March 27th

Harry Bowler wins Order of Merit

Harry Bowler
Harry began his career as general manager of Tiger Hills Credit Union in 1986 and ended it as CEO of Sunrise Credit Union in 2017 — a 31-year string of uninterrupted service to the same organization

Harry has been involved with system committees his entire career, serving on the Management Advisory, Democratic Control, Risk & Bonding and System Credit committees, in addition to serving as chair of various districts over the years. He has also been an active member of the Credit Union Managers Association of Manitoba (CUMAM). His service on its executive included two terms as president and several stints as its convention chair.

After the amalgamation of Cypress River, Hartney, Virden, Tiger Hills, Turtle Mountain that created Sunrise in 2007, Harry was instrumental in helping form the Westman Marketing Group. By cobranding their involvement and sponsorship activities, the group has enabled credit unions to increase their presence throughout the region. It also provides collaboration opportunities in staff/board training and district relationships.

Harry has been a very active member of the communities in which he’s worked, making sure the credit union was always well-represented.  He served, often as president or chair, the Treherne Curling Club, Delahunt Golf Club, Treherne Minor Athletic, Treherne & Area Foundation, Treherne Chamber of Commerce, Treherne Economic Development Committee and Treherne Kinsmen Club, all of which benefited from his management skills. He says that being the founding chair of the Treherne & Area Foundation, which now has assets in excess of $1 million, was very rewarding. “This is very impressive for a small community and provides a great legacy for the community.”

He also started a minor baseball program; starting with one team of 12 players, it soon had over 100 kids involved.

Harry has asked that the $1,000 bursary attached to his award go to a student enrolled in Business Admin or Agri-Business at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, based on scholastic achievement and community involvement.


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