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Vancity Attracts Strong Candidates for 2011 Board of Directors Election

Vancity Attracts Strong Candidates for 2011 Board of Directors Election

Vancouver, British Columbia. Vancity is pleased to announce a list of candidates who have applied to fill three positions, each three-year terms, on its Board of Directors.  To ensure an optimal mix of people with the values and competencies we need, Vancity requested candidates with specific skills in the fields of finance and technology renewal who also have an ability to demonstrate the  leadership, and the necessary experience, to best oversee and guide the organization.

Virginia Weiler, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Governance and Conduct Review Committee said, “We are thrilled with the response we have received from the call for nominations for the 2011 election Board of Directors.  There is a strong pool of candidates for the three open positions.”

Vancity’s nominations and elections committee, a standing committee of the Board of Directors, reviewed all applications and recommended five candidates; Anita Braha, Geordie Henderson, Patrice Pratt, David Wong and Kim Richter for the Board to review.  These candidates have since been endorsed by the Board based on their leadership, community involvement, financial and technical expertise.  All candidates listed below are eligible to campaign and run independently on their own merits.

“As part of a cooperative we want our members who are our owners and shareholders to vote for those candidates who can bring value and guide us in how we make an impact in the communities we serve.  We encourage all members to vote and take ownership of their role as  members,” said Weiler.

Members will receive information on all candidates through the mail but they can also learn more via both traditional and social media to help make a more informed voting choice.  In addition to the traditional in-branch voting and mail-in ballots, Vancity members who are personal account holders will have also have the option to participate in online voting this year.

Candidates running for election include: *represents endorsed candidates
*Anita Braha
*Geordie Henderson
*Patrice Pratt
*David Wong
*Kim Richter
Craig Horton
Ritchie Bonneville
Matt Hern
David Cote
Derek Jay
Jeff Gibbs
Douglas Gook
James Yang
Carol Gevers
Harry Deo
Scarlet Channe
Ginny Martin
Vinod Puri
Gary Bizzo
Wayne McKay
Del Hughes


About Vancity:
You’re part of something greater when you do business with Vancity.  We’re committed to making a positive impact on the quality of life where we live and work and beyond. Since 1994, we have invested over $194 million of our profits back to members and into the communities we serve. Vancity is a member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values – a network of the world’s leading sustainable banks sharing the commitment to achieving triple bottom line impact through responsible banking practices. Vancity is Canada’s largest credit union, with $14.5 billion in assets, more than 417,000 members and 59 branches throughout Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Victoria and Squamish. More information about Vancity is available at

Media Contact:
Lorraine Wilson