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The National Credit Union Awards highlight fresh and effective programs that emphasize local economic initiatives, innovative solutions that improve the effectiveness of the credit union, and the ambitions of tomorrow’s young leaders.

2013 National Credit Union Young Leaders Award

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Benjamin Janzen* 
Stewardship-in-Action Advisor
Mennonite Savings & Credit Union, ON
 
Benjamin Janzen is the Stewardship-in-Action Advisor at Mennonite Savings and Credit Union, Canada’s largest faith-based credit union. Under his leadership, the Stewardship-in-Action program seeks to advance peace, social justice and mutual aid in communities. Benjamin applies a diverse skill set to his work, developed through professional experience in classical music, teaching and camping ministry. He is passionate about the impact that credit unions can have on building vibrant communities.
 
 
Kris Babbings
Business Relationship Manager
Affinity Credit Union, SK
 
Kris Babbings started his credit union career in 2005 as an agricultural and commercial account manager with Affinity Credit Union in Rosthern, Saskatchewan, Canada. He joined Advantage Credit Union in 2011, where he oversees several rural Saskatchewan branches. He is responsible for providing leadership to team members to foster a member-centric culture, while achieving organizational goals. Babbings holds degrees in both marketing and business administration from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology. As a member of the Saskatchewan Young Leaders Committee, he focuses on the development and empowerment of youth in and for the credit union system.
 
 
Brian Bevilacqua
Manager, Communications and Public Relations
First West Credit Union, BC
 
Brian Bevilacqua is Manager, Communications and Public Relations at First West Credit Union, one of Canada’s largest co-operative financial institutions with $7.1 billion in assets and nearly 1,300 employees.  He leads the internal corporate communication team and supports the senior executive team.  He holds degrees in history and in biology/chemistry from Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia (B.C.).  Bevilacqua previously served as media and communications liaison with human rights agency International Justice Mission in its Mumbai, India office.  Additionally, he serves on the community council for the Salvation Army’s Gateway of Hope homeless shelter in Langley, B.C.
 
 
Cheryl McCormack
Branch Manager
Bayview Credit Union, NB
 
In her eight years with Bayview Credit Union, Cheryl McCormack applied herself in a variety of roles to advance her knowledge and skills. She prepared and conducted training sessions, presentations and manuals for coworkers while simultaneously working through numerous courses and continuing education on her own.  In 2012 she achieved her goal of becoming a branch manager. Before accepting a management position, McCormack designed and implemented a weekly coaching program to encourage staff to share their successes. She embraced this leadership role by her commitment to life-long learning and her dedication to the credit union and community.
 
 
Devin Selte
Corporate Trainer, Leadership Development & Change Leadership
Servus Credit Union, AB
 
In his 14 years with Servus Credit Union, Devin Selte has held a variety of positions, focusing on leadership development and change leadership. In 2011, Devin was honoured as Credit Union Executive Society’s Next Top Credit Union Executive and was named one of Credit Union Times’ 40 Below Trailblazers for his creation of the Servus Young Leaders Network.  He has collaborated with several credit unions to help launch young leader development programs and is currently a member of a steering committee creating an Alberta Young Leader development program for the Alberta credit union system. Devin is also a co-author of the 2CUGuys blog.
 
 
*National Young Leader's Scholarship Award Recipient