Fall 2009

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In this issue:

News of the Canadian CED Network

  1. Winnipeg Gathering a Success!
  2. New Executive Elected
  3. Strategic Plan Receives Final Approval
  4. Online Conference Registration (GiftTool) Services Now Available to Member Organizations
  5. Ten 2009 Bursary Recipients for SFU's Certificate Program for CED Professionals Announced
  6. Social Economy Research Makes Global Connections
  7. Emerging Leaders: Call for new members

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    News of the Canadian CED Network

    1. Winnipeg Gathering a Success!

    Uptown Magazine's Marlo Campbell wrote an article exalting the success of the Gathering: For the People, By the People: Community is the most important part of community economic development.

     

    2. New Executive Elected

    At the September 17th board meeting, the Canadian CED Network Board of Directors elected a new board executive:

    President - Caroline Lachance
    Vice-President - Carol Madsen
    Treasurer Victoria Morris
    Secretary - Diana Jedig
    Past President - Natasha Jackson

    To read more about the board members of the Canadian CED Network, visit our website's recently updated Board of Directors page.

    3. Strategic Plan Receives Final Approval

    In July 2009, the Canadian CED Network's Board of Directors approved the final version of the 2009-2011 Strategic Plan. This plan is meant to focus the energies and guide the choices of the membership and staff over three years in order to achieve or move towards the objectives and priorities it identifies. The new strategic plan also establishes a renewed organizational vision, mission and values statement for the network.

    The four areas of priority for the 2009-2011 Strategic Plan are:

    • Movement Building
    • Communications & Knowledge Mobilization
    • Financial Sustainability
    • Administration & Governance

    Download the 2009-2011 Strategic Plan (PDF)

    4. Set-up Online Conference Registration with the Canadian CED Network’s GiftTool

    As a new service being offered to member organizations, the Canadian CED Network will help you set up on-line conference registration. Using GiftTool – an accessible and resourceful web-based software application – we will guide you through the process of setting up online conference registration. Registrants to your conference can pay with a credit card online, through a secure connection, or send a cheque if they wish. You can set up registration for individual workshops throughout the conference, and even for ancillary events like pre-conference intensives or gala dinners.

    You can also ask attendees questions related to their demographic or if they have special needs or dietary considerations – custom-built based on your organization’s needs. When a conference registrant finalizes the online registration process, they are emailed a confirmation email with location details, an invoice, and an optional tax receipt feature. Best of all, GiftTool makes onsite registration easier than ever. Your conference organizer can print off delegate badges and customizable reports of attendees with the details that you need. GiftTool is a provided for a reasonable rate, and proceeds support the continued work of the Canadian CED Network.

    To discuss how GiftTool can work for you, contact Seth Wright, communications assistant, at (250) 386-9980 ext. 101 or swright@ccednet-rcdec.ca

    5. Ten 2009 Bursary Recipients for SFU's Certificate Program for CED Professionals Announced

    The Canadian CED Network, Coast Capital Savings and the Vancity Community Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2009 Bursary award winners for Simon Fraser University’s Certificate Program for CED Professionals. All of the applicants have our sincere thanks and respect for the work they continue to do relocalizing and democratizing BC’s economies. The 2009 Bursary Award Winners are:

    • Camilo Cortes will be engaging new immigrants in Canada in exploring the viability of childcare co-operatives and health brokering co-operatives.
    • Joy Emmanuel, currently a director at the Victoria Community Health Cooperative, will design a member engagement strategy for the co-operative.
    • Katherine Gee will be studying the feasibility of various social enterprise opportunities for O.U. R. Ecovillage.
    • Fran Haughian will facilitate a community process with the Katzie First Nation to develop a long term economic development strategy.
    • Jenny van Hemmert, business manager of the Victoria Community Health Care Co-operative, will be developing a business plan for the co-operative.
    • Joanne MacKinnon, an active member of Slow Food Vancouver, will be developing ways to enhance food sustainability and security in the Fraser Valley.
    • Natasha Marshall will be developing a sustainable economic development strategy for the Tseshaht First Nation.
    • Emily Menzies is exploring the feasibility of social enterprise opportunities which match the assets of the Galliano Land Conservancy with community needs.
    • Jia Hui Thong, business development officer with Hastings North Business Improvement Association, will be developing the Hastings Sunrise Summer Kickoff project.

