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About us

​Proudly serving the Peace since 1943.

About us

Proudly serving the Peace since 1943.

Who We Are

Lake View Credit Union was founded on August 3rd, 1943, and has been growing strong ever since. We currently have branches in Dawson Creek, Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge and serve every corner of the Peace through our various digital solutions.
 
In addition to being a full service financial institution catering to all personal and commercial needs, its staff and board are proud to call the Peace their home.

Lake View Credit Union's board of directors are elected by our members and a significant portion of the profits generated by Lake View Credit Union are reinvested into the regional communities by way of sponsorship and charitable donations, or we pass it on to our members in the form of lower cost services and profit sharing. 

Our History

Our history of member service began in the years after the great depression, during the Second World War. 

Born in Dawson Creek on August 1943 with 12 members and $6, by September 1944, we had 141 members and a share capital of $25,820. LVCU had the distinction of being one of the fastest growing credit unions in British Columbia, and today we proudly service over 10,500 members with assets over $310 million.

In 1974, we expanded our services by opening a branch in Chetwynd, B.C., and in 2001 it became the only financial institution in Tumbler Ridge, B.C.

Today, we continue to serve our members, led by the vision and direction of our Board of Directors.

Our Brand

Symbolism and Iconography

Our icon uses a bold "L" shape to represent the three communities where we have physical branches.

It is overlaid with an inverted triangle to evoke notions of the area we serve: the entire Peace.

Lastly, in the spirit of the pioneers that settled this vast land and the frontier they embraced to do it, the page turn in the corner is suggestive of both unexplored beyond the horizon.  

Colours and Landscape

Nature has blessed the Peace with an abundance of richness to draw from.

Our shared history, culture and architecture compliments and enhances this natural splendor. 

It's our goal to ensure the palette of colours we employ in our branding is representing the beauty and diversity of the Peace.

Logo

The marriage of these many influences has given birth to an icon and logo we feel balances the need to honour what's come before with the desire to look ahead into the future and embrace the frontier, as our forebearers did. 

Our Team

Board of Directors

John Kurjata

Chair
5 YEARS' TENURE ON BOARD​​
CURRENT TERM: 2019-2022​​

A Chartered Professional Accountant for over 20 years, John provides a myriad of accounting, tax and financial advisory services to a wide variety of individuals and businesses in the Peace River Region and beyond.

John also has extensive experience in other small business endeavors as an owner and manager.

In addition to Lake View Credit Union, John’s board experience includes Northern Health, Northern Lights College, Community Futures Peace Liard and various small not-for-profit organizations.

John is currently a partner with SKK Chartered Professional Accountants. 

  • Ex-officio on all Committees

Dale Rose

vice chair

4 YEARS' TENURE ON BOARD
​​CURRENT TERM: 2019-2022

Dale was born and raised in Dawson Creek, completing his schooling at South Peace Senior Secondary School. After high school Dale worked in the manufacturing sector for 19 years. During this time, he continued to upgrade his education at Northern Lights College and through Athabasca University correspondence, in preparation to become an accountant. In 1997 Dale started working as a Chartered Accountant article student, completing his studies and obtaining his Chartered Accountant designation in 2000. Dale was admitted to partnership with the public practice accounting firm of Sander Rose Bone Grindle LLP in 2003. Over the years Dale has been involved in numerous executive positions with community organizations and has been a member of the Rotary Club of DC Sunrise for 15 years, where he has served as treasurer, president and currently the Mega Lottery community coordinator.

  • Chair: Governance, Community & Policy Committee
  • Audit & Risk Committee, Investment & Lending Committee

Everett Beaulne

Director
11 YEARS' TENURE ON BOARD​​
CURRENT TERM: 2018-2021

A retired business owner and active community member, Everett remains a staunch advocate for Lake View Credit Union and its members. Having decades of varied volunteer experience, including the Pouce Coupe Library Board, Cub Scouts, the Kiwanis Community Band, South Peace Players and much more, Everett believes strongly in the power of community. 

  • Audit & Risk Committee
  • Chair: Investment & Lending Committee

Darren Hamre

Director
5 YEARS' TENURE ON BOARD
​​CURRENT TERM: 2019-2022

Darren Hamre is a lifetime resident of Dawson Creek and member of Lake View Credit Union, both personally and commercially. He brings with him 28 years of Real Estate experience. Darren will be starting his fourth year as a Lake View board member and looks forward to using the board familiarity and education he has acquired to contribute to our organization. 

