International mentorship

Canadian CUs find leadership and the credit union philosophy are universal.

As credit unions throughout the world celebrate International Credit Union Day® on Oct. 18, the global spirit of the event reminds us that a common bond exists among financial cooperatives. No matter what country they are located in, they share a mission of helping their members and communities achieve financial health.

In keeping with that spirit, Canadian credit unions from British Columbia to Ontario have lent a helping hand to their international counterparts by participating in the Women’s Mentorship Program. Launched in 2002, the program is run by the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada.

“CDF Canada’s Women’s Mentorship Program is an annual program that provides women credit union managers of overseas financial cooperatives with a unique opportunity for professional development,” says Benoit André, CDF Canada executive director. “It is also a mutual learning opportunity for Canadian and international co-operators.”


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