Monday, 21 July 2014

June and July at Chinook

We have been so busy here I missed a post, sorry about that readers. Well the summer sun has treated us well, and led to lots of adventures in our communities.

Branch Wide 

We held our annual Charity Golf tournament in Strathmore. Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors and everyone who came out to golf, in support of the Spec Association’s Kids Club. Together we managed to raise $20,000 for the club, which gives kids from lower income families a safe and friendly place to go after school.

We kicked off our Annual Calendar Contest, if you have some great landscape shots of our communities we want to see them. Photos will be posted on facebook for judging and the top 12 images will go into the 2015 Chinook calendar. The highest amount of votes wins an IPad, and there are 11 chances to win $100.


We will be kicking off the Strathmore Rodeo with beef on a bun and live music August 1st from 11-1. Keep an eye out for your favorite teller during the parade.

Fort MacLeod

The South County Fair was in full swing the weekend of July 18, 19 and 20th. There was tons of excellent live music. Good time had by all. Chinook sponsored Kidz Kountry.

For more information see the following link


The Vision Committee held their annual Baseball and Volleyball Tournament and Dance, July 11, 12 and 13th.  


Held there annual Spock Days with special guests Chase Masterson, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonois and actors from Deep Space Nine, as well as Cameron Farn, Creative Designer and Director.  Spock Days is always a great community event including free swimming, laser tag events at the library, just about everything a treaky could want. 

July 18th the 2nd part of the Green House Concert Series took place featuring a vocal jazz band, Heather Blush and the Uppercuts. The concert series is a fundraiser for the Vulcan community Health and Wellness Foundation. The series will continue September 5th with the Mike Clark Band followed by September 26th with the Alistair Christi Trio. Tickets are $20 and the concerts are held at the Market Street Floods Garden Center.

July 19th was the 24th annual Vulcan Show and Shine. It featured a tractor pull, showing off many of the antique tractors that will be on show, as well as a burn out competition, demolition derby. Trophies were awarded for the best hotrod, best engine, best restored car and truck, people choice award, antique truck and tractor and much more. The money raised will be donated to a local charity.

The following day, was Vulcan’s 39th annual Fly in Breakfast. This is joint venture between the local Lions Club and Flying Club. The Lions always cook up a breakfast worth the flight, while the Flying Club take care of air traffic parking and fueling for the planes. It’s always a great opportunity for people to come out and see what the Flying Club is all about.


Lomond held their July 1st celebrations and community supper.  Chinook Credit Union supplied the beef, wieners, condiments, and serving supplies again this year.  Every year the businesses in Lomond donate towards the fireworks.  Mark Doram and his crew did an amazing job again this year.


Is holding their annual Lions Rodeo July 25-27th.  Come out for the parade, rides, beef on a bun, the cabaret featuring T.C. & Company Band,  oh … and then there’s  the actual rodeo.  Featuring everything from chucks and chariots to bull riding to motocross, this ain’t your average rodeo. Tickets are $20 for an adult and $10 for a student.  So come on out for a weekend of fun! 

Friday, 30 May 2014

May was a month of moving and shaking around Chinook.



Our Strathmore branch got the town spic and span on our annual community cleanup. Our staff was out and about for an afternoon of picking up garbage on bike paths, in parks, and around lakes. By the end of it all we had collected 50 bags of garbage.

Our Strathmore branch and Chinook Wealth Management Team have become proud sponsors of the Strathmore Thunder U12 fast pick team. $1,500.00 was donated so that the girls can play ball for the season.

Larry Betts represented Chinook at the Hope Bridges 1st Annual Art Auction, bidding on and and winning a lovely piece of art that will be on display in the branch for 6 months.

Chinook is a major sponsor of the Strathmore Birth Forest. This year we’ve donated $750.00 and you’ll see us out there Saturday the 31st planting trees.

On May 30th we said goodbye to one of our long time and loved staff members, Pam Kobluk, who has been with Chinook for 21 years. There was cake and coffee in the afternoon of the 30th at the branch.

The 5th Annual Chinook Credit Union Run & Walk in support of the Foothills Advocacy in Motion Society is coming up May 31st. The Foothills AIMS provides local people with developmental disabilities support and services. The run will be held in Kinsmen Park. Registration is at 7:45 and the run starts at 9. Come out and enjoy the beautiful weather for a good cause!

