Credit Union Professionals Back from Africa

Twenty-two credit union professionals are back in Canada after spending two weeks in Africa as part of the Canadian Co-operative Association’s (CCA) Credit Union Coaching Program. Their experiences echo the United Nation’s International Year of Co-operatives theme, “co-operative enterprises build a better world”.

The team members departed January 20th for Ghana, Malawi and Uganda where they spent 14 days providing hands-on coaching and mentorship to credit union managers and staff. The credit union coaches are listed below.

Mark Ventry from the Ontario Co-operative Association accompanied the Ghana coaches and blogged about their experiences at, while Cory Munden from Leading Edge Credit Union blogged about the experiences in Uganda at

Through CCA, and with the financial assistance of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), missions like this one are helping co-operative organizations make sustainable economic and social improvements in their communities, regions and countries.


  • Craig Barclay, Pierceland Credit Union, SK
  • Brian Bentley, Integris Credit Union, BC
  • Barbara Dalzell, Winnipeg Police Credit Union, MB
  • Scott Kennedy, Central 1, ON
  • Karen McBride, Concentra Financial, SK
  • Dennis Matthies, Access Credit Union, MB
  • Anthony Okuchi, Vancity, BC
  • Erin Robinson, Vancity, BC
  • Michael Turner, Credential and Valley Credit Union, NS
  • Mark Ventry, On Co-op, ON


  • David Domes, Sanford Credit Union, MB
  • Lennie Hampton, Superior Credit Union, ON
  • Heidi Hyokki, Interior Savings, BC
  • Beverley Maxim, retired, SK
  • Garth Sheane, Retired, BC


  • Deborah Edwards, Coastal Community Credit Union, BC
  • Vanessa Elliott, Servus Credit Union, AB
  • Cory Munden, Leading Edge Credit Union, NL
  • Brad Schultz, Horizon Credit Union, SK
  • Miriam Valois, Vancity, BC
  • Sheldon Wagner, Alberta Treasury Dept., AB
  • Harvey Wedgewood, Minnedosa Credit Union, MB