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October 2021

Prospera Credit Union to lead Shoreline Cleanup at White Rock Beach

Local banking means investing in Local Good.

White Rock, BC – On Thursday, October 7, senior leaders from Prospera Credit Union will don their rain gear and head to White Rock Beach to do some Local Good through a Shoreline Cleanup.

Attendees will spend a couple of hours in small teams picking up harmful trash and debris from the shoreline to promote ocean conservation and protect our ocean ecology.

“As an organization we are financially, emotionally and culturally invested in the local communities we serve,” says Prospera Credit Union President and CEO Gavin Toy. “As a company based out of Surrey, BC – with multiple branch locations across the region including one in the City of White Rock – we truly believe in the power of local banking and having an impact on our local communities.”

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup by Ocean Wise and WWF-Canada is one of the largest direct action conservation programs in Canada. In addition to inspiring volunteers around the country – including schools, non-profits, community groups, businesses and individuals – to clean their local shorelines, participants collect important data on the number, weight and type of litter items found. This data is fed into Ocean Wise’s database and shared locally and internationally to inform litter-related policy.

Prospera Credit Union is donating $20,000 to this amazing program in support of building vibrant, healthy communities.

“Our ongoing partnership with Ocean Wise and today’s Shoreline Cleanup is one small way we know Prospera Credit Union can have a direct impact,” says TJ Schmaltz, Chief People and Legal Officer. “Our employees are passionate about giving back to our local communities – it’s in our DNA. Getting involved to protect our environment is an important part of who we are.”

“We want to thank Prospera Credit Union for their leadership and generous support,” says Laura Hardman, Director of Plastic Initiatives at Ocean Wise. “Stopping plastic pollution can seem overwhelming, but everyone can play a part by participating in a shoreline cleanup and reducing their own use of unnecessary plastic.”

About Prospera Credit Union:

Local banking means investing in Local Good.


Built on over 75 years as a BC credit union, Prospera Credit Union is a community-based, purpose-driven organization that offers a full range of financial products and services. Prospera is British Columbia’s fourth-largest credit union, with $9 billion in assets and 120,000 members. With 26 branches, Prospera is proud to serve communities from Vancouver, through the Fraser Valley, and to the Okanagan. It’s our vision to help build vibrant healthy communities, thriving local enterprises, and financially empowered people. 

About Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup®:

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited and Coca-Cola Ltd., is one of the largest direct-action conservation programs in Canada. A conservation partnership by Ocean Wise and WWF-Canada, Shoreline Cleanup aims to promote understanding of shoreline litter issues by engaging Canadians to rehabilitate shoreline areas through cleanups.

About Ocean Wise®:

Ocean Wise is a globally focused conservation organization with the vision of a world in which oceans are healthy and flourishing. We’re focused on tackling three major ocean challenges: overfishing, ocean pollution and climate change through research, education and direct-action conservation programs. Ocean Wise’s Plastic Free Oceans initiative seeks to rid the ocean of harmful plastic through programs including Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, the Microfiber Partnership, the Plastic Wise Pledge and the Plastic Reduction Program aimed at restaurants and food service businesses. Ocean Wise is based in Vancouver with staff and initiatives across Canada.