Lastly, our Strathmore branch will be hosting the 2nd Annual Strathmore Montessori Society Silent Auction. Stop in to bid on your favorite items between June 2 and 13. All of the proceeds will go toward the local Montessori program to provide better learning opportunities for its students. 



Our Vulcan team enjoyed an excellent team building day where 10 of our staff went to Lethbridge for bowling, lunch, shopping and an assortment of team building exercises. They all had an excellent time learning about each other and working together throughout the day.

We are proud sponsors of the Vulcan Spock Days, running from June 13th to the 15th. Our staff will be volunteering around the event. This year’s guests include, but aren’t limited to, Nana Visitor and Rene Auderjonois who played Kira Nerys and Odo on Deep Space Nine, as well as Cameron Farn, a Creative Director and Designer working for F&D Scene Changes. The events range from free swimming, live bands, ball tournaments, family fairs, beer gardens, and laser tag. It’s definitely worth coming out for. To find out more, visit

Both the Vulcan 4-H beef and Foothills Sheep Club are wrapping up their seasons. Chinook provided $500.00 toward the Vulcan Beef Show and Sale, as well as $100.00 towards the Foothills 4-H Sheep Club’s award banquet. Good luck to all of the kids showing their steers.

Our very own Sherri Papke has been sitting on the board for the Journeys Therapeutic Riding Society in Nanton for the last four years, and has recently started volunteering her time within their programs. Their programs provide an opportunity for people with disabilities, or anyone who may benefit therapeutically from riding horses, to do so. Sherri says it has been an amazing experience.


Fort Macleod

Our staff was there Wednesday May 14th to help build a new playground in Fort Macleod, as well as to provide $3,750.00 towards the community playgrounds and splash park project. The new playground will provide a fun and safe place for the town’s children to play, as well as some beautiful green space within the community.

May 8th marked another extremely successful Big Bike Ride for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Our staff raised a total of $4,800.00 while getting a little cardio in and having a blast. Way to go Fort Macleod.

On May 13th the branch celebrated National Denim Day. Staff could donate money in exchange for wearing jeans to work, as well as selling pink ribbons to members. Fort Macleod has made this fundraiser an annual tradition for 10 plus years. This year they managed to raise $225 for the cause.

Chinook was happy to sponsor the Willow Creek Wilderness Walk and Run. Tammi Paiha and Carissa Rosendal were on scene to help out by handing out registration packages and greeting runners, as well as recording and posting times. As well as our very own Colleen Edwards running the marathon herself. The run raised $800.00 that will be donated to the Fort Macleod Playground Committee to help build a new spray park. A big round of applause goes out to all of the runners and volunteers that made this event such a success.
On May 28th Fort Macleod hosted a grain marketing presentation for local farmers. Marty Daalder, Cargill’s Regional Grain Marketing Service Manager, spoke at the event, giving our farmers a better understanding of market solutions in the post Canadian Wheat Board world. It was said to be a very informative evening.



Hussar Lions’ Summer Days is coming up Friday
June 13th - Sunday June 15th. The town will be enjoying a ball tournament, beer gardens, a parade, a summer fair and much more. Stop by Chinook for a BBQ lunch on
 June the 13th and keep an eye out for our staff in the parade on the 14th!



Chinook is a proud sponsor of the Claresholm 4-H Beef Show coming up June 3rd. Come out to support the kids and fill the freezer, all in one fell swoop!



The Bassano Rodeo will be taking place from June 20th to June 22nd . Chinook will be holding a Kick off BBQ on the 20th between 11 and 1:30 at the Elks Hall. Come on by for burgers and all the fixings. We are also sponsoring the Bare Back Riding so don’t be surprised if you see some Chinookers cheering extra loud for that event.

Bassano participated in the National Denim Day Event For the Cure by paying $5 to wear jeans on May 13th. This fundraiser supports cancer research and the search for the cure.




Chinook was a sponsor of the community competition the Dino Den, where one hopeful business would win everything they needed to start a business in Drumheller, including an enhanced business bank account with Chinook. Our Drumheller branch manager, Patsy Stokalko, was one of the judges who declared the winners to be Karel Stojan and Shelley Rymal with The Dinosaur Valley Express. The Dinosaur Valley Express is a street legal trolley system that will be touring around Drumheller this summer, thanks to the Dino Den competition.



