The bursary, created by the Ontario Credit Union Foundation in Guido Chezzi’s name, is
open to youth fourteen to fifteen years old who are interested in starting Cooperative Young Leaders as junior participants. It is offered to teens wishing to attend the program who are not already partnered with a co-op or credit union, with the goal of sending a new participant each year.
This year the bursary is going to Isaac, a young student from Guelph. Isaac is an avid soccer player and volunteers in is community and at school. Isaac said “I think going to CYL will help me expand my abilities even more and become an even better leader who can help more in all the activities I am involved in.”
A little about Guido Chezzi. With an illustrious career spanning an incredible fifty-plus years working within the credit union sector, which includes assisting credit unions in Africa, thirty-five years as a volunteer fireman and supporting community churches, Chezzi’s energy and optimism for the sector has never wavered. Amongst his many accomplishments, he has been a passionate champion of the CYL program and has devoted many years as a facilitator, fundraiser, and guest speaker. Chezzi’s impressive commitment to youth and the program was recognized in 2002 with a Co-operative Spirit Award for Youth Mentorship.
Copperfin Credit Union was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Corporate Achievement Award at the Ontario Credit Union Foundation’s Annual General Meeting.
This award is presented annually by the Ontario Credit Union Foundation (OCUF) to a credit union (or company within the co-operative financial system) in recognition of their contribution to the community.
The award recognizes those whose investment in the community is above normal expectations in one or more of the following ways: 1) a single project or program supported financially or otherwise during the preceding year, 2) an ongoing pattern or record of community investment continuing over an extended period of time through to and including the preceding calendar year, or 3) a major new activity, program or commitment started during the preceding calendar year.
“We are delighted to recognize Copperfin Credit Union for the tremendous impact they make in their community” commented Dan Coldwell, Board Chair, OCUF. “Every year we receive strong submissions and adjudication process is never an easy one. It shows the commitment credit unions have to their members and community involvement right across Ontario” added Executive Director Clayton Shold.
Allison Kasper, SVP Business & Social Impact, accepted the award on behalf of Copperfin Credit Union and shared a video highlighting a major contribution to Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation to purchase a new CT scanner for the hospital. Their contribution kick-started a successful campaign. Ms. Kasper commented, “I accept this award on behalf of everyone at Copperfin who work so hard to make such a difference in our communities. We very much appreciate the recognition.”
OCUF Board Director Scott Windsor (left) presenting the award to SVP Business & Social Impact Allison Kasper and CEO Dennis Alvestad.