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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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We're committed to giving back to the community!
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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

  • Mental Health

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Health & Well-being

  • Financial Literacy

  • Animal Welfare

  • Mental Health

  • Food & Nutrition

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
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley
Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation
Nanaimo Science
Arrowsmith Agricultural Association
United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island
Canadian Blood Services- Vancouver Island
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
2020 was a year of adaptability for many organizations, and Rotary District 5020 was no exception. Last year, the organization had just received a $5,000 grant from Coastal Community Credit Union to fund a conference speaker when the event had to be canceled due to COVID-19. Rather than return the money, the two organizations worked together to create a new plan that would double the impact of the original $5,000 and target pandemic relief in Island communities.

Under the new plan, Rotary District 5020 split the $5,000 into five separate $1,000 grants dedicated to helping local clubs deliver COVID-19 related aid. Individual Island-based Rotary chapters could apply for a grant as long as they were able to double the money by adding their own $1,000 to the total. The Rotary Club of Campbell River, Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise, Rotary Club of Parksville AM, Rotary Club of Nanaimo Oceanside and Rotary Club of Nanaimo Daybreak successfully applied for funds.

The Parksville funds helped refurnish the Words on Wheels (WOW) bus, while the Qualicum Beach chapter supported the Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army Food Bank. The Rotary Club of Nanaimo Oceanside helped the Nanaimo Toy Drive adapt to pandemic challenges. The Nanaimo Daybreak chapter put the funds toward playground equipment for programs affected by COVID-19. In Campbell River, the Rotary club supplied Personal Protection Equipment to local community organizations.

“These funds have helped support numerous citizens and organizations adapt to COVID 19, keeping them safe and assisting community organizations to continue to provide needed services during the pandemic,” said Ken Hammer, Nanaimo Daybreak Rotarian. “Rotary clubs on Vancouver Island have always appreciated working with Coastal Community Credit Union to serve our communities.”

The Credit Union is equally appreciative of the ability to work together with local organizations to extend the reach of its community programs. “Being there for our communities and supporting people at risk is part of our DNA as a co-operative,” said Kristin Hocking, Community Experience Specialist for Coastal Community. “Joining with Rotary District 5020 to support pandemic relief was a perfect fit with our initiatives to help Islanders recover from the challenges of the past year.”


Pictured Left to Right: Mike Holyk, Daybreak Rotary, Greg Scott, Coastal Community, and Ken Hammer, Daybreak Rotary
Coastal Community was proud to support Heart Month in February! Fundraising looked a little different this year with Covid protocols being follow however, Coastal Community Employees and Members did not disappoint. Together they raised a total of $4,382.76 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation - BC & Yukon for the Vancouver Island Chapter! Congratulations to all who helped in the fundraising efforts!

Pictured Left to Right: Gireesh Nijampudi from Coastal Community and Zoey Wells from the Heart and Stroke Foundation
Meet Jillian Hewitt Assistant Manager at our Chemainus Branch! Jill has been with Coastal Community for just over a year now. When Jill isn’t working, you can find her volunteering her time at her daughters’ school. She’s the treasurer for the Discover Montessori's School Parent Group.

“Growing up my mom was always a huge part of our school and our extracurricular activities,” says Jill, “so I want to be able to do the same for my girls.”

She’s decided to donate the funds she was awarded to the Chemainus Harvest House Food Bank as there is such a great need for food donations in the Cowichan Valley.


Pictured Left to Right: Sage & Jill
Coastal Community is proud to support BC Children's Hospital Foundation in Jean Up 2021! For the month of May, Coastal Community employees are wearing jeans on Thursdays to support BC Children's Hospital. Our Comox Branch is PROUD to help support this organization and BC Kids.

If you would like to donate, please use this secure link: https://secured.bcchf.ca/registrant/TeamFundrai...

Pictured from Left to Right: Diane Stevenson, Amy Farrugia, Donna Roy , Gail Van Bergen, Kathleen Roberts, and Justine Miller
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
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

  • Mental Health

  • Food & Nutrition

  • Health & Well-being

  • Financial Literacy

  • Animal Welfare

  • Mental Health

  • Food & Nutrition

Organizations our employees volunteer with
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