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Vancity encourages members to vote in board election

April 1, 2019, Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, B.C. — Vancity credit union today launched its 2019 Board of Directors’ election, with eight members running for three available positions. The board of directors determines how Vancity is managed, sets the strategic vision and decides how profits are shared with members and the community.

Candidates (as they appear on for this year’s election are:

  • Mark Pezarro
  • Joel DeYoung (recommended)
  • Patrick Nangle (recommended)
  • Sharon Gregson
  • Shawn Mitchell (recommended)
  • Rita Parikh (recommended)
  • Stephen Von Sychowski
  • Niki Sharma (recommended)

Vancity’s Nominations and Election Committee selects five candidates who it feels best demonstrate experience in specific areas that will complement and strengthen the existing board, possess attributes and experience that are consistent with the values of Vancity, and provide the board with the capacity to achieve its vision and protect the interests of members and communities. B.C.’s Financial Institutions Commission expects credit unions to recommend a group of candidates among those standing for election.

This year, the board is seeking directors with demonstrated experience in governance and leadership in addition to:

  • complex business or financial institution experience
  • digital transformation experience and
  • experience in organizations engaged in environmental sustainability.

Members can vote for up to three candidates. To make voting as accessible as possible, Vancity offers voting through the Vancity mobile app, online, or by mail from Monday, April 1, until Thursday, April 18. In-branch voting is available at all Vancity branches from Tuesday, April 9, to Saturday, April 13.

All eligible Vancity members will receive information about the election by mail. They can also visit for detailed information about the candidates and the election process. Results of the election will be announced prior to Vancity’s Annual General Meeting on May 14.


“The election presents members with the unique opportunity to shape our credit union. We strongly encourage each and every member to cast a vote and make their voices heard.” – Anita Braha, Chair, Vancity Board of Directors

About Vancity

Vancity is a values-based financial co-operative serving the needs of its more than 534,000 member-owners and their communities in the unceded territories of the Coast Salish and Kwakwaka’wakw people, with 59 branches in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Victoria, Squamish and Alert Bay. With $27.4 billion in assets plus assets under administration, Vancity is Canada’s largest community credit union. Vancity uses its assets to help improve the financial well-being 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:

Brent Shearer | Vancity
T: 778-837-0394