Mentorship Over Oceans: Connect First Credit Union Welcomes Woman from Philippines for Week Long Immersive Skill Sharing Program

June 15, 2016

Calgary, AB - Connect First Credit Union, in partnership with the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA's) Women's Mentorship Program will spend a week from June 10 – 17 cross training Maria Corazon E. Vispo from Basud Development Cooperative in the Philippines in Canadian credit union practices.

CCA’s Women's Mentorship Program is an annual training program that provides women credit union managers of overseas financial co-operatives with a unique international professional development opportunities, while fostering mutual learning amongst international co-operators.

During her time with Connect First Credit Union, Maria will learn about southern Alberta’s urban and rural markets, working with teams in both their divisions First Calgary Financial and Chinook Financial. She’ll shadow and cross-train with teams in retail banking, human resources, brand and stakeholder engagement, business banking and more.

Media Opportunity:

What: A Calgary tradition - “A White Hat celebration” in her honour!

When: Friday, June 17 at 3 p.m.

Who: Photo and interview opportunities will be available with

Maria Corazon E. Vispo – Manager, Basud Development Cooperative from the Philippines with

Paul Kelly, Connect First Credit Union CEO will be officiating the ceremony

Location: Connect First Credit Union Administration Centre – Suite 200, 510 -16 Ave NE.

Connect First Credit Union offers its members a full range of financial products and services and the branch network of a large financial institution, while retaining its trusted local brands and continuing its community-focused approach to banking. Connect First Credit Union is Canada’s tenth largest credit union, with over $5 billion in assets under administration. It serves 100,000 members through 27 branches in 13 communities across southern Alberta, under the Chinook Financial and First Calgary Financial brands. For more information visit


Media Contact:

Alison Archambault - Director, Brand & Stakeholder Engagement Connect First Credit Union

Phone: (403) 736-4015 Cell: (403) 473-3676