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Member participation encouraged during 65th NDCU AGM and Conversation Café

By Contributor
April 15th, 2016

As Nelson & District Credit Union (NDCU) prepares for its 65th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday (April 19), directors are encouraging members to get engaged and participate.

Traditionally, a credit union AGM was a social event, a place for debate and recognition as members celebrated the running of a financial institution based on the principles of democracy.

This may not seem like a radical idea today, but in the first half of the 20th century, when profit-motivated banks made it difficult for the average citizen to borrow or invest, it was revolutionary.  

Today, annual meeting interest is declining across the credit union system. Compared to the early system pioneers, today’s membership is experiencing a disconnect from the core values of a credit union.

The credit union belief of putting people before profits should have members lining up out the door. The purpose of this year’s AGM and Cafe is to bring that credit union passion back to NDCU.

“One of the biggest benefits of banking at Nelson & District Credit Union, as opposed to a bank, is that your input into improvements to your Credit Union’s operations will actually be listened to carefully and possibly acted upon,” says John Edwards, board chair of NDCU.

“We are very much interested in listening to what our members have to say about their Credit Union, so please come out to our AGM and be part of the conversation.”

Following the business portion of the AGM, members and guests are encouraged to participate in the Conversation Café.

Moderated by Lucas Myers, members and guests will thoughtfully discuss the topic of Caring for Community.

Once the group conversation winds-down, a panel of local community champions will answer questions posed by Myers. The Café panelists are:

  • Jenny Robinson, Executive Director, Nelson CARES
  • Helen Lutz, Chair, Osprey Community Foundation
  • Deanne Steven, Executive Director, Tourism Rossland
  • Sandra Bernier, Operations Manager, Guiding Hands Recreation Society (Tipi Camp)

The Credit Union will host its 65th Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at the Prestige Lakeside Resort in Nelson at 7 p.m.

Members are encouraged to attend as the AGM is a chance to meet their board of directors, ask questions and hear about their Credit Union’s activities and accomplishments from the past year.

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