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NDCU Board of Directors

As a member, you own, operate and control NDCU through our Board of Directors. Elected for a three-year term, directors are accountable to you while acting in the best interests of the credit union.


Board duties

  • Representing membership
  • Establishing long-term corporate objectives
  • Approving corporate strategies & plans
  • Allocating resources through the budget process
  • Approving financial statements & major financial decisions
  • Appointing & evaluating the CEO
  • Reviewing the operations
  • Ensuring strong governance, diversity, equity and inclusion

Board competencies, annual call for nominations & AGM

A position on your board of directors allows you to represent the membership's collective values concerning social, environmental, and corporate responsibility while setting strategy and direction for your financial co-operative. This ensures a local, strong, and viable credit union and community.

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Millions of Canadians and business owners are members of co-operative financial services in Canada. Their financial security and success depend on the commitment and capabilities of the board of directors they elect.

That's why it's surprising how many credit union members are unaware of what their board of directors do and how important it is to be an educated participant in the electoral process. As in any democracy, the people elected to represent member interests are responsible for and accountable to the economic well-being of the people who voted them into office.

A credit union is a business and must be run accordingly. Your board of directors sets short- and long-term strategies, as well as the policies and procedures affecting everything from business operations to community involvement to dividends. The board also represents the membership's collective values concerning social, environmental, and economic responsibility.

A director position is voluntary although expenses are covered, and an honorarium is often provided. A director can devote up to 20 hours a month preparing for and attending regular monthly board meetings. Additional time is also spent serving on various advisory committees with specific responsibilities such as Community Leadership, Financial Policy and Governance.

While a good heart and clear mind are important attributes, a prospective director should also possess pertinent experience and skill sets. Overall, the board needs to be strong in many areas, so a diversity of directors who bring different types of knowledge is important. Annually, the directors look at the competencies of the board and identify areas to strengthen.

A director should have experience and knowledge in some of these key areas:

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Audit and Compliance
  • Financial Literacy
  • Co-operative Governance and Ethics
  • Regulatory Environment
  • Community Minded
  • Financial Services Industry
  • Coaching and Mentoring 
  • Legal and Accounting
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Human Resource and Labour Relations

Are you passionate about the well-being of the community at large? Do you understand financial statements? Can you analyze management reports? Strong governance, leadership, communications, and technology skills are assets, and previous board or committee experience is a plus.

A credit union is only as good as its board of directors. That's why it is so important for well-informed members to show up when election time comes around.


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Interested in joining our Board?

Speak with a current director or contact Karla Whitaker,
Executive Assistant, at 877.352.7207.

We post our Call for Nominations on an annual basis in
December, so keep an eye out!


Our Board


Nelson Director

Term: 2024-2027



Nelson Director
Second Vice-Chair

Term: 2022-2025


Hannah Deboer-Smith

Nelson Director

Term: 2023-2026



Rossland Director




Rossland Director
Board Chair

Term: 2022-2025

Bruce Lacroix

Director at Large 

Term: 2024-2026



East Shore Director
First Vice-Chair

Term: 2022-2024


Nelson Director

Term: 2022-2025


Coleen Driscoll

Director at Large

Term: 2023-2026