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. This year will mark Leadership Niagara’s tenth year graduating 317 community leaders and the completion of 64 community projects. The program has been the highest enrolled Community Leadership program in Canada since 2012.

OCUF is pleased to announce this year’s bursary recipient is Jessica Plenzick from FirstOntario Credit Union. Jessica is the Member Experience Manager at the Scott Street branch in St. Catharines.

She has a strong background in the financial services industry and skills in banking, coaching, sales and retail.  Jessica demonstrates a passion for helping others and as a professional, she is focused on empowering her team to uncover financial solutions for their membership. In her current role, she oversees a team of seven who strive to provide the best Member experience, guidance and support for their Members.

She is truly passionate about her work and always eager to connect with others. Jessica told us “While I enjoy all aspects of my job, the best part is working with my team and our Members to learn and understand their financial goals and work together to achieve them. As we go through this collaborative process, we understand our membership a little bit more. I strive on continuous learning to empower and teach others how to bring out the best in themselves.” 

Jessica provides leadership throughout her community by being a part of several initiatives at FirstOntario, including their volunteer Blue Wave program and student nutrition program. She is also involved with Port Weller Public School where she helps serve students breakfast. Jessica also spends time assisting new leaders by being a volunteer Dale Carnegie coach alongside the Instructor. 

Jessica we wish you well over the next ten months on the Leadership Niagara program. You will then join a growing network dedicated to ensuring a stronger, healthier, more vibrant Niagara.