Central 1 announces elected and appointed members to its Board

VANCOUVER, BC (March 10, 2020) — Central 1 Credit Union (Central 1) is pleased to announce that four directors – including two new to the Board – have been declared elected by acclamation to Central 1’s Board of Directors and will begin three-year terms following the conclusion of Central 1’s annual general meeting on April 28, 2020 (AGM).

Four seats were available in this year’s election, two in each of Central 1’s two regions, namely British Columbia (BC) and Ontario (ON). While directors elected by Class A members are nominated in, and elected from, either the ON or BC regions, all directors serve Central 1 as a whole.

Nominations were open from December 6, 2019 and closed on February 21, 2020. In total five candidates, including two incumbent directors, submitted their applications and went through a rigorous process that included reference checks by a third party consultant and interviews with Central 1’s Nomination and Election Committee (Committee). The Committee considered the report of the third-party consultant, alignment with the board-approved director recruitment profile and desired competencies, skills and experience before deciding which candidates to endorse for election.

The Committee ultimately endorsed four candidates for the four available seats, indicating those candidates had the skills, experience and competencies needed to oversee Central 1 on behalf of its members. While candidates who are not endorsed may remain in the election if they meet all nominations requirements, the unendorsed candidate this year opted to voluntarily withdraw.

As a result, the following candidates were declared elected by acclamation:

  • for BC region, Shelley McDade (re-elected for second term) and Paul Challinor
  • for ON region: Rob Paterson (re-elected for third term) and Kerry Hadad

In addition, Vancouver City Savings Credit Union Limited has re-appointed Jan O’Brien (appointed for second term) to Central 1’s Board.

Effective at the conclusion of the 2020 AGM, Central 1’s Board of Directors will be as follows:

Paul Challinor
Mary Falconer
Bill Kiss
John Kortram
Kerry Hadad
Rick Hoevenaars
Shelley McDade
Penny-Lynn McPherson
Rob Paterson
Jan O’Brien
Blaize Reich
Sunny Sodhi
Cheryl Wallace
Rob Wellstood

As a result of the merger between Prospera Credit Union and Westminster Credit Union, Angela Kaiser will be resigning from Central 1’s Board, effective April 27, 2020.  Pursuant to Central 1’s Constitution and Rules, the Board may fill this casual vacancy by appointment for the one-year balance of Ms. Kaiser’s term.

“I would like to offer my thanks to the candidates for their willingness to serve Central 1 and its members. I would also like to thank outgoing directors Joel Lalonde, Launi Skinner and Angela Kaiser for their years of service to Central 1,” said Bill Kiss, Board Chairperson.

About Central 1 Credit Union

Central 1 cooperatively empowers credit unions and other financial institutions who deliver banking choice to Canadians. With assets of $10.9 billion as of September 30, 2023, Central 1 provides critical services at scale to enable a thriving credit union system. We do this by collaborating with our clients, developing strategies, products, and services to support the financial well-being of their more than five million diverse customers in communities across Canada. For more information, visit


Yuan Li, Senior Communications Specialist
Central 1

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