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Ellen Meerburg, left, and Bernard Gillis, Metro Credit Union
Metro Credit Union Ltd. in Charlottetown has received top honours in a best places to work survey in Atlantic Canada.
In a program designed by Progress Magazine and Best Companies Group to recognize the best employers in the Atlantic region, Metro was the only Prince Edward Island-based employer to qualify. The credit union received the award at a special luncheon in Halifax.
Seven of the top 27 Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada 2012 are credit unions, including Metro which placed number one on the list.
“Metro is full of great employees who take pride in their career, who value the role our credit union plays in the community, and who go out of their way to provide outstanding service to their members,” says general manager Bernard Gillis.
The list was announced May 17 in Halifax.
“We are honoured to be recognized as number one in this exclusive group of employers in Atlantic Canada,” said Gillis.
“Those of us in the financial services industry are in an extremely competitive business, and it’s our employees that set us apart. They are our greatest asset, and we couldn’t have achieved this distinction, without their dedication, professionalism, and passion for the job.”
To be considered for this award, Metro Credit Union participated in a thorough workplace assessment by their staff, including such core areas as corporate culture and communications, work environment, pay and benefits, and overall engagement.
All staff were required to complete the survey, but their individual responses were anonymous. Metro Credit Union received the complete results of the survey, providing an opportunity to go through it with staff and solicit feedback.
This is the second year Metro participated in the survey. Last year the credit union ranked number 17.
Metro Credit Union Ltd. was incorporated in 1968 in Charlottetown. With assets of $186 million and a staff of 40, the operation also has a branch office in Stratford, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Bernie O’Neil, Atlantic Central credit union president and CEO, offered congratulations to all credit unions on their recognition.
“While not surprising it is tremendously gratifying to see seven Atlantic credit unions on this list, particularly to see the top two spots occupied by credit unions.
“Credit unions are special financial institutions because we do focus on people; both the needs of our members, and also our employees. Our focused approach ensures that we not only manage our members’ assets wisely, but that we help members and staff meet their goals. That’s our definition of success.”
This year is the United Nations’ International Year of Co-operatives, and credit unions are co-operative financial institutions founded on the same seven values that all co-operatives share. The theme for 2012 is Co-operative Enterprises Build a Better World, and awards like this demonstrate that the theme is correct.