Who We Are | Stride Credit Union


Stride Credit Union is a member owned co-operative. That means it is owned by you... the member!

Mission

To foster meaningful relationships with our members and the communities we serve by listening to their needs and supporting their goals

Vision

At Stride Credit Union, it is our vision to grow our organization by continually strengthening our offering, delivering leading edge services and creating long-term value for our staff and shareholders

Purpose

To expand our presence beyond our branches into the hearts and minds of the people we serve.

Values


Support:
We stand shoulder to shoulder with our community because we're not just a credit  union,      we're also your neighbour. If there's a way to bring people together to build a better place to live, you'll find us.

Service:
We continually evaluate our offering to ensure we're always meeting the diverse and evolving needs of our members. If there's a way to better serve the people who trust us with their finances, we'll take it.

Cooperative Principles:
We adhere to the seven cooperative principles for credit unions, including voluntary membership, democratic member control, members' economic participation, autonomy and independence, educaiton, training and information, cooperation among cooperatives and concern for community.

The Seven Co-operative Principles Expand/Collapse

(Revised and adopted by the International Co-operative Alliance, 1995)

Definition

A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural neeeds and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise.

Values

Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others.

Principles

The co-operative principles are guidelines by which co-operators put their values into practice.

1st Principle: Voluntary and Open Membership

Co-operatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilites of membership, without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination.

2nd Principle: Democratic Member Control

Co-operatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representataives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote), and co-operatives at other levels are also organized in a democratic manner.

3rd Principle: Member Economic Participation

Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that captial is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their co-operative, possible by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the co-operative; and supporting other activities approved by the memership.

4th Principle: Autonomy and Independence

Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their memberes. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governements, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co-opertaive autonomy.

5th Principle: Education, Training and Information

Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public - particularly young people and opinion leaders - about the nature and benefits of co-operation.

6th Principle: Co-operation Among Co-operatives

Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional, and international structures.

7th Principle: Concern for Community

Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.

The Credit Union Operating Principles Expand/Collapse

As articulated by the World Council of Credit Unions, the operating principles are founded in the philosophy of co-operation and its central values of equality, equity, and self-help.

The principles are stated as follows:

1. Open and Voluntary Membership

Membership in a credit union is voluntary and open to all within the accepted common bond of association that can make use of its services and are willing to accept the corresponding responsibilities.

2. Democratic Control

Credit union members enjoy equal rights to vote (one member, one vote) and participate in decisions affecting the credit union, without regard to the amount of savings or deposits or volume of business. Voting in credit union support organizations or associations may be proportional or representational, in keeping with democratic principles. The credit union is autonomous, within the framework of law and regulation, recognizing the credit union as a co-operative enterprise serving and controlled by its members. Credit union elected offices are voluntary in nature and incumbents should not receive a salary. However, credit unions may reimburse legitimate expenses incurred by elected officials.

3. Non-Discrimination

Credit unions are non-discriminatory in relation to race, nationality, sex, religion and politics.

4. Service to Members

Credit union services are directed to improve the economic and social well being of all members.

5. Distibution to Members

To encourage thrift through savings and thus to provide loans and other services, a fair rate of interest is paid on savings and deposits, within the capability of the credit union.

6. Building Financial Stability

A prime concern of the credit union is to build the financial strength, including adequate reserves and internal controls that will ensure contirnued service to members.

7. On-Going Education

Credit unions actively promote the education of their members, officers, and employees, along with the public in general, in the economic, social, democratic and mutual self-help principles of credit unions. The promotion of thrift and the wise use of credit, as well as education on the rights and responsibilties of members are essential to the dual social and economic character of credit unions in serving member needs.

8. Co-operation Among Co-operatives

In keeping with their philosophy and the pooling practices of co-operatives, credit unions within their capability actively co-operate with other credit unions, co-operatives and their associations at local, national, and international levels in order to best serve the interstss of their members and their communities.

9. Social Responsibility

Continuing the ideals and beliefs of co-operative pioneers, credit unions seek to bring about human and social development. Their vision of social justice extends both to the individual members and to the larger community in which they work and reside. The credit union ideal is to extend service to all who need and can use it. Every person is either a member or a potential member and appropriately part of the credit union sphere of interest and concern. Decisions should be taken with full regard for the interest of the broader community within which the credit union and its members reside.