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Vancity announces candidates for
2014 board of directors election

March 31, 2014, Vancouver, B.C. - Vancity today announced the 16 members running in its
board of directors election from March 31 to April 25.

"Democratic member control is a key co-operative principle," says Virginia Weiler, chair of the
board of directors. "We're owned and controlled by our members, and voting in the election
is an opportunity for members to put democracy in action and influence
the future course of Vancity."

Three positions are available on Vancity’s nine-person board of directors. Vancity’s members can
vote online, by mail or at select branches. Candidates for election this year are:

Ken Melamed
Julien Phipps
Keith Horne
Oliver Grüter-Andrew*
Anita Braha*
Anthony Ariganello*
Lily Grewal*
Gary Bizzo
Robert (Bob) Chaplin
Ellen Woodsworth
Colin Booth
Sunshine Gudlaugson
Celeste Munger
Theodora Lamb*
Leopoldo Valdes
Gary Steeves

* Denotes candidates recommended by the Vancity's nominations and election committee and the Vancity board of directors, as now required by BC’s Financial Institutions Commission (FICOM); the order of candidates is determined by random draw.

All prospective candidates participate in a rigorous application and interview process conducted by Vancity's nominations and election committee. The committee then provides its assessment of which five candidates the board should recommend to the members. The recommendations are based on who best demonstrates skills and experience in specific areas that complement and strengthen the existing board, and possesses attributes consistent with the values of Vancity.

All eligible members will receive information on all candidates by mail and can visit

About Vancity

Vancity is a values-based financial co-operative serving the needs of its more than 501,000 member-owners and their communities through 57 branches in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Victoria and Squamish. As Canada’s largest community credit union, Vancity uses its $17.5 billion in assets to help improve the financial wellbeing of its members while at the same time helping to develop healthy, communities that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.

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For more information:

Lorraine Wilson | Vancity

T: 778-837-0394