) and its French counterpart, Le Conseil Coopératif Acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CCANE), have signed a memorandum of understanding to reinforce the importance of working together more closely for the benefit of all cooperatives and credit unions in the province. There are 402 co-operative businesses in Nova Scotia worth over $5 billion dollars in assets, so as development agencies, the NSCC and the CCANE have a role and a responsibility to support these co-operatives and help others who wish to adopt the co-operative model. The agreement has four goals: 1. To work together to promote the economic development of communities in all regions of Nova Scotia; 2. To better coordinate the cooperative efforts of both parties throughout Nova Scotia; 3. To increase the capacity of service delivery in francophone communities; and 4. To work together on two projects in 2010, namely reaching out to young people and director training.  The two groups intend to first focus on working with youth as well as director training, and intend to reach a more permanent partnership within the next two years.

·        Bergengren Credit Union, with branches in Antigonish, St. Andrew’s, and New Glasgow, NS, has hired a Youth Coordinator, Elaine MacDonald. She will help build on Bergengren’s School Program and Financial Literacy Program to include programming for older youth and young adults. She will be the face of the Bergengren Credit Union to the youth in the community and she will be at local schools and community events driving Bergengren’s new branded car. Elaine is a graduate from Dalhousie University with a Bachelors degree in Commerce-Cooperative Education and a double major in Marketing and Logistics. For more information go to www.bergengren.com

·        Roland Gauvin has become the new spokesperson for the Caisses populaires acadiennesLire, découvrir et grandir literacy program. The announcement was made today at École Abbey-Landry in Memramcook during the launch of Roland Gauvin’s children’s album, Roland et moniseur Crapaud. He is a pillar in the Acadian artistic community, and also a symbol of success. http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=1535

·        The 2010 CWCF Conference and AGM titled “Worker Co-operatives and Sustainable Development” will be held in Vancouver from October 28th-30th, together with a CoopZone Developers’ Forum. The deadline to register is October 20th. This year’s Merit Award will be going to Marty Frost of Devco. The Dominion Newspaper/Media Co-op will be the recipient of the Worker Co-operative Best Practices Award. At the AGM there will be another at-large board position open, as Tigist Dafla will be resigning. If you are a member of a worker co-op and interested in running for the Board, please contact Lee Fuge or Colin MacDougall. Also, we are still looking for a second worker co-op to participate in the Business Problem-Solving workshop. If you can’t attend the Conference stay tuned for info on how to access speeches, panels and some workshops on Live Stream.

·        In September, OMISTA Credit Union participated in New Brunswick Community College Moncton’s first ever Community Fair. The fair was hosted by the college’s Student Representative Council to educate students about the city of Moncton and the groups and services it has to offer. http://www.omista.com/news_detail.aspx?news_id=93


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The North American Students of Co-operation (NASCO) is seeking an Executive Director. The North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) Family [of associations] organizes and educates affordable group equity co-ops and their members for the purpose of promoting a community oriented cooperative movement (mission statement). The position is based in Chicago, but the organization is a membership organization (a co-op) of Canadian and American members. The ED reports to the board Personnel Committee and is responsible for oversight of the organization’s development and financial activities, managing staff and working in collaboration with the board and staff to establish the strategic direction of the organization. Learn more about the organization at www.nasco.coop and the position description at http://www.nasco.coop/docs/jobs/NASCO_ED_job-description2010.pdf - Erin Hancock


Contest of the WeekLast week’s winner: Christine Savoie, NB Answer to last week’s contest: 6 This week’s contest: The higher I climb, the hotter I engage, I can not escape my crystal cage. What am I? 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 Ed 101Fundy Funeral Home http://www.fundyfuneralhome.com/about/about.php  opened its doors on Sept. 10, 1995 It provides service to the residents of Saint John, New Brunswick, and surrounding areas for both non-members, and members. The Chapel has a seating capacity of over 200. The founders were a group of individuals who were members of the co-op and credit union movement. They had a vision to provide a service to the community through member ownership, offering more affordable funeral services. The original founders were: Richard Anderson, M. Carpenter, Malcolm Daley, Bernie Desmond, Roy Mackin, Bette McClary, Jean Prime and Carla Tesink. Fundy Funeral Home is located at 230 Westmorland Rd, Saint John, NB, E2J 2G3


Co-op Cooking - Pumpkin always seems to go with this season. Perhaps you have not yet tried it in a cheesecake. The sour cream topping is the perfect complement to the pumpkin flavour.

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

1 1/2 cup graham wafer crumbs

1/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup butter, melted

3 pkg cream cheese, softened

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 can (15 oz) solid-pack pumpkin

2 tbsp cornstarch

1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1 can evaporated milk

2 eggs

2 cups sour cream

1/3 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

ground cinnamon

Combine crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto bottom and 1 1/2 –inch up sides of springform pan. Bake at 350F for 5 to 7 minutes. Beat cream cheese and brown sugar until smooth. Add pumpkin, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg; mix well. Gradually beat in milk and eggs just until blended. Pour into crust. Place on baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 55 to 60 minutes (until center is almost set). Combine sour cream, sugar and vanilla; spread over filling. Bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on ware rack for 10 minutes. Carefully loosen edge from pan; cool 1 hour longer. Chill overnight. Remove sides of pan; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before slicing. Sprinkle individual servings with additional cinnamon. Refrigerate leftovers. Bon appetite! – Glenna Weagle


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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·        Oct 17 - 23, 2010 – Co-op Week

·        Oct 21 – International Credit Union Day

·        Oct 28 - 29, Canadian Worker Co-op Federation/CoopZone Conference, Vancouver -Information is available at: www.canadianworker.coop

·        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


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