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Vancity announces 2010 Board election results

Vancity announces 2010 Board election results

Vancouver, British Columbia, March 31, 2010: Vancity today announced the results of its 2010 Board of Directors election for three positions on its Board.  The election took place between February 27 and March 27. The following three candidates had the highest total ballots cast: Virginia Weiler, Bob Williams and Allen Garr.

Virginia Weiler
Joining Vancity as an employee in 1996, Virginia helped the organization become the first North American financial institution to operate a peer loan fund, investing in new immigrant and women entrepreneurs. She now runs an economic development consultancy and is parent to a preschooler.

Bob Williams
Bob is a long-standing Vancity Board member, holding several different positions over the years. While on the Board at Vancity, the credit union established the Vancity Community Foundation, Vancity Enterprises and the enviroFund grant program. Bob has also been in public service, among other positions serving as MLA for Vancouver East.

Allen Garr
A Vancity member for 30 years, Allen has a long career in journalism, most recently as a columnist at community newspaper, The Courier, and has been actively involved in promoting urban agriculture and the environment through the last 15 years. As a trained accountant, he has a strong finance background.

This year, 16,017 ballots, totaling 43,931 votes were cast. This represents four per cent of eligible members, down from 6.6 per cent of eligible members in 2009.

Results of Ballots Cast


Virginia Weiler


Bob Williams


Allen Garr


Doreen Braverman


Heather Tremain


Gary Bizzo


Ken Walton


Carellin Brooks


Douglas Gook


Barrie Lynch


Gregory Dean


Oksana Szulhan


Total Votes


“It’s great that many of our members exercised their right as members of a financial cooperative to ‘be the boss,’ and actively participated in the Board election process this year,” says Catherine McCreary, Chair of the Nominations and Election Committee. “Thank you to all of our members for their continued support of Vancity, and we look forward to welcoming members at our AGM on April 20.”

Vancity’s Board of Directors is accountable to the membership. It provides oversight and sets the strategic direction of the credit union and its subsidiaries. All Directors are independent from management.

Vancity AGM
Vancity’s 64th Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 20 at the Italian Cultural Centre at 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver, BC. Doors open at 6:15pm, and the meeting begins at 7:00pm. A bike valet service will be available. Members not able to attend in person can log on to a live webcast from the comfort of their homes or attend a hosted webcast in Victoria. Members who wish to register for the Victoria webcast, please call 604.877.6548, 604.877.7663 or toll free 1.888.Vancity (826.2489) within Canada or the US by April 14, 2010.

For additional information on Vancity’s AGM, visit:

About Vancity
Vancity is Canada’s largest credit union, with $14.4 billion in assets, more than 414,000 members, and 59 branches throughout Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Victoria and Squamish. Vancity is guided by a commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities where we live and work.

Media Contact:
Vancity Media Relations
Stephanie Vicic