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Welcome our New Board 2011-12

On August 22, the out-going Co-op Board presented a slate of Directors, which was voted in by members present at the Annual General Meeting. The new directors, their areas of responsibility, committees they’ll head and contact information are:

Jason Andrews - President, IT Director, Systems Committee: jason@cortescoop.ca
Julian Ayers - Café/Store Liaison Director, Daily Ops (Cafe) Committee: julian@cortescoop.ca 
Ron Bazar - Sales and Marketing Director, Product Committee: ron@cortescoop.ca Marc Belanger - Store Liaison, Daily Ops (Store) Committee: marc@cortescoop.ca Michael Gibbons - Freight/Transportation: michael@cortestransport.ca 
Beccy Griffin - Vice President, Treasurer, Finance Director, Finance Committee beccy@cortescoop.ca 
Krista Ma - House and Grounds: krista@cortescoop.ca 
Jude Marentette - Secretary, Membership Liaison, Membership Committee: jude@cortescoop.ca

The Slate endorses the following Manifesto:

1. to urgently address the deterioration of coop finances
2. to improve visibility and management of finances for the food store and cafe operations, and efforts to purchase land
3. to restore margins through better inventory control, pricing and sales systems
4. to implement management structures that better harmonise the efforts of the Board, the workers and the membership
5. to set out a strategic and financial framework for efforts to purchase the land
6. to introduce strategic plans for the store and cafe that will enable us to best meet the challenges of a general economic downturn locally and globally, intensifying competition and imminent increases in transportation costs
7. to enhance communication with, and loyalty of the co-op membership

All are committed to improving communication within the Co-op and welcome the suggestions and increased involvement of Membership. Get in touch, join a Committee, help make the changes you wish to see. board2011@cortescoop.ca.

Public Meeting about Cafe 

The Co-op Cafe Committee invites you to a Public Meeting at 7 pm on Thursday Sept. 22 at Mansons Hall. The intention of this community circle is to listen to our members and receive ideas about the food, direction and future possibilities of our cafe.  See you there!  

New Bi-Monthly Member Draw!

In order to spread the member love and enthusiasm, we've changed our monthly draw to a bi-monthly draw to win a $25 gift certificate to the Co-op store.  Every time you make a purchase over $25, place your name & phone number on the receipt and into the box and we'll draw a name every two weeks. Thanks Cortes!

Member Specials on NOW!

Nuts to You Organic Peanut Butter Crunchy & Smooth - Now $4.15 (reg. $5.20)
- It's time to pack those lunches for school again.  Stock up on this classic spread for your winter time PB & J's.  

Nature's Path Mesa Sunrise - Now $6.95 (reg. $8.65) -  A unique gluten-free and wheat-free medley of Indian corn, flax, and amaranth blended into crunchy, golden cereal flakes and naturally sweetened.

Simply Natural Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce - Now $3.50 (reg.$4.35) - In the mood for some fine Italian dining tonight? Just add Simply Natural's Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce to your favourite pasta, sit down, and enjoy. 

New products!

Okanagan's Little Creek Organic Vinaigrette - Dressings are produced on site at Little Creek Gardens, located on the west shores of Okanagan Lake near Kelowna, British Columbia.  Smooth and delicious.

Maranatha Dark Chocolate Peanut Spread - Spread this all natural divinely inspired creation on crackers or fruit slices, warm it and pour over ice cream, incorporate it into your trusted recipes to create delectable baked goods!

Harmony Herbals - Ready-made and custom blended herbal tinctures, herbal teas, smoking mixes, candies and more, created by local Nikki Smorodin.

LOCAL Produce Available NOW!

Prune Plums
Sweet Peppers

& other fresh daily offerings

If you have any surplus produce for your community, please call Tanya @935-8577 for info about selling at the Co-op.

Local Profile:  Harmony Herbals!

Harmony Herbals Products are created by Nikki Smorodin, a long-time lover and often resident of Manson's Landing, Cortes Island. She currently resides in Victoria, BC, where she custom blends sustainable, ethically produced herbs to improve the health, happiness, and overall life experience of her clients.  A former student of Wild Rose College of Natural Healing and the Australian College of Natural Medicine, she brings to Harmony Herbals years of experience and a wide background in the healing arts including Herbal Medicine, Ayurveda, Nutrition, Aromatherapy, Bodywork and a grounding interest in spirituality, connection and self-evolution – a large part of the company's mission. Overall, Harmony Herbals strives to:

Nikki's products are now available at the Co-op and include ready-made and custom blended herbal tinctures, herbal teas, smoking mixes, candies and more!

