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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. 

John Wiseman

SunCu Board of Directors Representative

Director since 2010

“Sunshine Coast Credit Union is an extraordinary financial institution and a special part of the Coast; I am proud of our commitment to the community and to our members."

Richard Wilson*

1st Vice Chairperson

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.” 

Sue Anne Linde, MBA

2nd Vice Chairperson

Director since 2015

“Credit Unions are part of the fabric of British Columbia, and certainly a vital component of the Sunshine Coast.”

Manjit Kang*

Member at Large
Peer Group 6 Representative

Director since 2014

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

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.” 

Cheryl McNicol 

Director since 2018

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

Allison Duncan

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."

Geoff Gornall

Director since 2021


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."

Rick Cooney

Chief Credit and Risk Officer

"When members, community and Sunshine Coast Credit Union all work together, it’s a triple win. Members’ financial health improves. Your credit union becomes cooperatively stronger. And our community thrives. Together, we can achieve more."   

September Dixon

Chief Member and People Officer

"My passion lies in supporting the growth of leadership and collaboration, ultimately leading to a rewarding experience for our members."

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 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.”

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."

Craig Srsen

Director, Information Technology

“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.”

Barbara Lambert

Acting VP, Human Resources

Coming soon.