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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Leading into the future

Our Board of Directors are local leaders elected by you. They’re here to help guide our credit union to a successful future.


Learn about your 2023 candidates

Every year, East Coast Credit Union holds its Board of Directors election for available director positions. Learn about the election process, how to vote, and meet your 2023 candidates!

Meet our Directors

Dan Fougere (Chair)

Dan is President of the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce and recently completed terms as Board Director of Strait of Canso Superport Corporation and Chair of the Antigonish Community Health Board. He completed the Credit Union Director Achievement Program and is the Director of Finance with the Sisters of Saint Martha in Antigonish.

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Tyrell Giffin

Tyrell lives in Antigonish county and is a lifelong member of the St. Andrews branch. He is currently employed as the CFO for High Crest Solutions. Tyrell holds a Chartered Professional Accountant designation and is passionate about forestry work, any type of machinery and is an avid football fan.

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Christine Hanlon

For 60 years Christine has been a dedicated Credit Union member and worked for 20 years at the Bergengren Branch, retiring in 2019. She served as the Financial Officer for the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre for 25 years. Christine has been an active resident of Antigonish involved with many organizations including, St. James United Church, NS Foster Parents Association, Syrian Antigonish Families Embrace (SAFE) and Antigonish Rivers Association to name a few.

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Kathy MacDonnell-Rankin

Kathy worked over 30 years at a major steel company in Ontario and has a degree in Labour Studies and achieved the national ACCUD designation (Accredited Canadian Credit Union Director). In addition, she has served on the League Data Board of Directors and is presently Chair of the Governance committee.

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Helen MacPherson

Helen has been a director since January 2016, and the legacy Bergengren Credit Union for 13 years. A 2007 CUDA graduate, she has served on every committee except Audit. She is currently employed in the Finance Department of the Sisters of Saint Martha in Antigonish.

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Melanie Sampson

Melanie teaches accounting at the NSCC, Strait Area Campus and has held various executive positions in the Community College. She is self-employed, providing accounting services to various clients. She is also a dedicated community volunteer and serves as a Councillor for the Municipality of the County of Richmond.

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Anne Sears

Anne is a retired educator and administrator, with over 7 years of service on the Board. She is a dedicated community volunteer and has served as a Municipal Councillor, Municipal school board member, Board of Governors of St FX University, and has held executive volunteer positions with sport teams in the Antigonish area.

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Bill Timmons

Bill is a retired educator and has 20 years of service on the Board. He is a former Board Chair and serves on the Board for both Atlantic Central and League Savings & Mortgage. He is a dedicated community volunteer and serves on the Community Impact committee and is also a member of the Nova Scotia Co‐op Council.

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Mary Oxner

Mary is an accounting professor at St. FX University, Past‐President and CO‐Chief Grievance Officer of the StFXAUT, Faculty Coordinator for Service Learning and Chair of University Senate. She enjoys volunteer work and is the Treasurer of the Creative Wellness Project (Friendship Corner) and Chair of the Finance Council of the Diocese of Antigonish.

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