Westminster Savings announces new board chair and vice chair

Surrey, B.C., May 23, 2017 – Following its annual general meeting on April 18, 2017, the Westminster Savings Board of Directors elected a new chair and vice chair at its meeting on May 4, 2017.

Darlene K. Hyde, MBA, ICD.D, ACCUD, CAE, who has been a member of Westminster Savings’ board since 2008 and has acted as vice chair since 2012, was elected chair. Kathleen Kennedy-Strath, MBA, CPA, CMA, ICD.D, who has been a member of the board since 2007, was elected vice chair.

Darlene K. Hyde has extensive executive and senior management experience in a wide range of industry sectors, including telecommunications, insurance, automotive retail, electric utilities, manufacturing, marine industrial and association management. Currently she is executive director of NAIOP Vancouver Chapter, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association of Metro Vancouver and the Association of British Columbia Marine Industries. Darlene also serves on other boards of directors; currently she is chair and trustee of the Motor Dealer Customer Compensation Fund, outgoing chair of the Douglas College Foundation Board, a member of the governing board of the Insurance Council of British Columbia and a member of the board of Stabilization Central Credit Union.

Kathleen Kennedy-Strath has 40 years of experience in health care, with 25 years in management positions, and is currently chief executive officer of Kinsmen Lodge, a care facility home to 157 seniors. Since 1991, she has worked as senior administrator and financial manager, planning, supervising and managing resources for seniors living in long-term care facilities. In addition, Kathleen is chair of the Coast Mental Health Foundation (1974).

"Westminster Savings’ consistently strong financial performance reflects the contributions of its Board of Directors," said Gavin Toy, President and CEO, Westminster Savings. "Each individual on our board is a valued business and community leader whose contributions enable the credit union to provide exceptional customer service and value to our members, and to make meaningful contributions to our local communities. In addition to congratulating Darlene and Kathleen on their new roles, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank Bill Brown who served as our board chair since May 2012. Throughout his tenure as chair, Bill was a tireless advocate and brand ambassador for Westminster Savings and played a critical leadership role within the broader credit union system.”

Bill Brown will continue to serve on our board as a director along with the following continuing board members:

  • James R. Ensom, director
  • Hanne Madsen, director
  • Emmet McGrath, director
  • Patty Sahota, director
  • Rob Shirra, director
  • Art Van Pelt, director

About Westminster Savings Credit Union

At $3.6 billion in assets under management, more than 55,000 members and 400 employees, Westminster Savings is among the largest credit unions in Canada. Known for its customer and community focus, people oriented culture, and sound financial and operating practices, Westminster Savings provides a full range of retail, commercial, leasing and wealth management solutions to meet its customers’ evolving needs. For more information, visit www.wscu.com

For more information, please contact:

Cathryn Tucker
Manager, Corporate and Internal Communications
Westminster Savings
604-519-4210
ctucker@wscu.com

 

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