The Brooks Kinsmen Rodeo is coming up June 6th –8th. The rodeo includes fireworks, beer gardens, pancake breakfasts, and all of the entertainment that ropes and riders can offer. Be sure to look for us in the parade and cheer for Shawn Schellenberg, the Chinook mini chuck driver.

Our Brooks branch has been busy as bees lately, raising money for all kinds of causes.

On May 13th Sarah Noack organized the National Denim Day Event For the Cure in the Brooks branch. The staff had the opportunity to pay $5 to wear jeans to work. They raised $210.00 for cancer research.

May 5th-9th Carmen and Kelly organized the Dress for SPEC week. Staff paid each day to dress in a different theme.

Wednesday: Hoody Hump Day!

You can wear your favorite hoody. Yes, they cleared this with their Branch Manager and she ok’d this for this day only J Thanks Kimberley!

Thursday: Favorite Team Day!

Wear your favorite team jersey….


Wear your brightest colour this day and celebrate Spring!!!

The fun spread from their branch to Drumheller, Fort Macleod, Hanna, and Claresholm. In the end they raised $530 for SPEC, a local family support organization that provides after school programs, keeping the kids out having fun and out of trouble.

Robyn organized the big bike ride for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, raising $2,062.00.

On May 12th Lana organized the Chinook blood drive. Thank you to everyone who gave blood. It’s in you to give.

May 10th was the Crossroads Challenge, a 5k Obstacle Run/Walk in Brooks. Our very own Maddison Drader had a top time of 36.14. The run raised over $20,000 for the Crossroads Clinic. The clinic deals with family planning and sexual health in the area.

The MS Walk is on June 1, 2014 at the Centennial Arena. Lace up for someone you love. All money raised goes to MS research, as well as towards services for people living with MS.

Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans play their Official Canadian Release Party for Counterfeit Blues at the Centennial Regional Arena on June 20th

Alberta Ombudsman will be in Brooks on June 12 @ the Brooks Public Library. Call 1-888-455-2756 and book an appointment to discuss concerns.

The 45th Annual Southern Alberta Summer Games located in Pincher Creek will be held July 2nd – 5th. The games will include archery, badminton, ball hockey, cribbage, soccer, swimming, and much more. Check out the web site and join the fun by competing or spectating. Chinook has also donated handouts for the participants.

Our own Diane West participated in the Lion’s Foundation-Purina Walk for Dog Guides on May 31st. Her family and friends do this walk every year in memory of her father, who was deeply involved in this event. They walked together as “Team Burt” (named after her dad) and raised a whopping $3,260.00 for the training and supplying of guide dogs to those who need them. A big thank you goes out from Diane to everyone in Chinook for their support and generosity. (Photo - Back: Tracy Doram, Kristy Darby, Diane Wiest. Front: Marina Wiest, Claire Darby and Kaley Darby.)


Chinook Wide

The credit union wide slow pitch tournament is coming up in Red Deer. Our staff will be out to play ball and have a great time with other credit union staff. Good luck to our Chinook team in their games! Let’s show ‘em what we got!

Our staff golf tournament is coming upon Saturday June 21st, giving all of our staff a chance to get together to enjoy a little friendly competition and excellent weather.

The staff golf tournament will get us all in the mood for our 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament that will be coming up right behind on July 4th. This year we are raising money for the SPEC Association in Brooks, which provide excellent after school programing for elementary and pre-school aged kids, as well as various family support programs within the area. We are still looking for sponsors, as well as golfers, so feel free to visit the website to learn more.

Last, but most importantly, is that on May 27th Chinook and First Calgary Financial announced that their collaboration discussions have led to a plan to merge. If all goes well the merge will begin November 1st. The two credit unions have discussed the importance of these brands and plan on keeping the same community focused spirit alive in our new organization. The merger will allow us to be much more efficient as a company and provide a lot of savings and benefits to our members. For more information visit

Thursday, 24 April 2014

April at Chinook

Our Brooks branch is getting ready for a very busy few weeks!

April 25, 26, and 27 is the annual Brooks Trade Show, where our staff will be manning the information desk to help the over 10,000 visitors find their way around, and tell them more about the event. Click the link below for more information.

