Don Holt

In Memory of Don Holt

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Don Holt, EKC Board Member and part of our EKC family.

Don has been a Board Member of EKC since 1999. Although he held various roles over his 22 years on the Board, he held the position of Board Secretary from 2000 to 2003 and chaired the Board for 10 years, from 2004 to 2014.

As a lifelong credit union member, Don fit naturally as a Board Member. He made things happen, whether he led the charge or created energy on the team. Don’s legacy in his community will be enduring, and his community involvement will represent a central part of how his community remembers him: as a leader, a teacher, and a mentor.

Don fostered local growth and prosperity. He was a passionate camper and gardener, ensuring the Cranbrook's branch flower boxes thrived. Together we offer our condolences to his wife Linda, their family, and the people Don influenced in our communities. He will be missed.

More about Don Holt:

Don was an integral part of the following EKC community initiative highlights:

  • Don participated in the Selection Committee for the Annual Camp Yes recipient selection – local teens are selected to attend a summer camp that provides leadership training
  • 2000 and 2001 EKC donated $.40 per member to the BC Cancer Foundation Millennium Campaign, totaling $7,400
  • 2004 EKC donated to the East Kootenay Foundation for Health – MRI Campaign - $1.00 per member totaling $9,272
  • 2010 EKC was an original donor to East Kootenay Foundation for Health - Starlight Campaign and went on to contribute over $25,000
  • 2013 Don worked closely with Cranbrook's Food for Kids, a breakfast program started by EKC that raised funds and encouraged others to donate. They had helped raise $38,500
  • 2013 Don was instrumental in the startup and continued support for KEYSA (Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association)
  • Don participated in the Selection Committee for the Annual Student Award Program revitalization to offer $12,000 – providing financial support to local graduates for post-secondary education.
  • 2015 and 2016 Don was influential in EKC's “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” team who walked in red high heel shoes during the Sam Steele parade raising over $11,660 for The Women's Resource Society.
  • 2015 Don led the initiative to purchase four AED deliberators (one for each branch) and equip EKC staff with proper training
  • 2016-2019 Don was passionate to share in the renewed EKC Community Cash Program contributing $30,687 to local community groups

Don was an integral part of the following strategic initiatives:

  • 2004 EKC opened the Fernie Branch
  • 2007 merger of the insurance companies to form Kootenay Insurance Services (KIS)
  • 2012 EKC opened the Sparwood Branch
  • 2012 merger of the financial companies to form EKC MoneyWorks
  • 2013 collaborated to start Kootenay Risk Services

Don was an integral part of the Board of Directors:

  • Held the Credit Union Director Achievement Program (CUDA) designation (Levels A, B and C) for over 20 years

As a Board Member, Don sat on numerous EKC Committees and chaired each for varying terms. These include:

  • Audit Committee
  • Building Committee
  • Community Giving/Goodwill Committee
  • Conduct Review Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • Governance Committee
  • HR Committee
  • Investment and Lending Committee
  • Management Credit Committee (chaired for the past seven years)
  • Nominating Committee
  • Policy Committee

Subsidiaries and Affiliates:

  • 2007-2021 Don served as the Chair of the Kootenay Insurance Services (KIS) from inception and continued to serve in that position to date.
  • 2018-2021 Don served as a Director of EKC Property Holdings Ltd.

Outside the credit union, Don's past and other active roles made him even more vital. These include:

  • Voted as the Cranbrook Volunteer of the Year by Canadian Mental Health for the Kootenays in 2011
  • A teacher where he fostered the education of generations of British Columbian and Saskatchewanian youth for 37 years.
  • Served on the Cranbrook District Teachers’ Association and Retired Teachers Association (RTA)
  • Kootenay Children’s Train Society
  • Success by 6
  • Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies

Don Holt Obituary

Donations can be made in Don's name to the Cranbrook Past and Present Teachers' Legacy Fund through the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies. Don and Linda Holt led the way with the local teaching community to start the fund in 2018. Since 2019, an annual grant has been offered to support student success and wellness in Cranbrook's public schools as recommended by the Cranbrook Retired Teachers' Association and the Cranbrook District Teachers' Association, subject to approval by the CFKR Board.


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