By Nadine Eagles-Harvie
The Hants Journal
The Victory Credit Union Windsor branch is in the business of giving back and getting involved.
The branch was chosen this year as the Town of Windsor’s Business Volunteer of the Year provincial representative.
General Manager Jim Riley said it all stems from being a community-owned business.
“Because we’re a community owned bank we’re naturally tied to what’s going on in the community. We all live and work here and we want to see it prosper.” He said volunteering is a “people investment.”
Victory Credit Union has consistently assisted with funding for local non-profit groups and organizations. The branch sponsors many athletic associations and provides bursaries for local high school graduates. From tots to seniors Victory has offered a hand for numerous programs.
Credit union staffs participate in many annual events such as the Windsor Pumpkin Regatta, Walton Days Parade, FEED Nova Scotia food drives and the Children’s Wish Fund telethon. As well, staff has supported New Boundaries and the Brooklyn District Playground fund through ‘Casual for a Cause’ Fridays.
Manager Susan Fletcher said this year has been an exercise in team building. “It’s great, lighthearted, fun and a wonderful way to bring staff together.”
She said the award has been a great boost for staff. “It’s certainly good for morale that their efforts have been noticed; it’s nice to be recognized.”
Riley said receiving the award is a reflection of a long-term commitment to continuing support.
“A little bit of time can go a long way and the credit union is very honored and appreciative to be recognized and to recognize those businesses that are right there with us. Our work wouldn’t be possible without everyone pulling together.”
Mayor Paul Beazley said wherever there is a community minded project the Victory Credit Union is there.
“The Victory Credit Union is an outstanding local company and citizen in our community. They are always participating in town events and fundraisers, not just this year but over many years.”