May 2nd is the Big Bike Ride for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. This event puts 29 riders on one bike, one VERY big bike, that is, in order to raise money for The Heart and Stroke Foundation. Click the following links to learn more!

If you wish to sponsor the Chinook team, the Hogs of Brooks, click the link below.


May 3rd is the Rotary Club of Brooks’ Annual Dinosaur Pump It Up Run. You can do a 3, 5 or 10 k run on the paved paths of the beautiful Dinosaur Provincial Park. This is the 7th annual run, with every year getting bigger and better. Our very own branch manager is running the 10k, along with other members of staff running the 5 and 3. Way to go girls! Our staff members are also volunteering at the event. See the below links for more info.


On May 28th the City of Brooks will be facilitating a Yard Waste Spring Clean Up. So get your Spring lawn up to scratch, bag your leaves from last Fall, and put them in your back lane for pick up. See the below link for more information.


On May 30th Trooper, Honeymoon Suite, and Smoke pack will be playing at the Centennial Regional Arena. This concert is going to bring together 3 great Canadian rock bands. For more information and where to buy tickets click the below link.


Meanwhile in Nanton…….

The Nanton Branch presented the Nanton Marlin Swim Club with a $500 donation.  The club 100% relies on donations to run the program.


The Swim Club has been in existence and operating out of the Nanton Public Swimming Pool for over 30 years. It is a club full of phenomenal swimmers aged 4-40, dedicated to their sport and their community. This team travels all over Southern Alberta, May through August, as well as hosts an annual swim meet in July.



And at Fort Macleod…..

On May 8th our Fort Macleod team has their own Big Bike Ride for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Anytime you get 29 Chinook employees on one bike, you know it’s going to be fun!

If you want to sponsor the Chinookers of Fort Macleod, click the link below.


Fort MacLeod is taking on 2 deadly diseases in one month. They are also selling pink ribbons for breast cancer, and doing a denim day where staff pay to wear jeans to work, with all of the money raised going to cancer research. If you see our staff in jeans, it’s not just casual Friday, we’re working on contributing to finding a cure.  See the below link for more information

May 24th is the Willow Creek Wilderness Walk and Run. This is the second annual run, featuring a 5 and 10k option, through a beautiful river valley route. Our Chinook staff, along with other volunteers, will be there cheering everybody on and handing out water.

For more information or to register for this event see the below links


In Claresholm………

May 8th –the 10th is the Stavely Indoor Pro Rodeo. Chinook is a proud sponsor of this event. It’s all the rodeo with none of the weather. Featuring bareback, bull riding, roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and much more, come on out and enjoy the fun with us!


Meanwhile in Lomond…….

Our branch held an Easter coloring contest. We gave away a backpack with some candy for the main prize, but each entry received a small prize and some chocolates.



Chinook Wide

We are incredibly excited to announce that we were able to sponsor 3 youths this year to attend the Alberta Community and Co-operative Association Leadership camp that will be taking place this summer. As a Chinook whole we sponsored a youth from Lomond as well as one from Claresholm, and our Drumheller branch got involved in the action and sponsored one of their local youths on their own. We love investing in our communities, and especially in the youth of our communities!


Have you registered for our 2014 Golf Tournament yet? With a ton of great prizes, and an amazing day planned out for our golfers, supporting a charity may have never been so fun before!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

March at Chinook

Our Fort Macloed Branch donated $500.00 to the annual Willow Creek Wilderness Walk/Run coming up May 24th. Last year we volunteered and helped pass out water to all of the runners. We enjoyed it so much that we thought this year we would donate money and as well as volunteer. A portion of the registration fees will be donated to the Fort Macleod Playground Committee. Click the following link to learn more.

Stasha Donahue and Carissa Rosendal. Stasha organizes the event and Carissa is a Chinook employee.


The Fourth Annual Chinook Golf tournament is coming up in July and we are looking for golfers, as well as for sponsors for anything from food to golf carts to prizes. See the tournament’s website below for information. 

March was Fraud Prevention month. We have been spreading the news about fraud and ways to prevent it through our website, Facebook, and Twitter all month. If you missed it, feel free to check out our website for some interesting articles, as well as for the Competition Bureau’s Little Black Book of Scams, and keep yourself safe.

