News Releases

Check out our News Releases for what’s new and happening at Community First.


  • YNCU announces receiving classrooms and schools of the YNCU Teach grant

    May 25, 2022 - Based on community nominations and votes, YNCU is proud to thank the classrooms and schools who continued to prioritize students during the pandemic with the YNCU Teach grant.

  • YNCU celebrates a strong year of growth at AGM

    April 20, 2022 - Acknowledging staff commitments to placing community and members first, the YNCU Annual General Meeting focused on many notable achievements throughout 2021.

  • YNCU joins Regional Sustainability Initiative as an Observing Organization

    February 14, 2022 - YNCU has joined Sustainable Waterloo Region's (SWR) Regional Sustainability Initiative as an Observing Organization. As a member, YNCU gains access to an extensive member network of organizations that share and learn sustainability best practices.

  • YNCU to Build New Branch in Stratford

    January 18, 2022 — YNCU is pleased to announce the construction of a new state-of-the-art facility for its Stratford branch. Located in the west end of Stratford, the new branch offers more services, more advisors and better solutions to Stratford and the surrounding area.

  • YNCU Supports Local Restaurant in Mission to Provide Free Meals to People in Need During Holiday Season

    December 13, 2021 — With the holiday season in full swing, YNCU is excited to support Big Lake Cabin and Grocer 4 Good in the 2021 “Dinner is for Everyone” initiative through Shop Your Neighbourhood. “Dinner is for Everyone,” now in its third year, is aimed at providing free dinner to those in need during the holiday season.

  • YNCU supports free shipping across Canada for select small businesses

    December 8, 2021 - In an effort to combat skyrocketing shipping costs for small business owners in Ontario, YNCU is covering shipping for five days on holiday purchases made with selected small businesses across Canada.

  • YNCU unveils community collage at Brantford branch

    November 3, 2021 - YNCU unveils a photo collage at its Charlotte Street branch in Brantford, showcasing the community’s rich history and deep-knit relationships over the years. Featured on the wall inside the local YNCU branch are 55 historic photos of the city over the years. 

  • YNCU's online platform wins National Innovation and Marketing awards for supporting small businesses

    September 22, 2021 - YNCU is excited to announce its Shop Your Neighbourhood platform has received the 2021 National Credit Union Innovation Award. This was recently disclosed by the Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA), as part of its 2021 National Credit Union Awards.

  • YNCU begins redevelopment project of their Uptown Waterloo branch

    September 15, 2021 - YNCU is excited to announce the redevelopment of its Uptown Waterloo Branch. The credit union is temporarily relocating its operations to 8 William St. East, the building formerly housing Marbles, one of the longest-running restaurants in Waterloo.

  • Three YNCU Members receive CU Succeed Youth Bursary

    August 31, 2021 - Three Members of YNCU receive a total of $3,000 from the CU Succeed Youth Bursary to support their academic pursuits for the next school year. The CU Succeed Youth Bursary is part of OCUF's efforts to cushion the pandemic-induced pressures that youth and their families have experienced over the last year.

  • YNCU supports Canadian businesses through its “Shop Your Neighbourhood Summer Box”

    June 21, 2021 — Globally, many businesses have experienced a drop in Revenue as a result of covid-19, creating gaps in the economies of various countries, including Canada. As small businesses make up 98% of all employer businesses, they remain a large and important sector of the Canadian economy.
  • YNCU Receives Prestigious Chair’s Cambridge Chamber Of Commerce Award

    May 28, 2021 — Your Neighbourhood Credit Union (YNCU), a Kitchener-based organization with a sustained commitment to positive business development, economic growth and community giving, is excited to announce its Cambridge branch has been named the recipient of the Chair’s Award presented by the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce. The annual awards program hosted by the Chamber recognizes local organizations committed to excellence and innovation within the community.
  • YNCU Wins Outstanding Corporate Achievement Award For Launching Virtual Neighbourhoods

    May 14, 2021— The Ontario Credit Union Foundation (OCUF) has named Your Neighbourhood Credit Union (YNCU) the winner of the 2021 Outstanding Corporate Achievement Award. Announced at the OCUF annual general meeting on May 13, 2021, the annual award recognizes the winning organization’s outstanding commitment to community.

  • YNCU Donates Additional $18K to Charities Across Ontario

    May 5, 2021 - Knowing the pandemic has impacted the charitable sector across Ontario, Your Neighborhood 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.
  • Windsor YNCU Branch Managers Spearhead Financial Literacy Component of LEAD program

    April 14, 2021 - YNCU partners with Women Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST) on its Young Women in Leadership, Employment and Development (LEAD) program. Secures $1.3M grant to improve skills training.

  • YNCU Announces the Appointment of Lara Stilin as its New CFO on International Women’s Day

    March 8, 2021 - Your Neighborhood Credit Union is celebrating International Women’s Day by announcing the appointment of Lara Stilin as YNCU’s Chief Financial Officer as of January 18, 2021. Stilin, 32, is the youngest individual to hold the position of CFO in the history of the credit union.

  • Shop Your Neighbourhood Press Release

    November 30, 2020 - YNCU has launched - a new virtual neighbourhood to support local businesses.
  • Local credit union earns 6 national marketing awards

    May 3, 2018 - Your Neighbourhood Credit Union (YNCU) was recognized with 6 national marketing awards during the annual CCUA Conference – Marketing Association for Credit Unions’ (MACU) Strategic Marketing Conference in Toronto on Monday, April, 30th.  Download details.
  • Your Neighbourhood Credit Union Celebrates Record Results at AGM

    April 25, 2018 - Your Neighbourhood Credit Union announced its 2017 financial results at its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018.

  • Your Neighbourhood Credit Union and Community First Celebrate Provincial Award

    April 5, 2017 - Your Neighbourhood Credit Union and Community First are provincially recognized with the Outstanding Corporate Achievement Award. This award is given annually to a credit union in recognition of their contributions to the community.

  • Credit unions win Best in Banking for 12th Straight Year

    August 25, 2015 - Canadians have ranked credit unions first in overall Customer Service Excellence and Branch Service Excellence for the 12th consecutive year – among all financial institutions.

  • Local Credit Union Wins Big at MACU Awards

    May 30th, 2016 – Community First and Your Neighbourhood Credit Union take home a combined 18 national awards at the MACU Gala in Ottawa.

  • Merger Approved By Members

    January 26, 2016 – Community First and Your Neighbourhood Credit Union will merge following member votes at both organizations.

  • Soo Curlers Association to get a New Name

    October 26, 2015 – Community First and the Soo Curlers Association announce they are entering into an agreement for the naming rights of the facility.

  • Soo Pee Wee to get a New Name

    July 9, 2015 – Community First and the Soo Pee Wee Arena announce they are entering into a five year agreement for the naming rights of the facility.

  • Intent to Merge

    June 29th, 2015 – Community First announces intent to merge with Your Neighbourhood Credit Union.

  • New Collective Agreement

    Dec 9th, 2014 - Community First and USW 7129, the union representing the frontline employees, have reached a collaborative collective agreement.

  • Bringing Doctors Home

    January 14, 2015 - Community First supported ESSAR Steel Employees at their Bring a Doctor Home Hockey Tournament.