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At Union Bay Credit Union, we proudly advocate, educate and celebrate the communities we serve. From donations and bursaries to volunteerism and Community Connect Gift Certificates, this is how we connect with our communities. Read more...

Our Vision Statement:
  Serving our members, our communities.
Our Mission Statemet:  To support our members in meeting their financial goals.

We’re Your Community Credit Union

Strengthening our local communities

Since 1944, Union Bay Credit Union has been your community credit union, serving the needs of our members and giving back to our local communities.

With a wide array of financial products, services and account options, we’re able to offer you the financial services you need in today’s modern world with the close-knit feel and personal connectedness of a bygone era.

When you join UBCU, you become a proud member/owner of your homegrown, community credit union. You also become part of a growing cooperative movement that’s turning away from the ideology of profit for profit’s sake and embracing the values of equality, decision sharing and community building.

Decisions we make at Union Bay Credit Union are made right here at our branches. This is where we live, this is where we work and this is where – with your help – we’re making our communities stronger one member at a time.

The difference is community

Though the credit union movement is definitely growing in popularity, we're still occasionally asked, "How is a credit union different?"

While there are several defining features that distinguish credit unions from other financial institutions, the most significant is our connection to the communities we serve.

Union Bay Credit Union is a 100% member-owned cooperative and, as such, we reinvest our profits in those communities - from Bowser to Royston and Denman to Hornby. This 'giving back" takes the form of bursaries to local students, support of homegrown non-profits and even Community Connect gift certificates that benefit both local organizations and local businesses.

Already this year we have invested $14,000 in our local communities, supporting 21 different community groups in the process. On top of that, we award $5,250 in bursaries each year to students pursuing post-secondary education and we ensure that every single voting member, as part-owner of the cooperative, is eligible for an annual divident payment.

When you get to the heart of the matter, giving back is what credit unions are all about. And because all of our decisions are made right here at our branches in Union Bay, Bowser and on Hornby Island, we'll continue to support those communities. After all, our credit union is only as strong as the communities we serve.

This is where we live, this is where we work and this is where, with the help of our members, we're helping to build more resilient communties. Do you represent a local community group? Apply for funding at ubcu.ca.

Proudly supporting the leaders of tomorrow

We all know that our population is aging. One thing we don't hear much about however, is how our aging workforce will affect the leadership capacity within our organizations. As workers retire in increasing numbers, are we preparing the next generation to pick up the torch?

The problem is equally pressing in the nonprofit sector. One local community group, for example, has an average age of 75, and we suspect there are others with similar demographics. In order to sustain the vital work of our community organizations, we need to empower the leaders of tomorrow to step forward and contribute their ideas and energy in a meaningful way.

At UBCU, we're continually looking at ways to mentor, transfer knowledge and otherwise prepare our youth for leadership roles. Along with other credit unions across the province, we proudly support the YES (Youth Exellence Society), which works to build the skill set and resiliency of BC youth through leadership camps and other programs. Its long-term mission is one that we can all rally behind: creating supportive, inclusive communities that encourage us to challenge ourselves and create positive change.

If you're looking at retirement in the not-too-distant future, think about how you can start transferring the vast knowledge you've accumulated to the next generation of young leaders. And if you're and up-and-coming leader, start identifying opportunities for mentorship or more active involvement in your organization or community.

By proactively working together, we can harness the goodness of the next generation and achieve the goal of healthy, united communities.

Volunteerism - part of what makes Canada great!

As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, we thought we'd reflect on what we feel is an integral bedrock of this great nation. No, not our love of hockey or Tim Horton's...we're talking about the enthusiastic willingness of each and every one of us to volunteer our time to help make our communities great.

A quick survey of our own employees and directors showed just how involved we are in our communities. More than half of our staff and directors volunteer regularly with one or more nonprofit community groups.

One staff member from our Union Bay branch, for example, has volunteered more than 50 hours this year alone with the Union Bay Community Club. She says she wants to show her community spirit and ensure she never loses sight of those community values.

You will see our staff and directors at local fall fairs, schools, music festivals, Halloween parties, community clubs, senior housing initiatives, family days and many other events where an extra pair of hands makes the work lighter and fun.

Our CEO, Sharon McGarvey, who has likewise volunteered a great many hours to local nonprofits, perhaps best sums up the reasons we do so:

"Showing our children the value of a strong, united community helps them appreciate that sense of belonging," she says. "The community benefits when we join together to create something that's greater than the sum."

Perhaps you'll join us in celebrating Canada's 150th birthday in a distinctly Canadian way - by volunteering with a local nonprofit.
Protect yourself, your loved ones and your financial future.