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Our Manitoba office is launching a new project to profile CED in Manitoba. So far we've completed 35 (of 50) stories of communities working to build fairer and stronger local economies, reduce poverty, and revitalize neighbourhoods. Not all of the initiatives use a fully comprehensive CED approach, but each represents an important component of a CED solution. Read all our profiles of CED at www.ccednet-rcdec.ca/CEDprofiles

We will feature several in our monthly newsletter, and we've chosen three for our first instalment.

Spence Neighbourhood Association - In 1997, five community volunteers decided to improve the condition of their neighbourhood by creating a non-profit housing group. Those dedicated volunteers started out by cleaning a single back lane and then renovated a home for a young family. Read on...

Ar ctic Co-operatives - The democratic governance structure of the Co-operative system in ACL is designed to support the local ownership and control of each co- operative. Re ad on...

Urban Circle Training Centre - Started in 1990 when Aboriginal women volunteering in a second hand clothing depot in Winnipeg’s North End voiced their desire to take training that would lead to employment. Read on...

Saskatchewan CED News


Share a Car in Regina

Membership and interest in the concept of car sharing is growing in Saskatchewan, according to a recent article in the Regina Leader Post. In the article, John Klein, president of the Regina Car Share Co-operative says that the transportation costs for car share participants are generally much lower than auto owners. The Co-operative’s two dozen members each who have access to a single car, which is parked in downtown Regina. The Car Share is actively recruiting new members in an effort to purchase a second car. Read the article or visit the Regina Car Share Co-operative

Station 20 West Hits its Target

With a recent $225,000 boost from the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon, the Station 20 West project has reached its funding goal and is set to begin construction as early as July. The $5-million, 29,000-square-foot complex will include a co-operative grocery store (The Good Food Junction) and will provide office space for several community organizations. The Station 20 West has received overwhelming grassroots support, with over 2,000 people and 150 organizations donating to the project. Read more at www.station20west.org

New research on the social economy in northern Saskatchewan

Community Resilience, Adaptation, and Innovation: The Case of Social Economy in La Ronge reports that the social economy in the northern Saskatchewan community of La Ronge has made significant contributions to the economic, social, and cultural health of the community by mitigating the effects of economic leakage, skills shortages, as well as race, class, and gender divisions. This case study identifies social economy actors in La Ronge; documents the economic, social, and cultural contributions of the social economy to the community; and highlights the opportunities and challenges facing the social economy in La Ronge. Read it here

Become a CED apprentice

The Saskatchewan Economic Development Association is now accepting applications for the 2011-12 CED Apprentice Program funded by Enterprise Saskatchewan. This program provides training and work opportunities with community organizations.

Six positions are available for this fiscal year with $20,000 in financial support available for each position. Applications will be accepted until July 29, 2011.  Preference will be given to those applicants who have not participated in the Apprentice Program during the past two years as well as those adopting a partnership approach. More info

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socialfinance.ca launches Your Guide to Social Finance

Your Guide is for social entrepreneurs and those interested in social ventures who are considering how social finance can support the opening, operation and expansion of enterprises that have a positive social and/or environmental impact.

Using stories, digital videos and interviews, Your Guide takes you through five key questions: the what, why, who and most importantly the how of social finance in Canada and beyond.

National CED News

Register Early for FIESS 2011

Early bird registration for the 2011 International Forum on the Social and Solidarity Economy will be open until June 24. The FIESS 2011 will be held in Montreal on October 17-20. The Forum is intended to be a ‘meeting place for people and ideas’ who are involved with and/or interested in the social economy sector. Themes that will be discussed and presented on at the Forum include food security and sovereignty, solidarity finance and trade, and innovative and collective entrepreneurship. Registeration and Info

Social EnterPrize now Accepting Applications

Trico Charitable Foundation is now accepting applications for their Social EnterPrize. All Canadian non-profits with an existing social enterprise are eligible to apply. In addition to the cash awards, winners will also receive complementary transportation, accommodation and registration to attend the conference. Four Social EnterPrizes are granted each year, and they fall under the categories of organizational (two) awards and individual (two) awards. The application deadline in September 15, 2011. Read more

BUILD Recognized as Business Leader

BUILD received the EcoLiving Business Leader Award earlier this month. This CCEDNet member was awarded the $50,000 prize for their work in conducting energy-saving retrofits in low-income homes in Winnipeg. BUILD’s mandate transcends its contracting work, as this non-profit is mandated to hire and provide skills training to individuals with barriers to employment. The Award also earned BUILD great exposure in a recent Winnipeg Free Press article, which says, “BUILD has employed 130 workers and…have lowered the utility bills of their clients by more than $1 million per year at more than 4,000 low-income addresses.”
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Greg MacCleod – CASC Award of Merit

Dr. Greg MacLeod, founder and former director of the Tompkins Institute for Human Values and Technology at Cape Breton University and a leading authority on community economic development, is the winner of the 2011 Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) Award of Merit.

In addition to his work at the university, Dr. MacLeod is a founder of BCA Community Venture Finance Group, which has raised over $2 million in community investment and New Dawn Enterprises, Canada's oldest community economic development corporation.  He recently celebrated his 50th anniversary as a Catholic priest and is the author of From Mondragon to America, about the worker-owned industrial co-operative based in Spain.

CoopZone Announces On-line Training Program

The CoopZone Developers' Network Co-operative is pleased to announce that it will offer a two-level on-line training program on co-operative development, this September.

The course will cover development, facilitation and project management services to new, existing and expanding co-operatives. It has been designed and will be administered by some of Canada’s most experienced co-op developers. Course work will take approximately two to three hours per week.

CoopZone is offering two tele-learning webinars about the program, to provide basic background information on the courses and to answer any questions that potential participants have. Webinars June 24, 1- 2 pm (ET) & July 8, 1 - 2 pm (ET) - RSVP by 4 pm ET on the prior day to hazel@canadianworker.coop

Complete info

 2011 ACE Institute Coming to Winnipeg

Don't miss the ACE Institute! The 2011 ACE Institute will be held on July 26-29 at the University of Winnipeg in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The theme of this year's Institute, taking place on July 26-30, is Opening New Doors: Exploring current innovations and asking "what's possible" in co-operative research, education and development. The Institute will include speakers and workshops on a wide range of co-operative issues, as well as co-op tours featuring such well-known organizations as Arctic Co-operatives Ltd., Assiniboine Credit Union, Neechi Foods and Pollock's Hardware.

Scholarships are available to attend. For more information, please contact Sarah Pike at pike@ace.coop or 763.432.2032

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Job Postings

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