Credit Union Day is Thursday 18th


The 70th International Credit Union Day is being celebrated around the world on Thursday, October 18th.

The day is recognized to reflect upon the credit union movement’s history, promote its achievements, recognize the hard work and share member experiences. International Credit Union (ICU) Day® has been celebrated on the third Thursday of October since 1948.

The ultimate goal is to raise awareness about the tremendous work that credit unions and other financial cooperatives are doing around the world and give members the opportunity to get more engaged. The day of festivities for credit unions and financial cooperatives globally include fundraisers, open houses, contests, picnics, volunteering and parades.

North Valley Credit Union branches at Esterhazy and Stockholm will offer cookies, coffee, and prizes on October 18th to visitors to celebrate the event.

First Nations Awareness event coming to Esterhazy

Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church in Esterhazy will be the venue for a First Nations Awareness event on Saturday, October 20th. The event will run from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will include several guest speakers. Included in the topics are:-

  • What does it mean to be a treaty person?
  • How can we respond to the Truth & Reconciliation calls to action?

Those planning to attend should RSVP to Audrey Petracek. (306) 740-7352, or The event is sponsored by Our Lady of Victories Social Justice Committee.

Full details on the poster below, and the event has also been added to our calendar.

Mosaic comes through for Golden Jets

On the morning of Monday, October 1st, approximately 60 seniors gathered together at The Golden Jets Centre in Esterhazy. They were there to celebrate another example of Mosaic’s willingness to support local communities, and they were also there to learn something that could potentially save a life.

The key ingredient in this story is the acquisition of a defibrillator, which is now prominently located in the main foyer of the hall. This life-saving piece of equipment will not only be available for those attending the Golden Jets facility (should they need it – which everyone hopes they won’t!), but it may also become vitally important in the event of the building being used as a refuge center for the nearby Sumner Place Senior’s residence.

The road to obtaining the defibrillator began in January this year with the simple intention to get one! As this intention was communicated to key people, the ever-helpful Don Hood entered the picture. He pointed the way to the Mosaic grants website, but freely admitted that navigating the application process was a task best left to someone else. Then, the daughter of Ceone Martin (The manager of the Golden Jets) stepped up to the plate and completed the necessary application. The grant was approved, and a donation of $5000 was made to purchase the equipment.

After the defibrillator arrived, the decision was made to hold a workshop to explain its function to the Golden Jets members. This would also require the hiring of a paramedic to act as an instructor.  Once again Mosaic was contacted, and they not only arranged for (and covered the cost of) the paramedic, but they also supplied door prizes and a meal for those attending. As Ceone Martin says, “This is where our wishes were really answered.”

And so to the event. People started arriving at the centre around 9:30 in the morning. There was plenty of convivial conversation to be had among friends, and during this period the small team from Canadian Industrial Paramedics prepared their materials and equipment for the workshop. Just before 10:00am, Ceone introduced paramedic Rae Wallace, and then the workshop began. Not only was the quality of the material worthy of note, but so also was the rapt attention of the audience. You could have heard a pin drop when Rae Wallace was speaking. And, when instructional videos were displayed on the wall, all eyes were on those presentations.

Needless to say, the functioning and operation of the Cardiac Science Powerheart G5 Defibrillator was fully explained, but it was also clearly emphasized that a call to 911 should be the first action in an emergency situation. While expeditious use of the machine is vital, it must never be used in isolation from the assurance that trained professionals are on their way. Also part of the presentation was a brief refresher in CPR, (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), right down to the use of special mannequins during the demonstration process.

After the formal presentation, the paramedics went from table to table to more closely demonstrate the equipment and CPR techniques to the attendees. This also allowed for more questions to be asked on an individual basis.

Around 11:00am, the K3 Underground Expansion Manager, Philipp K. Gauer arrived for the taking of the official cheque presentation photograph. As a local man who has returned to Esterhazy, Philipp exudes a genuine love for the area, and is the ideal person to communicate Mosaic’s commitment to support the local communities in which they operate. His photograph with Golden Jets president Carol Helmeczi appears in the header of this article. Later, in his address to the audience, he expressed that when the request for help was received at Mosaic, it was simply a “no brainer” for them to respond positively. He said it was an “absolute pleasure” to help, and to give back to the community.

Door prizes were then awarded in the draw, and a catered meal was enjoyed thereafter by all.

Special thanks should be communicated to:-

  • Don Hood.
  • Ceone’s daughter Kathy from Winnipeg.
  • Lawrence Berthelet, the Director of K3 expansion, Mosaic.
  • Charlene Persson, Lawrence Berthelet’s Admin Assistant.
  • Rae Wallace and her team members from CIP.
  • Philipp K. Gauer, K3 Underground Expansion Manager.

