Member since 1950s, West Richmond Branch
Banking at G&F (and a love of the ocean) runs in this family
Just like G&F Financial Group, Don Brajcich has longstanding ties to the ocean. Don's father, affectionately called "Little George" Brajcich by his friends and family, immigrated to Ladner (Delta) in the mid-1940s. A born fisherman, George soon started work with Nelson Brothers Fisheries and fished for salmon up the north coast, as far as Prince Rupert. In 1954, Don remembers that his father went to G&F's Hastings and Main Street Branch to apply for a boat loan, as he wanted to have Matsumoto Shipyards build him a state-of-the-art seine boat.
After meeting with then-Branch Manager Leo Holthe, George was approved for the loan and promptly commissioned the build of "Miss Georgina", a broad-beamed seiner—the first of its kind. The maiden voyage of Miss Georgina in the spring of 1954 drew quite the crowd!
Although Don didn't embrace a life of fishing for himself (he eventually became a high school teacher), he did follow in his father's footsteps to become a member of G&F. He opened his account at age 13 and has been a member ever since.