"People, planet, prosperity" wins again

Winnipeg, Manitoba — November 30, 2016
Assiniboine Credit Union is one of Manitoba's Top 25 Employers for 2017, in part for looking beyond the financial bottom line and taking up the promise to put people and planet first, on the path to prosperity.

Making a difference for employees, members, and the community is an authentic part of ACU's DNA, says ACU President & CEO Kevin Sitka.

"At Assiniboine Credit Union our employees aim to set an example, that we can be a world-class financial institution and, at the same time, strengthen the fabric of our communities by ensuring access to fair and affordable financial services for all," Sitka adds.

One of the recent community impact opportunities offered to ACU employees is the Each One Teach One financial literacy program. This program trains employees to facilitate, on a volunteer basis, up to 17 different one-hour workshops on everything from how to save money to how to use credit wisely.

"Once trained, employees are able to deliver financial empowerment workshops to various groups in our community. We know that banking can be intimidating, and through this plain language program individuals can ask questions about how to open an account, what interest is, and how mortgages work," says Kim Champion Taylor, ACU's Vice-President of People Solutions.

Manichan Luangkhot, Financial Account Manager and one of ACU's first Each One Teach One training coaches, says "I am thrilled about becoming a coach; it aligns with my core passion of building knowledge for our communities. I am thankful to Assiniboine Credit Union for the opportunity to share my extensive experience and expertise with others who want to learn more about their finances."

ACU's employee commitment to social impact runs deeper than volunteerism — it is not uncommon for an ACU employee to be working on the financing of an important community project such as a housing co-op for seniors, or for a small team to be designing an innovative solution to meet a community need, like a program that supports foreign-trained professionals while they become accredited to work in Canada.

In addition to ACU's commitment to making a difference in the community, the credit union invests in employee professional development, training and education. ACU provides tuition subsidies for job-related courses, a variety of in-house and online training programs, and professional accreditation.

ACU also offers impressive benefits. New employees receive three weeks paid vacation, and ACU will consider previous work experience when determining individual vacation allowance.

ACU offers a competitive extended health and dental plan for full- and part-time employees, including a Health Care Spending Account that allows employees flexibility in offsetting some medical costs. They can even use it to purchase a gym membership.

As a financial institution, ACU provides staff with a wide range of special banking benefits, such as matched pension contributions, retirement planning assistance, and phased-in work options to help retiring employees transition to life after work.

Along with being one of Manitoba's Top 25 Employers, Assiniboine Credit Union was also named one of Canada's Greenest Employers last year—which translates into an additional employee benefit. ACU participates in the Winnipeg Transit EcoPass program, making bus passes available to employees at a reduced rate which makes commuting to and from work easy, affordable and sustainable.

As Champion Taylor puts it, "ACU employees are truly unique. They want to be a part of a successful organization, in the traditional sense, but they also want to do more, like supporting positive affordable housing solutions, and opening a branch in Winnipeg's North End after other banks abandon the area. They want to be part of an organization that sees the importance of financial literacy and lends its expertise to educate. Our employees want to be part of an organization that makes a difference for every member and for the communities we serve."

MediaCorp, the organization that manages Canada's Top 100 Employers, has recognized ACU with Top Employer awards in both national and regional categories several times since 2006 including being named Canada's Greenest Employer and Best Employer for New Canadians in that time. This year's recognition was announced in a special Winnipeg Free Press supplement published November 30, 2016.

Assiniboine Credit Union has 18 branches in Manitoba, 115,000 members, 450 employees and $4.3 billion in assets. It is the largest credit union by membership and branches and second largest by assets in Manitoba.

For more information:



Kim Champion Taylor
VP, People Solutions
Direct Line: 204.258.3487
kchampiontaylor@assiniboine.mb.ca

 

 

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