2016 Corporate Awards

Each year we open nominations for Corporate Achievement Awards. This year we modified the selection criteria to focus more on impact rather than dollar ratios. We wanted to recognize community impact which can take many forms. Our review process involved our Board members and Foundation Team, assessing the submission in five areas on a scale of one to five. The rankings were weighted and a total score determined. This year, two nominations stood out. In fact, the results were incredibly close with aggregate scores of 164.5 and 165.5. So for the first time in our 37 year history we have decided to recognize two recipients.

Alterna and FirstOntario share award spotlight!

Alterna2It is with pride we recognize Alterna Savings and FirstOntario as our two award recipients. Jean Barrett of Alterna spoke about the impact of their Community Micro Finance Program. She introduced a micro loan recipient, Hope Locke, the owner of Hope Magique. Hope shared the impact the program has had on her personally. She expressed her gratitude for a credit union working well outside the box of traditional lenders. OCUF Board Vice Chair Joel Lalonde presented the Corporate Achievement Award for Community Impact saying, “I think you’ll agree Alterna Savings is making a real difference – one micro loan at a time.”

Pictured left to right, Jean Barrett, Credit Officer, Hope Lockie of Hope Magique, and Frugina Ball, Region Head, Member Experience GTA

#FirstOntarioMary DeSousa, Executive Vice President Marketing showed a 2 minute video on the Student Nutrition Program FirstOntario sponsors. Mary went on to describe the program, their investment of $750,000 over the past three years. She spoke to the impact FirstOntario is making.  She said FirstOntario works closely with REACH (Resource, Education And Counselling Help), a multi-purpose children and family service agency. She described how their staff volunteers, known as the Blue Wave, participate in the student nutrition program, as well as other events in the community. As Joel Lalonde presented the award he said “Mary it is my honour on behalf of OCUF to present you with the 2016 Outstanding Corporate Achievement Award for Community Impact. Please extend our congratulations to everyone at FirstOntario who are making such an impact in your community.”

Pictured left to right, Dave Schurman, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Mary DeSousa, Executive Vice President Marketing, Joel Lalonde, OCUF Vice Chairman.


Friends of the Foundation Award

OCUF is very pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Friends of the Foundation Award.

FriendsofFdnWhat follows is the excerpt from the presentation notes delivered by Board Director Deanna Basso at our 37th Annual General Meeting.

“It is my honour today to recognize and thank two individuals with a Friends of the Foundation Award. Please join me in congratulating our 2016 recipients, Tim Dauphinee and Jean Wansbrough.

Tim Dauphinee joined the Foundation board in 1980 and held the positions of Vice President in 1993 and President from 1984 to 1986.  In 1984 his wife Amy Dauphinee also joined the Board.  In 1990 the Dauphinee’s established the A&T Dauphinee Bursary Fund with an objective to aiding and encouraging the development and education of women in developing countries.  They served on the Board until 1993 when they moved back to their home province of BC. To honour their tireless work on behalf of the Foundation, the Board appointed both as Director Emeritus upon their departure and established the Amy and Tim Dauphinee Scholarship at York University for graduates in Co-operative studies. Sadly, Amy passed away in her 90th year.

Tim remained strong in his commitment to the credit union system, the Foundation and their earlier life commitment to bettering women’s lives overseas. He also continued to pursue scientific endeavors … along with some romantic endeavors. Tim married a long-time friend of his and Amy’s, the lovely Jean Wansbrough in 2011.

Reliable sources tell us, to avoid media attention in Ontario, the two lovebirds fled to BC where they eloped in a small ceremony with Tim’s family present, keeping the nuptials completely secret from friends and family in Ontario. When news of the marriage broke locally, Tim and Jean made it very clear that in lieu of wedding gifts, they asked family and friends to make a donation to the Jean Wansbrough Leadership Training Fund which Jean established with OCUF in 2010.  The purpose of the fund is to support the development of leadership skills in young people, with a primary focus on the outdoors and organized camping.

To date, the A&T Dauphinee Fund and the Jean Wansbrough Leadership Training Fund have supported various projects in excess of $75,000.

To celebrate their personal financial commitments to this work and their strong ongoing support of the Foundation, we felt compelled to honor Tim and Jean with a Friends of the Foundation award. Tim and Jean could I ask you stand to accept the award.

We also want to mention Tim will be celebrating his 100th birthday this summer. Yes, I said 100!  We thought with his many friends here today we could send some early wishes.”

[a hearty rendition of Happy Birthday was sung by all] Congratulations Tim and Jean!