What’s Happening This Spring

SYL hosts their Q1 Webinar “Leadership Communications”

Facilitated by: Rachelle Brockman, Principal of Eureka Experience

The Saskatchewan Young Leaders hosted their first webinar of 2014 with Rachelle Brockman, Principal of Eureka Experience on the topic of “Leadership Communications.”

During the webinar Rachelle focused on developing techniques and strategies that will allow you to express your authentic self with skill and confidence. She also explored the art of delivering the right message to the right people at the right time.


  1. Authentic, simple, efficient & clear PERSONAL IDENTITY
  2. Authentic, strategic IMPRESSION MANAGEMENT
  4. Communication EFFECTIVENESS
  5. INSPIRE Action & Motivation

By the end of this webinar, participants were equipped to:

  • Create an understanding and appreciation of the uniqueness and diverse perspectives and styles of themselves as leaders; and
  • Enhance their passion and productivity as well as others respect for them as professionals.

Couldn’t make it to our webinar? We got you covered!

Have you ever…wondered what kind of impression you make upon others? Delivered the wrong message? Had difficulty creating or delivering an important message? Wished you could engage and motivate others?

If you were unable to attend the webinar but can answer yes to these questions, check out more information on the 5 Must-Have’s, and the presentation provided to participants during the webinar. Rachelle also recommended some great reads that provided her with the knowledge and inspiration of leadership.

  • Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
  • Fierce Communications by Susan Scott
  • True North by Bill George
  • Encouraging the Heart by Barry Z. Posner
  • First Impressions by Ann Demarais and Valerie White
  • Primal Leadership by Daniel Goleman
  • Fierce Leadership by Susan Scott
  • Drive by Daniel H. Pink

“A good first impression is one that reflects the real you. If you are presenting the best of yourself, the self you want to share, then you are making the impression that is right for you.”

– Ann Demarais & Valerie White

Your 2014 SYL Committee Members

The Saskatchewan Young Leaders is a committee of Young System Leaders working together to EMPOWER YOUTH to grow in and for the credit union system.

We would like to welcome our first years – Adam, Courtney, Cris, and Maranda – to the committee! 2014 promises to be a great year for our young leaders across the province. We have an energetic and dedicated committee that is on your side!


 Samantha Larsen SYL Chair Cornerstone CU Samantha Larsen SYL Chair Cornerstone CU  Tyson Klapak Affinity CU   Tyson Klapak Affinity CU  Rachel Obrigewitsch SaskCentral Rachel Obrigewitsch SaskCentral  Maranda Sheahan SYL Vice-Chair Synergy CU Maranda Sheahan SYL Vice-Chair Synergy CU  Cris Richer Diamond North CU   Cris Richer Diamond North CU  Amy Bott SaskCentral Amy Bott SaskCentral  Lindsay Bertschi Prairie Centre CU   Lindsay Bertschi Prairie Centre CU  Amanda Thoen Innovation CU   Amanda Thoen Innovation CU  Adam Johb Biggar & District CU   Adam Johb Biggar & District CU  Courtney Wishlow Conexus CU   Courtney Wishlow Conexus CU


Wouldn’t it be great to find all the information you need on SYL in one location….?

  • SYL Initiatives
  • SYL Committee Bios
  • What we do
  • 2014 Conference Info
  • News articles & more

Check out our NEW website: www.skyoungleaders.com

Collaboration Within the Credit Union System SYL Professional Development

COLLABORATION: Working together to achieve a goal…

Collaboration is a topic that is brought up at many leadership meetings, whether it is through Peer Group, or even an SYL hosted event.

The Filene Research Institute has a report that discusses:

  • Steps on Effective Collaboration;
  • Benefits and Challenges that are associated with collaboration;
  • Merger Models;
  • Long-term Collaboration; and
  • The struggle to connect.

This report, like many others, really hits home as a Credit Union employee. You don’t have to be in a current leadership position to appreciate the research provided by Filene’s reports.

In this summary we discuss how the steps of collaboration can relate to young leaders within our own Credit Unions. Check out the full article in our news page on our website. www.skyoungleaders.com

The Sask CU Advance competition came to a close at the end of 2013 creating new possibilities and opportunities for credit unions to forge together through collaboration and partnership. One winner was chosen – Ashley Hamilton. Her idea was to develop informative and fun financial literacy presentations for high school students. 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.

Hamilton’s idea is currently in preliminary stages and is being assessed by Prairie Centre Credit Union on how to implement into everyday operations. Stay tuned; there will be more to come on her idea!

This competition highlighted many innovative ideas from young leaders, all with an immense amount of possibilities. SYL could not be happier to announce that the ideas did not stop when the competition ended, but they are continuing on and some young leaders have been put to the test.

Credit Unions have taken opportunities to learn about the ideas that were submitted to Sask CU Advance and are looking into ways to bring these ideas to life. Conexus asked their young leaders who submitted an idea to present to top level management expanding on their idea, including resourcing, costing and implementation. The presentations were a success and next steps are being identified.

After talking to a few young leaders at Conexus, it’s apparent that they could not be happier about the opportunity this competition has created for them, especially with their leadership development and not to mention building a rapport with the executive team.

Sask Young Leaders will keep you updated on the 20 contestants who participated.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

SYL will host its third conference for young leaders across the province on September 24-25 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Saskatoon.

Our Conference theme is “CU Forward” and will focus on helping Young Leaders move their thoughts, ideas and careers forward in the credit union system.

More details coming soon:
Website – www.skyoungleaders.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/SKYoungLeaders
Twitter – www.twitter.com/SKYoungLeaders

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

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