Board of Directors

Meet our Board

Local leadership. Local decision-making.

One thing that makes us different from other financial institutions is our local leadership. First Credit Union is governed by an elected group of individuals, known as the Board of Directors,  who live and work in the communities we serve. Each Director uses their expert skills, knowledge, and abilities to help set the strategic direction of First Credit Union.

Your Board of Directors are elected by First Credit Union members in advance of our Annual General Meeting each year; every adult member has a right to cast a vote and run for a seat on the Board. Learn more about your current Board through their bios below.

As a member your voice is important. Your Board works hard to represent you and welcomes your feedback.  If you have any comments or questions for your Board please email board@firstcu.ca.


Guy Chartier, Chair Expand/Collapse

Guy is an executive leader with extensive experience in organizational management and innovation. He has been the Executive Director for the Powell River Division of Family Practice since 2013. Prior to healthcare management, Guy held various positions in international education in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Education at University of Montreal and a master’s degree in Business Administration at Royal Roads University. He is an active member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Canadian Society of Association of Executives (CSAE). Guy served on the board of Powell River Community Futures and is passionate about community development for a sustainable future. Guy brings strong financial literacy and risk management experience, along with experience working in the highly complex healthcare sector as well as commitment of service to First Credit Union.

 

Michael Matthews, Director Expand/Collapse

Michael grew up and was educated in Oxford, UK.  After university, he taught Physics and Philosophy in the UK and Belgium before coming to Canada and taking Canadian citizenship. His career has been spent in leadership positions in independent schools in Canada and the UK, and international schools in Brussels, New York, Bangkok and Zurich.  He sat on the Board of the International Baccalaureate organization, and chaired the World Council of IB Heads. Michael is also a Director of the Johanna Heumann Foundation, a Swiss charity that funds university education in developing countries. Michael and his wife retired to Powell River in January 2012; since then he has continued to lead accreditation teams to schools around the world on a pro bono basis on behalf of the Council of International Schools.  He has been looking for opportunities to contribute to his adopted community, and in 2014 he joined the board of  the Pacific Region International Music Academy (PRISMA).  Michael brings strengths in organizational structure, financial management and strategic planning to the First Credit Union board.

Susan Clark, Director Expand/Collapse

Susan moved to Texada Island from Prince George in 2013 and has been a member of First Credit Union since that time. She has experience as a director on several boards, including Texada Arts Culture Tourism, Powell River Tourism, and more. Susan has been Principal of project management services and communication for S. Clark and Associates since 2009. Prior to moving to Texada, she held a variety of positions including Program Officer for Union of BC Municipalities, Executive Director for North Central Local Government Association, amd Manager of Smithers Chamber of Commerce. Susan understands the importance of a vital financial institution in small centres, and appreciates the community support provided by credit unions.

Catherine Bell, Director Expand/Collapse

Born and raised in the Comox Valley, living in Cumberland for the past 17 years with her spouse Roger Kishi, Catherine is the mother of two sons, and grandmother of three. Her Grandfather was one of the founders of the Courtenay Credit Union, and her parents were strong believers in credit unions as a means of investing in local businesses and community, a passion she inherited.

Catherine's diverse professional background includes Vice President for the BC Government and Service Employees Union, MP for Vancouver Island North, as well as owner of Zocalo Cafe and Gallery in Courtenay. Her financial experience includes fiduciary responsibility of approving and monitoring her Union’s multimillion dollar budget. As Member of Parliament, she participated in the federal budget process. Catherine has also experienced the financial responsibilities of being a small business owner.

Tim Wall, Director Expand/Collapse

An energetic finance professional, Tim Wall has full knowledge of GAAP and provides vast experience in full cycle accounting and reporting, budgeting and forecasting.

His extended skills include many financial software applications (Sage, Cognos, Oracle, PeopleSoft, etc.), office management software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), negotiations, mediations, business case development and software implementations.

Tim has over 25 years development and oversight of Annual budgets, financial reporting and internal control development and review in Municipal, Provincial and Private sector environments, ensuring adherence to GAAP and PSAP.

Tim is excited for the opportunity to provide his experiences to First Credit Union, as it will enable him to take advantage of his professional strengths.

Vickey Brown, Director Expand/Collapse

Vickey resides in the historic Village of Cumberland with her husband and two teenage boys. She has an educational background in Environmental Studies and Political Science, with a post graduate diploma in Community Economic Development. Her work experience is primarily in non-profit leadership, as well as in small business as a bookkeeper and as a small business owner.

Vickey has almost 20 years' experience on non-profit boards. She was elected in 2014 as School Trustee representing the Village of Cumberland, chaired the Cumberland Community School Society from 2011 - 2014, and currently sits on the board of the BC Association of Farmers' Markets. Her other volunteer work includes participating in the Economic Development Committee for the Village of Cumberland as well as chairing the Advisory Planning Commission for the Village.

Vickey brings a wide skill set to the Board, including: business development, marketing and promotions, strategic planning, policy development, governance, and HR.

Sean Dees, Director Expand/Collapse

Sean has been an active member of Powell River since he moved to the community in 2006. He is a big supporter of artists and musicians and has volunteered with, or served as a board member for, PRISMA, the Yacht Club, and Rotary. He has been involved in Rotary for over 8 years and is a past President of the evening club.

Sean and his wife have run three different incorporated businesses over the past 20 years, including Breakwater Books in Powell River. Sean did most of the accounting as well as all the day-to-day activities involved in running a business.

Arlo McCubbin, Director Expand/Collapse

Arlo has in Cumberland for 25 years, and in B.C. for 44 years. He has served as Treasurer for Street Link in Victoria, Comox Valley Art Gallery and is currently treasurer for Cumberland Community Schools Society. Arlo sat on the board of Cumberland & District Credit Union for 2 years prior to the merger with First Credit Union. He also previously Served a 2 year term as director with First Credit Union until 2016.

Arlo worked with CRA as an auditor as well as in many positions with First Nations, as controller, auditor and trainer.  He owned a CGA/CP Accounting practice from 1990 to date with corporate and personal clients. An avid world traveller, Arlo enjoyed 2 years in Vanuatu (South Pacific) working as a CUSO volunteer setting up finance systems for Island Local Councils. This involved teaching accounting in the local language.

Karl Siegler, Director Expand/Collapse

A study of music and the literary arts have provided Karl with the basis for his involvement in cultural industries throughout his life: first as an editor and business manager, then as CEO and publisher of one of Canada's most successful literary book publishing houses; as a co-operative community organizer of professional associations and chair of many of their committees; as an adjunct professor of the faculties of Business Administration and Communications at Simon Fraser University; and finally as both lobbyist and author of public policy across a broad spectrum of the arts in Canada for many decades.

His passion to help build and nurture effective co-operative organizations that benefit the communities they serve remains unabated after implementing and mentoring a successful succession strategy for his former independent publishing company, Talon Books Ltd., between the years 2008 through 2011.

AGM

The Annual General Meeting is held each year in the spring and members are encouraged to attend.  Notification of the AGM's date and location is sent to members prior to the meeting.

 

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