Board of Directors

Meet our Board

Our Board Of Directors are elected by the members at the Annual General Meeting.  They are a dedicated group of individuals who live in our community and come together to represent the membership in setting the strategic direction of the organization. 

The results of our recent Board of Directors Election were announced to the membership at the First Credit Union Annual General Meeting on May 4, 2017. The candidates elected to the First Credit Union Board of Directors are: Catherine Bell, Guy Chartier, Michael Matthews, and Susan Clark.

Gerry Wray, Chair

Gerry was born and raised in New Westminster and moved to Powell River in 2005. She has over 30 years of experience working for financial institutions. Gerry volunteers for many organizations; she served as a director for the 2007 Disability Games and treasurer for 3 years for the non-profit charity responsible for 9 Villages in Malawi Africa. Gerry also volunteers at the Powell River Health Care Auxillary, Kathaumixw, and Festival for Performing Arts on a regular basis. It is Gerry’s passion for volunteering and community involvement that inspired her to become a First Credit Union board member in May 2009. She enjoys working in a dynamic environment, on a variety of projects, with a diverse group of people; all working on behalf of credit union members.

Guy Chartier, Director

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.

Dan Dyble, Director

Dan Dyble works as a consultant to small and midsized organizations implementing strategies through start-up or growth phases. His background in industry and conflict resolution across cultures serves a growing portion of clients as smaller firms globalize.  Prior to his consulting practice, Dan spent many years working in the oil and gas industry in a variety of roles including both manager and advisor, managing projects designed to increase operational efficiency,  review and implement policy, and standardize procedures. Dan is also an Executive member of the Powell River Yacht Club and a Director of the Fermenters Guild BC.

Michael Matthews, Director

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.

Kate Wetherell, Director

Kate started her career in Canada as a chartered accountant working in public practice.  Following a move to sunny southern California and later to Washington State, she transitioned into business and finance roles in the higher education sector (both public and private), where she worked for over 25 years. Kate was born in Vancouver and her family has been part or full-time residents on the lower Sunshine Coast since WWII.  She is active on several boards, including Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Health in New Westminster.  She currently works in business and finance consulting, both locally and nationally.

Susan Clark, Director

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

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.

Eligibility

For more detail about the rules governing the credit union, including eligibility to act as a director, please refer to our Credit Union Rules.

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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