GCCU members elect Wilby, Strukoff and Russell to the board

By Contributor
April 13th, 2014

Three Directors have been elected to three-year terms on the Grand Forks Credit Union (GFCU) board of directors. Bill Wilby and incumbents Michael Strukoff and Roly Russell were elected. 

Wilby topped the polls with 400 votes. Russell was next with 378, followed by Strukoff at 292, Daniel Drexler with 204, Steven Rezansoff at 194, and David Turner with 94. 

This was the first year that GFCU used e-vote or electronic voting. Members were able to vote from the comfort of their own home computer. In the last election in 2009, a total of 293 votes were cast primarily by members coming into the GFCU branch along with a few mail in ballots. This year, a total of 598 ballots were cast – or 8 per cent of the 7464 eligible voters. 

The board provides direction to the credit union’s strategic plan, priorities, and policy. The board also holds oversight responsibility for protecting and increasing GFCU’s assets, as well as evaluating the credit union’s performance and progress.  

For many, the rewards of serving as a GFCU Director have been worth the personal dedication required to do the job well. More than half of the current board have remained committed over the long haul. In order of years of service are: 

  • Ken McKinnon – 39 (1975) 
  • Michael Strukoff – 30 (1984) 
  • Peter Perepelkin – 25 (1989) 
  • Pat Horkoff – 19 (1995) 
  • Theresa Dergousoff – 15 (1999) 
  • Jennifer Wetmore – 5 (2009) 
  • Suzanne Schroeder – 5 (2009) 
  • Roly Russell – 4 (2010) 
  • Kathleen Gabelmann – 2 (2012) 

Members and the public can meet the Board and learn more about the financial performance and community commitment of the GFCU by attending the 65th Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 starting at 7pm at the USCC Community Centre.

In honour of its 65th anniversary, GFCU will be providing $6500 worth of cash prizes. Individual members will be eligible to win prizes of $1000, $750, and $500. 

Each winner will then name a local not-for-profit community group/organization who will receive an equal cash prize. Junior members (those under 19 years of age) who attend will be eligible to win $100 prizes and also designate a community group that specifically serves young people. 


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