Kirstin holds many titles in her life but at Prairie Pride Credit Union she is the Deposit Services Lead and our Saskatchewan Young Leaders group is lucky to call her one of our board members! 2023 is Kristin’s third year with SYL and she has previously served as our Treasurer and Social Media Director as well as supporting various sub-committees to help create learning opportunities for our peers and members!

We shot some questions over to Kristin to get to know her better and here’s what she had to say:

Tell us about you and your Credit Union journey. How did you get to where you are now?

When I originally started my CU journey I was looking to transition from working a ‘job’ to having a ‘career’. I applied for a casual position with Prairie Pride as a Member Service Representative unsure how I would manage if I was successful. I was very lucky to move to a full-time MSR II role within my first month. Little did I know how much I would find the organizational culture to fit my personal beliefs! After 3 years in the MSR II role I transitioned to the Deposit Services Supervisor position where I now lead a team of 9.

Why did you join SYL?

I love working with people and thrive on collaboration and helping others. However, I tend to be shy until you really get to know me. I’ve always been interested in what SYL has to offer – but never saw it as a possibility for myself. Hello, imposter syndrome. Luckily, my supervisor and manager were interested in getting our credit union involved more directly and with their encouragement I got the courage to step out of my comfort zone. My own personal development was also a huge factor and I cannot count the ways I have grown already!

You are going into your thirdyear with SYL – what is one of the highlights so far of your time on the committee?

Our committee did so many great things in 2021, but I think I’m most proud of putting myself out there and the personal growth that has come from working with all the amazing people on this committee.