I initially joined the board after several conversations with former Stride staff member, Lori Smith. I was interested in doing something different after retiring from the health care field and with Lori's encouragement, I let my name stand as a nominee.
The atmosphere of collegiality at the board table by fellow board members who came from different walks of life and experience was very strong. The tone at the board table was mirrored by the management team who availed themselves to answer questions. The board was totally engaged in strategic planning and decisions to pursue mergers, partnerships and collaborations. Recognition of the need to modernize and digitize services for members was evident and so a plan to do so was established. The Credit Union always had a reputation for supporting community ventures and efforts were made to ensure the scope of support was broadened to include all demographics.
Training was required to understand the Credit Union system and any additional training which was pertinent was encouraged and supported. Networking with other Credit Union directors within Manitoba and with national conferences allowed for continuous learning opportunities. The leadership of the organization is strong and the staff are supported to be good at their jobs which benefits the members who rely on their help and good judgement. I enjoyed 10 years on the board and left because I felt it was time for someone with new ideas to help shape an ever evolving organization. It was rewarding work for me.
-Winnie Pauch, former Board Chair of Stride Credit Union