July 17, 2013
/CNW/ - Credit Union Central of
(Canadian Central) today honoured the winners of its annual
National Credit Union Awards
program during the
2013 World Credit Union Conference
. The awards program was developed as a way to recognize and celebrate the contributions of credit unions and credit union leaders for their positive impact on the communities in which they work and live.
Canadian Central presented a total of six awards to individuals and credit unions in four award categories: community economic development, innovation, leadership by young credit union professionals, and the lifetime contribution by a credit union system leader.
This year, the
National Credit Union Community Economic Development Award
was awarded to
Resilient Capital Program™
. Resilient Capital
is dedicated to accelerating the growth of enterprises with proven business models that add to the social, economic and environmental well-being of their communities. To date, Resilient Capital has invested more than
in eleven social enterprises focused on addressing social and environmental challenges, and building resilient communities.
National Credit Union Innovation Award
was presented to
North Peace Savings & Credit Union
Virtual Technology Connects the North
technology program. Personal Teller Machines and video conferencing technology have redefined North Peace Savings branch model, allowing them to create a virtual office location to serve remote communities where a traditional branch is neither feasible nor practical. This use of technology enables members to access resident experts in all branch locations, for all services.
Leadership is also a significant component of the National Awards program. This year's
Hall of Fame
award winners, formally recognized for their years of leadership and for their positive influence in the Canadian credit union system, are
- Mr. Dierker was named a Hall of Fame Award Honouree, for his lifelong dedication and service to the ideals and principles of co-operation, and because of his leadership, high professional standards and loyalty to the credit union movement. As a distinguished lawyer, Joe's noteworthy achievements have included the drafting of important legislation at the federal and provincial levels that has benefitted both the Canadian and international credit union system.
- Mr. Smit's career within the credit union system also spans over five decades, and over that time as CEO of Libro Financial Group, and as Chair of the Board for Central 1 Credit Union, Credit Union Central of Canada and of the former Credit Union Central of Ontario, he led with courage, commitment, and passion - always with the ideals and principles of the co-operative spirit. He has worked tirelessly at both the provincial and national levels within the credit union system to improve efficiency, effectiveness and market relevance; but his peers say it is his deep commitment to the credit union system and the communities he served, that are his true legacy.
As for up-and-coming leaders, the five
National Young Leader Award Finalists
this year are:
- Kris Babbings , Affinity Credit Union, Melfort, SK
- Brian Bevilacqua , First West Credit Union, Langley, BC
- Benjamin Janzen , Mennonite Savings and Credit Union, Kitchener, ON
- Cheryl McCormack , Bayview Credit Union, St. John, NB
- Devin Selte , Servus Credit Union, Edmonton, AB
From this group,
was selected as the
National Young Leader's Scholarship Award
recipient. The award - which provides a
scholarship to cover tuition and travel costs to attend a leadership development program at a university in
- is part of Canadian Central's annual
National Credit Union Awards
program. Benjamin was selected earlier today after a joint presentation from all five finalists, and individual, in-person interviews.
Detailed information about each award category and this year's winners can be found in the 'National Awards' section of Canadian Central's website at
About Credit Union Central of Canada (Canadian Central)
Credit Union Central of Canada is the national trade association for the Canadian credit union system. Canada's credit union system is a vital competitor in the financial services industry. Canadian Central represents five regional Centrals and one Federation representing 348 credit unions with more than $152.5 billion in assets and serving over 5.3 million members, outside of Quebec. For more information about Canada's credit union system and Canadian Central visit www.cucentral.ca.
For the eighth consecutive year, Canadians ranked credit unions first in overall Customer Service Excellence, among all financial institutions, surpassing all Canadian banks in Ipsos 2012 Best Banking Awards. Credit unions also took sole honours in Branch Service Excellence and Values My Business. Credit unions tied for first among all financial institutions for Financial Planning & Advice and Telephone Banking Excellence.
SOURCE Credit Union Central of