The Ontario Co-operative Association

The Ontario Co-operative Association

October 21, 2005 12:37 ET

Credit Union Recognized Provincially for Paying Attention to Youth

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 21, 2005) - St. Willibrord Community Credit Union's commitment and achievements in mentoring youth and supporting their successes were recognized at the 7th Annual Spirit Recognition Ceremony, held in Burlington, ON, Wednesday night.

It received the Ontario co-op sector's Co-operative Youth Mentorship Award. Accepting the award was Board Chair Tony Strybosch. He commented that by supporting youth development initiatives such as the Co-operative Young Leaders (CYL) program and youth-oriented savings and education seminars, the credit union is making an investment in its and community wellbeing. "We're a community credit union, so it only makes sense that we get involved," he added.

St. Willibrord Credit Union was the first credit union in Ontario to become part of the CYL program, and has sponsored over 250 youth to this unique leadership, communication and co-op skills development camp experience. In fact, in 2005, the credit union sent a record 39 participants. The credit union has committed to supporting youth financially, and through other youth programs such as Fat Cat® Savings Accounts for owners 12 and under and student services.

On Co-op is a primary resource and common voice for the development and enhancement of co-ops and credit unions in Ontario. Through membership in On Co-op, co-operatives and credit unions access programs and services in lifelong co-operative learning; government relations; communications and member relations; and co-operative development. Visit

For additional information on the Co-operative SPIRIT Recognition Awards, CYL Camp, or the economic impact of Ontario co-operatives, contact Mark Ventry, Member Services and Marketing Officer, On Co-op. 519.763.8271 or 1.888.745.5571.

Contact Information

  • On Co-op.
    Mark Ventry
    Member Services and Marketing Officer
    (519) 763-8271 or 1 (888) 745-5571