29th Golf Classic Announced

We are excited to announce the date and location of the 29th Golf Classic. It will be held on Monday June 8, 2020 at The Club at Bond Head.

The Club at Bond Head offers the ultimate golf experience just minutes west of Highway 400, a few kilometres north of Aurora, Ontario. Two magnificent courses, designed by the renowned firm of Hurdzan-Fry, are presided over by a palatial clubhouse.

We will be playing the South Course, a links-style track, with wide fairways, gaping bunkers and fescue roughs. You might want to bring your Scottish accent to feel at home here!

The past two years we have held the Golf Classic in Toronto to make it a bit more centralized. This year we have gone north of Toronto to make it easier to get to for those traveling the 401 coming in from the east or west. Anyone coming out of Toronto will be against the flow of rush hour.

The 12-hole format was well received last year and will be repeated at this year’s event.  More information will follow on sponsorship opportunities and registration.

Over the past four years, this event has helped fund the CU Succeed Youth Bursary which has awarded $286,000 to 191 students.

Shane Chipman Leader of the Year

PenFinancial Commercial Manager Shane Chipman was recognized with the Alan Marentette ‘Leader of the Year’ award at the annual CULA conference held in Niagara-On-The-Lake in September. Shane’s wife Terri was on hand for the presentation.

“Shane is a committed and hard-working member of the PenFinancial team who consistently demonstrates a high level of care for the membership and Credit Union. He truly leads by example, and is able to build and foster strong relationships both with the membership and his peers. Shane builds up those around him and is a great example of what it means to be a leader.” – Matt Price, Branch Manager, PenFinancial Credit Union

Recipients of the Alan Marentette Leader of the year Award demonstrate high standards of leadership within their Credit union, the Credit union system and their community. CULA’s mission statement, “To actively promote and work towards a strong and professional Credit Union system through education, communication and networking opportunities.”, the successful candidate is selected based on the contributions of the individual to serve those around them.

Along with the award, a $500 donation is made by CULA on their behalf to the Ontario Credit Union Foundation (for which we are very grateful).

Recognizing Dorothy Watson

If you have been in the credit union space in Ontario for any lenght of time, you likely know the name Dorothy Watson! Well Dorothy retired this past Friday after dedicating 37 years to the credit union sector, the last 30 of which was with Central 1.

It was by serendipitous chance for the credit union movement, that a temp agency placed Dorothy at Co-operative Trust Company of Canada (now Concentra) and lit up a career path leading change for the system.

Over the course of nearly four decades, Dorothy led change in the system from all angles including at the helm of Ottawa Women’s Credit Union as the General Manager before she was recruited to Credit Union Central of Ontario. After successfully overseeing several departments including Human Resources, Credit Union Training, and Marketing, Dorothy found a focus that would grow to fuel her drive for the duration of her career: fostering a service excellence culture. With Dorothy leading consultation with credit unions and managing this change journey across CUCO, they more than doubled member approval ratings in just two years.

Ever since, she elevated the member voice, sought to understand their diverse perspectives, and championed new collaborative opportunities for the system in a member relations role. Dorothy built a high level of trust with credit unions across Ontario. No matter the role or conversation, she was always guided by the cooperative principles and values that keep us all rooted and connected to a deeper purpose.

Dorothy has always so generously shared her insightful perspectives gathered through a career dedicated to furthering the impact and reach of the credit union movement.

To ensure the enduring impact that is Dorothy’s career legacy, Central 1 created a bursary fund in her name. The Dorothy Watson CYL Bursary fund supports the emerging leaders that are advancing the cooperative system. If you wish to make a contribution to this fund click on the link below.

Dorothy, the staff and Board of the Ontario Credit Union Foundation join others in Ontario in wishing you a fulfilling and well deserved retirement!

If you wish to donate by cheque, please make it payable to “Ontario Credit Union Foundation” (include on the memo line – Dorothy Watson CYL Bursary Fund) and mail to OCUF 418 Willis Drive, Oakville, ON L6L 4V4. To do an online donation, click on the “Donate” button below.

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Oshawa Community Does It Right

Linda Treen, Administration Manager at Oshawa Community Credit Union does it up right in celebrating their three members who were recently announced as CU Succeed Youth Bursary award recipients.

