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Community Development / Human Interest /  • September 19, 2017
Full Circle
Assiniboine Credit Union member Eleanor Thompson helps guide Indigenous students as they gain skills, self-respect and hope at Winnipeg’s Urban Circle Training Centre.

There is a prophesy shared among many First Nations — the Anishinaabe call it the Eighth Fire — that foretells the dawning of a new day when all people come together in a relationship of mutual respect based on the ancient knowledge of how we are...

Community Development / Marketing /  • September 7, 2017
Rock On
Northern Credit Union wins a prestigious marketing award for its Small Business Rocks campaign that pairs state-of-the-art online business tools with a face-to-face networking event.

In 2016, Ontario’s Northern Credit Union (70,000 members, $1.2 billion in assets) rolled out an ambitious, online account-opening program aimed at small businesses. The package took off immediately, a heady combination of great softwa...

Community Development / Finance /  • July 31, 2017
It’s Canada’s 150TH birthday!
The credit union system was an important part of Canada’s growth as a nation.

[caption id="attachment_4485" align="alignleft" width="300"] Click image to enlarge[/caption] On July 1, Canada celebrates 150 years of confederation. Our nation’s financial sector pre-dates the creation of Canada itself, starting in 1792, when ni...

Community Development / Leadership /  • July 11, 2017
The reluctant politician
Eddie Francis, former Windsor, Ont. mayor and newly anointed Windsor Family Credit Union CEO, is bringing some controversial new ideas to the table.

Eddie Francis, Windsor Ont.'s former mayor, has taken the helm of Windsor Family Credit Union.

Community Development / Economics /  • February 21, 2017
Economic pillar
By investing profits back into communities, credit unions create twice as many jobs as Canada’s largest banks.

By investing profits back into communities, credit unions create twice as many jobs as Canada’s largest banks.

Community Development / Human Interest /  • January 30, 2017
Cooperative in spirit
Cheers to the cooperative spirit behind craft beer

Vancouver’s Callister Brewing Company nurtures the next generation of craft breweries

Community Development / Marketing /  • August 9, 2016
Summertime connections
Mix work with play to make the most of an all-too-short season

Sweet, sweet summertime. Members are staying away from branches in droves, so how can a credit union engage its community when everyone just wants to grab a little family time? Meet members when they’re at play, mixing business with pleasure and bu...

Business / Community Development /  • July 12, 2016
B Corps are better for business
OMISTA Credit Union is generating higher returns while creating more value for its members

OMISTA Credit Union’s AGM, simulcast in Fredericton and Moncton in New Brunswick this past April, presented far more than just the 2015 financial results. Community business leaders also gave presentations to members and staff, focusing on one part...

Business / Community Development /  • May 12, 2016
How to tell your CSR story
Smart strategies to emphasize authenticity over hype

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been called the ultimate marketing tool, a mega-trend, and a defining brand booster. After all, what’s not to love about responsible business practices? Though credit unions have long embraced social respon...

Community Development / Human Interest /  • March 16, 2016
Support for Syrians
A note found in a donated jacket spurs a lifelong relationship and sows hope for Syrian refugees

Shawkat Hasan was just seven years of age, living in a suburb of the ancient city of Ramla, when civil war broke out in 1947 between Jews and Arabs in British-ruled Palestine.

Business / Community Development /  • February 16, 2016
Giving year round
Corporate citizenship boosts loyalty and more

Many organizations see the benefit of building corporate giving into year-long initiatives

Community Development / Human Interest /  • January 1, 2016
Screen time
Simon Brothers and Luke Mistruzzi of Powerline Films are creating a documentary about how co-ops effect social change

The film trailer for A Silent Transformation starts off simply enough, with a grainy video, circa unknown, showing three siblings, hair shiny and carefully brushed, dressed in their good clothes. The youngest exuberantly plants a kiss on the cheeks o...

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