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 2016 slate of Directors:

Phillip Legg - Chair Our new Board Chair of our Board of Directors for 2016 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 23 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 fifth term in 2014. She serves as a Director of Metro Vancouver, and is a member of the Finance Committee of that body. Colleen has served on various community boards including the United Way, and continues to serve 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 new Vice-Chair of our Board of Directors for 2016, supporting our Board Executive and the credit union in the transition of the Board.
Gary Kroeker – Secretary was appointed to the Board on April 1, 2009 with the merger of Community Savings and Operating Engineers Credit Union. Gary has been a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115 since 1971. He was employed by Local 115 in 1974. During his time, he has held the office of Guard, Treasurer, and Recording Corresponding Secretary. In February 1992, he became Business Manager of the 10,000 plus member organization. Gary was elected as International Vice President in 1995 and held the position of 3rd General Vice President of the International Union. He has also served as President of the following labour organizations: the B.C. & Yukon Territory Building Trades Council, the Allied Hydro Council, the B.C. Highways & Relations Construction Council, and a member of the Executive Board of the B.C. Federation of Labour. Gary has extensive credit union board experience having been a director of the Operating Engineers Credit Union from 1975 and subsequently Community Savings Credit Union since the merger in 2009.

Ken Bauder has been a member of Community Savings Credit Union for ten years and a member in the credit union system for over 37 years. He was elected by acclamation at the 2006 Annual General Meeting filling the vacant seat on the board. His working life has been in organized Labour working under collective agreements for International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), BC Government Employees Union, Canadian Merchant Service Guild, Operating Engineers Local 115. Ken has held a number of positions from shop steward to relief business agent and was the Secretary-Treasurer of ILWU Canada (2004 to 2010). In that capacity Ken was an Administrative Trustee on both the Waterfront Industry Pension Plan and the Waterfront Employee Services Benefits Plan. Ken also worked for the provincial government as a program coordinator in the Apprenticeship Branch, Ministry of Labour over a seven-year period (1995-2002). During that time he spent one year on secondment as an Employment Standards Officer. Ken has also worked as an instructor at BCIT and is an accredited Provincial Instructor (1991). Certifications include HD Mechanic, Millwright and Marine Engineer. Ken has also volunteered in his community as a Blockwatch captain and continues to be active in his community in organizing neighborhood events – Earthquake preparedness, Annual block parties etc. He was also involved in other volunteer projects, one of which included (Re)Claiming the New Westminster Waterfront (SFU.CA, Working Waterfronts), a collaborative community initiative through the Urban Studies Program at SFU.

Brian Cochrane was appointed to the Board on April 1st 2009 with the merger of Community Savings and Operating Engineers Credit Union. As a 28 year member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115, Brian has served his Local Union in several capacities. Currently, Brian is Local 115’s Business Manager. He is also the Chair of Local 115’s Pension and Benefit Plans and trustee of Local 115’s Training Association. Brian has been on the Operation Engineers Credit Union Board since 1996 where he served on both the Credit Committee, and Investment and Loan Committee.
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 Audit Committee, and appointed to the Community Involvement Committee. Mary currently works with her husband at a local printing company as she wanted more to do following retirement. She also sits on her Strata Council, is a Director for Pacific Blue Cross, and is a member of their Investment & Lending and Audit Committees as well.
Ken Isomura joined the Board of Community Savings Credit Union in 1993. Prior to that, during his 35 year career in the forest industry – from logging in the interior to working in a pole yard/wood treating facility, from foreman to part-time superintendent - Ken has consistently been promoted through the ranks and gained vast experience along the way. On the union side, Ken has always been active in the union. He was Chair of his sub-local, local safety rep, participated in negotiations, Chair of the Balloting Committee, member of the Executive Committee and active participant in other committees as needed. Ken was also a board member for the United Way of the Lower Mainland from 1984-1991 and the BC Lottery Corporation from 1994-2000. The driving force behind Ken’s career has been his own personal long-term goal to improve the lot of his fellow workers and the community at large. This has been exemplified through his long-term involvement with the United Way.
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.
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.
Dennis Van den Hooff Has been involved in senior accounting and IT for 24 years and is a controller at the IUOE, Local 115. He is treasurer for several of the IUOE pension plan’s real estate corporations.

David Wilson is well known as a progressive labour leader and community player. His experience with unions range from the I.B.E.W., the Telecommunications Worker’s Union and the South Okanagan and Boundary Labour Council. David is currently a vice-president of UFCW 1518.

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.