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Board of Directors Elections

Electronic Voting March 13-17, 2023

There is one Board of Director vacancy in each of the Access, Sunova, and Noventis districts. Member voting will be open on Monday, March 13th, 2023 from 9:00 am CDT until 5:00 pm CDT on Friday, March 17th, 2023. Members of Access Credit Union are invited to vote online at Each member may vote on a personal electronic device or should any member prefer, devices for the purpose of voting will be available at all branches of the Credit Union during operating hours. Voting results will be announced at the Annual General Meeting of Members held in April 2023.

Why are we voting online?
By providing electronic voting from March 13-17, 2023, members will be able to participate from any device in any location. We have successfully facilitated online voting in several past elections and in merger votes.

Any members who may need some assistance with voting electronically will be able to visit our branches during regular operating hours during the March 13-17 voting period.
Voting Details
All section references refer to The Credit Unions and Caisses Populaires Act (the “Act”) unless otherwise specified. The general rule, under the Act, is that the right to vote derives from membership, not from the ownership of one or more shares [subsection 67(1)]. Therefore every member is entitled to one vote, regardless of the number of shares held by the member.

Meet the Nominees

There is one vacancy available in each of the Access, Noventis, and Sunova districts.

All members are able to vote for all districts, however there will be only one appointment per district: one vote Access district, one vote Noventis district, and one vote Sunova district. Please note: the credit union only received one nomination for the Crosstown Civic district and therefore no election is required for that district. 

Please click the picture of the candidate to review their profile and qualifications.

Scott Beattie

Access District

Curt Letkeman

Access District

Marlene Michno

Noventis District

Brandon Terry

Noventis District

Jodi Carradice

Sunova District

Michael Schmidt

Sunova District

Who Can Vote

  • Must be a member – one share one vote.
  • Must be over the age of 18 years.
  • Members who have a joint account at legacy Sunova or legacy Amaranth share a membership number so only one member from these joint accounts is eligible to vote. (enter your membership number OR debit card number)
A member that is a corporation or association must appoint a representative to vote on its behalf by completing a resolution [refer to: subsection 68(1) of the Act]. 

The Board of Access Credit Union appreciates your engagement in the democratic process.
In accordance with the voting Notice, all Corporate Resolutions were to be received by Friday, March 17, 2023 at 12:00 p.m.
The deadline for submissions has expired.

  • Registered corporations, for example:
    • ABC Sewing Inc., ABC Sewing Ltd., ABC Sewing Corporation; ABC Sewing Corp.
  • Non-profit organizations - active and organized sports teams
  • Where there are several sub accounts under the same business (applies to corporations and non-profit organizations) that entity has one vote, for example:
    • XYZ Church Ltd may have a separate missions account, youth group account, ladies group account or Sunday School account, they are deemed to be one entity – under the primary account holder, in this case XYZ Church Ltd. is allowed one vote.

Types of Business that are not allowed to vote as they are not considered a body:
  • Sole Proprietorship/Trading As Businesses, for example:
    • Joe Smith operating or trading as Joe’s Hauling

Proxy Voting
Access Credit Union’s by-laws do not allow voting by proxy
Trust Accounts
  • Not eligible for voting
  • The trustee cannot vote on behalf of the beneficial owner as that would be deemed to be voting by proxy (conclusion drawn in consultation with Financial Institutions Regulation Branch “FIRB”).
Estate Accounts
  • Not eligible to vote – executors would be deemed to vote by proxy and the by-laws do not allow a proxy vote (conclusion drawn in consultation with FIRB).
Powers of Attorney
  • Not eligible to vote - It is the principal (the real owner) who has the only right to vote. A power of attorney is equivalent, in this respect, to a proxy, and is not permitted. The member alone has the right to vote, and if the member has ceased to have the capacity to cast a vote, the attorney cannot act on behalf of the member as proxies are not permitted.
New Memberships
New Memberships & Voting Eligibility
  • The cut-off for voting eligibility is governed by Section 62 of the Act, which states that the record date for determining which members are entitled to receive notice of a meeting of members is the closing of business on the day immediately preceding the day on which notice is given.
  • Notice will be posted in the local newspapers, therefore in order to be eligible to vote the membership must have been opened by the close of January 24th, 2023.
Minors' Voting Rights
No member who is under the age of 18 may vote [subsection 67(1)].
To obtain a copy of the Access Credit Union by-laws, please visit your local branch.

How to Vote

Voting will be available on March 13 from 9:00 am until March 17 at 5:00 pm

Voting will be accepted electronically only:
  • Personal devices (cell phones, iPads, tablets, etc.)
  • Home Computers
Please note that devices will be set up in each branch for member use for those members that require it.

For any corporation or associations that are appointing a representative to vote, the resolutions must be received electronically by 12:00 p.m. on March 17th.

Member authentication required to vote electronically:

  • Personal members – members will be required to enter:
    • Member # OR Debit Card # AND
    • either their date of birth or their postal code
  • Representatives of a Corporation or Association – reps will be required to enter:
    • Organization’s member # OR debit card # AND Corporate address postal code; AND
    • The representative if a member:
      • Member # or Debit Card # AND
      • Either date of birth or their postal code
    • The representative if a non-member
      • Date of birth and their postal code

(the “Credit Union”)

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on January 25, 2023.



TAKE NOTICE THAT voting for the Board of Directors is open to all members who have a share at any Access Credit Union branch. Voting will be done by electronic ballot and will be tallied electronically by a third party provider. Voting will be open from 9:00 am CDT on Monday, the 13th day of March, 2023 until 5:00 pm CDT on Friday, the 17th of March, 2023. Members of Access Credit Union are invited to vote online at Each member may vote on a personal electronic device or should any member prefer, devices for the purpose of voting will be available at all branches of the Credit Union during operating hours. Voting results will be announced at the Annual General Meeting of Members held in April, 2023.

DATED this 25th day of January, 2023
By Order of the Board of Directors
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