Dominion Credit Union Manager Inducted into Cape Breton Business Hall of Fame
The Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Cape Breton University, inducted four local business people into the Cape Breton Business Hall of Fame during a gala dinner Wednesday, June 13th at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. One of the inductees was Rina Gouthro, Manager of Dominion Credit Union. Other honourees included Warren Gordon (Gordon Photographic), Dave MacKenna (Municipal Ready Mix), and Steve Lewis (Steve Lewis Autobody).
Rina credits her parents, who are first generation Italian immigrants, for the strong work ethic that has led to her ongoing success. Gouthro, one of five siblings, was raised in the seaside community of Dominion. She was a fresh high school graduate when she was hired as a teller at Dominion Credit Union. “All I had was a pen, paper, and a willingness to learn,” says Gouthro. Skip ahead 15 years, and that ambition resulted in a management position she retains today.
Gouthro says that one of her proudest accomplishments professionally is having played an integral part in the credit union’s continued growth and success. That success was recognized within the community, and recently in a business section of a provincial newspaper. “Yes, Dominion Credit Union is a business, but you need to remain aware that people matter and people care. Show respect, and people will come back.”
Gouthro also knows the importance of being involved in her community and surrounding areas. Taking great pride in her Italian heritage, Gouthro has been an active member of the Dominion Italian Club since she was in elementary school. She has also participated in Dominion Seaside Daze, fundraisers for the IWK, and many other worthy organizations. She is also a member of the Dominion Community Guest Home Board of Directors.