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SYSTEM RELEASE - Monday, April 9, 2018

Making a difference together: Concentra Bank awards $200,000 to Empower 17 community projects across Canada

April 9, 2018 (Saskatoon, SK): Concentra Bank announced its 2018 Empowering Your Community winners at its Annual Meeting of Shareholders, held earlier today.

Concentra awards $200,000 annually through the company's flagship corporate social responsibility program, Empowering Your Community.

Now in its eighth year, Empowering has delivered over $1.4 million in support of over 100 different credit union led initiatives in nearly 100 communities across the country. Empowering grants, awarded through credit unions, support a wide variety of projects in key areas such as health, community development, education and the environment.

"Concentra's goal through Empowering Your Community is to bolster the efforts of credit unions as powerful, positive influencers within their local communities" said Concentra President and CEO, Don Coulter. "Concentra is proud to demonstrate our commitment to co-operative values by investing in community building projects across Canada."

A team of 27 Concentra employees from across the company reviewed over 70 applications to choose the 2018 winners. It was an impressive slate of projects making it very difficult to narrow the field down to 17.

Emma de Waal served on the 2018 Empowering Selection Committee and commented, "I am so impressed with what credit unions are doing in their communities. Trying to choose the recipients, especially the two $25,000 awards, was really tough because every nominee is so deserving. This program not only Empowers credit union communities, but our employees too! It's an honour to give away $200,000 to such great causes."

Congratulations to our winners!

$10,000 Awards:

  • Cornerstone Credit Union: Bjorkdale Volunteer Fire Department Truck and Equipment Upgrades
  • Copperfin Credit Union: Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation – CT Scanner Capital Campaign
  • Interior Savings Credit Union: Music and Memory – changing Lives in the Thompson Okanagan
  • Luseland Credit Union Limited: Luseland Swimming Pool
  • Niverville Credit Union Limited: Community Resource Centre
  • Prairie Centre Credit Union: Elrose Memorial Hall Addition Fund
  • Radius Credit Union: Ogema Recreation Complex, Artificial Ice Plant and Boiler System Replacement
  • Rosenort Credit Union: Rosenort Fire Hall
  • Souris Credit Union Limited: Hospital Equipment Drive
  • Sudbury Credit Union Limited: Sudbury Food Bank Hot Dog Cart
  • Sydney Credit Union: Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation – Cape Breton Cancer Centre
  • Synergy Credit Union: Wheels for Bigs & Littles
  • Vanguard Credit Union: Russell Chemo Unit Expansion
  • Venture Credit Union: New Fire Hall
  • Vision Credit Union: Camrose Association for Community Living Kandu Summer Camp

$25,000 Awards:

  • First Credit Union: A Home for Hospice
  • Kingston Community Credit Union: Dawn's House Community Kitchen – Food and Cooking Co-operative

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Communications Contact:
Laura Herman
Senior Consultant, Communications