Credit Unions Celebrate Community Connections

Credit Unions Celebrate Community Connections 

Halifax, NS – International Credit Union Day is Thursday, October 21, 2010. This year’s theme, “Local. Trusted. Serving You.™”, incorporates one of the key differences between credit unions and other financial institutions, the local ownership of credit unions. In the spirit of giving back to their members’ communities, credit unions across the province are collecting food this week as part of a province-wide food drive.

“The purpose of International Credit Union Day is to raise awareness about the great service credit unions provide and highlight the co-operative difference,” says Bernie O’Neil, President and CEO of Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia. “What better way to mark this important date than by helping to feed others in our communities.”

This is the fifth year credit unions will collect food in support of FEED NOVA SCOTIA and local food banks. In the last four years, Nova Scotia credit unions have collected more than four thousand kilograms of food.

“Over 184 million people in 97 countries choose credit unions for access to fair and affordable financial services,” adds O’Neil. “In Nova Scotia, we have 31 credit unions serving 168,000 people through 85 points of service. For the sixth year in a row, an independent study has ranked credit unions in Canada first in overall customer service excellence among all financial institutions. Credit unions and our members have a lot to celebrate.”

Since 1948, International Credit Union Day has been celebrated annually on the third Thursday of October. As a part of the Canadian co-operative movement, Nova Scotia credit unions also recognize Co-op Week, which runs October 18 to 22, 2010.

Members of the public are welcomed and encouraged to show their community spirit by visiting a credit union on Thursday, October 21 to drop off a non-perishable food donation and join the celebration.