Board of Directors

Community Savings is member-owned, which means that as a member you have a say in how your credit union is run. By voting for your Board of Directors, you could play an integral role in shaping the future direction of this dynamic and caring organization. This is an opportunity for you to ensure that the people in board leadership have the values that are consistent with Community Savings and represent you well. All eligible members also have the opportunity to run for election to the Board of Directors if they so choose. Every year, a number of board positions become available for a three-year term.

If you have any comments or inquiries for your board of directors, you can send them an email.

Meet your 2020 slate of Directors:

Phillip Legg - Chair Our Board Chair of our Board of Directors for 2018 is Mr. Phillip Legg. Mr. Legg has been on the Board of Community Savings Credit Union since 1992 and is a highly regarded advocate and supporter for the labour movement of our province. Mr. Legg has served as the Director of Research and legislation for the BC Federation of Labour and has also served as the Worker Representative on the Board of Directors for WorkSafe BC, among many other key positions in political campaigns and labour activism.

Colleen Jordan - Vice-Chair has been a member of Community Savings for over 25 years. In 2005, Colleen retired after 15 years as Secretary Treasurer of CUPE BC Division. She was first elected to Burnaby City Council in 2002 and re-elected for a sixth term in 2018. Colleen has served on various community boards including the United Way, and as a Director and former Chair of the Board of Pacific Blue Cross. Ms. Colleen Jordan has served as the Chair of our Board of Directors for 11 years. Now Ms. Jordan has been elected as our Vice-Chair of our Board of Directors for 2018.

Gary Kroeker serves as a director with the Community Savings Credit Union following the merger of Community Savings and Operating Engineers Credit Union in 2009. Mr. Kroeker brought years of credit union experience as a respected director of the Operating Engineers Credit Union Board from 1975 through to the merger. He has been a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115 since 1971 and was employed by Local 115 in 1974. During this time, he held the office of guard, treasurer, and recording corresponding secretary. In February 1992, he became business manager of the 10,000 plus member organization. He was elected as international vice president in 1995 and held the position of 3rd general vice president of the International Union until retirement in 2010. He has served as president of the following labour organizations: BC and Yukon Territory Building Trades Council, the Allied Hydro Council, BC Highways and Relations Construction Council, and a member of the Executive Board of the BC Federation of Labour. Active in the community, he was a director with Habitat For Humanity Greater Vancouver. Currently, he serves as a board member of BC Infrastructure, the employer of record for numerous BC public infrastructure projects, building for the future.

Mary LaPlante Derksen joined Community Savings Credit Union in 2007. Prior to joining the Credit Union, she was the Financial Secretary for the Hospital Employees Union for 22 years, and retired from that position in October 2006. Mary is very pleased to have the opportunity to be part of Community Savings Credit Union as a Director. Mary is chair on the Investment & Lending Committee, an active member of the ERM Committee. Mary currently works at a local printing company as she wanted more to do following retirement. She is also active on her Strata Council, is a Director for Pacific Blue Cross, and is a member of their Investment & Lending and Audit Committees as well.

Irene Lanzinger has a long history as a strong leader in the labour movement. She was the first woman to be elected president of the BC Federation of Labour and held that position from November of 2014 until her recent retirement in 2018. Irene was a secondary science and mathematics teacher in Abbotsford and Vancouver as well as teaching abroad in Japan and Saudi Arabia. She served as the chief negotiator for the BC Teachers’ Federation, bargaining on behalf of  41,000 public school teachers.  She was elected vice-president of the BCTF in 2002 and president in 2007. Irene was appointed to the Board of B.C. Hydro in December 2018.

