Common Wealth Credit Union

Common Wealth Credit Union

November 21, 2007 09:00 ET

Common Wealth Credit Union Picks Top Three Candidates for Young & Free Spokesperson Contest

Contestants from Edmonton, Lloydminster and St. Albert Still in the Running

LLOYDMINSTER, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2007) - Common Wealth Credit Union (CWCU), Alberta's fourth largest credit union with 14 branches and over 52,000 members, announced today it has short listed its top three Young & Free Spokesperson candidates. Shane Lamotte, 23, of Edmonton, Paula Mickelson, 22, of Lloydminster and Larissa Walkiw, 19, of St. Albert made the cut with their creative video submissions highlighting reasons why they deserve to be Alberta's First Young & Free Spokesperson, a title fit for a savvy young leader to capture an audience of 17 to 25-year-olds and be the voice for their generation.

It wasn't easy but the Young & Free Team managed to select three applicants based on the creativity, quality, and style exhibited from the video entries. Now it's up to young Albertans to decide who they ultimately want to represent them as the Young & Free spokesperson. The winner will receive a one-year position with Common Wealth Credit Union that includes opportunities for professional and personal development and tools for career advancement, such as an annual salary, a MacBook computer, a digital camcorder and camera, a smart phone and a car.

"We are very impressed with the talent and creativity these young people exhibited in their online video entries," said Jeff Mulligan, president and CEO, Common Wealth Credit Union. "It was very difficult to select the top three and thankfully, it's now up to the young people of Alberta to vote for the winner because we like them all!"

Online voting takes place November 19 to December 2, 2007 at On the site, viewers click for their candidate of choice and the person to receive the most votes, wins.

Common Wealth Credit Union's Young & Free initiative aims to engage young people through nontraditional mediums. There are already Facebook groups dedicated to Young & Free candidates and all the video submissions are posted on YouTube as well as on the Young & Free website.

The winner will be announced December 10, 2007.

About Common Wealth Credit Union

Common Wealth Credit Union (CWCU), based out of Lloydminster, Alberta, is a member-owned financial institution serving 52,000 members in 14 communities. With 400 employees and $1.6 billion in assets, CWCU generates a net income in excess of $15 million. Through the introduction of Young & Free, the first financial offering designed for 17 to 25-year-olds, Common Wealth Credit Union will involve young people in becoming aware, interested and engaged in the importance of financial responsibility and management. Visit or for more information.

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