Below, there’s a small gallery of images taken at the event. Click on any image to open the picture viewer. You can then navigate through the images.

St. Andrew’s United Church Annual Rummage Sale Announced



The very popular Annual Rummage Sale will take place in October at St. Andrew’s United Church in Esterhazy.

  • Donations accepted October 1-5
  • Sale 9am to 9pm October 10-12 (coffee and pie available these days)
  • Sale 9am to noon October 13

These dates and details have been added to our October Community Calendar. If any other local organizations have announcements, please get in touch via the contact menu form.

NVCU welcomes Lisa Fiske to the company

I am pleased to announce Lisa Fiske as the newest addition to our front line service team. Lisa joined our staff compliment on May 1st, 2018 and has over seven years’ experience in the Credit Union System of Saskatchewan. This includes times most recently spent with Churchbridge Credit Union and the balance being with Innovation Credit Union at the North Battleford and Battlefords branches. Lisa’s positions were: Teller, Contact Centre Representative and Operations Analyst.

Lisa is very knowledgeable and very pleasant. She consistently provides excellent member service. Feel free to drop by our office and say hello to Lisa as she is anxious to meet the members of both our Credit Union and our community.

I am very happy to have Lisa join our team and look forward to the many contributions she will make to our Credit Union.

Niki Rink

Office Manager

North Valley Credit Union

NVCU welcomes Glenn Colley to the company

Roy Spence, CEO and General Manager of North Valley Credit Union is very pleased to announce that effective September 10th, 2018 Mr. Glenn Colley has joined our company as a senior credit underwriter. Glenn has over thirty years’ experience in the Credit Union System of Saskatchewan and comes with an extensive background in both commercial and agricultural credit underwriting. His most recent posting was at Meadow Lake with Innovation Credit Union and before that Glenn spent seven years as the Loans Manager at Unity Credit Union.

As our business grows so must our employee group especially as we continue to focus on quality, personal service to our members, customers and clients. We know your time is valuable and respect the fact that you don’t want to be waiting weeks on end for the service you deserve. Personal service is our strong suit and we know Glenn will carry on this tradition for us.

I am excited to welcome Glenn Colley into our employee group and hope you will take the time to give Glenn a call or drop in for a visit. I’m convinced Glenn will prove to be a valuable asset to our Credit Union, to our community and to the members, customers and clients we endeavor to serve.

Roy Spence
CEO & General Manager
North Valley Credit Union

18th Charity Golf Classic raises more money for hospital/care home

On Monday, Sept 10, the 18th Charity Golf Classic was held at Esterhazy Golf Course. It was a beautiful day, with the event drawing 96 golfers from both the local area and further afield. Later in the day, at the customary post-golf function, the results were announced by Don Hood. He reminded the audience that in 18 year history of the event, it has raised more than 3.5 million dollars. Initially the funding was earmarked to support the existing hospital, but in 2009 the decision was made to raise the funds for a new hospital and care home.

The community has to raise 20% of the cost of the project, with the government adding the remaining 80%. Best estimate is that the required community share stands at $11 million. Monday’s event raised another $205,000 towards the community share, bringing the total funds raised/pledged by the community to $9.9 million.

Kudos to all those involved, for their continued commitment and dedication to the project, and for their unwavering belief that one day Esterhazy WILL have a new hospital/care home facility.


A special message from Gerry Oake (Our House)

I received a phone call and email from Gerry Oake yesterday, with the request that I publish his message. Many of you will know that Gerry campaigned tirelessly every year for more than a decade, to raise funds for an “Our House” addiction recovery centre in the Esterhazy area. Then, two years ago, he moved to Vancouver. If you wondered what happened to him, his plans, and the funds, you should read this message. – Kenneth


Although the plans to open a recovery house in Saskatchewan have been put on hold due to the need for my help in running another Our House recovery home in Surrey BC that was already established, I am offering the opportunity for anyone seeking recovery to come out to BC to our facility here for a 6 month or longer (if required) program.

The funds collected over the last 12 years of fundraising efforts in the Esterhazy area are still in trust in Esterhazy and can be used to help fund someone from Saskatchewan who would require assistance in attending the program in BC.

If my current situation changes before my plans of retirement, I will be returning to the Esterhazy area with the same plan to open a house there upon my retirement.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns or if you require information on how to get in to the Our House program, please feel free to contact me at 604-594-1168 or my cell at 306-745-7241.

Kindest Regards
Gerry Oake