Seven of Top 27 Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada are Credit Unions

Media Release
May 22, 2012

Seven of the top 27 Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada 2012 are Atlantic credit unions—including Metro Credit Union, which placed number one on the list, prepared annually by Progress Magazine.

Metro Credit Union’s General Manager Bernard Gillis notes, “Metro is full of great employees who take pride in their career, who value the role our credit union plays in the community, and who go out of their way to provide outstanding service to their members. We’re very pleased to be honored this way.”

In addition to Metro Credit Union, the list includes Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union (no. 2); OMISTA Credit Union (no. 6); Leading Edge Credit Union (no. 13); Bergengren Credit Union (no. 16); Bayview Credit Union (no. 18); and East Coast Credit Union (no. 23). Every province is represented among the credit unions. The list was announced May 17 in Halifax.

NLCU’s Chief Operating Officer Glenn Bolger comments on NLCU’s website, “Having this many credit unions recognized at such a prestigious event is a true indication of the strength of the credit union system in Canada. Credit unions understand that we cannot be successful unless our owners and our employees are successful – and we make it our mission to help them get there.” (https://www.nlcu.com/Home/YourCreditUnion/AboutUs/AwardsandRecognition/index.jsp)

Atlantic Central President and CEO Bernie O’Neil offered congratulations to all credit unions on their recognition. “While not surprising it is tremendously gratifying to see seven Atlantic credit unions on this list, particularly to see the top two spots occupied by credit unions. Special congratulations to both Metro Credit Union and NLCU for this achievement.

“Credit unions are special financial institutions because we do focus on people; both the needs of our members, and also our employees. Our focused approach ensures that we not only manage our members’ assets wisely, but that we help members and staff meet their goals. That’s our definition of success.”

The role of Atlantic Central is to represent and support the credit unions of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island.

2012 is the United Nations’ International Year of Co-operatives, and credit unions are co-operative financial institutions founded on the same seven values that all co-operatives share. (http://www.ica.coop/coop/principles.html)  The theme for 2012 is Co-operative Enterprises Build a Better World, and awards like this demonstrate that the theme is correct. Credit unions, through their boards, staff and members, are building stronger communities all across the Atlantic region.

For more information on the credit union system, visit http://www.atlanticcreditunions.ca: