October 2019


Prospera Credit Union made it to the 2019 List of Best Workplaces™ in British Columbia

Abbotsford, British Columbia, October 31, 2019:

Prospera Credit Union is proud to announce that we have been named on the 2019 list of Best Workplaces™ in British Columbia.

The list of Best Workplaces in B.C. is based on direct feedback from employees of the hundreds of organizations that were surveyed by Great Place to Work®. The data has a 90% confidence and a plus or minus 5% margin of error.

To be eligible for this list, organizations must be Great Place to Work Certified™ in the past year, be headquartered in British Columbia and have at least 15 employees working in the province that participated in our Trust Index employee survey.

Great Place to Work® determined the BEST based the overall Trust Index score from the employees.

Prospera is proud of its strong workplace culture, one that is built on trust, transparency, strong values, and a sense of belonging,” said Angela Champ, Prospera’s Senior Vice President of People & Culture. “Our employees have a genuine level of care for each other and that extends out to the people and communities we serve. They want to do work that is meaningful and that makes a difference in the financial well-being of our members and communities.

Recently, Prospera Credit Union’s Kelowna Mission Park branch was nominated for three Greater Westside Board of Trade “Key Business Awards.” The branch was nominated in three categories: Community & Public Service, Large Business, and Platinum Service Provider. These awards recognize businesses and their contributions towards enhancing the Greater Westside of Kelowna's economic growth and prosperity.

On October 4, Prospera won the award for their community involvement, which includes Rotary, Mamas for Mamas, S.H.A.R.E., Okanagan Food Bank, United Way, Bats for A Cause, Shoe Bank Canada, Kelowna United Soccer Club, Okanagan College Coyotes, Third Space Life, Crohns and Colitis Gutsy Walk, Curlers Care, Heart and Stroke Bike Ride, and BARK UBCO.



Media Contact:
Jessica Thiessen 604.953.3757
Manager, Communications jthiessen@prospera.ca

About Prospera Credit Union Expand/Collapse

Building on over 75 years as a BC credit union, Prospera is proud to serve communities from Vancouver to Kelowna. As a member-owned financial institution, our number one priority is the financial well-being of families and businesses in our communities. As a member of The Exchange network, our members also enjoy access to more than 4,000 surcharge free ATMs across Canada (that’s right, no ATM fees).

Making life better for everyone is important at Prospera, which has an extensive community investment program. To learn more about our community programs, check us out on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Do Some Good.

For all the latest news from Prospera Credit Union, visit our newsroom online at prospera.ca.


Prospera Credit Union makes it to the 2019 List of Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance

Abbotsford, British Columbia, October 23, 2019:

Prospera Credit Union is proud to announce that our organization has been named on the 2019 list of Best Workplaces in British Columbia. Prospera received this honour after a thorough and independent analysis conducted by Great Place to Work®.

To be eligible for this list, organizations must be Great Place to Work Certified™ in the past year, be headquartered in British Columbia and have at least 15 employees working in the province that participated in our Trust Index employee survey. Great Place to Work® determined the BEST based the overall Trust Index score from the employees.

“Being named a Best Workplace is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our employees,” says Diane Dou, President and CEO at Prospera. “At Prospera, we are committed to creating a vibrant workplace culture that is built on trust, strong values, and an understanding that our employees are our greatest asset.”

As a member-owned financial institution, Prospera’s number one priority is the financial well-being of families and local business in our communities. Prospera employees don’t just work here, they’re members too; we’re dedicated to creating a workplace culture that reflects shared values, provides every employee with opportunities to grow and rewards them for contributing to our success.



Media Contact:
Jessica Thiessen 604.953.3757
Manager, Communications jthiessen@prospera.ca

About Great Place to Work® Expand/Collapse

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, GPTW recognizes the world's Best Workplaces™ in a series of national lists including those published by The Globe & Mail (Canada) and Fortune magazine (USA). Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. Visit us at GreatPlaceToWork.ca or find us on Twitter at @GPTW_Canada.

Prospera and Westminster Savings leadership teams partner with OceanWise for White Rock Shoreline cleanup
As they prepare for the membership vote that will decide if these two credit unions will merge, Prospera Credit Union and Westminster Savings will take a few hours out from preparation and planning to contribute to the community and help clean up one of the Lower Mainland’s best-loved beaches.

Abbotsford and Surrey, British Columbia, October 18, 2019:

On Monday, October 21, leaders from both Prospera and Westminster Savings will come together at the White Rock Pier as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. This cleanup is dedicated to ocean conservation and ocean ecology awareness, helping people understand the impact of what we put into our oceans and waterways. It will be led by OceanWise staff and both organizations’ leadership teams will contribute to a cleaner beach while learning a thing or two about ocean ecology along the way.

Last month, Prospera and Westminster Savings received regulatory consent to ask their members to vote on a proposed merger of the two credit unions. The campaign for members is called FutureStrong, and merger information can be found at futurestrong.ca.

“The partnership with OceanWise and bringing together leaders from both organizations will demonstrate one of the many ways our strength as one credit union will be so positive,” says TJ Schmaltz, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Westminster Savings Credit Union. “Both credit unions are passionate about giving back to the community; as one merged credit union, we expect that our ability to do that will be amplified.”

“The FutureStrong campaign emphasizes how we will be able to better serve our members, enhance opportunities for our employees and contribute in an even greater way to the communities we serve,” says Angela Champ, Senior Vice President, People & Culture, Prospera Credit Union. “Being able to come together as leaders without office formalities is a great opportunity, especially when the result is something we care about – a cleaner ocean and a healthier community.”

Attendees will spend a couple of hours in teams picking up trash and debris from the shoreline before it’s back to spreading the word to credit union members about the proposed merger and of course serving the day to day needs of the nearly 120,000 members within the two organizations.

Merger information packages were sent to all eligible members of Prospera Credit Union and Westminster Savings last month. Voting runs from October 30, 2019 until November 15, 2019. If approved, the credit unions expect to begin joint operations in January 2020 and will continue to make events like this part of their integrated mandate.

In keeping with its continued commitment to the communities where it does business, Westminster Savings is also donating to the OceanWise Conservation Association to help further their work in conserving and preserving our ocean ecology.



Media Contact:
Jessica Thiessen 604.953.3757
Manager, Communications jthiessen@prospera.ca

About Prospera Credit Union Expand/Collapse

Building on over 75 years as a BC credit union, Prospera is proud to serve communities from Vancouver to Kelowna. As a member-owned financial institution, our number one priority is the financial well-being of families and businesses in our communities. As a member of The Exchange network, our members also enjoy access to more than 4,000 surcharge free ATMs across Canada (that’s right, no ATM fees).

Making life better for everyone is important at Prospera, which has an extensive community investment program. To learn more about our community programs, check us out on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Do Some Good.

For all the latest news from Prospera Credit Union, visit our newsroom online at prospera.ca.