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April 12, 2022
Our Annual General Meeting was held online on April 12, 2022. During the meeting, attendees were invited to vote on a charity of their choice. G&F has donated $25 per member vote to three charities as follows: $1,175 to Zajac Ranch; $975 to Cops for Cancer; and $600 to Wildlife Rescue Association.
Watch the 1-hour video recording of the Annual General Meeting to hear highlights from our year in 2021 and how we grew our credit union family.
Lydia Johnson, former CEO of V.P. Credit Union (now V.P. Financial), and Special Advisor to G&F Financial Group* has announced her intention to retire on May 6, 2022.
“We celebrate Lydia’s 39 years with credit unions and her incredible contributions along the way. It’s been a pleasure for all our teams to work with Lydia over the past year. Her insights on the credit union system, and her experience with both large and small organizations has been invaluable,” say Bill Kiss and Jeff Shewfelt, Co-CEOs at G&F Financial Group. “We wish Lydia all the best on this next phase of her life.”
March 3, 2022
In response to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Ukraine, G&F Financial Group is donating $20,000 to the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal led by the Red Cross. Further, G&F will be waiving all consumer wire transfer fees going to the Ukraine until further notice.
For those who would like to donate, see the Red Cross website:
February 25, 2022
Arlet Wilde, former CEO of Mount Lehman Credit Union, now Special Advisor to G&F Financial Group announced her intention to retire on February 26, 2022. Arlet’s leadership journey in the credit union system spans 40 years and three provinces. In addition to leading Mount Lehman Credit Union for 5 years and through the pandemic, Arlet helped rebuild the Town of High River, Alberta after the floods of 2013 while managing a Servus Credit Union branch. Prior to that, Arlet completed a 30-year tenure with Sherwood Credit Union in Saskatchewan.
Let's celebrate Arlet Wilde's contributions! Click here to join the conversation on LinkedIn.
February 1, 2022
G&F has a long-standing relationship and history with Mobetize, having first partnered in 2016 for the first of its kind online lending solution. Since then, the two organizations have continued dialogue around the digital space and recognize the constant need to raise the bar when it comes to member experiences, expectations and delivering personalized advice and solutions. As a shareholder, G&F has a place on the Advisory Board which will allow us to partner and influence the digital evolution of financial services in Canada.
Gus K. Hartl, former CEO of Aldergrove Credit Union for 15 years, now President of G&F Financial Group, has announced that he will retire on March 4, 2022. Gus has worked in the financial services industry for 40 years. During his 37 years in the credit union system, Gus advocated for the cooperative financial services model and represented his community, his credit union and the industry on many committees and boards. He will be dearly missed by employees and members alike. Members who wish to contact Gus can email him at email@example.com.
Effective January 1, 2022, members of VP Credit Union and Mount Lehman Credit Union officially joined G&F Financial Group. We are now a credit union of 58,000 members, with 27 branches and four insurance locations, spanning across Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley communities. We look forward to a bright future together as a stronger, more resilient credit union!
To our new members: when you visit your home branch in January, you’ll be able to request similar rates for loan and deposit products as those offered by G&F. There won’t be any other significant changes in January. Starting January 31, you can continue to visit your branch, or choose from any of the 24 G&F branches for most of your day-to-day banking.
Since there’s a lot of work to do in bringing our credit unions together, we ask for your patience and understanding as we work toward integrating your banking system with G&F’s system in the Fall of 2022.
We talk about why it was the right time to merge with Aldergrove Credit Union in this episode of Coastal Front. Hear insights from G&F Co-CEOs, Bill Kiss and Jeff Shewfelt, as well as our President, and former CEO of Aldergrove Credit Union, Gus Hartl.
We have donated $5,000 to the Abbotsford Child and Youth Committee (CYC), a network of people dedicated to healthier lives for children, youth and families. Among their many services, the CYC's Family Education Program helps parents learn how to raise their children in a healthy way, guides them through substance abuse issues and offers a play centre where parents have a safe, supportive space to interact with their children and talk with a counsellor.
Learn how we served our members starting from the first day we merged with Aldergrove Credit Union in August, 2021. It took many people from across teams, a true collaborative effort, to welcome members to any branch no matter where their account originated.