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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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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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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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Partner with Canada’s Emerging Co-operators!

CWCF is partnering in this initiative.  We want to get our Worker Co-operators engaged in this initiative.  The focus is on young co-operators (under 35) but not necessarily limited. Click here for more information. Kaye Grant, CWCF’s Communications Manger is the CWCF contact for this. CWCF s’associe à cette initiative. Nous voulons que nos coopératives de travail participent à cette initiative. L’accent est mis sur les jeunes coopérateurs (moins de 35 ans) mais pas nécessairement limités. Clique ici. Kaye Grant, directrice des communications de la FCCF est la personne-ressource de la FCCT pour l’initiative.

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Hazel Corcoran receives the William J. Nelson ACE Award.

May 24, 2016 —An energetic leader within the Canadian and American co-operative movement will be the first recipient of the William J. Nelson Contribution to ACE Award recognizing those who add significant value to the Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE). Hazel Corcoran of Calgary, the executive director of the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation, new board member of The Cooperators and vice president of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada, the pan-Canadian association representing co-operatives and credit unions, will be honoured at an awards ceremony at the University of Calgary on June 2. “Hazel pushed the envelope for us, and helped our organizations reach as many people as possible in Alberta,” says Sarah Pike, program chair for the 2016 conference between ACE and the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation being held in Calgary. “She was especially effective in connecting with leaders who would contribute to the discussion of Energizing Communities: Co-operatives Nurturing…

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CWCF seeking Administration and Bookkeeping Support Staffperson, Kentville, NS

Nov. 10, 2015: CWCF seeks to fill a temporary RRSP Administration & Bookkeeping Support position, available immediately. The position will be part-time (16 hrs/ week) until the end of December, and will be full-time (35 hrs/ week) from January 1 – March 31, 2016. After March, 2016 the position will again be part-time, hours to be determined. Administrator_Bookkeeper job ad_fnl

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CWCF adopts Climate Change Statement in the Lead-Up to the UN Climate Conference in Paris

CWCF calls for an agreement in Paris that includes the following elements: Commitment to 100% renewable future by 2050, Mutual Support, Equity and self-responsibility,Fair Compensation, the Common Good, and Openness and Transparency. CWCF encourages its members and partners to adopt a similar position.   150716_CWCF statement on climate change_final

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Canada’s worker co-ops mourn the loss of co-op pioneer Mark Goldblatt

Canada’s worker co-operative movement is deeply saddened by the loss of CWCF’s Past President Mark Goldblatt, who died on Tuesday, February 3rd of an apparent heart attack. “Mark’s contributions to building the worker co-operative movement in Canada were instrumental in building the movement, and its national Federation,” said Hazel Corcoran, Executive Director of the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF). His outstanding qualities were his vision, intellect, dedication to co-operation, generosity, humility, sense of humour and fun, integrity, commitment, perseverance and inability to be uncaring or mean to anyone, in other words a sort of radical kindness. Mark Goldblatt’s personal engagement with co-operatives reflects the dynamism and innovation that have characterized the co-operative movement in Canada throughout its history. Although we have lost a great co-op champion, Mark planted many seeds which have grown and are growing into lasting co-operative organizations. Mark, as a member of Sound Advice Worker Co-op, joined the Board…

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Co-op World Music Project

A Melody of Co-operation Around the World: CICOPA World Music Project, a Legacy of the International Year of Co-ops Now Moving into the Co-operative Decade, by Hazel Corcoran, Executive Director, Canadian Worker Co-op Federation A CICOPA World Music Project resolution was passed in November 2011 in Cancun.  For the background, see: http://www.cicopa.coop/A-melody-of-cooperation-around-the.html Music selections, primarily from Canada, have been submitted.  A small committee has reviewed the submissions.  The committee members are: Rebecca Kemble (US), and Donna Balkan (Communications Manager, Canadian Co-op Association), Mark Goldblatt (Past President, CWCF), Colin MacDougall (Past director, CWCF) and myself, Hazel Corcoran (all from Canada). We are very pleased to announce that the CICOPA World Music Collection is made up of 4 songs, as follows. We hope that you will find these songs as inspirational as we do! 1. “Together” by Konfekoop – Basque Cooperatives Confederation, 4:54 minutes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hV6cy11itX4&list=UUXT-g-EXpbL8tl_t6rFTiqg&index=1&feature=plcp 2. “The Big Idea Song”, by Greg O’Neill, of…

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