Volunteer week is coming up April 6th – 12th. This year’s theme is For the Health of It. Volunteerism is something we believe in deeply here at Chinook, and we would like to thank everyone else out there who believes in it too. Thanks for rolling up your sleeves and getting the job done for your communities. For more information on volunteer week, see the following link.

Chinook Credit Union, along with Junior Achievement, will be teaching business and investment classes to kids at Standard School in April. These programs are designed to give kids a better understanding of finance and entrepreneurship, while giving them real world skills for the working world. Kids who participate in these classes are less likely to get into debt, more likely to start their own businesses, and, more likely to make a higher income than the general population.

A group of our staff will be attending the Bringing Experts and Recourses Together Conference in Edmonton on April 8th and 9th. The Conference brings together industry experts to talk about investor economics, advisor impact and trends in the wealth management industry. Keeping us lean mean investing machines.

Our Fort Macleod branch donated to Fort Macleod FCSS (Family Community Support Services) to support their services. The FCSS provides everything from meals on wheels to summer youth programs and disaster services.

Brooks staff supported fundraiser event for Brooks Animal Protection Society by attending ‘Raise the Woof’ an evening of comedy.

Brooks branch hosted a ‘family friendly’ bowling and pizza evening for Brooks CCU employees and families on March 29th, which was well attended. Everyone had a tonne of fun.

Brooks staff will be volunteering at the annual Brooks & District Trade Show on April 25th, 26th, and 27th, by manning the information desk. This is a fantastic event and an opportunity for us to meet and greet our members in a different atmosphere, outside of the branch, as well as demonstrate our commitment to our community. For more info check out the following link.

Monday, 3 March 2014

February at Chinook

(Brooks, AB) Chinook Credit Union LTD. to donate $25,000.00 to Hussar Community Hall renovation.

Chinook Credit Union LTD. officially announced in February that they will be donating $25,000.00 towards the current renovations slated to take place at the Hussar Community Hall.
In late 2013 the community won $50,000.00 from the UFA Get ‘n’ Give contest to help fund the renovation, which will mostly consist of kitchen and bathroom, but that still left the community short on some of the needed upgrades. As per their write up on
“Since 1979, our Community Hall has been the gathering place for all members of our community – young and old. Serving a large rural population of approximately 1000 people....”
“The past 34 years have brought its share of wear and tear and codes and building standards have changed. We need to modernize our Community Hall....”
“Thirty years is a long time and things wear out. This is the case with the plumbing in the kitchen and bathrooms. The electrical system has similarly been patched and maintained over the years but a new electrical panel is definitely needed to handle the lighting and air conditioning from past upgrades....”

“Our Hall is the cornerstone of our community. It is necessary to maintain this gathering place as a way to knit the past, present and future of our community together, to keep us connected and remind us where we come from....”
Chinook Credit Union is proud to support this community improvement, and looks forward to seeing the upgraded facilities.


We support our Canadians all over the world, even in Sochi!

Our branches celebrated to Olympics in their own ways. Here in Strathmore, every Thursday our staff participated in Chinook style Olympic events, such as the lighting of the torch (hot potato), curling (bean bag toss), downhill skiing (trivia), and biathlon (team relay with suction cup dart guns!). In the end we all had a great time.

Our fort Macleod branch, as well as our Nanton branch, had the Olympics streaming live so members and staff could cheer on the Canucks as they went for the gold. Nanton even provided some refreshments for the parched onlookers, and some great decorations.


PAPER HEART CAMPAIGN (Fort Macleod Branch)

Did you know there are an estimated 70,000 heart attacks each year in Canada. That’s one heart attack every 7 minutes. And, 1.3 million Canadians (4.8% of Canadians – 4.2% of girls and women and 5.3% of boys and men 12 years of age and older) reported having heart disease.

February was Heart month for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. During February, our very own Carissa Rosendal spearheaded this initiative at the Fort Macleod Branch. They collected donations for this foundation and sold Paper Hearts! People could purchase a Red Paper Heart for $2.00 or their desired donation amount.

This foundation is particularly close to Carissa, as her little nephew was born with hypo-plastic left heart syndrome. In easy terms, he was born with only half a heart! He has had three open heart surgeries in his short life already and today he is extremely healthy and happy!

