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Human Interest /  • June 1, 2018
Credit unions feted for being family friendly

This past March, Vancouver City Savings Credit Union (523,000 members, $21 billion in assets) and Desjardins Group (seven million members, $258 billion in assets) were recognized as two of Canada’s Top Family-Friendly Employers for 2018. ...

Human Interest / Technology /  • May 25, 2018
Smart solutions for the real world

The word “innovation” can refer to many things: a new app that rates the latest craft beers, a life-changing tech gadget that you can’t live without, artificial intelligence or self-driving vehicles. Island Savings, a division ...

Human Interest /  • May 11, 2018
Connecting the dots

Like many nations in Africa, Ethiopia faces a water crisis due to recurring drought, which causes enormous social, health and economic problems. Out of a population of 102 million, 61 million Ethiopians lack access to safe water, relying i...

Human Interest /  • March 15, 2018
Honesty and trust tested in Atlantic Canada

In a bid to prove that standards of honesty, trust and fairness are alive and well in Atlantic Canada, credit unions undertook a creative guerrilla marketing campaign to test these values. Atlantic Central, which represents 47 credit...

Human Interest /  • March 10, 2018
FirstOntario pledges $1 per member for international development

This past January, FirstOntario Credit Union (117,550 members, $5 billion in assets) pledged $1 per member to support a new initiative by the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF Canada), called Breaking New Ground. [captio...

Human Interest / Leadership /  • February 2, 2018
Malawi fetes partnership with CDF Canada

The Co-operative Development Foundation (CDF) of Canada was recognized with an Honorary Distinguished Service Award by the African Confederation of Cooperative Savings and Credit Associations (ACCOSCA) in Malawi last October. The awa...

Economics / Human Interest /  • January 30, 2018
Bitcoin a bit too dodgy for some

Bitcoin, the enigmatic virtual currency, which doesn’t require a financial institution as a middleman, may have a dark side. Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan chief investment officer Bjarne Graven Larsen told Bell Media’s Business News Net...

Human Interest / Leadership /  • January 19, 2018
BlueShore Financial nabs leadership award

Chris Catliff, CEO of BlueShore Financial Credit Union (40,000 members, $5 billion in assets) in British Columbia was honoured last October as a 2017 BC CEO Award winner in the large company category. This prestigious award, presented by Bu...

Economics / Human Interest /  • November 23, 2017
Canadians resting on their home laurels to fund retirement

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) reported this past September that too many Canadians are relying upon rising housing prices to fund their retirement, reports the Huffington Post. The OSC carried out a survey that found that 3...

Banking / Human Interest /  • November 10, 2017
Hurricanes devastate credit unions across US

Credit unions and affiliated organizations in the United States were roiled by a series of hurricanes that swept the Caribbean, Texas, Florida, other areas of the mainland and Puerto Rico this past summer. After gathering strength an...

Banking / Human Interest /  • October 2, 2017
BC wildfires force closure of credit union branches

Williams Lake & District Credit Union (14,000 members and $250 million in assets) was forced to close its 100 Mile House and Williams Lake branches this past July due to wildfires in British Columbia’s Cariboo-Chilcotin Region.  ...

Community Development / Human Interest /  • September 15, 2017
Gender equality is the key to fighting hunger

In northern Ghana in West Africa, farmers are highly vulnerable to the vagaries of climate, such as drought and flooding. Such extreme events create hunger gaps — periods when families, especially children and women, go without. [caption id="at...

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