    Please join us in congratulating the 2009 bursary recipients. Each year, ten community leaders are awarded $1000 bursaries to pursue specialization in community economic development with Simon Fraser University’s Certificate Program for Community Economic Development.

    Upcoming Courses:

    • Developing CED Ventures with Victor Cumming, November 27 - 28, 2009 (Vancouver)
    • Co-operative Models for CED with Melanie Conn and Marty Frost, January 22-23, 2009 (Victoria)

    We are happy to arrange delivery of courses to a group of students in their own community. Past regional delivery locations have included Terrace, Prince George, Port Hardy, Penticton and Haida Gwaii in BC, as well as Cochrane in Alberta.  Being a host partner is fun, easy and creates many benefits including increasing community capacity to work together. To discuss this option, please contact Nicole Chaland, Program Director at 250-478-3294 or email nchaland@ccednet-rcdec.ca

    6. Social Economy Research Makes Global Connections

    This public policy paper provides a picture of current international discourse on the public policy significance of the Social Economy (SE). Key findings suggest that the SE is a major economic force, accounts for a significant share of global production of goods, services and employment; and contributes to sustainable social and economic development.

    There is widespread recognition that the SE is a major vehicle for addressing intertwined and interdependent issues of social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being. Alongside this recognition is the growing discourse on the role that the SE plays in democratic participation and empowerment of women, indigenous people and other excluded groups in society, both in meeting their needs for sustainable livelihoods, and in increasing their power in democratic decision-making. The importance of SE actors engaging, with government support, in the process of co-constructing public policy is seen as a critical need for the SE to fulfill its full potential.

    To read the report in its entirety (54 pages), download the pdf.

    7. Emerging Leaders: Call for new members

    Our Emerging Leaders (EL) Committee is a group of young people within the Canadian CED Network with the purpose of increasing the contributions of young people entering into the CED field and ensuring an active and meaningful voice in the Network.

    To learn more and to apply, visit our website.


    Canadian CED Network Members in the News!

    Winnipeg's Neechi Foods on Shaw TV

    Winnipeg's model of Community Economic Development and the Social Economy, Neechi Foods, was recently featured on Winnipeg's Shaw TV. To view the video, click here.

     


    Canadian CED News

    Worker Co-op Merit Award Winner Announced

    The Canadian Workers Co-op Federation (CWCF) is very pleased to announce its 2009 Worker Co-op Merit Award winner:  David "Lobie" Daughton.  David has over 30 years of experience in co-operative Community Economic Development. After helping to start peer support co-operatives at university in the U.K., David worked with natural food co-ops in Canada and then joined the housing arm of Co-op Atlantic, eventually moving on to the Regional Co-operative Development Centre where he led the development of an Atlantic Region youth internship program.  

    David coordinated the MYDAS worker co-op, "Mobilizing Youth for the Delivery of (co-operative) Advisory Services", and played a key role in the creation of both the PEI Co-operative Council and the Community Enterprise Council of New Brunswick. He served on the volunteer CWCF Board from 2004 until 2008. He has worked as Atlantic Coordinator of the Canadian CED Network and has been an active research partner in the Atlantic Social Economy and Sustainability Research Network. David’s consulting business, "Healthy Community Partners", focuses on personal and planetary health issues, and has assisted many worker co-ops over the years with all aspects of their development. 

    Also a poet and writer, promoter of international standards and chef (having "either owned or cooked at half-a-dozen vegetarian restaurants"), David is well known on PEI, and beyond, for his commitment to the co-operative movement, his hard work and his sense of fun.  He and his family live on PEI.

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    Conference Board of Canada says: "Canada's Record on Poverty Among the Worst of Developed Countries - and Slipping"

    The Conference Board of Canada today issued its annual ranking of Canada with respect to a number of "society" indicators. Overall, says the Board, Canada's "social performance" ranks 9th out of 17 developed countries. However, Canada receives a "D" grade on the poverty rate for working-age people and "C" grades on child poverty, income inequality, gender equity, and assaults - all "troubling for a wealthy country."

