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In order to help our members and clients improve their financial health, Coastal Community Credit Union provides comprehensive financial services, including personal, business a...
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220-59 Wharf Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia
V9R 2X3
Causes we care about

Top company causes

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Financial Literacy

Top employee causes

  • Health & Well-being

  • Financial Literacy

  • Animal Welfare

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Mental Health

  • Health & Well-being

  • Financial Literacy

  • Animal Welfare

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Mental Health

Organizations our employees volunteer with
Our average annual contributions

$500K

Dollars Donated

5K

Hours Logged by Employees

$116K

Monetary Equivalent of Hours

Social Mission
Our Vision
We will be the leaders in building relationships that improve financial health, enrich people’s lives and build healthier communities.
Our Values
Accountability | Co-operation |Excellence Innovation | Integrity | Responsiveness |Social Responsibility
Our Purpose
We will be the leaders in making a visible and meaningful difference in building healthier communities. Our communities are our home.
Some of the organizations we support
Providence Farm
Nanaimo Clippers
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley
Arrowsmith Agricultural Association
Canadian Blood Services- Vancouver Island
Habitat For Humanity Vancouver Island North
What people are saying about us
Wendy SearsParksville Beach Festival Society

Parksville Beach Festival is a 5 1/2 week festival that would not be able to happen without the support from institutions such as the Coastal Community Credit Union. We thank them for their continued support each year!

Stories of our community involvement
Meet Mike Goerzen !

Mike is the AVP of Marketing and has been with Coastal Community for 18 years. Volunteering is important to him and he’s given his time to various organizations over the years. For the last five years, Mike has volunteered as a coach for his sons’ soccer teams with the Nanaimo United Football Club. He also sits on the board of the Nanaimo White Rapids Swim Club and has held the position of Registrar for the last two years.

Mike got involved with the Nanaimo White Rapids Swim Club when his boys joined. The club was in need of a parent on the board with a business acumen. Mike felt the registrar role was a good fit for his skill set as it involves website and communications. The position also requires the ability to deal with and manipulate data, which is part of his role with Coastal Community.

“I wanted to be involved in the organizations my kids participate in,” says Mike. “For soccer, there was a need for a parent to step in and coach. Even though I had no soccer coaching experience, I decided to go for it.” Mike now has such a passion for coaching he’s recently earned his Soccer Canada C-License!
Meet Michelle Ashby , Systems Administrator in our IT Department! Michelle has been with Coastal Community for just over a year now.

Michelle puts her IT education and knowledge to work by volunteering for Ladies Learning Code (LLC). This organization is a division of the non-profit Canada Learns to Code and brings free online training classes for women that revolve around technical subjects. So far, Michelle has mentored different coding classes such as SQL or HTML/CSS, but plans on continuing to help with any subjects she can.

Michelle loves LLC because it creates a safe environment where women are empowered to learn new skills revolving around their technical interests. The hardworking volunteer was a winner in Coastal Community’s Employee Volunteer Program draw. Asked where to direct her funds, Michelle chose Ladies Learning Code to help them continue to run their valuable classes. Thank you, Michelle, for everything you do.
We’d like to introduce Kirsten McKinlay , an insurance Advisor at our Duncan agency. This 12-year industry veteran has been with Coastal Community Insurance Services for 3 years, and she inspires us all with her passion for giving back. Kirsten is a past recipient of our Volunteer Program draw and she directed her winnings to Nourish Cowichan.

The busy volunteer also donates her time to this organization because she believes in their mission to ensure local children do not go hungry. Kirsten was introduced to NOURISH COWICHAN SOCIETY when she joined her insurance team in helping with the preparation and delivery of food to schools. Being creative, she also helped decorate for Nourish Cowichan’s many fundraising events, like the Christmas Tea and the annual Gala. When these events were cancelled last year due to COVID-19, the organization reached out to Kirsten to ask for her help with their online pop up shop. She was happy to personalize six Christmas Tree boxes and paint 18 signs to support the new venture!
Like many other organizations in 2020, the Georgia Strait Alliance had to find ways to engage with their audience virtually. Their fundraising efforts were also significantly impacted by their inability to work with communities on the ground and by the competition for people’s time and attention in an online world.

Coastal Community is proud to support the Georgia Strait Alliance’s Festival of Ocean Films with a $1500 grant through our Relief and Resiliency Fund. The funds will be used to continue Canada’s oldest ocean film festival in a virtual environment.

