Election for Crosstown Civic Credit Union’s Board of Directors
Each year Crosstown Civic Credit Union members elect candidates to the office of Director on the Board of Directors. Voting for these Board positions can be completed online through our secure voting website or by mail-in ballot which you will receive within the first two weeks of February.
It is the practice of the Nominations Committee to reach out to our membership to encourage all qualified candidates to consider running for our Board. On September 10, 2018, the Committee sent out a call to the membership for qualified candidates to serve on the Board. At the close of the Call for Nominations on October 19, 2018, and after applicant interviews, the Board has put forward four nominees to fill three vacancies.
Through a structured review and interview process, the Nominations Committee considered the candidates against the specified skills and experience needed for the Board. It was concluded that these four individuals met all of the qualifications as set out in our bylaws, and best matched the Credit Union’s needs. These individuals included incumbent Directors Don Enns, Ingrid Loewen, and John Zacharias, and a new candidate, Donovan Toews. These candidates demonstrate a great fit with our values, and possess the required skills and experience, particularly in the areas of community leadership, and financial and business acumen.
As a member of our credit union for more than thirty-five years, I would very much appreciate the opportunity to return to the Board of Directors and continue serving the membership of Crosstown Civic Credit Union.
I possess a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Management, and an Honours Certificate in Project Management ultimately completing course work in economics, organizational behavior, structural leadership, financial management, and ethical decision making. Consequently, I was originally elected as a Civic Credit Union director in 1999, and was later instrumental in the Crosstown and the Civic Credit Unions merger of 2007. Having served with both boards, I believe I bring considerable credit union administrative experience to the membership in addition to being fully qualified as a director having successfully completed the Credit Union Director Certification Program.
Presently I am a Fire Operations Chief with the Winnipeg Fire Department having continuously served the citizens of the City of Winnipeg for many years. I also possess considerable emergency mitigation and risk management expertise having also served as the Emergency Social Services Manager for the East St. Paul Emergency Preparedness Committee. I instruct eLearning fire service-related undergraduate degree courses in organizational strategic planning and in financial management for the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), and for Dalhousie University.
If elected I would be deeply honoured to serve the membership subsequently promising to bring enthusiasm and unwavering dedication to this position.
CPA, CA, CIA, B. COMM. (HONOURS)
A long-time member of Crosstown Civic Credit Union and a professional accountant with extensive leadership experience and knowledge of the financial services industry, I am honoured to be nominated to serve a second term on the Board of Directors.
With a B. Comm (Honours) and a Chartered Accounting designation from Clarkson Gordon (now Ernst & Young), I started a 25-year career with a large Manitoba crown corporation, holding leadership positions, including Chief Audit Executive and Chief Financial and Strategy Officer. Responsibilities included governance, strategy, internal audit, privacy, social responsibility, and communications. Thereafter I spent three years assisting Great-West Life’s internal audit leadership in addressing escalating requirements of regulators of financial institutions and successfully completed several small contracts with not for-profit organizations, providing assistance with board governance and strategic planning.
Throughout my career I held numerous board positions for professional associations, church council, Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba, which funds blue box programs, and the Bethania Group, which provides care and housing to seniors. At Crosstown Civic, I served on the Governance, Audit and Risk, and Board Evaluation Committees. I currently serve as Board Chair and recently completed the Credit Union Director Achievement Program.
My husband Rick and I are members of Douglas Mennonite Church and enjoy spending time at our cottage with family and friends. I am excited about the opportunity to continue to serve the members of Crosstown Civic as the Credit Union continues to adapt to meet member needs in our ever-changing environment.
I’ve been a member of the Credit Union for 30 years and appreciate the quality, personal service provided to members amidst the growth we have seen in the recent past. There are two areas of focus that I think are important for the credit union going forward.
First, we need to continue finding ways to attract younger generations by meeting the unique expectations they have of the financial services sector. Second, we need to continue to find ways to stay technologically current, while being mindful of the costs of pursuing such excellence.
I believe that the skills and accomplishments gained throughout my career and life, will position me well for serving on the board. I can help the board by providing important strategic insight, analytical ability and by lending communication and facilitation skills to the group.
I am an urban planner and principal owner of Landmark Planning & Design, a local land use planning consulting firm in operation since 1996. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Geography and a Master’s Degree in City Planning. I have served on a number of boards - as Vice President of the Canadian Institute of Planners, President of the Manitoba Professional Planners Institute and Deputy Presiding Member of the Manitoba Surface Rights Board. I am married with three children and have enjoyed volunteering in the community as an athletic coach for various sports. I would consider it both an honour and a significant pursuit to serve as a member of the board.
I am a Chartered Professional Accountant and have been in private practice since 1978. During those years, I have worked with many businesses in manufacturing, construction, retail and service industries helping them with their accounting, financial and tax planning needs.
I have served on various boards including the Society of Management Accountants of Manitoba, Westgate Mennonite Collegiate and as treasurer of the North Kildonan Mennonite Church.
As a Director of Crosstown Civic Credit Union, I have participated on the Nominating Committee, Credit Committee and currently I serve on the Audit and Operational Risk Committee, as well as, the Credit and Market Risk Committee.
My experience with the business community has been an asset to the Board. I have been a member of Crosstown Civic for more than 45 years and I believe in the value our credit union has to offer our community.
I have enjoyed my work on the board and would be honored to continue serving the membership with integrity and enthusiasm.
The financial service industry is continually evolving and I look forward to meeting the challenges of the future in the coming term.