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Making a difference together

Since 2011, we've contributed $1.8 Million to 120 communities
in Canada through our credit union partners.

Past Recipients

2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

Winners: $25,000 Awards

Valley Credit Union, Nova Scotia

In partnership with Kingston Greenwood Mental Health Association (KGMHA), the Village Effect project seeks to increase mental health first aid training designed to help people recognize and respond to the signs of mental illness or stress. The premise is to reduce stigmatization and allow more people to come forward and receive the support they need. KGMHA is recognized for educating communities in Nova Scotia and Atlantic provinces about mental illness. Funding ensures the program’s reach grows and more training is offered.

Fusion Credit Union, Hamiota, Manitoba

Since 1997, the sunroom in the Hamiota Elementary School library has been a bright, relaxing space for students to read or work quietly on class work. Over time, freezing and thawing brought on by winter weather has caused water ingress to the building structure and the sunroom requires rebuilding. Due to budget cuts, the school division is unable to financially assist; however, Hamiota has independently raised $23,000 of the $45,000 needed to rebuild a new Growing Minds Reading Room. Additional funding helps Hamiota reach its funding goal to build a larger, more durable multifunctional space that all generations of students can use.

Winners: $10,000 Awards

Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union, St. John's, Newfoundland

A Fresh Start with Accounts That Count is part of an innovative program that helps women released from federal or provincial prison integrate back into Newfoundland and Labrador communities. In collaboration with the Just Us Women’s Centre at Stella’s Circle, the program reduces the barriers to obtaining identification and gives women a jumpstart by providing a no-fee chequing account and stipend. Additional funding increases the program’s longevity, removes transportation barriers for participants in rural areas and supports a financial literacy group.

Beaubear Credit Union Ltd, Miramichi, New Brunswick

The North and South Esk Elementary playground in Sunny Corner, New Brunswick is located 20 kilometres from Miramichi and is the only outdoor community playground for children who live in the area. A popular place for children and parents, the improvement project is part of greater goal to upgrade the safety standards of the equipment and expand the play space to include a walking trail, volleyball court and outdoor classroom. The improvements also include a partnership with First Nations to enhance cross-curricular teaching and the addition of a Talking Circle, stump stools and Mi'kmaq wigwam.

Multiple Credit Unions, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Applicants include: Cape Breton Credit Union, East Coast CU, North Sydney CU, Sydney CU, Glace Bay Central CU, New Waterford CU and Dominion CU

The Hospice Palliative Care Society has been a member of Cape Breton Credit Union for 30 years. Over those years, the Society have raised funds to provide palliative care services to patients and their families in local hospitals, at home or in the nine bed palliative care unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. For many patients care in these settings isn’t possible and the construction of a hospice residence would help expand the circle of care offered by the Society. This funding contributes to the overall construction cost of building the hospice residence.

First West Credit Union, Maple Ridge, British Columbia

Alouette Addictions Services provides free counselling services for the community of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows who are directly or indirectly affected by substance abuse. Their programs and services include one-on-one counselling, group programs, outreach supports for high school students and adults, and referrals to detox, residential treatment and housing programs. Financial support helps them continue services to the community and grow their outreach through increased education in local schools.

Prospera Credit Union, Abbotsford, British Columbia

Archway Community Services is a non-profit, multi-service, multi-funded community based social service agency that provides over 90 community programs in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Langley and an international program in India. Funding would assist Archway Community Services increase access to free comprehensive counselling to support mental health in the community and provide front line staff with trauma-informed training.

G and F Financial Group, Vancouver, British Columbia

The Centre for Child Development helps children with special needs reach their potential. The organization provides therapeutic services each year to more than 3,200 children through the Centre’s physiotherapy and occupational therapy gym. The high traffic flooring connecting to the gym requires repair and replacement and the funds would be used to replace and install new flooring.

Stride Credit Union, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba

Recreational Opportunities for Kids Central (ROK Central) provides affordable recreational opportunities, family programs and community support for families in the Portage la Prairie regardless of their current life situation. Last year, ROK Central assisted over 650 children through various programs. Funds contribute to after school programs, summer day camp, stock for the emergency supply store and family programs.

Cambrian Credit Union, Winnipeg, Manitoba

New Journey Housing seeks to reduce the challenges of finding decent affordable housing for newcomers to Canada. The resource centre has helped over 30,000 clients through free workshops and one-on-one advising services to inform people on all aspects of renting, owning and managing personal finances. The organization will use additional funds to enhance their financial literacy programs to assist newcomers on how to budget, complete taxes and understand all aspects of personal finance.

Sunrise Credit Union, Cypress River, Manitoba

Cypress River Senior Centre has been a gathering place for seniors for more than three decades. The centre offers programs on health and fitness, dance, art, music and other enrichment activities that allow seniors to gather, share a meal and socialize. The building is beginning to age and several areas require reconstruction or repair. Completion of the repair project allows a more significant portion of the Centre’s operating capital to be directed to programming instead of utilities, repairs and maintenance.

Libro Credit Union, Windsor, Ontario

The SCALEUP Tech Accelerator Program provides intensive growth coaching, expert insight, strategic planning and financial assistance to tech entrepreneurs in the Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent area seeking to scale their business. SCALEUP selects a maximum of 5 entrepreneurs who receive four months of intensive business mentoring, in-kind services valued at $15,000, access to a global network of support and the opportunity to pitch for a $10,000 top prize. Additional funds will assist in commercializing innovative products created by local entrepreneurs.

Healthcare and Municipal Employee's Credit Union, Hamilton, Ontario

St. Joseph’s Healthcare is the sole provider of emergency mental health services in the city of Hamilton for seniors, adults and youth over 16 years old. The redevelopment of the Psychiatric Emergency Service is part of St. Joseph’s hospital renewal plan. Funding would contribute to creating distinct areas tailored to the individual needs of patients, enables more coordinated patient care with other areas of the hospital and provides a private environment for patients and families.

Education Credit Union, Waterloo, Ontario

Nutrition for Learning (NFL) supports over 141 school nutrition programs in the Waterloo Region from Elmira to Cambridge. Their goal is to ensure nutritious food is within reach of all students regardless of socio-economic background. A new food delivery vehicle increases the organization’s capacity to deliver food to children.

Radius Credit Union, Radville, Saskatchewan

The Radville Community Grown Childcare Inc. has worked to bring a daycare facility to Radville since 2017 and the new facility is schedule to open in 2020. The daycare, which does not receive government funding, aims to provide care for 25 children age 6 weeks to 12 years. Funds help cover the operating costs for the daycare.

Cornerstone Credit Union, Archerwill Village, Saskatchewan

The Archerwill Centennial Centre plays a central role and gathering place for the village community of Archerwill. The centre is used for adult drama clubs, paint nights, rallies, potluck, suppers, trade fairs, and flea markets. It connects families together through children’s dance classes and seasonal festivities. It also serves as a venue for public information, town hall, co-op and credit union meetings. The centre’s roof requires repair and funds would assist with the replacement.

Raymore Credit Union, Raymore, Saskatchewan

Raymore Community Daycare seeks to create a new developmental daycare facility for the children in Raymore and surrounding communities. The facility will provide childcare services and focus on the early childhood education of infants, toddlers and preschool aged children. This facility will fulfill the immediate need for early childhood programming in our community. The funds allow renovations of an existing building and kick start the project.