When construction of its new branch on Aspen Drive reaches completion early in the New Year, East Kootenay Community Credit Union will finally have a permanent home in Sparwood. But long before those doors open, the credit union has been planting its roots in the community – a place that’s already home to many of its members.
With an approved allocation of $27,500 for local community projects in Sparwood over the course of 2011 and 2012, EKC hit the ground running last summer with a $1000 donation for summer programs at the Sparwood Public Library. This was followed by a strong presence at Coal Miner Days and the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, where EKC staff volunteered and sponsored many events.
Now, the credit union’s “Nominate Your Neighbour” campaign is looking to reward kindness with kindness – giving residents the opportunity to nominate people who they feel have made a real difference to the community here in Sparwood.
From November 4th until December 17th, residents can nominate a neighbour in any one of three ways – either online at EKCCU.COM, in person at any of East Kootenay’s Elk Valley branches or at their new temporary branch in Sparwood at 120 Spruce Ave, opening on November 15th. After all the nominees have been gathered, they will be regularly featured online and in the local paper each week, with the winning entry being selected by online voting and announced at the grand opening of EKC’s permanent location. Online voting will open from January 9th to February 9th. The winning nominee will also receive $3,000 for the charity of their choice.
Opening November 15th, EKC’s temporary branch will be able to assist members and non-members alike with everything from new memberships and accounts, to loans and mortgages. “With the opening of our temporary branch here in Sparwood, we look forward to making many new friends in the community,” says Jody Burk, Chief Executive Officer of EKC. “With the launch of our ‘Nominate Your Neighbour’ campaign, we hope to reward all the exceptional people who’ve made Sparwood the community it is today – the place we all know and love.”
About East Kootenay Community Credit Union
Founded in 1950, EKC has branches in Cranbrook, Fernie and Elkford as of Fall 2011 with a new branch in Sparwood scheduled to open early in 2012. Opening its first location in Cranbrook, EKC has quickly grown into the largest credit union in the area with over $200 million in assets. As a full-service credit union, its deposits are 100% insured, and its decisions are still made at home by a locally elected Board of Directors.