Oshawa Community Cares

As our name implies, Oshawa Community is all about…you guessed it, our community! This philosophy of paying it forward is such an integral part of who we are because our Credit Union literally would not exist had it not been for our founding members 80 years ago who felt the same way.

In 1939, our Credit Union was founded by 19 members with $16 on deposit. These founding members were residents of Oshawa who wanted to help members of the community get the financial services they needed to make it through arguably the most trying of financial times in world history. 1939 marked the end of the Great Depression and the beginning of the second-world-war. Funds were scarce and banks weren’t willing to take risks.

“In those times, if you didn’t have any assets, you couldn’t get a loan. This is one of the reasons credit unions started,” explains Carl Carey who grew up in this era and served on the Credit Union’s Board of Directors for 21 years. While Oshawa Community welcomes all Ontario residents to become members, we take pride in helping local businesses get the financial tools they need to be successful at a price that won’t break the bank. We also love supporting local charities through volunteer work and donations on behalf of the Credit Union as well as our employees’ personal contributions.

Donating Blood

It really is in us to give. Some people shy away from giving to charities because they’re skeptical whether the funds are used responsibly. Over $4.5 million patients need a blood transfusion each year. When you give blood, it doesn’t cost you anything except an hour of your time. Furthermore, there’s no question that your donation will help someone who desperately needs it. Bonus: to help stabilize your blood sugar and fluid levels you always get free snacks!  

Every few months, Administration Manager and Compliance Officer, Linda Treen graciously organizes a team outing for employees to donate blood. Last November, Member Services Representative, Amy Munro joined Linda at the Canadian Blood Services centre in Oshawa to do our part (excellent selection of snacks). 

“I have never donated, but it was always something I’ve wanted to do,” Amy explains. “The lady actually commented that I did a really good job and that my blood came out really well.  I didn’t know whether that was a compliment, but I awkwardly said thank you anyways.”


The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer

“It is doubtful that there is any one individual who has not been touched by the loss of a family member, friend or acquaintance to cancer,” says CEO John Remillard.

The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer is a two-day, 200-kilometre cycling journey from Toronto to Niagara Falls in an effort to raise money for the world renowned Princess Margaret Cancer Centre here in Toronto. This means that your donation could have a life-changing impact for cancer patients right here in Ontario.

“I’ve already got my bike and helmet, but to guarantee my Ride success, I need your help!” explains John who is participating in this year’s event.  

On June 13th, John will begin his two-day cycling voyage with the full support of his team here at Oshawa Community Credit Union.  In addition to the staff’s personal contributions, the Board of Directors has agreed to match each donation up to $2500 on behalf of the company.


Sharon's Kids     

We love supporting local businesses and charities but there is no greater feeling then reinvesting our earnings into those of our own members.  Long-time member Sharon Clark has been volunteering with the Durham Children’s Aid Society (DCAS) for over fifty years. She has helped with many projects including preparing sacks of Christmas goodies including gifts, food and warm winter clothing for families with young children who really need the help. 

“There are no words to describe the feeling you get when you show up at someone’s home with a sack…the looks on the children’s faces and the tears of joy in their eyes...it’s just indescribable.  You just know that you’ve really made a difference,” explains Sharon. 

Experiences like these are what inspired Sharon to create her own charity “Sharon’s Kids” in support of the DCAS.This wonderful charity raises money for children to go to summer camp and for school bursaries. During the holiday season, Sharon sets up a cozy Christmas boutique full of adorable hats, scarves and gloves, festive jewellery and shabby-chic home decor.  Members look forward to this every year and even bring their friends along!  “I just love it. It’s great for stocking stuffers and people who are hard to buy for because there’s so many neat things,” explains non-member, Sylvia Weeks who’s daughter encouraged her to check it out.  


Lavender's Maple Syrup

Another long-time member, Clancey Lavender sells his incredible, home-made, maple syrup products in our branch and also contributes a portion of his sales to “Sharon’s Kids”.  There are several sizes to choose from ranging from $4 to $23 dollars. Clancey is even sweeter than his syrup and hosts an annual breakfast for our staff to thank us for allowing him to sell his syrup in our branch.  If he’s gonna make us a waffle and sausage breakfast drenched with his heavenly maple syrup, the pleasure is all ours.


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