Linda commented, “Our members are our family, and when we have good news we like to shout it from the tree tops. We thought it would be nice to have the bursary winners hold up signs saying thank you to OCUF. I know there are many sponsors and others who contribute to the bursary which is so appreciated by these students.”

Pictured below are Kaitlyn, Janae and Daniel who were all first time recipients of the CUSYB award.  Kaitlyn is starting at the University of Guelph, Janae is returning for her third year at the University of Ottawa and Daniel is also returning for his third year at McMaster University.

 We wish all three a great school year. We know Oshawa Community is cheering for you too!

Words of thanks 28th Classic

Two time CU Succeed Youth Bursary award recipient Ben Johnson spoke at the 28th Classic to let everyone know the impact the bursary has had on his educational pursuits. Ben has received awards in 2018 and 2019. Here are his words:

Ben Johnson

Hello everybody, my name is Ben Johnson, I am a student currently attending Brock University – I am studying Neuroscience. I am grateful to be awarded the CU Succeed Bursary last year. 

My background isn’t the most pleasant, but to sum it up I had to leave home at the age of 16 because of abuse, and moved in a youth shelter. But due to my circumstances, i was determined to build myself a better life where I could be successful and contribute to society. I didn’t drop out of school, but rather continued studying hard and ended up graduating with a 93% average. Coming from a shelter was not a pleasant experience, I had to deal with the stigma and over come barriers. The only way I was going to succeed was to find a job while attending school to support myself – this meant sacrificing study time to take shifts at work, and settling for outdated textbooks since I couldn’t afford the newest edition. I also had to rely on hefty student loans to supplement tuition fees. One day, I heard about the CU Succeed Bursary, and with a hopeful mindset, completed the application. After many weeks of building anxiety, I got an email with fantastic news. Not only did the Ontario Credit Union Foundation raise enough funds to support dozens of Ontario students, but I was selected as one of them! Looking back, I sincerely and profoundly appreciate the commitment you are all making here today. Every dollar furthers the ability for students like me to build a brighter future. I now have a chance to be successful and look forward to the opportunities I will have down the road to give back to my community. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I will now be able to fulfill my dreams of attending university and would like to continue my education obtaining a Master’s Degree and eventually a PhD. I strongly believe in ‘Paying it Forward’ and one day I will be able to help someone like myself to achieve their dreams just as you helped me. 

As for now, I give back and volunteer in my community and participate in extra-curricular activities at my university. At Brock I participate in student government, and am the Chair of the Governance Committee. I won an award for ‘Student Council Member of the Year’ due to my contributions. I also won the ‘Community Volunteer Award’ from Brock University’s Student Life and Community Engagement for my contributions to Brock Cares Days where I volunteer in the community with local agencies. 

Thank you again for your support. Your generosity shows that you believe in the success of the next generation of future leaders.

Thank you,

Ben Johnson

Student Speech at Fundraiser 2019

Three time CUSYB recipient Brielle helped out at our recent fundraiser throughout the day. We asked her to tell the audience of participants, supporters and sponsors what being awared the CU Succeed Youth Bursary meant to her. Brielle received an award in 2017, 2018 and 2019! Here is her speech.

Brielle

Hello everyone, my name is Brielle Kaminsky. I’m a student at Brock University and I was fortunate enough to be a recipient of the CU Succeed Bursary last year. Growing up with a single mom, there were many barriers I faced, such as financial barriers, but because of her encouragement I have always valued community and education. She instilled in me to help others in need through volunteerism. I have volunteered at places like the local YMCA and Habitat for Humanity. Recently I have been helping organize charity events at Brock as well. I also teach free music lessons to children who may not normally be able to take or afford lessons. I have always been a hardworking student, but had worries about financing a university education. Thankfully, the Ontario Credit Union Foundation offers the CU Succeed Bursary. Because of your generous contributions, OCUF has been able to provide me financial assistance so that obtaining a university degree is becoming a reality. Thank you very much for spending your time today investing in the success of students like myself. I know that your fundraising today will be life-changing for many students, as I have experienced myself, and for that I am truly grateful. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Brielle