They successfully filled the front windows with Red Hearts, and raised $277.65 for the Heart & Stroke Foundation!

On February 26, our staff in Fort Macleod also participated in Pink Shirt Day, bringing awareness to bullying in local schools.

Pink Shirt Day 2014

Thursday, 6 February 2014

On February 5th some of our Fort Macleod team joined in the annual winter walk for Family and Community Support Services. The FCSS  is encouraging physical activity and community involvement at all of their locations. The event is still being carried on in some locations, and you can register for it on the FCSS website. Participants in Fort Macleod enjoyed hot chocolate and snacks, as well as being entered to win a variety of prizes donated by local business.


Our Annual General Meeting is coming up Wednesday, February 12th. There will be speeches from many of our company leaders, as well as reviews if our financials, by-laws and resolutions, and anything else we’ve been up to in the last year.


It’s RRSP season. The deadline for your RRSPs contributions this year is March 3rd. After that, your contributions will apply to 2014’s taxes and contribution limit, so come on in and max those contributions out before it’s too late.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Here’s the last of our holiday updates for you.

Our Tacky Sweater Day at the Strathmore branch brought all kinds of hilarious oddities out of our staffs’ closets. Everyone donated $5 to wear jeans, and lunch was provided for the staff, as well as a prize gift card for the winner. Brianne Dolson took the prize with the shiniest, tinseled out sweater I have ever seen. In the end, between staff donations, member donations, branch donations and a generous sum from Wealth Management, they donated approximately $1,100.00 to the Strathmore and District Christmas Hamper. Some members of our staff, as well as some of the staff spouses went and helped pack and distribute the hampers, all of which came back glowing with the joy that comes from truly giving.

Our Nanton branch donated $1,000.00 to the breakfast program at the JT Foster School. This program provides a nutritious breakfast for any student who needs it. It is part of a student based initiative called “Project Respect”.

Our Vulcan branch has also been up to nothing but the best kind of holiday mischief this year. They donated a total of $335.00 to the FCSS which allowed them to adopt a family for Christmas, providing them clothing and toys for all the family members. The staff was generous donating to the food bank when the Christmas train came to Vulcan as well.

Drumheller was part of an amazing initiative, where they had a tree with tags on it that had an age and sex of a child. People took those tags and bought gifts for the kids, bringing them back to go under the tree in the branch. The toys were then distributed to the children in need.

All of our other branches also participated in raising money and food donations for their surrounding communities.

Our staff party was way too much fun. This year we had all our branches come together for it in Strathmore with a delicious meal, live band, door prizes, a silent auction, and a really fun photo booth.


We hope that you had an amazing holiday season as well!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

In the winter wonderland of Chinook, we have been busy Santa’s little helpers.

Sherri Papke and Warren Nielson attended Community Conversations to learn about less traditional ways that people can donate, (ie. In kind donations of securities like donating shares) as well as the tax advantages of these strategies. Warren and Sherri helped out with the Q and A portion of the conference, drawing on their own experience using these methods.
$14,600.00 was raised by the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in Brooks in November. The money will go to the Cantara Safe House. The event also brought a fair bit of attention to the all too often overlooked issues of domestic violence. Chinook Credit Union was able to donate some giveaway items for the event to award to some of their participants.
The first few weeks of our collaboration with First Calgary is going swimmingly here in Marketing. We are greatly appreciating the extra resources and ideas and I think that mentality is echoed all around Chinook. It’s always great to have some like-minded people to work with.

Many of our own in Strathmore are volunteering for the Christmas Hamper Society this year. It was noted that they are short on items for both girls and boys in the 12-17 year category.This is a difficult age group to buy for but some suggestions they had was cosmetics, hair products for the girls, and cologne, and other toiletries for the boys.

So stop by and drop off a gift at one of our branches and we will make sure it brightens some ones Christmas for you

We also had our 15 minutes of fame here at Chinook. CBC came by our Strathmore branch to interview a few of our key players on the possibilities of employing people through Meticulon Consulting, a socially responsible charitable-for-profit, whose goal is to find appropriate workplace placement for candidates who are on the Autistic Spectrum. We will post a link on our Facebook as soon as it airs

Our Strathmore branch is having an internal fundraiser for the food bank on Wednesday the 11th. Don’t be surprised to see us all in our ugliest sweaters! We each paid 5 dollars for the right to break out the worst of the worst and show off the tacky side of our Christmas spirit.

