TORONTO, July 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Credit Union Central of Canada (Canadian Central) today honoured the winners of its annual National Credit Union Awards program during the 2013 World Credit Union Conference (WCUC) in Ottawa, Ontario. 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 Vancity for their 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 $4 million in eleven social enterprises focused on addressing social and environmental challenges, and building resilient communities.
The National Credit Union Innovation Award was presented to North Peace Savings & Credit Union for their 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 Joe Dierker and Jack Smit.
- 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.
- 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