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Hey, welcome to our e-newsletter where we also remind you to check your account activity online. The discussion at your  AGM was great and we want to keep it going.  The meeting included a members’ forum that challenged all present to think about the priorities at CCEC as an agent of change.  It was terrific to hear Hilary Henegar speak about the emerging ‘sharing economy’, as she told us of how she built a new raised garden bed by sharing things one step at a time. Others chimed in with a host of ideas that included: microfinance, refugee services, decolonization, housing innovations, climate change action, and alternative green investments.

Often, it is easier to think that ‘someone else’ is responsible for solving the social and environmental problems that face us.  In truth, it is up to us and the institutions that we create.     Ross G. 
This month join our members: Join our Member Online Directory.  Email Joanne for more information. 

As part of the Tyee reader-driven campaign to write notes to favourite local busineses, 
CCEC received
 this comment: 
Dear CCEC Credit Union,
Because they continue to defy the odds of mergers. 
Because they remind all credit unions what it means to be member-focused. 
Because they care about innovation. 
Because they are all about financial inclusion.
Thank you from all of us at CCEC! 

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Be sure to check out the Blog on our Website.  Join our discussions and share your thoughts and ideas. 
Recent Posts 
  • Ross Gentleman, our General Manager reminds us that the name CCEC comes from our early manifestation, the Community Congress for Economic Change, and that your Board has chosen to re-explore that 'economic change' dimension of who we are. Sometimes we can see ourselves as an innovator, an advocate, and a champion. Two terms that challenge us are economic democracy, and economic justice.  Over the coming few weeks we have a community organizer meeting with a number of our groups, both members and non-members, to get a reading on how people see things in our contemporary world and where CCEC can take action. Some members may receive invitations to meetings. The conversations are expected to generate good inputs into the Board planning work scheduled for later this year. At the same time, we invite input from all members. CCEC has the potential to seed change - by being vocal, by being innovative, and by being compassionate.  We'll provide updates!   
     
  • Share What?  Who are the winners and losers in the sharing economy? Alexandra Samuel's recent post about the sharing economy puts some great issues on the table.  The trends with car sharing, Uber, AirBnB, and other similar implementations of online apps is truly disruptive. Auto industry workers and hospitality industry workers may lose out as we re-deploy apparently share-able assets.  Geoff Meggs notes that apartment rents may go up due to competition from short-term out of town guests. Alexandra does not argue that we should protect the status quo, but, at least in part, she thinks we should manage the transition so as to ensure employment related social supports and consumer protections are preserved for the common good. The evolution of markets in the post-industrial age poses a new challenge to ordinary people.    
Financial Musings
Pamela Ramrup, your Branch Manager and mortgage specialist, says that freedom is the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.  As she works with many of our members to help them reach their financial goals, she asks, "What does Financial Freedom mean to you?"  For many, it’s about freedom of choice. Be part of the conversation.  Learn more. 
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