Board and Elections

2020 Board of Directors Election Results

East Coast Credit Union held its Annual General Meeting via Microsoft Teams Live on April 14, 2020. A recording of the meeting can be found here.

During the business meeting, highlights of 2019 were shared, along with the 2019 Financial Statement, and our Board of Directors election results were released.

We have 12 Board member positions, and this year, four of those positions were up for re-election. Six candidates presented themselves as nominees. We would like to thank all the nominees who submitted their application and expressed interest in serving on our Board of Directors.

Thank you to all our members who participated in our electronic in-branch and online voting process and who joined us at our Annual General Meeting this year.

Congratulations to the four successful candidates who will serve on our Board of Directors:

Daniel Cooper

Daniel was elected as a new director of the Board at our 2020 Annual General Meeting. As a solutions-based individual, when challenges arise, Daniel can encourage those around him to think outside the box to reach the best overall solution. A natural leader, Daniel is hard working, motivated and has experience managing people through difficult and complex situations. Daniel is an entrepreneur who negotiates towards a successful outcome on a daily basis.

Dan Fougere

Dan was re-elected to the Board as a director at this year’s AGM after serving as a director and member of several board committees for the past six years. Dan has completed the requirements of the Credit Union Director Achievement Program, and as a chartered accountant, brings with him many years of experience in financial budgeting and reporting, operational analysis, strategic planning and corporate governance. He is the Director of Finance with the Sisters of Saint Martha in Antigonish. He serves as President of the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce and he recently completed a two-year term as Chair of the Antigonish Community Heath Board and a six-year term as a Board Director with the Strait of Canso Superport Corporation.

Helen MacPherson

Helen was re-elected to the Board of directors and has been a credit union director for 18 of the past 21 years. She has completed the required director training program (CUDA) as well as optional courses. As a long-time credit union member, Helen believes in the autonomous ownership/control unique to credit unions. Helen is employed in the Finance Department of the Sisters of Saint Martha in Antigonish. A dedicated volunteer, Helen served with Antigonish Minor Hockey, Bethany Chaplaincy, Antigonish VON, St. Ninian Cathedral and CWL, Antigonish Arena Expansion, Elementary School Parents’ Committee and Shepherds of the Manor.

Melanie Sampson

Melanie was re-elected to the Board as a director and has been an active member of the Board since 2010. Melanie has a passion for co-operatives and has been a credit union member her entire life and a member of East Coast Credit Union for over 25 years. From 2008 – 2014, Melanie served as a volunteer member of the Audit Committee and has completed the required director training. Melanie is both a Faculty member teaching accountant at the NSCC Strait Area Campus and a self-employed provider of accounting services to a variety of personal and business clients. Melanie has volunteered within her community by serving as Treasurer of the Regional Occupational Centre Society and Foundation, holding various positions within Strait Richmond Minor Hockey, and serving on the Finance Committee for various parishes in the Diocese of Antigonish.


Stay tuned for more information on the Board of Directors Election in 2021!


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