Notice of Annual General Meeting

EKC is different from other financial institutions because our leadership is from a local Board of Directors. Each of the Board members is passionate about the East Kootenay and dedicated to the future of EKC and its members.

The Board of Directors is an elected group of individuals who are members, just like you, and generously give their time and energy to steer the present and help unfold the future. Every year, an election is held, and every adult member has the right to cast a vote and run for a seat on the board if they choose.

Community Cash Finalists - Invest at the AGM!

Congratulations to the finalists for their first ever Community Cash Award. EKC would like to thank the 17 applicants – we truly appreciate and thank all of the applicants for their efforts.

The Community Cash Award is aimed to develop healthy and diverse communities. It has been offered to local community groups as an opportunity to apply for funding and create awareness for their group. Unlike other funding initiatives, the Community Cash Award provides EKC members, and the community, the opportunity to ‘invest in’ and select the award winners.

Each of the Community Cash Award finalists will go to the next round which is to set up information tables to promote their organization and project at EKC’s Cranbrook (April 5-9) and Sparwood (April 4-8) branches. The finalists are (in alphabetical order):

  • Cranbrook and District Search and Rescue Society for the purchase of a ‘Life Pak Automated External Defibrillator’ and training which will enable the Society to offer the highest level of care possible for those in need.
  • Cranbrook Food Action Committee for the launch of their ‘Dig It Delights’ social enterprise to fund local food security initiatives, by purchasing a commercial food scale and providing food safety training for the local production and sale of healthy dips, spreads and salad dressings.
  • Elk Valley Seniors Housing Society for the Finishing Touches project which will include the completion of landscaping, such as a ‘contemplation garden,’ at the Lilac Terrace Senior Housing expansion initiative.
  • Kimberley Alpine Team to purchase a start gate for ski cross racing to increase physical activity, provide a lower cost option to ski racing for youth and provide current members with further ski racing and athletic training options.
  • Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association to assist with the cost of officials for their annual KEYSA Sam Steele Days Youth Soccer Tournament which hosts over 60 teams contributing to healthy lifestyles and showcasing the community.
  • Rockies Rowing Club to enable fitness and health in the community by expanding their program for local youth through the purchase of new equipment including boats, life jackets, oars and a trailer.

The finalists will have display at EKC’s Annual General Meeting taking place in Cranbrook on April 22 at the Heritage Inn starting at 6 pm (meeting starting at 7 pm).

Guests will receive EKC Community Cash to ‘invest’ with one or more of the community groups of their choice.

  • Elk Valley Members $50
  • Cranbrook Members $40
  • Non Members $20
  • Youth (18 and under) $10

Each of the groups will receive $500 for attending the AGM as well as the real cash equivalent to the Community Cash they accumulate throughout the event. The group who receives the most Community Cash will also receive an additional $500 in funding.

During the meeting portion of the event a children’s movie will be shown in another room. Popcorn and limited supervision will be provided for those that would like to attend the meeting. Additional supervision by parents and or caregivers may be required.

After the meeting all guests are invited back for the announcement of the winner of the Community Cash Award.

Members, supporters and youth who wish to participate in investing ‘Community Cash’ to award finalists must RSVP that they will attend the AGM by April 13 to Pam Pinch 250.426.8223 local 3361 or

Board Members Acclaimed

Jean-Ann Debreceni

I have been a director for six terms. During this time I have held the post of chair and vice-chair. I have lived in Cranbrook since 1977 and have been a credit union member all of my working life. My family has been involved in credit unions and co-ops for three generations.

I was in small business for 26 years but now am retired and do some work for a non-profit society. I also volunteer with community theatre and spend as much time in my garden as possible.

Barb Nunes

I have been a resident and Director of Finance for Sparwood since 1995. I moved here from Lake Cowichan, where I was also a credit union member.

I’ve been part of numerous volunteer groups over the years, most recently working with the Elk Valley Seniors Housing Society to obtain grant funding for the Lilac Terrace expansion. I am an enthusiastic gardener and relax with books and needlecrafts.

I am enthused about the opportunity to be part of the Board and hope to make a useful contribution in meeting the challenges that are being sent our way.

Cindy Corrigan

  • has retired from the EKC board after nine years of service

EKC Elkford Branch turns 20…and the AGM is heading there!

1994 Highlights Forest Gump was released, Friends was on TV, Nelson Mandela became president, and EKC Elkford opened!

Elkford was in trouble at the time. One of the mines in the Elk Valley had recently gone bankrupt. Another large mine had an eight month strike. The only bank in town was closing their door.

The Elkford community asked EKC to open a branch. Residents needed a place to cash cheques, get mortgages, and rebuild their credit. The credit union understood that being part of a community means Together through life™. The decision to open a branch was based on a need… It was just Common Sense™.

Twenty years later EKC has grown with Elkford, grown with the East Kootenay and grown because of you.

Photos from the EKC Annual General Meeting April 17, 2013

Directors Acclaimed and Appointed for Three-Year Terms





Mark Spittael
Born and raised in Mechelen, Belgium, I graduated college in 1989 (modern languages). I worked with Deutsche Bank Corporate Banking Brussels 1989–2004.

My family and I came to Elkford in 2005 becoming Canadian citizens in 2010. I am the owner operator of High Standard Contracting in Elkford. I have been an EKC member since 2005 and would like to use my skills to serve my community and the Credit Union.

Lynne Shewchuk
I was born and raised in Cranbrook and with my husband raised our family here. I am a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and worked for Dunwoody and Co. for six years, College of the Rockies for 19 years, including 10 as Bursar, and retired in 2005.

I was a board member for the Cranbrook and District Chamber of Commerce, and am currently on the board of the Community Campus Children’s Society and Chair of the EK Seniors Coalition. I’ve served one term on the EKCCU Board.

As a member for many years, I have enjoyed the opportunity to become more involved with the Credit Union. The excellent Credit Union board development courses and my experience for the past three years gives me a good understanding of my responsibilities and the commitment required to be an effective board member.

Jose Galdamez - Appointed
I have been a member of the Cranbrook community for nearly 13 years, and the proud father of three wonderful children.

I volunteered with Cranbrook Minor soccer as a rep/house coach and vice chair for over ten years. During this time I had the pleasure to meet and interact with many community members.

I am presently employed as a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Analyst and have been in the business for nearly twenty years. I have a passion for technology and information management, and wish to use my knowledge and skills to better serve this wonderful community and the Credit Union.

I am looking forward to this new and exciting opportunity.

Introducing Gordon McArthur

EKC is proud to present Gordon McArthur. Gordon will speak on his journey to the 2014 Olympics in Russia. Competitive ice climbing will be featured as a demonstration sport. His training and commitment will be driven by representing Canada on the greatest most extravagant stage possible. Dedicated to what it takes, his goal will be to ascend the podium on such a stage. Gord will talk on his sport, his passion, his support and what it takes to succeed.

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