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Alterna Savings and Central 1 announce the 2021 Gary Gillam Award Recipients

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Toronto, ON and Vancouver, BC, April 23, 2021 - Alterna Savings和Central 1 Credit Union (Central 1)很高兴宣布2021年加里·吉勒姆奖的两位获奖者:加拿大信贷联盟协会的Sarasvati (Sara) Maharajh和Alterna Savings的Angela Dzinas.

加里·吉勒姆企业社会责任奖每年颁发给那些推动信用社成为银行和其他金融机构的社会责任替代品的个人.

该奖项表彰和表彰在不列颠哥伦比亚省和安大略信用合作社系统内加强合作价值和在社会责任方面取得重大成就的个人.

Sarasvati (Sara) MaharajhCCUA(加拿大信用联盟协会)业务关系经理,CULA(信用联盟领袖协会)副主席

Sara has been recognized for her deep commitment to inclusion and diversity. For many years, 她致力于通过反思和分析合作社和信用合作社的运作过程,确保合作社和信用合作社系统在理解和消除系统性种族主义方面处于领先地位.

萨拉还利用她的专业知识来减少障碍,并为那些被边缘化的社区提供资金支持. 她自愿帮助两个主要的国家组织:牙买加加拿大协会和狮子圈非洲人协会的工作. 这些团体是一个网络的一部分,该网络旨在通过发展泛非加拿大信用联盟来调动黑人社区的经济力量.

她个人对合作价值观的管理延伸到她生活的所有领域, 包括她在2020年11月新当选的住房合作公寓总裁. 当选后,她立即启动了covid - 19救援工作,以支持成员. 萨拉还在为她的住房合作公寓的成员开发一项金融知识普及计划,其中包括具体的信用合作社内容, and in partnership with subject matter experts from the credit union system.

“It is so incredibly flattering to receive this award,” said Sara. “Gary truly made an impact, 他的许多工作使合作社能够为年轻和多样化的群体创造空间,以贡献新的观点. 他的遗产是呼吁系统中的所有领导人重新考虑什么将带领银河076注册走向未来, and how care for community must endure, but evolve to address the critical issues our society faces.”

 Angela Dzinas - Alterna储蓄信贷联合有限公司渥太华中心主任

安吉拉因与她的团队合作开展广泛的金融普惠和教育工作而受到认可. She has led her teams from the Alterna Savings Centretown, Place de Ville, 这些活动帮助改善了那些为国家首都地区银行不足和服务不足社区服务的人对金融机构的看法和理解.

In her volunteer work with Financial Literacy Action Network Ottawa (FLANO), 她还支持他们的授权,让脆弱的加拿大人摆脱金融危机,获得金融自治.

As a result of the relationships, she and her team have built with community organizations, they have offered hundreds of financial literacy seminars and workshops. 安吉拉还成功地获得了Alterna储蓄的研究补助金,用于发薪日和其他掠夺性贷款发放机构的研究——这些研究被用来影响公共政策,并挑战使掠夺性贷款发放机构消极地针对弱势社区的结构.

“I truly enjoy helping others,” said Angela. “It brings me the greatest joy. I have been in banking for over 20 years. 我的大部分社区工作集中在财务授权部分,作为一个真正的杠杆点,对个人和社区水平的持久影响. That’s why I do what I do.”

On behalf of the recipients, Alterna Savings and Central 1 will make a $2,500 donation to a charity, organization, or project of their choice. Sara选择将这笔捐款由多伦多多元化奖学金合作住房联合会和牙买加加拿大协会分享. Angela has selected The Good Companions as the recipient of the donation.

About Gary Gillam

加里·吉勒姆奖是为了纪念加里·H. Gillam. Gary was the Director, Legal, Governmental Affairs and Administration, at Credit Union Central of Ontario (now Central 1) from 1982 to 1988.

In 1988, Gary became CEO of Unicoll Credit Union (now Alterna Savings), where he worked until illness forced his resignation in 1993.

加里·吉勒姆是信用合作社体系中社会责任的主要倡导者之一, long before it became popular within organizations. He vigorously promoted the concept of social investment, 呼吁信用合作社及其中心在其投资组合中使用社会和财务标准. 他支持发展社区贷款基金,以帮助社会和经济, disadvantaged individuals. At CUCO and his own credit union, 他发起了社会审计,以衡量组织的社会绩效, as a complementary process to the financial audit.

About Alterna Savings

Alterna储蓄信贷联合有限公司(Alterna)在银行业已经有112年的历史了, based on assets under management, is the 9th largest credit union in Canada. Alterna由Alterna储蓄信贷联合有限公司及其全资子公司组成, Alterna Bank. Together, we have $10 billion in assets under management.

As the first full-service, member-owned co-operative financial institution outside Quebec, Alterna Savings shares its expertise with more than 186,000 members through a network of 36 branches across Ontario, that includes partner Peterborough Community Savings; as well as call centre and digital channels. Members and customers also benefit from an industry-leading online brokerage, investment management services, and have access to over 43,在北美设有000台免费atm机,设有加拿大的EXCHANGE网络和美国的Allpoint网络.

About Central 1

Central 1 is a preferred partner for financial, 数字银行和支付产品和服务——促进了加拿大各地企业的成功. We leverage our scale, 实力和专业知识为超过250个信用合作社和其他金融机构的进步提供动力, 提高了全美500多万客户的财务状况. For more information, visit www.ynsgb10.com.

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