Pictured Left to Right: Coastal Community's Shannon McEvoy and Georgia Strait Alliance's Chery Onciul
We salute the Tofino General Hospital Foundation for their mission to raise funds to purchase new equipment for the hospital. Due to the pandemic, they’ve had to cancel many of their fundraisers over the last year. Coastal Community is proud to step in with a $5,000 grant so the Foundation can buy a much needed Vital Signs Monitor.

The grant comes through our Relief and Resiliency Fund. For more information on the Fund, please visit cccu.ca.

Pictured: Arlene McGinnis from the Tofino Hospital Foundation and Marc Salewski from Coastal Community
For over 10 years, Coastal Community employees have been supporting Heart Month. This year is no different; employees are dressing in red on Fridays this month to bring much needed awareness to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Coastal Community is proud to support the Heart and Stroke Foundation, a leading funder of life-saving research, which has led to breakthroughs such as heart transplant surgery and a revolutionary stroke treatment that cuts the death rate by 50%.

Hammond Bay Branch Employees
Back Row Left to right: Shawna McPhillips , Ryan Whalley, and Ian Morris
Front Row Left to right: Zac Wurth, Arwen Martyn , and Selena Stockley
Coastal Community is proud to present the Coombs Farmers’ Institute with $5,000 through the Relief and Resiliency Fund. The organization will use the funds to help with scholarships, 4-H Club, Farmers Feed Family initiatives and husbandry workshops. Due to the pandemic, the Institute had to cancel their only fundraiser. We’re happy to extend a helping hand so they can continue their valuable community work.

For more information on the Relief and Resiliency Fund please visit www.cccu.ca.

Back Row Left to Right: Coastal Community’s Sarah Duncan , Coomb’s Farmer Institute Marion Woloschuk and Janet Thony

Front Row: Coastal Community’s Stacey Mrack and Penny Pridham
Our featured Employee Volunteer program randomly drawn winner today is Stephanie Benedict , Manager, Business Services, in the Capital Regional District. This busy employee of 13 years volunteers for a number of organizations, but the two she spends the most time with are The Arthritis Society and Volunteer Victoria.

Stephanie directed her winnings to Volunteer Victoria, saying, “This organization has always been an important part of our community, but now with the ‘New Normal’ the work they are doing is even more significant.” She sits on the board as well as the Development committee, noting that over the past few months, the need for skilled caring volunteers has never been greater. Volunteer Victoria has been working hard to raise funds for new technology to keep volunteers connected with organizations in need of help in a safe and meaningful way.

Stephanie also volunteers for the Arthritis Society because she has been personally affected by arthritis and was shocked at how little she actually knew about the programs and research that the Society funds. She has been the chair for the organization’s Walk committee for the last three years. Attending volunteer and Health Partner Canada fairs helps her get the word out about fundraising efforts and the wonderful work the Society does for people living with arthritis.

Stephanie sums up her desire to give back by saying, “I truly believe volunteering is the backbone of our communities. It allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. Even if you’re giving a small amount of time, everything counts and makes a difference.”
Due to the pandemic, the Pacific Rim Whale Festival Society will be transforming their festival to a more COVID-friendly format. Coastal Community is proud to help the Society shift gears on the Pacific Rim Whale Festival with a $5,000 grant from our Relief and Resiliency Fund. The money will be used to hire a part-time coordinator to help move the festival transition forward.

To learn more on how this fast-acting grant is helping Island communities, please visit cccu.ca.

Pictured: Coastal Community's Marc Salewski and the Pacific Rim Whale Festival Society Committee
Since the pandemic, many more people have been enjoying the great outdoors. This includes Nanaimo’s Morrell Sanctuary. But the influx in visitors means more upkeep. To help keep this Island gem open and accessible, the Sanctuary will receive $3,000 from Coastal Community to help with their Yew Loop Restoration Project. Coastal Community is proud to support the Morrell Sanctuary Society for Environmental Education through its Relief and Resiliency Fund. To learn more on how this fast-acting grant is helping Island communities, please visit cccu.ca.

Pictured from left to right: Coastal Community's Kendra Lunn, Greg Scott, Carol Lefevre from the Morrell Sanctuary, and also from Coastal Community, Michael Li, BBA, QAFP , Craig Power, and Leigh Power
We're committed to giving back to the community!
View the Pledge
220-59 Wharf Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia
V9R 2X3
Causes we care about

Top company causes

  • Community and Economic Development

  • Financial Literacy

Top employee causes

  • Health & Well-being

  • Financial Literacy

  • Animal Welfare

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Mental Health

  • Health & Well-being

  • Financial Literacy

  • Animal Welfare

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Mental Health

Organizations our employees volunteer with
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