Our branches partnered with the members of our communities and managed to raise over $2,000.00 for the Red Cross’ Typhoon Haiyan relief. This money will be matched by the government. The donations will being going to people in need overseas. We would like to thank everyone who donated.

Christmas spirit came to town December 10th when CP Rail’s Holiday Train visited Fort Macleod. The community, including our staff, enjoyed a visit from Santa as well as a live performance.

In the winter land of chinook we have been buzzy Santa’s little helpers Sherri Papke and warren nelson attended community conversations to learn about les traditional ways that people can donate for example in kind donations of security’s like donating as well as the tax advantages of these startages warren and Sherri help out with the Q and A part of the conference drawing on their own experience using these methods.

14,600 was raised by the walk a mile in her shoes held in brooks the money will go to the cantara safe house the event also brought a fair bit of attention to the all to overlooked issues of domestic violence 

 The first few weeks of our partnership with first Calgary is going swimmingly hear in marketing we are greatly appreciating the extra resources and ideas and I think that mentality is echoed all around chinook it’s always great to have some like-minded people to work with

Connie Stone one for our own is volunteering for the Christmas Hamper Society this year.
It was noted that they are short on items for both girls and boys in the 12-17 year category.
This is a difficult age group to buy for but some suggestions they had was cosmetics, hair products for the girls, and cologne, and other toiletries for the boys.
So stop by and drop off a gift at one of our branches and we will make sure it brightens some ones Christmas for you

We also had our 15 minutes of fame hear at chinook CBC national news came by our Strathmore branch to interview a few of our key players on our policy’s regarding employing differently abled people we will post a link on our Facebook as soon as it airs

Our branches are having an internal fundraiser for the food bank on Wednesday the 11th don’t be surprised to see us all in our ugliest sweaters we each paid 5 dollars for the right to break out the worst of the worst and show of the tacky side of our Christmas spirit

Our Branches managed to raise 2006.07 for Hayien typhoon relief this money will be matched by the government bringing a whole $4012.14 to people in need overseas we would like to thank everyone who donated

Christmas spirit came to town December 10th when CP Rail’s Holiday Train visited Fort Macleod. The community including our staff enjoyed a visit from Santa as well as a live performance

Friday, 29 November 2013

This is a great TedX discussion on the importance of financial education. Even though this video is based on the US economy, there is not a lot of difference between us. Let us clear up some jargon for you beforehand. 401Ks and IRAs are similar to the Canadian RRSPs and Savings Bonds. A 529 plan is just like an RESP.

When it gets to the US consumer debt, you will likely think to yourself, “Well, we all know how rough the US economy is right now. A 2.5 trillion dollar consumer debt isn’t all that surprising. Thank goodness I live in Canada!” What if we told you that the Canadian consumer debt is 1.36 trillion? (

 Almost half, right? We’re not doing bad! Except for the fact that we have a population that is about 11% the size of the US……..


Thursday, 28 November 2013

On November 22nd, the 11th Annual Hussar Ladies Silver and Gold Gala went off without a hitch. 300 women, including some of our staff, enjoyed dinner music, a 50/50 draw, and door prizes. Chinook Credit Union donated a diamond ring which was won by Sherri Christensen. The money raised that night will be going towards the town hall’s renovation.

Other than that, the season of giving is upon us. Chinook Credit Unions across Alberta are accepting donations towards the Typhoon Haiyan relief fund up until December 9th. Money donated up until November 9th will be matched by the Canadian government, and will provide some much needed help to people who have lost their homes, families, and communities.

Also in spirit of giving, Chinook will be focusing on a great initiative offered by our partner, CUETS financial, for the month of December. You can donate your CUETS Master card Rewards Choice Rewards points to three different national charities: The United Way, Children’s Wish and the Canadian Cancer Society. This is a great way to be charitable without having to take a cent out of your own pocket.
Last, but not least, just a reminder that local Christmas Hampers have started their campaigns for the 2013 season. Please be generous with your donations, as these wonderful folks support many members of our communities who are in need.