Friday, December 7, 2012
student selected for Fraser Valley Community Council
Released by Clare Hamilton-Eddy, Peak
Capital Savings is launching a Fraser Valley Young Leaders Community
Council to address and support some of the key issues for youth in
Comprised of emerging
young leaders, the new Council will be tasked with awarding
community grants on behalf of the credit union.
Members of the Young
Leaders Community Council - all 30 years or younger - will review
grant applications and make funding recommendations on the youth
issues that most need support in their communities. The group
consists of four representatives from the local community and four
Coast Capital employees.
The Fraser Valley Young Leaders Community Council follows a
successful pilot Council launched in Victoria in early December
2011. To date, the Vancouver Island Council has approved $220,000 in
grants to 18 Island organizations - much of it aimed at supporting
youth-focused programs and services.
"We were all selected because we care about what's happening in our
communities," says David Dryden, Chair of the new Fraser Valley
Council. "Coast Capital Savings is entrusting us with a huge
responsibility by giving us a say in what programs and services to
fund in order to do the most good for the most people."
The Young Leaders Community Council will meet quarterly. Emerging
young leaders in the local community and at Coast Capital competed
with their peers to be selected for a prestigious term on the
"Coast Capital's Community Leadership Strategy is aimed at building
a richer future for youth in our communities," says Maureen Young,
Coast Capital's manager for community partnerships and investments.
"Who better to decide what young people need than community-minded
young leaders? Ultimately, this initiative is about giving back to
our communities, but it's also about realizing the leadership
potential of our youth."
Young said Coast Capital is also launching a similar council for the
Metro Vancouver region today. After an initial orientation meeting
and training, the new Councils will hold their first meetings in
Each year, Coast Capital invests seven per cent of its budgeted
pre-tax income in a wide range of community engagement activities,
primarily focused on building a richer future for youth. Last year,
this commitment amounted to $4.99 million dollars in community
Coast Capital Savings Credit Union is Canada's second largest credit
union with total assets under administration of $13.5 billion,
475,000 members and 50 branches in the Metro Vancouver, Fraser
Valley, and Vancouver Island regions of British Columbia. Product
innovations include Canada's first free chequing account from a
full-service financial institution and the country's most flexible
mortgage product, the You're the Boss(tm) Mortgage, which was named
2010 Mortgage of the Year by canadianmortgagetrends.com. Coast
Capital offers one of Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures(tm).
It is a member of Canada's Best Managed Companies Platinum Club and
an Imagine Canada Caring Company. To learn more, visit
Handout Photo Credit:
Chilliwack student Sidrah Ahmad.
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