In 2014, the Ontario Credit Union Foundation opened the Leadership Niagara Community Investment Fund and annually awards a full tuition bursary to a deserving Niagara credit union leader. As Clayton Shold, Executive Director, OCUF explains “We see Leadership Niagara as a fantastic program that enables credit union leaders. It helps develop them into well rounded professionals and community leaders.”

This year will mark Leadership Niagara’s ninth year graduating 275 community leaders and the completion of over 50 community projects. The program has been the highest enrolled Community Leadership program in Canada for the past 5 years.

emily_williams-yeagersOCUF is pleased to announce this year’s bursary recipient is Emily Williams-Yeagers from PenFinancial Credit Union. Emily is the Assistant Branch Manager of the Lake Street branch in St. Catharines.

Emily has demonstrated her passion and commitment to her leadership role by sharing her vision with her team and collaboratively improving the growth of the credit union through business development and holistic financial planning with her members. Her passion for continued learning is also demonstrated in her passion to educate others on how to empower themselves to become their own financial engineers.

Emily provides leadership throughout the community as a Board of Directors member for Family Mental Health Support Network of Niagara (FSN). She also volunteers her time on various committees and teams, such as Financial Literacy, Skates for Kids, and as a Truly Local Advice blogger on behalf of PenFinancial.