Northern Credit Union (NCU) held its Branch Annual Meeting for delegates and members of the Barry’s Bay Branch on February 6. Branch Manager Lynn Beauchamp and Delegate Chairman Mark Willmer told The Current about the successes of the past year.
Willmer thanked Florence Dombroskie and David Afelskie for their many years of service to the delegate committee and NCU. He said their dedication and hard work would be missed. Willmer said the committee was fortunate to add new delegates such as Kelly Klinck, Travis Richards and Natalie Robinson. He said,
As we move forward in 2019 I believe we have a strong delegate board that is committed to representing the NCU in the best possible manner.
While 2018 was relatively quiet in terms of donations, Willmer highlighted their community participation and said in future the committee aims to ensure their full delegate allotment is spent within the community.
- $500 bursary for graduates of Madawaska Valley District High School
- Donation of $500 to the Barry’s Bay Triathlon, with staff and delegates volunteers running the BBQ
- A grant of $1,000 and collaboration with the Ottawa Valley Food Co-op on marketing
- $500 seed money for a Barry’s Bay Scout group was unused as the group was not established.
Beauchamp said the meeting was a good opportunity to review the last year and set the agenda for the coming year. She said,
Barry’s Bay had a really great year. We had growth in all aspects of the business.
She said this was important because when the deposit business grows, it allows NCU to help people; for example, with loans or mortgages. She said, “When people get into housing and become financially literate, it helps the whole community.” Barry’s Bay branch services total growth was 9.29 percent last year. She praised Branch staff, saying this result was directly because of their efforts:
They are all committed to developing members’ financial literacy.
Beauchamp said this was the last time NCU would hold a Branch Annual Meeting in this format. Referring to the delegate committee, she said NCU is revising the delegate process to make it less formal. NCU delegates will become “branch ambassadors” with more engagement and visibility in the community. She is very excited to see this develop through the coming year.
Both Beachamp and Willmer praised the Barry’s Bay team and said they look forward to working with the community in 2019.
Featured photo: Karen Filipkowski with door prize; Mark Willmer awards prize to Travis Richards. Photos: Travis Richards