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Westminster Savings announces new board chair

Surrey, B.C. – May 14, 2018 - The Westminster Savings Board of Directors elected a new chair at its recent meeting on May 8, 2018.

Art Van Pelt, who has been a director of Westminster Savings’ board since 2013, was elected board chair replacing Darlene K. Hyde, who stepped down as chair to focus on her recent appointment as Chief Executive Officer of the B.C. Real Estate Association. Kathleen Kennedy-Strath, who has been a member of the board since 2007, continues in her role as vice chair.

Art is a seasoned human resources professional with more than 35 years of experience. As the former Vice President for People at Overwaitea Food Group, Art has extensive experience managing compensation, payroll, pensions and benefits, health and safety, disability claims, recognition, training, succession planning and labour relations.

Art has served on various boards throughout his career, including the Canadian Grocery HR Council and Alouette Addictions Services Society. He is secretary and trustee of the United Food and Commercial Workers Industry Pension Trust and secretary and past chair of Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation. Art is also a graduate of the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program (ICD.D), and has been a credit union member since 1984. 

"Art brings an ideal mix of leadership, experience and passion to help the credit union carry out its vision of enriching the lives of our customers by helping them achieve their most important goals,” said Gavin Toy, President and CEO, Westminster Savings. “The specific skills and experience of our board directors in the areas of strategic planning, financial management, risk management, marketing, operational and human resources management ensure good governance, while supporting the credit union’s commitment to providing exceptional customer service and enduring value to our membership. While Darlene will be continuing her contributions to the credit union as a member of the board, I’d like to personally thank Darlene for her leadership as board chair of our credit union over the past 12 months.”

The Westminster Savings Board of Directors consists of:

  • Art Van Pelt, chair
  • Kathleen Kennedy-Strath, vice chair
  • Bill Brown, director
  • Darlene K. Hyde, director
  • Colin G. MacKinnon, director
  • Hanne Madsen, director
  • Emmet McGrath, director
  • Patty Sahota, director
  • Rita Virk, director

About Westminster Savings Credit Union

At more than $4.0 billion in assets under management, more than 67,000 customers 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. As a designated Caring Company, the credit union contributes a percentage of pre-tax profit to charities and nonprofits annually, helping to set the standard for corporate community investment in Canada. For more information, visit wscu.com.




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Cathryn Tucker

Manager, Corporate and Internal Communications