UBCU Directors

Meet our Board of Directors

Sharon Hadden

Sharon Hadden - Chair

A resident of Buckley Bay since 1978, Sharon co-owned and operated Fanny Bay Oysters for 20 years before selling the company in 2007. She’s since earned her MBA and a CGA designation and currently runs a successful Comox Valley accounting practice.

A credit union member since the late ’70s, Sharon enthusiastically accepted an invitation to join the UBCU Board of Directors in 2013. She enjoys traveling and playing sports like slo-pitch and golf, and she’s the proud mother of three sons.

In her words: "A community's ability to support a successful cooperative reveals a strong character and deep values that cannot be bought and paid for. Part of my responsibility as a Board member is to respect and foster that community strength while meeting the financial needs of the community."

 

Edith Skiber - Vice-Chair

A resident of Deep Bay for more than 22 years, Edith worked for 16 years with Castlegar Credit Union and also served as Financial Secretary for IWA from 1980 to 1993. Edith joined the UBCU Board of Directors in 2006, driven largely by her strong belief in credit union principles and the importance of local governance and decision-making.

On a personal note, Edith enjoys golf and spending time outdoors with her dog and her camera. She has served in many other volunteer roles with organizations such as the BC Golf Association’s North Island Zone, the Fanny Bay Enhancement Society and the Cranbrook Food Bank, to name but a few.

In her words: "Credit Unions have been very much a part of my life since 1964, when I began working for the local credit union in Castlegar. I believe strongly in local governance that can adjust to the needs of members, making quick decisions to improve members' financial wellness. Community, after all, is more than a buzz word – it is where we live with our friends and neighbours and where we look out for one another."

 

Wayne Anderson

Wayne Anderson

Wayne Anderson practised law in Alberta for 27 years before relocating to the Comox Valley in 2010. Two years later, he was called to the British Columbia bar and began practicing law once again. Today, his law practice is dedicated to helping small-business owners deal with the many issues that confront them.

Wayne has served on a variety of volunteer boards in both Alberta and BC. Locally, he’s been a member of, and legal counsel for, the Union Bay Historical Society since 2010 and has served as President, Vice President and Secretary of the Sid Williams Theatre Society. Currently, Wayne is corporate counsel for five non-profit organizations working within the Comox Valley.

In his words: "My wife and I are incredibly proud to be credit union members, and to be part of an organization that makes such vital contributions to the community we now call home. Service is of paramount importance to us, and there’s simply no substitute for the great service we get at our local credit union."

 


Petra Chambers-Sinclair

Petra moved to Hornby Island as a very young child in 1974 and became a member of the Union Bay Credit Union shortly thereafter. Her account book was one of her treasured possessions as a child and she took her account very seriously. In fact, she once won an award (a lollipop) for the most deposits and withdrawals in one month!

Petra has recently returned to live on Hornby Island, where her father still resides. She brings over 25 years’ experience in nonprofit leadership, including strategic planning, performance measurement and using a ‘complex systems’ lens to create desired change in organizations and communities. Petra has an MA in Conflict Analysis and Management with an organizational specialization from Royal Roads University; and a graduate certificate in Evaluation from the school of Public Administration at the University of Victoria. 

Petra wanted to join the board of the Union Bay Credit Union because she believes in investing in community.

In her words:  “After 75 years, the Union Bay Credit Union still remains fully grounded in the communities it serves, supporting local individuals, families and business to take care of themselves and, in the process, each other. The Union Bay Credit Union provides financial services to our small communities; small grants to local organizations; bursaries to local youth for post-secondary education; and employment to local people. There is no down side!” 

Petra joined the board in 2019.

 

Fabien Gendron

Originally from Quebec’s Eastern Townships, Fabien now works as a Chartered Professional Accountant here in the Comox Valley.

A former member of Quebec’s Caisse Populaire credit union, Fabien was quick to join the grassroots Triple Rock Land Cooperative on Denman Island and to become a member of the UBCU upon arriving on Vancouver Island in 2003. He joined the UBCU Board in 2015.

Fabien is passionate about cooking, gardening and local food production, and he loves getting out into nature and enjoying the youthful sprit of his two young children.

In his words: "I believe in creating a positive local impact and nurturing community connections; that sense of connection and fulfillment is so enriching to one's life. In my opinion, the services and ability of the credit union to better its members are unparalleled by any other financial institution."

 



Daryl McLoughlin 

Born in the Comox Valley and a Denman Island resident since 2010, Daryl brings a wealth of experience to UBCU, having worked in diverse sectors such as banking, government, manufacturing, transportation and retail. He’s served as vice-chair of the Comox Valley Airport Commission and is currently the manager and “chief economist” of the Denman Island General Store. 

Daryl credits UBCU as one of the contributing factors to the success of his business and is a firm supporter of a local financial institution that’s deeply committed to the well-being of its communities. He places a very high value on community service and has coached soccer, hockey and lacrosse as well as leading troops of Beavers, Wolf Cubs and Boy Scouts. 

In his words: “I strongly believe in the cooperative philosophy of credit unions, where the interests of members are the business interests of the credit union. People working together can do great things.”

 

Todd Russell 

Born into a family of commercial fishermen, Todd has earned his keep for most of his teen and adult life on the waters surrounding Vancouver Island. Yearning for something new, he spent five years working in Vancouver’s film industry before returning to the Island in 2004 to raise a family of his own. 

Currently the general manager of Island Scallops, Todd also sits on the board of the BC Shellfish Growers Association and is involved with a number of government marine planning and protection committees. He spends many of his non-working hours showing his two sons the same on-water and off-water pursuits he enjoyed so much as a boy growing up on Vancouver Island. 

In his words: “Credit unions like UBCU are such a vital part of the small towns they serve. They tie communities together, funding and helping to grow valuable programs that bring strength and resilience to BC’s rural communities.”

 























Mac Snobelen

A visitor or resident of Bowser since the mid-1960s, Mac has run a successful roofing business, worked as a building contractor and still owns and operates a local building supply store in the area. He continues to be involved in his community, participating in community projects and supporting variety of local events. He plays rugby, loves to fish and enjoys boating, family time and gardening.

Mac has been a member of various cooperatives since the early ’80s and joined the UBCU Board of Directors in 2015. He’s proud to support and encourage UBCU’s policy of social responsibility and the credit union’s many contributions to the communities it serves.

In his words: "Credit unions are unlike most businesses; they give back in a big way, re-investing members' deposits into the local communities. These are practices I'm incredibly proud to support."



Mark Jones, Chief Executive Officer

An Island boy who grew up in the Comox Valley and still enjoys spending time on Denman and Hornby, Mark has been part of the credit union movement since age 19, when he worked as a member services representative while completing his business administration degree at Vancouver Island University. He obtained his Master of Business Administration from Royal Roads University in January 2018 and joined UBCU as CEO on May 14th, 2018. Mark enjoys spending time outdoors, camping, hiking, kayaking and enjoying all that the Island has to offer.

In his words: “I’m honoured to have the opportunity to serve our current and future members throughout the region. With so many changes ahead in financial services, UBCU has an unprecedented opportunity to lead through innovation while remaining grounded by our dedication to our community and our members. Smaller credit unions play a critical role in the economic fabric of our rural communities. Our small size allows us to be ultra-responsive to our members, while providing the personalized service you expect from a local, grassroots organization. I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you, and to hearing your thoughts on how we can help grow your wealth while growing our communities.”

 

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