South District

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

Members will be asked to vote for two candidates.

Bryan T. Leier

Bryan T. Leier

I grew up on a mixed farming operation near the Sedley/Francis area. I currently reside in Sedley, Saskatchewan with my wife Rose and we have three children and three grandchildren. I was a small business operator for 27 years in Sedley and currently work as a manager at Bennett Dunlop Ford in the Collision Centre.

I have served on the Village of Sedley Council since 1988, serving as a councillor for 20 years and Mayor for 12 years. I remain active as a volunteer for the Fire Department, Parks and Recreation Committee and Hall Board.

Outside of the Village of Sedley I’ve had the opportunity to serve on many provincial boards as well. These positions include Chair of the Conexus Arts Centre (11 years), Director and Finance committee chair of the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (10 years), Board Chair of the Health Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (14 years). I’m presently on the Canadian Mental Health Association (Sask. Div.) as Finance Committee chair (9 years). I also currently sit as a Director and past Vice President of the Saskatchewan Apprentice and Trade Certification Commission, as well as an Industry Representative on the Saskatchewan Auto Dealers Association and a director on the Saskatchewan Collision Repair Association (SAAR).

With extensive board experience I am very knowledgeable in short-and long-term strategic planning, governance, and solid financial determinants. I enjoy community affairs, politics, cars and travelling to Arizona in my spare time.

The past two years as your Affinity Credit Union delegate have been both enjoyable and rewarding, supporting our co-operative system across Saskatchewan. I look forward to, and hope to, serving for the next three years.

Prashant Bhutada

Prashant Bhutada

Finance and financial management have always been a very active field in my life right from my childhood.

Having worked in the customer service industry for the last 18+ years, starting as restaurant captain to becoming an operations manager and now providing technical support gives me a perfect platform in serving as a district council delegate.

The feeling of making an active contribution in the community has its own satisfaction.

Rod L. Tuchscherer

Rod L. Tuchscherer

I am putting my name forward for district council and I’ve been a member with credit unions for more than 50 years, starting around the age that I could sign a deposit slip.

My family have been members of Affinity Credit Union for the last 15 years.

I’ve recently retired after 42 years with the Provincial Government and I’ve gained firsthand experiences with fellow employees, listening to their home life and financial concerns. My professional expertise with ISC for the last 20 years lies within Land Surveys, Land Titles and as a member of the award-winning Provincial Treaty Land Entitlement Committee.

I’ve also gained experience as a member of the Board of Directors and past Executive Vice President of the University of Regina Rams overseeing the financial portfolio, which included the Saskatchewan Roughriders home game 50/50 program. Also as part of the finalization of annual budgets, strategic planning, reports and helping to develop working relationships with committee members and public volunteers.

I’m a member of the Transportation Advisory Committee for the White City area, a past Saskatchewan Volunteer Firefighter and Public Education Officer of 15 years, as well as a past coach and manager of a girls’ softball team in the White City/Emerald Park area for 11 years.

If I’m elected for this position my goal is to be the voice of the district I reside in and the province as a whole, representing your family with Affinity’s values and principles, and helping to elect a Board of Directors that will make decisions in the best interest for all of us as one community in Saskatchewan.

Rory Griffith

Rory Griffith

I was first introduced to a credit union membership in Grade 10. As students, we set up and ran a class credit union. Since then I have been on numerous co-operative boards, as well as government boards. I just completed an eight-year term on the Municipal Employees Pension Plan Board. I was elected chair and vice chair while on this board. I’ve received training in Board Governance, Strategic Planning, and Risk Management. Overall, I’ve been on boards for more than 30 years. Being of service is a major theme in my life.

I’m a retired Human Resources professional with more than 20 years of experience. I have a Master’s degree in HR Management from the University of Regina. I have both the time and energy to devote to serving on the district council. I’m confident I’d be a good candidate on the South District Council.

Virginia Wilkinson

Virginia Wilkinson

I am running for district council delegate because I believe passionately in the role credit unions play in Saskatchewan communities.

I’ve been a credit union member for nearly 40 years, and a member of Affinity Credit Union (and its precursor) for more than 25 years. I deliberately chose to be a member of Affinity Credit Union, because of its Saskatchewan roots, and because it is focused on supporting and building strong Saskatchewan communities. I want to be a part of continuing to strengthen Affinity’s role in Saskatchewan into the future.

I’m a former CTV Regina journalist, and have worked as Executive Director of Communications and Public Education, Saskatchewan Social Services; Director of Communications and Business Development Saskatchewan Health Information Network; Director of Communications, ISM Canada, among others. Fifteen years ago, I opened a communications consulting company and I’ve been working with a wide variety of public sector, private sector and non-profit organizations ever since.

I’m passionate about both community and the arts, and as a result I am on the boards of Do It With Class Young People’s Theater, Cecilian Chamber series and have been on the board of The Golden Apple Theatre and the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra.

I have a BA in Journalism and Communications from the University of Regina and a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Saskatchewan. I received my International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) accreditation in 1999, and the Professional Leadership Certificate from the University of Regina in 2019.