Local Credit Unions Unite for Change: Charity Golf Tournament

March 22, 2019: UPDATE >> After much consideration and deliberation, the CUs for Change golf tournament committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the tournament due to a lack of fundraising revenue.  In true credit union spirit, we remain committed to supporting the communities we serve through our individual community sponsorship programs.

If you have any questions about the CUs for Change golf tournament, please contact Jennifer Shaw, Community Engagement Specialist at 519.746.1010 x5507 or via jennifer.shaw@kindredcu.com.

Kitchener, ON – Education Credit Union (ECU), Kindred Credit Union (Kindred), and Your Neighbourhood Credit Union (YNCU) announced today their upcoming charity golf tournament, Credit Unions for Change. The fundraiser will be held at Rebel Creek on May 28, and it will include an 18-hole golf tournament, a boxed lunch, raffle table, and dinner.

The three credit union hosts operate in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. They are sharing the costs of the event and directing all profits to their three chosen charities, which are in support of food security. ECU will support Nutrition for Learning, Kindred will direct funds to The Working Centre, and YNCU has chosen to send proceeds to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

When asked why the credit unions are working together to host CUs for Change, Kerry Hadad, chief executive officer of YNCU stated: “YNCU and our partner credit unions, Kindred and ECU, are all focused on making our communities great places to live, work, play, and raise a family. By coming together to support such worthy organizations, we are showing the cooperative spirit that guides our businesses and sharing the connections that make us friends.”

Ian Thomas, Kindred’s newly appointed chief executive officer, concurs, saying “It’s fantastic to see how local credit unions are partnering to support our community, live our values, and acknowledge that we get further by working together.”

“I have always believed in collaboration and the cooperative movement,” adds ECU president and chief executive officer, Gary Renouf. “I am thrilled that CUs for Change has come to fruition and that by collaborating we are serving charities that are important to all three credit unions. I am looking forward to a fun and successful event on May 28th.”

Tournament registration is now open and can be accessed via each credit union’s website. In addition, CUs for Change is seeking event sponsorships. Interested potential sponsors should inquire with the respective credit unions.


About Education Credit Union

Education Credit Union (ECU) is a locally-owned, member-operated financial co-operative. We provide full financial services, including a comprehensive Wealth Management program to over 9,500 members who share the principles of democratic ownership. Our primary focus is you—not profits. For that reason, we strive to provide lower or no service charges, higher investment rates, competitive loan rates, and the latest in financial products and services. For more information please visit www.ecusolutions.com.

For more information:
Kirsty Thompson
Digital Marketing Assistant
Education Credit Union
519.772.3050, Ext.2407

About Kindred Credit Union

Kindred Credit Union (Kindred) is a member-owned financial cooperative based in Kitchener, Ontario. Kindred’s values-centred approach is woven into everything we do and makes us the one-of-a-kind choice for people across Ontario who want to connect their values and faith with their finances. Through Kindred’s eight full-service branches and our award-winning online banking platform, we offer our members a complete range of banking, borrowing, and investing products and services. For more information please visit kindredcu.com.

For more information:
Frank Chisholm
Director, Brand and Marketing
Kindred Credit Union
519.746.1010, Ext. 5211

About Your Neighbourhood Credit Union (YNCU)

At Your Neighbourhood Credit Union, we can take care of all your banking needs—mortgages, lines of credit,  chequing accounts, investments —you name it. But when you bank with YNCU, you’re part of something bigger, not just something big. As an owner of your bank you can be proud of working with an organization where decisions are made locally and in the interest of our communities. As a member you’ll have every right to expect a different kind of banking relationship, the kind that focuses on what’s right for you, instead of what someone wants to sell you. To learn more visit: yncu.com

For more information:
Jessica Sproat
Marketing & Events Specialist
Your Neighbourhood Credit Union
519.804.9190, Ext. 684


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