Voting starts today for Northern Savings Credit Union board positions

Four in the running for seats representing Terrace, B.C. and area

VOTING STARTS today to fill two positions for Terrace and area on the Northern Savings Credit Union board.

In the running are four people with one being an incumbent, Ann Peltier, a Terrace child care advocate.

Also seeking a seat are accountant and business consultant Rod Cox, Golder Associates project manager Bart DeFreitas, and assessor Keith Goodwin.

“The second position has been vacant,” said credit union board chair Nirmal Parmar.

The person with the most votes will have a three-year appointment to the board and the person with the second most votes will have a two-year appointment, explained Parmar.

He’s the third board member for Terrace and area and his term expires next year.

Voting is open to Northern Savings Credit Union members at the credit union branch here and closes April 10.

The voting comes at the same time as the credit union deals with the sudden departure of its CEO and president, Ken Doleman.

Hired just two-and-a-half years ago, Doleman’s departure was announced mid-March with the board wishing him the best.

Parmar said Doleman’s departure wasn’t a surprise.

“Things change and people move on,” said Parmar. “He did a good job when he was here.”

Senior Northern Savings official Sharon Stromdahl has been named as temporary CEO and president pending the search for a permanent one.

That search will take place once the board evaluates next steps for the credit union’s business growth.

The voting comes the same month as the credit union, which has branches in Terrace, Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii stages annual general meetings.

In addition to branches in the northwest, Northern Savings has a mortgage business in the south. Assets last year were reported as $987 million, making the credit union the largest of its kind in the north.

Credit union services began here with the Terrace and District Credit which merged with Northern Savings in 2006.