RAW Recipe: Lemon Coconut Curry w/Zuchinni Noodles

 Milk and meat from 1 young thai coconut
1 tsp ginger shredded 
1 garlic clove crushed
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp honey
1/2 tsp curry
1 tbs olive oil

Blend til creamy. Make noodles and add to the sauce. Throw in sprouted mung beans and soaked sunflower seeds.

Board Profile: Jason Andrews! 

How long have you been a member of the Co-op?
Since 2006 

What do you love most about the Co-op? What inspires you?
The co-op reflects many of the things that I love about the community on Cortes. Specifically, it brings together diverse individuals in pursuit of a shared objective. It is a shining example of people coming up with a solution, rather than complaining or putting up with a problem. People who may have little in common have found a way to build something that is immensely valuable to a broad spectrum of people. The Co-op contributes hugely to the quality of life of its membership, and visitors. It is hard to imagine what life would be like on Cortes without all the things that the Co-op offers and represents.

What skills & experience do you bring to the Co-op Board?
The greatest skill I hope to bring to the Co-op is my ability to bring together volunteers with the right skills. The Co-op has been an enormous success story, leaping from nothing to a $1million+ enterprise in less than a decade. Alex, Krista, the staff and many member volunteers have created a vibrant, successful business, as well a cultural institution on the island. As the Co-op grows, so grow the demands of directing and managing the details of its operation - I hope to continue bringing in the right skills to help address these challenges. When Andrew and I first emigrated to Canada in 1998 I had no job, and no prospects. I had to start my own business to get a job! I experienced first hand how , each year, an expanding business can rapidly outgrow the processes and practices that made it successful in the previous year. I want to put in place processes and practices that allow the Co-op's growth and success to continue indefinitely. So far I have been amazed at the depth and breadth of expertise available in such a small community.

What are your other interests, hobbies, or work?
My focus in life has changed dramatically since the birth of our daughter Lily and our move to Cortes. My priorities are now parenting Lily, raising a garden, sheep, chickens, ducks and caring for a lightly used Jack Russell (Mona Gregg). I relax by playing the piano and ukulele, badly, sewing, and reading about music, economics and history. I continue to enjoy getting to know the extraordinary variety of characters who make up Cortes Island, and learning from the amazing skills they possess. I am an enthusiastic carpenter......

DVDs at the Co-op

New lower prices for all TV Series. Each season now counts as a single rental (up to 16 hours if you watch the extras too). This includes each season of Lost and Mad Men plus two new series, Modern Family (hilarious, award-winning breakout hit) and Breaking Bad (black comedy). If Season One proves to be popular with these new ones, we'll bring in the sequels.

Irene's pick this month: Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux) Based on the life of 8 French Christian monks in Algeria, from 1993 until their kidnapping in 1996, this devoted community lives in harmony with their Muslim brothers.

Illusionist (animated film from creator of Triplets of Belleville, more for adults than kids but okay for everyone)

99 Francs A lush, hyper-stylized satire about a high-powered ad executive in the midst of an existential crisis, directed by Jan Kounen, French with English subtitles 

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives Winner of Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival & Best Foreign Film Independent Spirit Award this film from Thailand includes the spirits in the jungle

Win Win Comedy Paul Giamatti stars as a lovable yet long-suffering lawyer and high-school wrestling coach

Greatest Movie Ever Sold New documentary from director of Super Size Me examines product placement in motion pictures.

Jane Eyre 2011 adaptation from director of Sin Nombre "distinctively original and bewitching"

West is West Cross-cultural comedy in which the father of a British teen takes his misbehaving son to Pakistan to see his homeland.

Old Joy Two post-hippie male old friends go on a camping trip to a quasi-mystical oasis, the Bagby Hot Springs in Oregon’s lush Cascade Mountains.

Protector Set in Prague during WW2 a Jewish actress is married to a radio announcer dealing with Nazis censorship of the media

Rango For the kids

Articles of Interest

Seal, sea lion kills by salmon farms rise with population
Evan Duggan, Vancouver Sun
VANCOUVER - Fisheries and Oceans Canada is reporting publicly, for the first time, the number of sea lions and seals killed at B.C.’s salmon farms as farmers attempt to protect their fish. Read More>>>

The Nation: The Power And Possibilities of Food
Frances Moore Lappe, NPR
The number of hungry people has soared to nearly 1 billion, despite strong global harvests. And for even more people, sustenance has become a health hazard—with the US diet implicated in four out of our top ten deadly diseases. Power over soil, seeds and food sales is ever more tightly held, and farmland in the global South is being snatched away from indigenous people by speculators set to profit on climbing food prices.Read More>>>