Saskatoon District

Here are the 2020 Saskatoon District candidates for the Affinity Credit Union District Council elections.

Members will be asked to vote for five candidates.

Audra Krueger

Audra Krueger

I’d like to be elected as a district council delegate because I have a deep commitment to co-operatives and my volunteer and professional experiences position me well to contribute to discussions on governance, social impact, and business development. I would also appreciate the opportunity to learn from Affinity, as it’s a standout financial co-operative with values I support and believe in.

I’m the Executive Director of Co-operatives First, a non-profit organization promoting the co-operative model in rural and Indigenous communities across Western Canada. We work with groups to make their businesses a reality and I have the privilege of supporting amazing community leaders on everything from childcare centres to artisan co-ops. Thanks to this role, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to set up a business/social enterprise in challenging situations.

Before joining Co-operative First, I was Research Liaison at the University of Saskatchewan’s Centre for the Study of Co-operatives. I am the former vice-chair of Good Food Junction Co-operative, first director and treasurer of Saskatoon CarShare Co-op, director of Saskatchewan Co-operative Association and Executive Director of the Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op. I’ve researched and written on Mexican agrarian co-ops, which earned me a Master’s degree in Collaborative International Development and Sociology from the University of Guelph. For the past five years I’ve volunteered for my kids’ school, as the School Community Council chair and have the greatest respect for educators.

Cameron Choquette

Cameron Choquette

As a young professional and governance “nerd”, I am interested in serving on Affinity’s Saskatoon District Council to lend my skills and passion for governance and strategy to help move our credit union forward. As a past co‑operative employee and small-town farm kid, I’ve enjoyed an inside look at how co‑operatives work and the benefits they have for members, employees and stakeholders.

As the Executive Officer of the Saskatchewan Landlord Association, I am responsible for the overall management of the Association and its activities throughout the province. In 2019, I was named as 1 of 21 Canadian Youth ReShaping Governance for my work with not-for-profits in Saskatchewan. I’m also a member of the Canadian Society of Association Executives and the Institute of Corporate Directors.

I have an Honours degree in Commerce, a certificate in not-for-profit governance from the Institute of Corporate Directors and the PSGov., designation from the Johnson Shoyama School of Public Policy; I’m also enrolled in the MPA program at this school. In addition to formal education, I have served on several boards, including Ronald McDonald House Charities Saskatchewan, Jubilee Residences and Community Futures Newsask. I’m an active volunteer with the Saskatchewan Hospice Palliative Care Association, 4‑H Saskatchewan and currently sit on the City of Saskatoon Board of Revision and Licence Appeal Board.

My education and experience make me a well-rounded candidate that can provide a unique perspective on the governance of our credit union and its continued success in Saskatoon and the entire province.

Christine M. Epp

Christine M. Epp

I am honoured to be nominated to serve on the Saskatoon District Council of Affinity Credit Union. As a resident of Saskatoon for the past 15 years, I’ve had the opportunity to be a member of the Affinity family. My commitment to the co‑operative movement is an intentional demonstration of my values of service to others, creating a stronger and vibrant community, and my passion for ensuring everyone belongs and has a voice. My professional career has allowed me to serve in roles at numerous local community-based organizations, including the United Way of Saskatoon and Area, MS Society of Canada and currently SaskAbilities – where I’m the manager of Camp Easter Seal. Other professional experiences, including a local law firm and the University of Saskatchewan, have allowed me to promote my passion for volunteerism, inclusion and community engagement.

As a community leader and active volunteer, I promote life-long learning, participation and thoughtful response to community opportunities and needs. Holding up the recommendations of the TRC, I strive to support and improve our relationships with all our neighbours and create a strong community where we all belong, participate and thrive.

It would be an honour to serve our community on the Saskatoon District Council, contribute my vast board governance experience, professional skills, democratic voice and my passion for the community we live and work in.

Davida Bentham

Davida Bentham

I am fortunate to have been an Affinity Credit Union member ever since getting my first bank account in my early teenage years. I hope to be re-elected as a delegate of Affinity’s District Council, a position in which I have served since 2018. As a delegate, I’ve come to further appreciate Affinity’s co‑operative principles and values: Putting people before profit, and a dedication to bettering and maintaining strong communities guided by a co‑operative mindset.

I was born and raised in Saskatoon and completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S). I completed a law degree in December 2017, also at the U of S, and now practice as an immigration lawyer at Veeman Law, a small law firm in Saskatoon.

I’ve been involved in various communities and community organizations throughout Saskatoon. For example, I chaired a refugee sponsorship group that brought a family of six to Saskatoon from Syria. I’ve also been a member of the University of Saskatchewan Senate since 2013 and have served on the Board of the Saskatoon CarShare Co‑operative.

I believe my work and community involvement position me well to provide meaningful input and can help me support Affinity in its mission and vision. I’m dedicated to the organizations of which I’m a part of and look forward to representing constituents of the Saskatoon District as I continue to engage District Council with input, feedback and faithful service to the credit union membership.

Don Bohay

Don Bohay

I’m excited to be a nominee in Affinity’s 2020 District Council elections. For the last 35 years, I called Englefeld, Saskatchewan my home and represented Affinity’s North East District as a delegate from 2015 to 2019. In September, my wife, Bonnie and I relocated to Saskatoon. I’d be honoured to represent the Saskatoon District and its members as a District Council delegate.

My co-operative roots run deep. I was a member and General Manager of the Englefeld branch of Advantage Credit Union for 25 years until my retirement in 2008. I’ve always been an active community member and continue to serve as Financial Secretary for the Englefeld Council of the Knights of Columbus. I also continue to represent Centra Realty in Humboldt and GoodHall Memorials in Wynyard.

