On Thursday, Oct. 15, credit unions and credit union members around the world will celebrate International Credit Union Day, an annual event to commemorate the credit union movement’s impact and achievements globally, nationally and in local communities.
This year’s theme, “People Helping People. Our Co-op Advantage”, embraces the long-standing credit union philosophy of helping. Credit unions are recognized as a force for positive economic and social change and have provided significant value in both developed and emerging nations.
International Credit Union Day is sponsored by World Council of Credit Unions, the international trade association and development agency for credit unions and Credit Union Central of Canada, the Canadian national trade association for credit unions. In honour of this special day, Nelson and District Credit Union invites its members and the community to its branches to help celebrate.
In Canada, Co-op Week is celebrated to coincide with International Credit Union Day, which is marked annually on the third Thursday of October. This year, the week of celebration will take place between Oct. 11 and 17. This celebration is an opportunity for members to help celebrate the positive impacts that credit unions and co-ops make in their communities.
Nelson and District Credit Union’s connection to the credit union and co-op systems extends far beyond the West Kootenay.
Recently, Credit Union Central of Canada announced the names of the credit union leaders elected to the board of directors of the Canadian Credit Union Association. This new board brings together credit union leaders from every region of Canada, and represents credit unions of all sizes.
Doug Stoddart, Nelson and District Credit Union CEO and board member on the World Council of Credit Unions, was recently appointed to this board which through transparent governance will be directly accountable to its members — the credit unions and caisses populaires it directly represents —and will be responsible for helping to provide the Canadian credit union system with opportunities for growth.
“I was pleased to see such an impressive roster of industry leaders from across Canada stepping up and offering their skills and time to help take us in a new direction,” said Martha Durdin, president and CEO of Credit Union Central of Canada. “I believe this new board will provide the strategic leadership and direction needed to address the many issues facing our industry.”
Stop by one of Nelson and District Credit Union’s three community branches on Oct. 15 to enjoy the festivities in Nelson, Rossland and on the East Shore.