Canadian credit unions rally to provide national flood support

May 12, 2017


Toronto, ON – 17 Canadian credit unions have collectively responded to the needs of Canadians in crisis due to record breaking spring flooding and have rallied to donate $150,000 to the Red Cross.

At a meeting in Halifax with some of Canada’s largest credit unions, Rob Paterson, President and CEO of Alterna, was asked about the situation in the Ottawa/Gatineau region. “As soon as the extent of the flooding was mentioned, the outpouring of support from the credit union leaders around the table was overwhelming. Within minutes, everyone pledged to support the Red Cross spring flood relief efforts across Canada,said Paterson.

17 credit unions confirmed their commitment to support the Red Cross. As of noon today, Affinity, Alterna, Assiniboine, Cambrian, Coast Capital Savings, Connect First, Conexus, First Ontario, First West, Libro, Meridian, Prospera, Servus, Steinbach, UNI Financial, Vancity and Westminster had confirmed their contributions, totalling $150,000.

“Canadian Red Cross volunteers are responding to flooding in several provinces across the country,” said Conrad Sauvé, President and CEO, Canadian Red Cross. “The generosity of Canadian credit unions will help us as we continue to support the needs of the most affected individuals and communities.”

Canada’s credit unions are consistently among the fastest to respond to natural disaster relief, like the fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta last year. Credit union culture is shaped by seven internationally agreed upon cooperative principles, and this is a great example of several of those principles at work for their communities.

The Red Cross has launched an appeal for financial donations to help Canadian individuals, families and communities affected by flooding in several provinces across Canada. Thousands of people have been forced from their homes as the situation continues to unfold across the country. Red Cross is providing a variety of services based on the need in each region, such as food, clothing, shelter and essential supplies.

How Canadians can help

Canadians wishing to help are encouraged to make a donation to the Spring Floods Appeal in one of the following ways:

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For more custom quotes please reach out to any of the contributing credit unions:

Credit Union

About Us link

Media Contact

Affinity Credit

Union

www.affinitycu.ca

Myrna Hewitt, EVP Marketing & Community, Affinity Credit Union

Tel:

Email: Myrna.Hewitt@affinitycu.ca

Alterna Savings

www.alterna.ca

Alison Boughey –

Communications Manager, Alterna Savings

M: 343.998.2860

Email:

Alison.Boughey@alterna.ca

Assiniboine Credit

Union

www.assiniboine.mb.ca

Megan Adams I Assiniboine Credit Union

T: 204-258-3506

Email: madams@assiniboine.mb.ca

Cambrian Credit

Union

www.cambrian.mb.ca

Coast Capital

Savings

www.coastcapitalsavings.com

Erin McKinley -

Manager, Communications and Media Relations, Coast Capital Savings

M: 604.836.6924

E:

Erin.McKinley@coastcapitalsavings.com

Connect First

Credit Union

www.connectfirstcu.com/

Alison

Archambault

Director, Brand and Stakeholder Engagement

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

Email: aarchambault@connectfirstcu.com

Conexus Credit

Union

https://www.conexus.ca/Personal/

Janelle Lindsey Manager, Conexus Credit

Union

Phone: 306-780-0171 Cell: 306-527-9673

Email: janelle.lindsey@conexus.ca

First Ontario

https://www.firstontariocu.com/Personal/

Stacey Marshall,FirstOntario Credit Union

P:

905-387-2133 E: Stacey.Marshall@firstontario.com

First West Credit

Union

http://www.firstwestcu.ca/about-us

Jason Brown

| Manager, Media Relations

Tel: 604-539-7415 Cell: 604-319-1211

Email:

Libro Credit Union

https://www.libro.ca/

Meridian Credit

Union

https://www.meridiancu.ca/

Diane Medeiros

Manager, Media and

Stakeholder Relations

Telephone: 416-597-4444 ext. 2667

Email: diane.medeiros@meridiancu.ca

Prospera Credit

Union

https://www.prospera.ca/OnlineBanking/

Tashon Ziara, Media

Relations, Propersa

call 604-864-6667

email: tziara@prospera.ca

Servus Credit Union

https://www.servus.ca/Pages/default.aspx

Michael Dickinson

Director, Corporate

Communications, Servus Credit Union

T 780.638.8012

C 780.910.8712

Michael.Dickinson@servus.ca

Steinbach Credit

Union

https://www.scu.mb.ca/

UNI Financial

Cooperation

https://www.uni.ca/en/

Mario

Griffin

Communications and Public Relations Consultant

UNI Financial Cooperation

Phone: 506

726-4785 | Cell: 506 724-0078

mario.griffin@acadie.com

Vancity Credit

Union

https://www.vancity.com/

Communications

Phone: 778.837.0394

mediarelations@vancity.com

Westminster Savings

https://www.wscu.com/Personal/

Cathryn

Tucker

Manager, Corporate and Internal Communications

604-519-4210

Email:

ctucker@wscu.com

About the Canadian Red Cross: www.redcross.ca

Lead media contact:

Alison Boughey – Communications Manager

Alterna Savings

P: 613.560.0150 ext. 6988

C: 343.998.2860
E: Alison.Boughey@alterna.ca

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