As a delegate, I’ll act as an ambassador for Saskatoon, providing member feedback to our board and management to be considered in their decision making. I’ll provide leadership in allocating funds to community causes that matter to you, represent Affinity at community events and make myself available to hear member voices.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, spoiling my six grandchildren and travelling with my wife of 40 years, Bonnie. I recently finished a beginner Ukrainian language class, which was challenging, but I enjoyed reconnecting with my Ukrainian roots.

Thank you for your support and for the opportunity to serve you as a delegate for Affinity Credit Union!

Erica Poulin

Erica Poulin

I am a fourth-year psychology student at the University of Saskatchewan. Outside of my studies, I enjoy being engaged in the community, particularly in youth programming and currently volunteer with Girls Rock Saskatoon. I’m interested in being a District Council delegate to further my involvement in the community and the Saskatchewan co‑operative sector.

My education about the co‑operative model started when I began attending the Saskatchewan Co‑operative Youth Program (SCYP) in 2013. I learned about co‑operative values and principles – ideas which strongly resonated with me. In 2015, I received the Elwood Harvey Co‑operative Leadership Award. As part of my role as a youth ambassador, I had the opportunity to attend a variety of Affinity meetings. This was a chance to see the principles I’d been learning over the years of camp applied to real life. These early experiences planted the seeds for the passion I have today about co‑operatives.

Since 2016, I’ve returned to SCYP in a staffing role, providing the same co-operative education I received growing up to youth across the province. I’m passionate about empowering youth with the knowledge and skills they’ll need to be engaged co‑operative members. For example, I’ve led many senior campers through running their own mini AGM, a personal highlight for me. I believe that young people are key to maintaining strong and healthy communities and co‑operatives. If elected, I would welcome the opportunity to represent young voices within the district.

Jo Custead

Jo Custead

I wish to continue being a Delegate so that I can contribute to providing a vital role in guiding Affinity in its mission and vision. I’m currently on the Saskatoon District Council and a member of the Governance Committee.

I’m a passionate and committed civic leader, enjoying a new phase of life following retirement, supporting and leading organizations that are making a difference locally, nationally and internationally.

I’ve lived in Saskatoon for more than 50 years, having gone to high school, university and raised a family here.

I’ve been involved in various organizations, including serving as Board Chair of Saskatoon United Way & Area, YWCA Saskatoon and TCU Place. I’m currently a Commissioner on the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners and a public representative for the Saskatchewan Dental Hygienist Association. I’ve also served on the Board of Directors of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Persephone Theatre, Heritage Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Saskatchewan Registered Nursing Association and as a Treasurer of YWCA Canada.

My extensive board experience has given me a strong knowledge of board governance and an ability to connect with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

My family immigrated to Canada, so I have experienced many of the challenges that new Canadians face; perhaps that is why I have such compassion and understanding for those that are marginalized.

A career in public service with a specialization in human resources has also aided me in developing a passion for people and social justice.

Karen Addley

Karen Addley

I’m a teacher with the Prairie Spirit School division. My husband, Graham, and I have three adult sons and two grandchildren. I want to be part of this team that demonstrates social and economic responsibility to help keep Saskatoon a great place to live, work and raise a family.

I am a long-term member of Affinity Credit Union and would like to get more involved by seeking the nomination to be a delegate on District Council. I respect how Affinity Credit Union has been a positive influence in our community. I would love the opportunity to work to encourage the voice of indigenous people in Saskatchewan through Affinity Credit Union’s work with Truth and Reconciliation. A strength of mine is that I’m able to work with people with a wide variety of backgrounds and beliefs and find common ground.

Skills and Experience:

  • In 2013, I completed a Master of Education in the area of Social and Eco Justice.
  • I’m currently a Professional Development Facilitator with the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation PD India Program. This includes working with teachers in India this February.
  • In 2015, I served on the Local Collective Bargaining Team that negotiated the Prairie Spirit School Division local collective agreement.
  • I’ve participated in several International Teacher exchanges, including a year-long exchange to Australia and a short-term exchange to Germany in 2018.

I have a reputation for being an enthusiastic problem solver with a positive approach.

Kurt Holfeuer

Kurt Holfeuer

I have had a long-standing commitment to credit unions, as a member, employee and most recently, as a delegate and board member. I’m proud to be part of Affinity Credit Union because of its commitment to being a values-based organization, which delivers competitive financial services in a socially responsible way. Working together, we accomplish this through engaged members and employees, support for and from the communities we serve, quality leadership, effective governance and continuing commitment to co‑operative principles and values.

If elected, I’ll continue to focus on Affinity’s ability to effectively serve the needs of our members today and to build the capabilities needed to ensure the relevance and sustainability of our credit union into the future.

Background, Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • 20 years senior and executive management responsibility for the Human Resources function at Co‑operative Trust and Saskatoon Credit Union;
  • 14 years of executive management responsibility for all aspects of the Technology function at Saskatoon and FirstSask Credit Union;
  • 20 years management experience working with credit union boards;
  • Completed all three levels of the National Credit Union Director Accreditation Program;
  • Completed the Certified Credit Union Directors Program, University of Toronto Rotman School;
  • B.A(Honours) and M.A University of Manitoba.

Past and Current Governance Experience:

  • Delegate, Affinity Credit Union since 2015 and a Director since 2016
  • As an Affinity Director served on both the Human Resources and Audit and Risk Committees of the Board.
  • For the past five years, Board Member of a non‑profit organization focused on the delivery of support services to performing artists in Saskatoon.