July 4


Amara and Bettyrose Okira from Kenya visit Central 1 in Vancouver

Abbotsford, BC, July 4, 2018: Co-operative values are exemplified by people helping people to achieve a common goal, regardless of what city or country they live in. Prospera Credit Union recently took part in the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada’s annual Women’s Mentorship Program and hosted a female credit union leader from Mongolia. During the month of June, Amarjagal Bayanjargal, an accountant from Credit Union Mongol in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, was mentored by women throughout Prospera on day-to-day operations, policies and services.

The Women’s Mentorship Program is a global development program created by the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and supported by the Cooperative Development Foundation of Canada. Amarjagpal is one of many women credit union leaders from all over the world who were paired with host credit unions in across Canada. During her time at Prospera, Amara was mentored by employees in the Credit, Accounting, Marketing and Communications departments.

“Having the opportunity to come to Canada has been so beneficial to me and I learned so much from my mentors,” said Amara. “Taking part in this program has shown me that while there are many differences between our credit unions, the co-operative principles are the same. We are all very involved in making our communities better and invested in the success of our members and this is the same whether you are in Mongolia or in Canada.”

The program, now in its sixteenth year, provides a unique professional development opportunity to female credit union managers of overseas financial co-operatives – many of whom are in developing countries. It also provides a mutual learning opportunity for the women who play host, including Jayne Taylor, who is the Vice President Governance and Corporate Affairs at Prospera.

“When I reflect on being involved with CDF’s Women’s Mentorship program and the four amazing women from Mongolia and Africa I’ve hosted, what stands out for me is leadership” Jayne said. “The inherent qualities of leadership like integrity, passion and courage surpass all geographic borders. When Amara and I visited Peace Arch park, a beautiful park that straddles the border between Canada and the USA, I was struck by the words “world wide unity” on the famous Arch. I’ll borrow those words to say thank you to CDF for uniting leaders who want to invest in themselves and their leadership, help develop others and ultimately strengthen credit unions across the globe.”

Since 2002, 229 women leaders from 19 countries in Africa and Asia have improved their knowledge and skills on a full range of issues related to day-to-day operations of financial co-operatives, built networks and increased their confidence as leaders. Funding for the program is provided by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada, by the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada, as well as by Canadian credit unions who open their doors, share best practices and welcome fellow co-operators.

About Prospera Credit Union
Building on more than 65 years of history in British Columbia, Prospera Credit Union is proud to be a member owned co-operative enterprise with operations that extend from Vancouver to Kelowna. As a full service financial institution that prides itself on building relationships, we serve our members through sixteen branches; online and mobile banking; and a locally-based contact centre. Through our membership in The Exchange network, our members enjoy fee-free access to more than 2,300 ATMs across Canada.

Making life better for everyone is important to us at Prospera. With an extensive community investment program devoted to supporting the organizations, events and volunteers that make our communities stronger, Prospera makes a meaningful difference in the financial well-being of our members and our communities.

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About The Women's Mentorship Program (WMP)
The Women's Mentorship Program (WMP) is an annual training program that provides a unique professional development opportunity to women credit union managers of overseas financial co-operatives. First held in 2002 the program has had over 200 women from 19 countries participate and over 200 Canadian credit unions have hosted and mentored these women.

CCA's Women's Mentorship Program is an annual training program that provides women credit union managers of overseas financial co-operatives with a unique opportunity for professional development; it is also a mutual learning opportunity for Canadians and international co-operators.

The participants are matched up with a credit union in Canada for 10 days. In those 10 days the woman becomes immersed in the credit union and community, receiving general leadership training and learning the ins-and-outs of day to day operations. Canadian credit union managers volunteer their time, training materials, transportation and accommodation for the overseas participants.

Since it began in 2002, CCA's Women's Mentorship Program has trained 215 women from 19 countries with over 200 Canadian credit unions hosting and sharing their knowledge. This Program is funded by Global Affairs Canada.

For more information, please contact:
Jessica Thiessen,
Manager, Communications
604.953.3757 or jthiessen@prospera.ca.


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