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Farewell to Neechi Commons

by Kaye Grant, Kenzie Love and Hazel Corcoran After spending much of the past year hoping for a solution to Neechi Commons’ challenges, it was forced to close on June 30th.  Neechi Food Co-op members rallied and identified many different options to turn their operation around but, sadly, were not successful in doing this.  They are currently focusing on finding partners to redevelop the complex. (To learn more about the help Neechi is seeking, see this link.) Winnipeg is home to Canada’s largest urban aboriginal population: nearly 80,000 people, more than 10 percent of Winnipeg’s population. The community economic development (CED) community recognized Neechi’s many contributions to this population over its nearly 30 years of existence.  What began as a small dream in January 1990 became a growing social enterprise for the North End, based on the principle that economic healing is needed to sustain personal and social healing for…

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CWCF Awards – Please Submit Nominations!

Nominations are sought by July 27th, 2018 for either or both of the CWCF Awards which can be given at each annual Conference. CWCF strongly encourages worker co-ops to nominate either their own or another co-op for the Worker Co-op Best Practices Award, or an individual for the Worker Co-op Merit Award. Award winners, who are generally from the region in which the Conference is held, will have their registration and expenses covered to attend the Conference. Submit your nominee(s) to Kaye Grant, communications@canadianworker.coop, with a brief write-up as to why you are nominating the co-op or the individual. The award winners will be chosen by the Board of CWCF. The details of each Award are below. Award for Worker Co-op Best Practices The Worker Co-op Best Practices Award goes to a worker co-operative which has demonstrated best practices in governance and/or operations, including in upholding the values and principles…

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Be Part of Creating a Strategy to Grow Canada’s Worker Co-op Movement

by Russ Christianson Over the next few months, Dominique Bernier, Cathy Lang and I will be working with CWCF board members and staff, members of worker co-operatives and co-op developers to co-create a strategy for scaling Canada’s worker co-op movement. In addition to CWCF insiders, we will engage key opinion leaders inside and outside of the broader co-op movement, including social entrepreneurs, unions, community development organizations, anti-poverty organizations, economic activists, Chambers of Commerce, Community Futures Development Organizations, and Municipal EDOs. We’re excited to be using Loomio – a worker co-operative Internet platform– that encourages dialogue, document sharing and decision-making. Loomio is designed to be user-friendly and to engage people with the use of decision-making tools such as Check and Dot Voting polls. The software also provides multi-language support and includes a comment translation. The combination of discussion and decision-making is Loomio’s unique advantage. Over the course of the strategic planning…

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Creating Connections

The Canadian Poverty Institute, in partnership with Co-operatives First and CoopZone is pleased to invite you to Creating Connections: A Workshop on Exploring Cooperatives. This free workshop is designed for community leaders interested in how the co-operative business model can be used to capture opportunities in their communities. When:              February 7th, 2018 from 9:00 am – 12 Noon   Where:            Ambrose University, Main Boardroom 150 Ambrose Circle SW, Calgary   For more information and to register, at no cost, please visit: www.CoopConnections.Eventbrite.ca. Please feel free to share with your colleagues and networks who you think may be interested.  

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Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy (ECWD) 2017

By Tommy Allen The Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy (ECWD) was an inspiring demonstration of how much engaged citizens and workers care about their community. There were hundreds of participants, and the program was 36-pages long. Canada’s worker co-op community is less than a quarter of the size in comparison, but if you compare that per capita, Canada is doing really great. The first surprise was that this program was bilingual, but with English and Spanish. Not only was some of the written material available in Spanish, but most of the sessions included live translation into Spanish via headset, and that work was contracted to a local NYC translation worker co-op. The tour of Brooklyn worker co-ops included a grocery store, a co-op incubator, and a hospital. The Center for Family Life in Sunset Park was a unique place that not only helped immigrants and low-income people to form new…

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CICOPA We Own It!

WE OWN IT! is a campaign funded by supporters all around the globe. From national organisations representing cooperatives in Argentina, Italy, the UK, Korea…to cooperative enterprises and groups like the Mondragon Corporation in Spain, The Co-operators in Canada and Ecosviluppo in Italy. Read all about it here: http://www.cicopa.coop/cicopa_old/Stay-tuned-WE-OWN-IT-the-campaign.html

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2018 Conference

CONFERENCE of the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation and CoopZone November 1 – 3, 2018 Winnipeg, Manitoba Humphry Inn & Suites Theme:  Co-operation in the Changing World of Work  (an ILO article on the subject) Featuring Keynote speaker: Thursday evening, November 1, 2018 Rob Wesseling, CEO, The Co-operators The draft conference program can be found here:  CWCF CZ Conference program 2018 V15 Watch for more details coming soon! Registration will open in July 2018. Registration information is in this document Registration Costs and Other Details CWCF-CZ 2018 Conference_fnl Winnipeg is a diverse multicultural city with a rich and varied history, and boasts exciting attractions and an arts and culture scene that bursts with talent and originality.

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RFP an innovative approach to strategic planning for CWCF

CWCF is seeking proposals to engage staff, board, members and friends in an innovative and stimulating process to develop a multi-year strategic plan. This strategic plan will be developed between January and November, 2018 – a correction from the year inadvertently noted in the CWCF newsletter. Request for Proposals Other relevant information CWCF Strategic Plan 2017_ presented to members AGM Strategic Plan_2014-2017_fnl 2017 Annual Report  Accountability Report 2017 CWCF Member Survey Results 2017 A_fnl CWCF Ideas from Strategic planning Nov 4 2017    

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2017 AGM Materials

NOTE: to obtain the full Conference Program, please click here.  / Pour obtenir le programme du Congrès, cliquez ici. Below are the files you will want to read for CWCF’s 2017 AGM in Gatineau.  We regret that most of these documents are available only in English.  / Nous regrettons que la plupart de ces documents ne soient disponibles qu’en anglais. Si vous avez besoin d’aide pour comprendre la langue, consultez en français s’il vous plaît avec la directrice générale Hazel Corcoran, hazel@canadianworker.coop.  Merci. 2017 AGM Agenda CWCF Financials for 2017 AGM CWCF Budget 2017-18 Form for Resolutions 2017 Minutes of Prev. Year AGM2016 Accountability Report 11-2017 CWCF Strategic Plan 2017 AGM Annual Report 2017a Bios of Board Nominees: Eric Tusz-King Bio Chris Nichols Bio and Candidate Statement Alexandre Banville Bio and Candidate Statement Policy and Info re Diversity of Board 10-2017 CWCF Policy on Harassment_28_Oct2017_web site FCCT Politique anti-harcèlement_21_oct2017_fnl-FR_site

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