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Sep 4: Million-Dollar Decision...

Million-Dollar Decision for 271,000 Vancity Credit Union Members

Vancouver, September 4, 2001 - Voting starts today for the 271,000 Vancity Credit Union members who will get to choose the first recipient of The Vancity Award, a new $1-million award that will go to a BC-based non-profit organization.

The four finalists for The Vancity Award include: Better Environmentally Sound Transportation, an environmental transportation advocacy group that is proposing to build a greenway from New Westminster, through Coquitlam and Burnaby to Vancouver; Green Thumb Theatre for Young People, a theatre company that produces topical plays, for the purchase or renovation of a theatre; United Community Services Co-operative, a network of community organizations, for the construction or renovation of a leadership centre; and West Coast Environmental Law, an environmental policy-making organization that plans to transform a Vancouver heritage building into a state-of-the-art "green building".

Additional information about the finalists is available through links from Vancity's website at, on the organizations' websites, or by contacting the organizations directly.

Vancity is Canada's largest credit union, with $7 billion in assets, 271,000 members, and 39 branches throughout Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and Victoria. Vancity owns Citizens Bank of Canada, serving members across the country by telephone, ATM, and the Internet. Both Vancity and Citizens Bank are guided by a commitment to corporate social responsibility, and to improve the quality of life in the communities where we live and work.