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Issue 2: February 24, 2021

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Directors' Forum News & Updates

Join us on March 10th! 

Virtual Governance Session:
Wednesday, March 10 from 10:30 – 11:45am EST
Join facilitator Anthony Piscitelli (DF Chair) and the panel John Taylor (President, OMIA), Paul Vandenbosch (Director, Middlesex Mutual) and Tanya Gracie (Senior Advisor, Central 1), to explore some of the similarities and differences between mutuals and credit unions,  how the two systems operate, the unique challenges that boards face, and how our two governance systems are converging. Participants will then break out in groups to consider opportunities for collaboration between the two sectors.

This is a great opportunity for system directors to chat with their mutual counterparts, so please share this invite with your board and register today!


Chairs & Vice-Chairs Mailing List

The Directors’ Forum is in the process of updating their database of system Board Chairs and Vice-Chairs across Ontario. If you haven’t already done so, kindly take a moment to complete this very brief questionnaire to help update our Mailing List! If you are not a Chair or Vice-Chair, please forward this request to them - thank you! 

We're on LinkedIn!

The Directors’ Forum is now on LinkedIn! Check out and follow our new page to stay current on the latest DF events and other governance related news and information!
Directors' Corner

Nominations Open for Gary Gillam Award

The Gary Gillam Award, jointly sponsored by Alterna Savings and Central 1 Credit Union (Central 1), is now open for nominations. The award recognizes and honours individuals within the British Columbia and Ontario credit union system who have reinforced co-operative values and made significant achievements in social responsibility. The nominees will have made meaningful accomplishments in social responsibility and sustainability in credit unions or promoted credit unions as a socially responsible investment alternative.

Nominations must be received by March 23, 2021. The award committee will review all nominations and select the annual recipient(s). The award will then be delivered to the recipient’s preferred location in early April 2021. Download the Nomination package!

Dorothy Watson CYL Bursary Fund

The Dorothy Watson CYL Bursary fund supports the emerging leaders that are advancing the co-operative system. It was created in recognition of Dorothy's 30 years with Central 1, and 37 years in the credit union sector. Please support the Co-operative Young Leaders (CYL) program by donating to the Fund today!
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