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.