Meet the 2018 Candidates

2018 Board of Directors Election

Voting for Access Credit Union's regional representatives will take place March 5th to 9th at all Access Credit Union branch locations as well as through an online portal, allowing members to vote from home.

A Director-at-Large election will take place on March 26th to 30th for candidates who have let their name stand for an At-Large position.

Join us at our AGM on April 3rd at the Days Inn Conference Centre in Winkler for the results.

West Region

  Scott Beattie
  Region: West

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Since 1987, Scott has worked in the accounting field at firms in Winnipeg, Winkler and Morden. He became a sole proprietor in 2004 because he enjoyed the involvement of more fully understanding his client’s situation. In 2010, he undertook a small business venture with a long-term friend and colleague that is still active and has exceeded expectation. His professional experiences have helped him understand the work involved from a board member and the commitment required to help an organization achieve its goals.

Scott’s work experience has also facilitated his participation on a number of committees and organizations including being a board member on the 1999/2000 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, a Minnewasta Golf & Country Club President and Board Member for 17 years, and a Hockey Manitoba Official at the Junior, Senior and Minor hockey levels. He has also worked as the Chief Financial Agent for the last three Candice Bergen/Hoeppner campaigns and has provided services to community organizations such as the Morden Community Thrift Store and the Solid Waste Area Management Project (SWAMP) landfill.

As a member of Access Credit Union, Scott acknowledges the role that ACU plays in our region, not only as a very important lender, but as an extremely supportive and large booster for all local communities. He looks forward to increasing his knowledge of how a proper functioning board of directors and management team operate and interact.

  Phil Unruh
  Region: West
  Term: 2015 - 2018

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Phil is currently employed on a seasonal basis by Corduroy Plains, a potato and mixed grain farm in the Carman area, where he drives truck and operates field machinery. Phil’s professional career was with Cargill Limited, working in communities in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, focusing on crop production and grain handling. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a Major in Plant Science from the University of Manitoba, and has had the good fortune to be able to make his living in Agriculture.

Phil has been active in his local church as a board member and Sunday school teacher. He also enjoys singing in community and church choirs. Phil has served as a credit union board member since 2004 and is currently on the board executive and chairs the Audit & Operational Risk Committee of Access Credit Union.

Phil is committed to the well-being of the rural communities where he lives. He has been an active Board Member for Dufferin and Access Credit Unions, Secretary Treasurer for Carman Golf and Curling Club since 2015 and was previously the chair of the Crossroads United Church Ministry and Personnel Committee.

Phil was initially drawn to the board because he was interested in working with a cooperative financial institution. He brings to the board practical business experience from several communities, and different aspects of agriculture-based businesses, as well as a Certified Credit Union Director Designation attained in 2017.

East Region

  Cheryl Dueck
  Region: East
  Term: 2015 - 2018

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Over the last 37 years, Cheryl has lived with her farming husband in the Lowe Farm, Horndean, and Altona areas and is an avid supporter of Coops and Credit Unions with memberships at four Coops and three credit unions during that time. Supporting her family and church is an important priority for Cheryl and she was glad to serve on her church council as Treasurer for several years.

While teaching in Border Land School Division, Cheryl assisted high school students across BLSD to gain work experience in communities from Altona to Sprague. Through this work, Cheryl enjoyed developing strong connections with businesses, schools, and students across South-eastern Manitoba. Cheryl's work life in Southern Manitoba began at Friesens Corp., where she held a variety of positions including Customer Service Coordinator. After completing her Bachelors of Education and a Certificate in Management, Cheryl moved into the teaching profession after 15 years at Friesens.

With her experience of teaching Grade 11 and 12 accounting, as well as Regional Purchasing Manager for the Central Health Authority, Cheryl feels she has the business and life experience to help her make thoughtful and informed decisions for the members of Access Credit Union. Cheryl is very thankful and proud to have this excellent opportunity to serve her friends and family, and all members, as a director. After joining Access Credit Union Board of Directors in 2015, Cheryl enrolled in the Credit Union Institute of Canada and completed her Accredited Canadian Credit Union Director certification in June 2017. This certification is recognized across Canada and attests to Cheryl’s commitment to stay informed on board governance issues.

Cheryl would like to let Access Credit Union members know that she feels the board members and management team continually strive to create value for their employees and members and to protect the integrity of the business, which is stronger because of its regional footprint.

  Carla Unger
  Region: East

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Carla’s financial experience began as a head teller, Accounting Clerk and Office Manager’s assistant between 1997 and 2002 at Grunthal Credit Union. From there, she volunteered as a bookkeeper at the Drop Zone, the local drop-in centre, and in 2009, became the bookkeeper for a local business, which she continues to work for. She currently holds Accounting Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 certifications through Red River Community College as well as Bookkeeping and Accounting for Small Business accreditation.

She has been a volunteer for the Hanover Ag Fair over the last several years, helping with front gate ticket sales and cash management. Between 2011 and 2013, she was Recording Secretary for the Community Credit Union Board of Directors, and learned about many aspects of the credit union system and the many responsibilities of being a Board Member.

Carla has always enjoyed the credit union system, enjoys volunteering in the community and supports local businesses whenever she can. She is eager to learn and looks forward to demonstrating her high standards of member service and her community mindedness if elected as a director for Access Credit Union.


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