  • Chair: Audit & Risk Committee
  • Investment & Lending Committee
  • Governance, Community & Policy Committee
  • Executive Member: Northline Peer Group

Shamir Mangalji

Director
1 YEAR TENURE ON BOARD​​
CURRENT TERM: 2020-2023

As an engaged member of the community, Shamir is a great fit for Lake View Credit Union’s Board of Directors.

His commitment to the community and to the co-operative business model are advantages that can support the strategic vision of this Credit Union. Being a voice for the members comes with great responsibility, something that Shamir makes a priority.

Currently, Shamir is part of the Executive Leadership Team at the Dawson Co-operative Union as the Director of Business. He helps lead the company’s strategic objectives in the following commodities: Petroleum, Home & Agro Centre, Rolla Agricultural Services, and IT. While completing his schooling, Shamir studied Financial & Corporate Accounting, Business Law, Marketing, Ethics, and IT.

His board experience with the Dawson Creek Adult Soccer League served as a foundation for his Board aspirations. Shamir has grown up in Dawson Creek and has been an advocate of the Peace Region wherever he goes. Banking at Lake View Credit Union is something members should be proud of. Shamir wants to continue that proud tradition by enriching the value of a membership and potentially attracting new members which would help grow the business.

  • Investment & Lending Committee
  • Audit & Risk Committee

Jerrilyn Schembri

director

3 YEARS' TENURE ON BOARD
​​CURRENT TERM: 2020-2023

Jerrilyn brings to the table a wide variety of experience and education ranging from Social Work to Emergency Management to Political Science and Tourism. She has sat on a number of boards, working groups and committees including Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Director at large for both the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and the North Central Local Government Association, President of BC Library Trustees Association, South Peace Economic Development Commission and the Lake View Credit Union Board.

  • Governance, Community & Policy Committee
  • Investment & Lending Committee
  • Audit & Risk Committee

Carmen Barber

secretary
2 YEARS' TENURE ON BOARD
​​CURRENT TERM: 2018-2021

Carmen Barber has for the past 38 years been a rural and classroom teacher as well as principal in various schools in School District #59. In addition, has also owned two businesses in Dawson Creek until retiring in 2014. She continues to participate in her rural area community associations. She has been serving on the Lake View Credit union board as of 2018. 

  • Governance, Community & Policy Committee

Executives

Lori Archibald

Chief executive officer

Co-operative values are a way of life for our Chief Executive Officer who has decades of leadership experience with Credit Unions.  

Lori acquired her Masters of Business Administration designation as well as her CPHR (Certificate of Professional Membership in Human Resources) in both BC and Alberta. Further her studies earned her the designation of Associate of the Credit Union Institute of Canada through Dalhousie University.

Lori’s volunteer efforts have taken her worldwide as she shared knowledge with Credit Union Board Members and Management in Finance and Risk within rural and urban Indonesia.  Lori has resided on several boards throughout her career.

She is currently the Vice President of the Board of Governors at Northern Lights College as well as a board member of Community Futures Peace Liard. A Rotarian and advocate for the Arts, Lori is proud to call the Peace Region and its residents her home. 

​Suzanne Bull

​CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Suzanne has been with Lake View Credit Union since 2011, and is a professional with extensive experience working for major financial institutions. 

Suzanne's in depth knowledge of banking has allowed for continuous growth within the banking and credit union systems. Suzanne takes personal ownership in contributing to the organization and its members. Throughout Suzanne’s banking career, she has always been located in the Peace River region; from the Alberta side working out of Falher to the BC side working in Fort St John landing back in Dawson Creek, which is now home.   

Suzanne has always loved the Peace River region, from its beautiful scenery to the people who live here.   

Suzanne is respected by both staff and members for her thorough knowledge of the local economy and understands that each member’s needs are unique.   

Managers

Marlana Blouin

Manager, Enterprise Risk & Project Management

Marlana has been with LVCU for more than 15 years; having held nearly every retail branch position with many years’ experience in retail lending and member services.  

She currently leads LVCU’s corporate risk management and compliance program and serves as the project manager for major corporate initiatives.  She is an Accredited Consumer and Residential Mortgage Lender and holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management from UNBC.  

She values the importance of community involvement and is an active member of the Rotary Club of Dawson Creek Sunrise.  Born and raised in the Peace, she believes in the cooperative values and is committed to making a difference in the lives of our members and communities.

Selina LaJeunesse

Assistant branch manager - retail lending

Selina has been working in the banking industry for 20 years and she's been with Lake View Credit Union for almost 10 years.

