Margaret Szerepi

Margaret Szerepi

Member since 1976
Main Street Branch

G&F gave Margaret a roof over her head and security for her family

Margaret Szerepi bought her Vancouver home in 1962 with her husband. After their separation in 1976, she was determined to keep the house to in order to raise her two children in a place of familiarity. After being rejected by a bigger financial institution for being a single mother with one income, Margaret turned to G&F Financial Group (then known as "United Savings Credit Union"), a local credit union who took the time to listen to her needs and who set her up with a mortgage, a car loan and gave her the financial boost she needed to start out on her own.

With financial guidance from G&F, Margaret was able to give her children the stability of continuing to live in their childhood home. With this sense of security, Margaret's children grew up surrounded by music, art, love and a healthy sense of well-being. To this day, Margaret and her two children and all members of G&F - a relationship that has continued to grow since Margaret first joined in 1976.

In 1985, Margaret took up square dancing, a passion that almost didn't get off the ground because she was a single woman. "The community centre wouldn't let me dance because I didn't have a partner", she recalls.  Not letting that barrier stop her, she noticed an ad in the local paper for a "Swinging Singles" square dance club. Soon, what started as a casual hobby quickly grew and, before she know it, Margaret was square dancing in events all across Canada.

After retiring from her job as an administrative assistant in 2001, Margaret has been on many cruises and land tours, plays Mexican Train Dominoes at a community centre, tends her gardens and enjoys time with her children and grandchildren.

Margaret is the "number one fan" for her daughter's Celtic band and violin orchestra and gets immense pleasure listening to their music.

Reflecting on her relationship with G&F she says "They always make me feel so welcome and important. I don't feel like 'just a customer' - I feel like I count."