Community Benefits from North Peace Savings & Credit Union’s NEAT initiatives

North Peace Savings & Credit Union partnered with the Northern Environmental Action Team to bring community-building programs to Fort St John that provided to those in need

From left to right: Ryan Hildebrandt- Branch Manager Fort St John, North Peace Savings & Credit Union, Tammy Hrab – NEAT, Captain Deb Vanderhayden – Salvation Army, Mitchel Chilcott – CEO, North Peace Savings & Credit Union

Fort St John, September 24 – Did you know that there are opportunities for you to learn new skills yet give back to the community as well? North Peace Savings & Credit Union (NPSCU) partnered with the Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT) with a donation of $8,800 to bring Community Can to Fort St John. Not only did attendees gain valuable skills, but a portion of the canned goods were donated to the local Salvation Army Food Bank.

The Community Can program took place over two days on August 23rd and September 13th at the Calvary Baptist Church. New and experienced canners from the community came together to try their food preserve skills for both personal and endowment purposes. Over the course of the two days the program was a huge success, generating over 180 canned goods for donation to the Salvation Army Food Bank.

Community Can is such a unique incentive,” expressed Captain Deb Vanderhayden of the Salvation Army. “Not only does it help the community, but it gives new life to a valuable lost skill.” The canned goods received a warm welcome at the Salvation Army food bank and will be shared with those in need. The Food Bank was grateful to receive such a large donation and “appreciates the time community members spent preparing the gift for others,” added Vanderhayden.

A strong supporter of local initiatives like Community Can, NPSCU shared, “By investing in programs like Community Can, it helps engage the community in protecting and safeguarding our environment,” explained Mitchel Chilcott, CEO, North Peace Savings & Credit Union. Supporting this program was enticing with its two tier community benefits explained Chilcott. “Our financial contribution was leveraged through the skill development of others and recognized by the Salvation Army with the results of the program. Investing into programs like Community Can leads to building strong people, building even stronger communities.”

In addition to funding the Community Can program, a portion of the donation was used earlier in the year for the Food Secure Kids initiative. Students were engaged with growing edible plants in garden beds to develop skills in producing food to be self-sustaining, increase healthy eating awareness, and provide free foot grown at the local level to those who need it most.

About North Peace Savings & Credit Union

North Peace Savings & Credit Union (NPSCU) is a full-service financial organization offering retail and business banking, investment and insurance products. Located in Northeast British Columbia, NPSCU has proudly served the north for over 65 years.  With 12,000 members amongst its four branches, NPSCU remains committed to the social and economic well-being within the communities it serves. NPSCU is the recipient of the National Credit Union Innovation Award, Canada and runner up for the Innovation Award through the Credit Union Executive Society.


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Heather Desarmia
Public Relations and Social Media Specialist
North Peace Savings & Credit Union
10344 100 St. Fort St John, BC V1J 3Z1
250 793 0557