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Call for 2023 Director Nominations

Board of Directors

Richard Wilson

Manjit Kang 
1st Vice Chair

Cheryl McNicol*
2nd Vice Chair 

Geoff Gornall 
Member at Large

Betty Baxter*
Alaya Boisvert
Allison James
Sue Anne Linde

*Terms expire at the 2023 Annual General Meeting

Sunshine Coast Credit Union’s directors are accountable to membership, representing their priorities and shaping the member experience.

The director role requires knowledgeable, highly dedicated individuals who can navigate the complexities and challenges associated with strategic oversight, governance, risk management, and financial management of the credit union. Consistent participation is required, and directors are expected to be prepared for and engage actively in committee meetings, board meetings, planning sessions, education, and professional development.

Diversity on all levels is an important element of an effective board, while it also ensures SCCU is reflective of the communities it serves. A strategic balance of expertise and skills is desired and prospective candidates are assessed against those areas the board is looking to strengthen. In addition to specific areas of expertise, core competencies such as strategic thinking, leadership and capacity for succession are required.

The terms of two directors will expire at the 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM). Sunshine Coast Credit Union’s Rules require that certain criteria and procedures must be met during the nomination and election process. For details regarding election of directors, directors’ responsibilities, and the credit union’s rules regarding nominations, contact Marisa Hudson, Corporate Secretary at 604-740-2662 or via the links below on this page. To be eligible to vote in an election, you must be a non-junior member in good standing 90 days prior to the election.

Nominations for qualified candidates for SCCU’s 2023 Board of Directors will be accepted beginning January 27, 2023 at the Administration Office: 985 Gibsons Way, Gibsons, BC, VON 1V8. Nominations will close at 5pm PT February 28, 2023.


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Our leadership team shares the values of enriching our community and cultivating financial wellness, for today and future generations


Board of Directors

​The elected Board of Directors represents the voice of the member and oversees the strategic direction of Sunshine Coast Credit Union. 


Richard Wilson


Director since 2010


“The organization’s knowledge of the culture and economy of the Coast is a valuable asset to depositors, as well as those with financing needs.” 


Manjit Kang

Vice Chair

Director since 2014


“Credit unions are not just financial institutions; they’re active members of the community.”


Cheryl McNicol*

2nd Vice Chair
Director since 2018

“What impresses me about Sunshine Coast Credit Union is the dedication to community building and improving the lives of their members.”


Geoff Gornall

Member at Large

Director since 2021


"I am passionate about co-operatives and the intention they bring to the lives of their members and the communties they serve."


Betty Baxter*

Director Since January 2017


“It is an honour to work on the Board of Directors of such a well-respected organization as the Sunshine Coast Credit Union.” 


Sue Anne Linde, MBA

Director since 2015


“Our credit union keeps pace with the changing financial services landscape, ensuring members can access sound financial advice and manage their finances seamlessly from home.”


Allison James

Director since 2021


"I am grateful to serve the SCCU community, and proud of the active role this credit union is taking in helping to make our community a better place for all."


Alaya Boisvert

Director since 2021


"Credit unions deliver a member-centric banking model that helps build communities, a unique and important opportunity for Sunshine Coasters as we (re)learn how to live sustainably on the planet."



Serving a three year term, directors are: 

  • Stewards dedicated to safeguarding the credit union
  • Committed to the highest standards of governance, financial management, professionalism and continuing education
  • Involved in ongoing learning and development

Directors may spend 10 to 15 hours per month preparing for and attending meetings, as well as attending community events, participating in committees and planning sessions.

Board of Director Elections

Potential director candidates represent the member voice at the table. They are assessed based on attributes that match member needs and goals. Nominations and elections are held annually.

Diversity in skills, expertise, thought, background, experience, gender and culture is actively sought to ensure the board represents the communities we serve. 

Core competencies include: 

  • Financial literacy
  • Strategic thinking
  • Leadership
  • Capacity for succession
  • Problem-solving and judgment 
  • Interpersonal skills 

Executive Leadership Team


Shelley McDade, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

"Enriching lives is the cornerstone of our leadership, and drives every decision we make."


Dawn Bezaire, CPA, CGA

Chief Financial Officer

"While supporting its employees in achieving their career aspirations, Sunshine Coast Credit Union also supports its members and our community in ways that make me proud to work here."


Laurie Wilson

Chief Information Officer

“I’m excited to work with this amazing group of employees who are dedicated to providing our members with knowledgeable advice and rich experiences, in a way that will allow them to complete their financial transactions where and when they want.”


Jodi Fichtner, BBA

Chief Impact and Marketing Officer

“We're here to empower others to make great money decisions every day, and to be a key partner in our community's health. We're here for the people.”


Ana Vu

Chief Operations Officer

“My goal is to strengthen Sunshine Coast Credit Union's operational efficiency by investing in our employees to power human potential and enrich lives.”


Nancy Crocket, MBA, ACUIC

Chief Member Experience Officer

"Being part of the credit union difference means our members, community, and employees are at the heart of what we do. Creating an ecosystem for trusted advice and financial partnership to help members achieve their financial goals, delivering options and accessibility, and providing a seamless member experience across all channels, fuels my passion and commitment to each stakeholder."


John De Santis

VP, Commercial Services | Sunshine Coast Credit Union

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Elizabeth Hanlon

Chief Risk Officer

“I am passionate about the financial health of our members as well as fostering a strong risk culture within Sunshine Coast Credit Union, so that we can continue to thrive and give back to the community.”


James Richmond

Vice President, Service Delivery

"Leadership means constant learning so that I can have stronger financial wellness conversations to support our membership and be a better coach for our employees."


Telse Fontaine

Vice President, Enterprise Project Management 

"My goal is to connect everything we do back to our strategy and select activities that move us forward both organizationally and socially. Working for Sunshine Coast Credit Union allows me to match my personal values to those of our Credit Union."

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Barbara Lambert

VP, Human Resources

"My passion for Human Resources lies in the ability of an organization to drive strategy and vision through the skills and expertise of a strong, dedicated employee base.  Without great employees we can’t deliver on our promises to our Membership to provide the very best in advisory services and tools."


Craig Srsen

Director, Data Management and Governance

“My career has revolved around using data to drive improvements to public benefits and being with a credit union falls right into line with that. It makes work a little more rewarding to see it benefitting those in our local community.”


Darryl King

Director, Member Experience and Transformation

"I believe that the support for continuous learning and strong leadership is a key strength of the Credit Union system.  It excites me to work with a group of like-minded individuals who share this belief and are committed to the financial, social and environmental wellbeing of the communities Sunshine Coast Credit Union serves."


Kathy OBrien

Director, Centralized Services

"The Sunshine Coast Credit Union encourages me to embrace my passion of providing financial wellness to our members and community.  I am proud to be part of a team that supports and shares my personal values and vision."


Michael Brown

Director, Data Analytics and CRM

"Analyzing data to understand our members, then using that understanding to help enrich their lives is one of my true passions.”


Tina Ngo

Director, Finance and Treasury 

"I am passionate about co-operatives and their place in enriching the lives of their members and community at large."



Cathy Elson

Director, Network & Applications

​“I am proud to work for a credit union with a focus to better both our members’ financial health and the communities where they live and work” 



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*Terms expire at the 2022 Annual General Meeting.