Let us introduce you to our excellent SYL secretary, Tatianna Ochitwa! This is Tatianna’s first year with SYL, and we are lucky to have her. Here is a preview of what you would find from working with or being around Tatianna: she is intelligent, has the most calming personality, incredibly relatable and reliable, and is very caring of others. Tatianna is a Payroll/Benefits Specialist at Innovation Credit Union and a part of the Saskatchewan Rough Rider Cheer team!

Now that you know a bit about Tatianna let us ask her some questions to learn more about her!

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

I was finishing up my first year of business at the U of R and was looking for a summer job that would complement my degree. I subscribed to an email listing that gave me weekly summer jobs in my area, and one for Innovation Credit Union popped up. I started in Innovation’s summer student program, which allowed me to work in our Call Centre, Accounting, and Loss Prevention departments. I then worked as a Consumer Advisor, PD Coordinator, and now I’m currently working as a Payroll and Benefits Specialist. I’ve been fortunate to have worked many different roles, as they have shown me all different areas in the organization, as well as provided knowledge that I have been able to carry over into each role I have worked in.

Why did you join SYL?

I wanted to become more involved in the credit union system by creating connections and working collaboratively with young leaders across the CU system in Saskatchewan. I’m also looking forward to growing both personally and professionally, while also helping other young leaders do the same. After being on the committee for the past year, SYL has really helped me grow and develop both professionally and personally. Plus, the people on this committee are all so passionate and amazing humans, that it makes being a part of this committee so fun!

What are you most proud of so far in your SYL journey?

Pushing myself of my comfort zone during all the events SYL has put on. I am more on the quiet and shy side, so networking or getting up to speak in front of a group of people can be hard. Retreat and awards really pushed me to go outside of my comfort zone, and it honestly made me want to constantly keep challenging where my comfort zone is.