Coming to Lake View Credit Union as a Mortgage Specialist and working her way upwards through several positions including Financial Servicer Officer 2.

In 2018, Lake View Credit Union made the wise decision to transition into the Assistant Manager of Deposit Services followed by another change in late 2019 where she assumed her current position.  

Selina and her husband decided to settle in Dawson Creek to raise their family, not only because they were both born and raised here, but because they love the community and the beautiful landscape of the Peace.  

Over the years she has volunteered for many causes throughout the community, including Dawson Creek Minor Hockey Association, Heart and Stroke foundation and the Rotary club. 

Rolene Waldie

branch manager, chetwynd and tumbler ridge

Rolene has the challenging task of managing two locations within the Peace region and she excels at it. Her dedication to her staff and communities she serves are second to none.

Rolene has been working in the financial industry for thirty plus years with twenty-three of those being at Lake View Credit Union. Among her many professional accomplishments, Rolene is an Accredited Consumer & Residential Mortgage Lender, in addition to her various management and leadership training. 

Rolene was raised in Chetwynd and maintains her deep roots in the community, volunteering for a number of local initiatives throughout the year.

In her off time, she enjoys spending time travelling with her family.

Vanessa Lawrence

Assistant branch manager - deposit services

Vanessa has been with Lake View for 13 years and in that time served our members in many capacities throughout the organization.

Originally from Spirit River AB but growing up mostly in Grande Prairie AB where she attended college and obtained her Certificate in Business Administration. 

During her tenure at Lake View she has continued her education and professional development and obtained the status of Accredited Consumer & Residential Mortgage Lender and a Fellowship of the Canadian Credit Union Institute of Canada certification through the General Business Studies program.

In 2007, she moved to Dawson Creek with her husband an oldest son and they've since built a life here in the Peace.

She loves living in this community and contributing to the area as an auxiliary member with the Pouce Coupe Volunteer Fire Department, and with the area Air Cadet program. 

In her down time, Vanessa enjoys spending time with family, reading and cross stitching.

Justin LaJeunesse

manager - it, accounting & centralized services

As a lifelong resident of Northern BC, Justin appreciates the beauty and majesty of the Peace region and tries to enjoy all it has to offer while trying to broaden his horizons with travel whenever possible. 

Justin started with Lake View Credit Union and has done almost every job or task conceivable during his time here. Trusted and respected by staff and management, he's an indispensible part of the management team. 

In his spare time Justin enjoys sports and video games.

Pam Kesterke

​commercial and small business credit supervisor

Pam was born and raised in Dawson Creek and has over twenty-five years experience within the banking industry, nineteen of which have been for Lake View Credit Union. 

Pam has held several positions at Lake View Credit Union over the years. During this time, she completed two accreditations from Dalhousie University. The Consumer & Residential Mortgage Lender and the Accredited Business Lender.

Pam believes in Lake View Credit Union’s values and its strong commitment to the communities, and members it serves.

Van Tay

Human resources manager

Born and raised in Singapore, Van relocated to Canada in 2008 and has made Dawson Creek her forever home.

She sits on the Board of Dawson Creek Literacy Society and is passionate in being involved with programs that provide support to newcomers with their integration to our community and of Canada.  With a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing and Management from the University of Western Australia, Van brings to us over 12 years of diverse Human Resources experience in the areas of HR compliance and best practices, labour relations, union negotiations, employee engagement, recruitment, policy development, compensation, conflict resolution and respectful workplace. 

Van is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources and sits on the local HR committee for the Peace Region where she is passionate about HR collaboration. Van is proud of working at Lake View Credit Union and in its caring and sharing values towards causes in the local communities they serve.

How we give back

​​​From member dividends and student bursaries to our Community Social Responsibility Fund, giving back is in our DNA. In fact, it's so important to us we'll often come along on the day to help at your events.

Supporting non-profits

Non-profit organizations are the glue which helps keep our community together, and we're happy to support them through our CSRF, donations, and fundraisers.

​​​Volunteering is part of our culture

Our staff donate hundreds of hours annually in service to causes near and dear to their hearts throughout the Peace.

​​We invest in education

In addition to our annual $5,000 member bursaries, we provide programming to help support financial literacy throughout the region.

​​Fostering a great quality of life

Lake View Credit Union is proud to provide sponsorship for multiple local sporting, cultural or recreational initiatives to help grow the Peace. 

​Want to find out more about our commitment to social responsibility?

Together, we'll make your financial goals a reality