Board of Directors

Meet the Board

Céline Carrière

Céline not only became a member of the Credit Union, she became an employee for a little while in 2006/2007, proudly serving our members in our Centrepointe branch. Céline joined the Board of Directors in 2013. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a B.A in English Literature and Communications. She also completed the Co-operative Management Certificate through York University in 2012.

She is presently the Chair of the Board of Directors.  Céline has served on the Executive and Nominating Committees of the Board.

She works as the Executive Director of the Co-operative Housing Association of Eastern Ontario (CHASEO), a local federation that provides housing co-operatives with training, advocacy and value-added services. She is currently Vice-President of Rooftops Canada, and a director at large of the Ontario Co-operative Association. Céline represents housing co-operatives on a number of City of Ottawa working groups, and has a positive working relationship with the Agency for Co-operative Housing. Céline was one of the founding board members of McLean Housing Co-operative and Coopérative d'habitation Jeanneville.

Céline is a passionate and active member of the co-operative sector, particularly in the co-operative housing movement.

Don Fairweather

Don Fairweather

Don Fairweather’s membership with the Credit Union began more than 30 years ago. He joined the Board of Directors in 2013. He brings a wealth of outside experience to the table: he has managed multi-million dollar budgets and is an expert in risk management.

Don has recently retired from a lifelong career in academia.  His most recent position was the Dean of the Cornwall Campus of St. Lawrence College. His career also included serving as Executive Superintendent of the Upper Canada District School Board.

Don is currently the Vice President of the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry/ Akwesasne Children's Treatment Centre and a volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club of Cornwall/SDG. Don also serves on the Aultsville Theatre Board, the St. Lawrence River Institute Board and is an avid member of the Cornwall Golf and Country Club.

Don believes that providing healthy support to children and youth is a cornerstone of community building.

Like many others, Don applauds the investment that Your Credit Union has made in its community through the revitalization of the Cornwall YCU branch and support for worthy institutions such as the Cornwall Hospice, the Cornwall Community Hospital and St. Lawrence College.

Kelly Storie

Kelly Storie

Kelly Storie has been involved in the co-operative sector since she was 12 years old and has been a credit union member for 35 years. Kelly joined Your Credit Union’s Board of Directors in 2013. She brings a fresh perspective and strong co-operative values to the Board table.

Kelly is the Board Treasurer and is a member of the Audit Committee.

Kelly obtained a degree in Finance and Administration and is a worker-owner of La Siembra Co-operative, where as Finance Manager, she recognizes the value and need for balancing sound financial metrics with principled social objectives. Since 2010, she has sat on La Siembra's Board of Directors and now serves as its Board President.

Kelly believes in the power of co-operation to improve the economic and social well-being of the community, and is actively involved in a number of co-operative development committees where she strives to nurture and strengthen member-owned enterprise models.

Michael Galvin

Michael Galvin

Michael has been a Credit Union member since 2007, and joined the Board of Directors in 2013. Michael is co-owner of Computer Sense (Cornwall) and trusts the Credit Union for his personal and business-related banking.

Michael's experience in running a small business has provided keen insight into the challenges facing credit unions, as both segments face shrinking margins coupled with an increased demand for customer service.

Michael serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors.

A strong believer in community spirit and improvement, Michael is actively involved in the Cornwall community, including a Campaign Chair of the United Way Centraide, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, a member of the Social Planning Council; a two year term as President of the Kinsmen Club of Cornwall; and currently sitting as the Treasurer on the Board of Victim Services of SDG & A.

A champion of the Credit Union philosophy, he actively promotes doing business with credit unions amongst his fellow entrepreneurs and colleagues.

Brian Keen

Brian Keen

Brian Keen has been a member of the Credit Union since 2007. His association with credit unions began much earlier, in 1981, as the engagement audit partner of a number of credit unions in Cornwall. Brian has seen the benefits of membership personally and with numerous business and individuals that he has had the opportunity to refer to the credit union.

Brian is a past chair and treasurer of Laurencrest Youth Services Inc. and is currently treasurer of the Laurencrest Youth Services charitable foundation. He is also a past treasurer and charter member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Cornwall. Brian has assisted a number of smaller charities, specifically those with minimum funding, with financial planning, accounting assistance and government compliance.

Brian is currently semi-retired after a thirty-five year career as a partner in the public accounting profession.

Brian recognizes the significant support the credit union has provided to the community. He also appreciates the viable financing and investment options Your Credit Union provides to individuals and businesses. He continues to promote YCU as an excellent choice to serve the financial needs of both personal and commercial customers.

Scott Irving

Scott Irving grew up in the village of Spencerville, where he was involved in a wide variety of community organizations.  He now makes his home in Ottawa.  He became a member of Your Credit Union in 2010 and a Director in 2018.  This is his first formal involvement in the co-operative sector.

He presently serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.  Scott works as a freelance translator, professional musician and artist manager.  He has taught at the University of Ottawa and served on a number of local arts organizations. 

Scott believes that Eastern Ontario is a great place to live and work, that vibrant communities are essential to quality of life, and that credit unions foster citizenship.

Terry Otto

Terry is serving his first year on the Board. He has lived in rural Ottawa since 1973 with his wife Susan, and has operated a small farm as well as having worked in the farm equipment business for many years.

He brings to the Board a broad background and experience in the coop sector, having been involved in it since 1974 in various capacities. He has also served on different boards and committees for Ottawa, South Nation Conservation Authority, and the provincial and federal governments.

Terry believes that one has to be involved in the community to make it better and encourages members to get involved.

Ken Hughes

Ken Hughes is the Auditor General for the City of Ottawa. He has been engaged in the fields of finance, financial management, audit, fraud investigation and internal control review for more than 25 years. Mr. Hughes has worked in public accounting, management consulting and taught in the areas of audit, internal control and finance in private industry and federal and municipal government. Mr. Hughes has earned an MBA, a Bachelor of Commerce, a CPA,CMA, a CFE, CFF and an ICD.D.

 

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