Leslie Roosa is a long-time Member and supporter of Community Savings Credit union and organized labour for British Columbia. She is currently employed with the Vancouver School Board and is very active with the BC Teachers Federation. Ms. Roosa has also been appointed to the BCTF Pension Committee and brings a wealth of knowledge to our Board in the areas of financial acumen and pension administration. In addition, she is currently the Secretary-Treasurer of the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers Association.
Rick Sieb  has been a real estate appraiser with Intercity Appraisals Ltd. since 1989 and a close partner with Community Savings Credit Union. He is also a qualified arbitrator through the ADR Institute of Canada and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
David Wilson experience ranges from the international Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, UFCW, to the Telecommunications Worker’s Union, to his current role as Vice President of the UFCW LOC 1518.

Lynn Bueckert was the Executive Director at the BC Federation of Labour. Lynn serves as a Director for Worksafe BC and has served on a number of community boards. 
Lee Loftus has served as the Business Manager of the BC Insulators Union. Lee was the former President of the BC Building Trades Council, Former Director, Occupation Health, Safety & Environment at the BC Federation of Labour and former Workers Advocate, Business Representative at IUOE. He is currently a Director for WorksafeBC. 
Bob Dhaliwal is currently serving his third 2-year term as Secretary Treasurer of ILWU Canada. Bob began his Longshore career with ILWU Local 502, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada in 1988. Shortly thereafter he left the industry for a time to continue his studies and completed his commercial pilot’s license and his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Simon Fraser University. After returning to the industry in 2002, he has worked in all phases of stevedoring including steel, lumber, logs, automobiles and the movement of containerized cargo. He is also currently serving as the lead trustee of the Longshore pension and benefit plans. The International Transport Workers Federation has asked him to chair a working group whose mandate is to study automation and the future of work.  

A Tribute to Terry Smith

Terry Smith - 1946 - 2001
Terrance (Terry) Bruce Smith, Chair of the Community Savings Credit Union board of directors for the last twenty years, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, September 8th, 2001.

Prior to taking on the challenges of Chair Terry served seven years as Vice-President and has been a loyal member of the credit union for a remarkable 33 years.

As Chair, he was instrumental in shaping the overall direction and success of this credit union and instilling the credit union’s philosophy of “people helping people”. During his tenure, Terry’s dedication and commitment helped grow the credit union from a modest $13 million in total assets to - $185 million, five branches, 13,000 members and a staff of 69.

In addition to his role at the credit union, Terry was also the national secretary treasurer of the Industrial, Wood and Allied Workers (IWA) of Canada since 1988. He started in the forest industry in 1964 at the Canadian Forest Products Pacific Veneer Division, serving on numerous safety and plant committees. He served as first vice-president of I.W.A. Local 1-357 (New Westminster) from 1973-1982 then became president of the local union from 1982-88.

Terry was liked and respected by all those who knew him. He was a dedicated family man, trade unionist and social democrat. He worked tirelessly for both the well-being of his fellow workers, the community and membership. He was a founding director of Pacifica (a drug and alcohol treatment centre) and a member of the Lower Mainland Assessment and Referral Society. He also served on New Westminster’s Advisory Planning Commission and the Athletic Commission.

In May of 1991, he received the Joe Morris Labour Community Service Award, an honour bestowed by the United Way of the Lower Mainland to recognize outstanding efforts by a local trade union member to improve community services. From 1986 to 1990 he chaired the organization’s Campaign Labour Committee, where he grew support for the United Way among trade union members.

Colleen Jordan, Vice-Chair of Community Savings’ board of directors assumed the duties of Chair until the next Annual General Meeting where Trevor Oram was elected as Chairperson . “Members can rest assured that the board’s vision and direction established under Terry’s leadership will not change”, states Oram.

To honour of the memory of Terry, Community Savings Credit Union established a Memorial Trust Fund with a $100,000 donation - the single largest donation ever received by the Credit Union Foundation organization.

Mr. Smith will be sadly missed and remembered with great fondness by all. His warmth, wit and sincere compassion for all people will never be forgotten. He is survived by his wife Jan and children, Joanne, Michael, Renata and Romana.

Click here to learn about the Terry Smith Memorial Trust Fund and Bursary.