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Human Interest / Leadership /  • December 1, 2017
Culture shift
Credit unions are cultivating equitable job access and inclusive workplaces for Indigenous Canadians.

She witnessed violence, drug and alcohol abuse in her community from a young age; she became a mother of four by the age of 21. Chantel Buffalo had to grow up fast. Buffalo spent years working in manufacturing and construction after dropp...

Human Interest /  • November 24, 2017
Back to the Land
Vancity member and organic farming co-op founder Arzeena Hamir of Vancouver Island is pushing to get more local produce into grocery stores.

Arzeena Hamir chuckles wryly when asked if she romanticized farming life before she actually started living it. "Yes! And note that I gave a very evil laugh," says the owner of Vancouver Island's Amara Farm, who is one of British Columbia’s foremos...

Human Interest /  • October 23, 2017
Take me higher
Rent is becoming less affordable in cities across the country.

There is a rule of thumb within the home rental sector: rent shouldn’t comprise more than 30 percent of an individual’s monthly income. In some metropolitan areas in Canada, such as Vancouver and Toronto, a number of factors have turned this stan...

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...

Human Interest / Sustainability /  • May 17, 2017
Frog Power
East Coast Credit Union signs on with Bullfrog Power and uses it to bolster its environmental stewardship cred.

This past January, East Coast Credit Union (41,000 members, $677 million in assets) set the tone for 2017 and beyond by giving the green light to green power. In announcing a partnership with Bullfrog Power to buy green electricity for all of its 50 ...

Human Interest / Sustainability /  • April 20, 2017
Let the Solar Shine In
The spectre of climate change is spurring the credit union and cooperative system to take action.

Early this year, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released data indicating that 2016 was the warmest year recorded since record keeping began in 1880. The Earth is now one degree warmer than in pre-industrial times and edging ...

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

Human Interest / Human Resources /  • July 19, 2016
Conscious coupling
What to do when Cupid’s arrow lands at work

When sparks fly at the office what is the company to do?

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.

Finance / Human Interest /  • January 28, 2016
B.C. credit union facts + firsts
Some milestones in our first 30 years

A brief history of the first 30 years

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...

Human Interest / Sustainability /  • November 1, 2015
The 100-mile-diet hero
How one foodie turned his love of local produce into a $15,000 prize

Bobby Lax, coordinator of the Tofino Ucluelet Culinary Guild, is helping Vancouver farmers get their crops to the Pacific coast.

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