Ashley Hamilton, Member
Service Representative withPrairie Centre Credit
Union in Eston,
SK, was named the winner of the Sask CU Advance competition today in Regina and won a $3,500 educational stipend.
TheSask CU Advance competition is sponsored
by Saskatchewan Young Leaders (SYL), a group of young leaders working together
to empower youth to grow in and for the credit union system, and is powered byCurrency Marketing.
Hamilton’s credit union
project is to develop informative and fun financial literacy presentations for
high school students. It was chosen from a group of twenty original entries,
and was one of three voted into the finals by the public in October. Hamilton’s
entry provided the Saskatchewan credit union system with insight into the
project’s progress, and culminated with a final presentation Tuesday at Saskatchewan credit unions’ CEO Peer Group meeting. Hamilton emerged the winner
after a two-part scoring process that included Saskatchewan CEO audience voting along with an
online public vote.
Hamilton’s goal is to
teach young people about debt, credit and savings to empower them with the
knowledge they need to make smart financial decisions. The project is designed
to appeal to young people while educating them. In her presentation, Hamilton provided
suggestions for how credit unions of any size could implement similar programs
of their own.
Alyssa Siegel, Chair of Saskatchewan Young Leaders, said, “Through the Sask CU Advance competition, we were able to share ideas between emerging and established senior leaders in the credit union system – which directly focused on solving some of the challenges facing the system today. At the same time, the Sask CU Advance competition provided an unparalleled development opportunity for emerging leaders. Through our website, and social media links, Sask CU Advance provided a venue for sharing ideas and perspectives, while raising conversations throughout the entire credit union system. Many great ideas have been uncovered and shared by Saskatchewan’s young leaders.”
While this year’s Sask CU Advance competition has ended, the SYL will continue to develop new ideas to improve the credit union system in Saskatchewan. Watch for further updates at www.SaskCUAdvance.com, Like the SaskCUAdvance Facebook page, and follow the SYL on Twitter.