    For further information, see the Board's media release and the Board's How Canada Performs website.

    The Board's conclusions further reinforce the need for federal, provincial, territorial, municipal and community leadership to combat poverty and inequality. To help secure enduring and stronger leadership from the federal government - optimally rooted in a commitment to uphold the economic and social rights of Canadians - please consider adding your name (and/or your group's name) to those who/that have already endorsed Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-free Canada.

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    Resources

    CSE Hub E-Bulletin November 2009
    This is the November 2009 edition of the Canadian Social Economy Hub (CSEHub) E-Bulletin. CSEHub was initiated in 2005 as part of the National Research Program on the Social Economy, and is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council. Our goal through the E-Bulletin is to provide updates on events and projects within the CSEHub and its six regional research nodes across Canada. For additional information, please visit: www.socialeconomyhub.ca

    Beyond Economic Survival: 97 Ways Small Communities Can Thrive
    The Centre for Innovative and Enterpreneurial Leadership (CIEL) produced this guide which identifies important quality of life factors that can help communities improve themselves in areas that really matter. While such things as unemployment rates, income per capita and air quality are all important and available statistics, they do not always give a complete picture of the vitality of community.

    The Social Economy in Canada: Food Security
    Since the World Food Summit in 1996, communities around the world have become more concerned about food security: many farmers are struggling to make a living wage, local food production is not enough to supply demand for local food, food-borne illnesses have been making national news, and monoculture is making our farms ever more reliant on pesticides and fertilizers. The Canada Social Economy Hub produced this August 2009 Newsletter (pdf) to examine these issues and more.

    Women's Poverty and the Recession
    A new CCPA report by researcher Monica Townson draws attention to Canada's shockingly high rates of women's poverty and offers a strong critique of recent federal government policies that have helped contribute to it. The report reveals almost one-quarter (24%) of Canadian women raising children on their own and 14% of single older women are poor.

    The report notes that, since coming into power, the Harper government has seriously undermined progress towards reducing women's poverty. Policies such as restricting pay equity, refusing to fix EI, and cutting funding for early learning and child care have only contributed to the problem. Click here to read the report and access some fact sheets on women's poverty.

    Canadian CED Network 2008 Annual Report (PDF)

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    The Conference Board of Canada today issued its annual ranking of Canada with respect to a number of “society” indicators.  Overall, says the Board, Canada’s “social performance” ranks 9th out of 17 developed countries.  However, Canada receives a “D” grade on the poverty rate for working-age people and “C” grades on child poverty, income inequality, gender equity, and assaults – all “troubling for a wealthy country.”
    For further information, see the Board’s media release today <http://www.conferenceboard.ca/press/newsrelease/10-21.aspx>  and the Board’s How Canada Performs website <http://www.conferenceboard.ca/HCP/Details/society.aspx> .
    The Board’s conclusions further reinforce the need for federal, provincial, territorial, municipal and community leadership to combat poverty and inequality.  To help secure enduring and stronger leadership from the federal government – optimally rooted in a commitment to uphold the economic and social rights of Canadians – please consider adding your name (and/or your group’s name) to those who/that have already endorsed Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-free Canada <http://www.dignityforall.ca/> .  

    The Conference Board of Canada today issued its annual ranking of Canada with respect to a number of “society” indicators. Overall, says the Board, Canada’s “social performance” ranks 9th out of 17 developed countries. However, Canada receives a “D” grade on the poverty rate for working-age people and “C” grades on child poverty, income inequality, gender equity, and assaults – all “troubling for a wealthy country.”

    For further information, see the Board’s media release today <http://www.conferenceboard.ca/press/newsrelease/10-21.aspx> and the Board’s How Canada Performs website <http://www.conferenceboard.ca/HCP/Details/society.aspx> .

    The Board’s conclusions further reinforce the need for federal, provincial, territorial, municipal and community leadership to combat poverty and inequality. To help secure enduring and stronger leadership from the federal government – optimally rooted in a commitment to uphold the economic and social rights of Canadians – please consider adding your name (and/or your group’s name) to those who/that have already endorsed Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-free Canada <http://www.dignityforall.ca/> .

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