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A message from your Board of Directors

Community First and our Board of Directors are thrilled to announce the appointment of Gord Harrison as Community First’s new CEO. Gord assumed his new responsibility on December 9, 2020. Over the past 36 years, Gord has served Community First in a variety of roles. Most recently, Gord was the Chief Financial Officer overseeing Finance, Corporate Support Services, Facilities and information Technology.

Board Chairman, John Haines shares: “Gord has all the traits and skills that your Board has set as a standard for our organization. In the many years I have worked with him, Gord has shown that his life is built on strong, solid values such as integrity, compassion, honesty, and purposeful work.”

We are excited for the possibilities that this new leadership will bring and look forward to another prosperous year in 2021.

YNCU and Country 104.3 discuss Shop Your Neighbourhood - September 7, 2021 Expand/Collapse

Our Marketing Coordinator, Shaylan Spurway, chatted with Country 104.3 about the Shop Your Neighbourhood program and our committment to all things local!

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Sault Ste. Marie's Kirstin Dias releases first children's book - August 31, 2021 Expand/Collapse

Kirstin Dias, Marketing Director at YNCU, uses C is for Camp: An Alphabet Adventure to pay homage to the great outdoors in northern Ontario. Follow two adorable bears through the alphabet as they experience a few days at camp this summer.

Read more about her recently released children's book, 'C is for Camp'.

Sault Online

YNCU and Juice FM discuss the Shop Your Neighbourhood initiative in support of small businesses Expand/Collapse

Listen to Jessica Sproat, Marketing and Events Specialist, discuss our committment to local with Shop Your Neighbourhood and the SYN Summer Box.

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COVID-19 has been a financial reckoning for many. Here’s why. -  June 29, 2021 Expand/Collapse

“The pandemic has changed personal finance, and there are habits we should keep.”  Opinion Editorial column by Kim Boudreau Certified Financial Planner, Senior Investment Advisor with Community First Wealth Management, a division of Your Neighbourhood Credit Union (YNCU) and Credential Securities.

Sault Online

YNCU supports Canadian businesses through its “Shop Your Neighbourhood Summer Box” - June 21, 2021 Expand/Collapse

“Small business owners have been one of the hardest-hit populations by the effects of the pandemic,” said Archie Bonifacio, the credit union’s Chief Member Experience Officer. “As an organization, we continue to seek ways to provide relief to individuals and businesses in the locations where we operate. We believe that we are only successful when the individuals and businesses we serve are too.”

The Beacon Herald
107.1 Juice FM (Stratford)

YNCU Wins Outstanding Corporate Achievement Award For Launching Virtual Neighbourhoods - May 14, 2021 Expand/Collapse

The Ontario Credit Union Foundation (OCUF) has named Your Neighbourhood Credit Union (YNCU) the winner of the 2021 Outstanding Corporate Achievement Award.

570 News Interview
Cambridge Times
Rogers TV Waterloo Region

YNCU supports Shakespeare Firefighter's fundraising efforts - May 14, 2021 Expand/Collapse

“The Shakespeare Firefighter’s Association does so much for our community on a volunteer basis,” said Tanya Drouillard, manager of member services at the credit union’s Stratford branch. “We hope our contribution will encourage other businesses in the community to donate, as the equipment will not only help to keep them safe, but also increase the likelihood of survival and long-term recovery for those in need.”

The Beacon Herald
Rogers TV

YNCU Donates Additional $18K to Charities Across Ontario - May 5, 2021 Expand/Collapse

Knowing the pandemic has impacted the charitable sector across Ontario, Your Neighbourhood Credit Union (YNCU) is donating $18K to their neighbours in need. The announcement was made at YNCU’s recent annual general meeting, where leadership noted the organization’s strong performance over the past year and optimism for the year ahead. To read more about the donations, check out these articles:

Sault Online
Rogers TV

Sprout & Harvest’s - Growing Credit Unions Podcast - April 19, 2021 Expand/Collapse

YNCU’s Director, Member Experience Matt Lukas, chats on the Sprout & Harvest’s Growing Credit Unions Podcast about how online appointment booking is now essential technology.

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Sault Ste. Marie's Melody Moffatt pursues dreams as pianist, releases album during pandemic - April 8, 2021 Expand/Collapse

Moffatt is a professional multimedia designer, currently employed with Your Neighbourhood Credit Union (YNCU). She has released her first album, entitled In Colour, consisting of original instrumentals. 

To read more about her musical journey, check out these articles:
The Sault Star

Sault’s Lara Stilin youngest ever chief financial officer for credit union - March 8, 2021 Expand/Collapse

Lara Stilin is a role model for women and young professionals.

At 33, the Sault Ste. Marie native is a chartered accountant and financial expert, the youngest person to be named Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Your Neighborhood Credit Union (YNCU), of which the city’s two Community First credit union branches are a part. 

To read more check out these articles:
Sault This Week
The Sault Star


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