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Meet The Board

Sunrise Credit Union’s Board of Directors are elected by the members in a democratic one-member, one-vote system for a three-year term, up to a maximum of four consecutive terms. In addition to attending regular board meetings, each Director serves on a committee that assists the Board in its governance.
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Governance Committee Member, Nomination Committee Member, CEO Evaluation Committee Member 

Agnes joined the Sunrise Credit Union Board of Directors on January 1, 2019, and currently serves as vice chair. She loves the challenge of contributing meaningfully to this well-organized and highly effective board.

Agnes had previously served as a director for the legacy Strathclair Credit Union for 15 years. She received the Canadian Credit Union Directors’ Association Certification. Completed the CUES Governance Leadership Institute program through the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto). In addition, Agnes completed several courses through Governance Solutions including Covid, Culture and the Board and Financial Governance for Non-Financial Leaders.

Agnes was born and raised on a dairy farm in the Netherlands. There, she received her diploma (top honours) from a business school (Detailhandel). Agnes is also a certified Chiropodist in the Netherlands. She speaks fluent Dutch.

In 1979, she immigrated to Canada with her husband, Paul. Together they established and successfully ran a retail/service store in Shoal Lake until Paul's retirement in 2018.

In 2005, Agnes realized her dream to become a licensed realtor and continues to have a successful career with Century 21 Westman Realty Ltd., based in Brandon. Her passion is providing exceptional personalized service to her clients. She is thrilled to have achieved Centurion status 12 times and placed in Canada's top 75 realtors multiple times. In addition, the Century 21 Hall of Fame inducted Agnes in 2014.

In addition to supporting several outreach and volunteer programs, Agnes faithfully served as a deacon for the Shoal Lake Baptist Church from 2008 to 2020.

Agnes is an avid reader, is creative, and loves exploring/traveling when time permits. She and Paul enjoy spending time with friends, family, and especially their precious four young grandchildren!

Agnes brings integrity, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude to all aspects of her life.

Governance Committee Member

Bjarni's familiarity with the credit union system comes from spending 33 years working with three different Manitoba credit unions before retiring in 2007. After six year of retirement, Bjarni was elected to the Minnedosa Credit Union Board of Directors, serving seven years. He moved to the Sunrise Credit Union Board of Directors when MCU amalgamated in 2020.

Audit and Risk Committee Member, Nomination Committee Member

Craig spent 33 years as a public school teacher and was active with the Manitoba Teachers' Society in various capacities, including sitting on the MTS Provincial Executive. He was a director of the Tiger Hills Credit Union from 1993 to 2008 and Reeve of the RM of South Norfolk and the amalgamated municipality of Norfolk Treherne for eight years. Craig has been the Chair or Co-chair of the Boyne Valley Water Initiative for more than 20 years. He is also Chair of South Norfolk-Treherne Non-Profit Housing Inc. and regularly volunteers in his community.

Craig's experience with past amalgamations, governance development, and personnel issues aid him in being a productive board member. He likes being part of a consensus-driven Sunrise Credit Union Board of Directors, where members' financial needs are satisfied with recognition of social responsibility. Craig has completed the Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA®) training. Continuing education and training remain priorities for Craig. He has recently completed a dozen courses from CCUA Campus and participated in the Directors' Forums and the CUES Digital High-Performance series.

Governance Committee Member

Daryll Logeot has been a Sunrise board member since it formed in 2008. Before this, he sat on the board of Hartney Credit Union from 2002 up to the amalgamation. He has taken numerous training sessions to upgrade his understanding as a credit union director along the way.

He is the owner/operator of DL Consulting, an independent agrology firm which he started in 2003. Before that, he worked two years for an agrology firm called Crop Tech after working 11 years for Agricore and one of its parent companies, Manitoba Pool Elevators. He also worked for four years as a seasonal employee for United Grain Growers beginning in 1985. Daryll earned the accredited designation of Certified Crop Advisor for the Prairie Provinces region in 1997 and has maintained that certification to the present day.

Daryll and his family operate a small beef operation, and from 1990 to 2011 ran a herd of Purebred Angus cattle under D-Bar Angus. Daryll served on numerous boards within the livestock industry, most notably, six years on the Manitoba Angus Association board, of which he was president for three years ending in 2002. The registered herd was dispersed in the fall of 2011, but they still maintain a small herd of commercial cattle. He and his family are quite active within the community as well.

Daryll completed the CUES Governance Leadership Institute at the Joesph L. Rotman School of Management, earning a CCUD (Certified Credit Union Director) designation.

Audit and Risk Committee Vice-Chair, Nomination Committee Member

Doug moved to Laurier, his wife’s hometown, after a long successful career as a school administrator. Growing up in southern Manitoba, he lived and worked on the family farm. Upon high school graduation, Doug attended Brandon where he earned his B.SC (80), B.ED (83) and eventually a Masters Education in 2001. After graduating from university in 1983, he began his 32 year teaching career in Northern Manitoba, including the last 23 years in The Pas as a school administrator.

Throughout his career, Doug was active in teacher and principal organizations serving on the Council of School Leaders of MTS for numerous years. Doug was also active outside his professional life, coaching, volunteering and serving on various councils and groups, including 20 years as a member of the Kinsmen Club of The Pas and 4 years as a volunteer ambulance driver to name a few.

Since retiring and moving in July 2016, he has continued to work part-time as a substitute teacher and assist his relatives with the harvest, operating one of the combines. Doug has also begun to volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross during regional disasters. Since joining the Sunrise Board of Directors, Doug has completed the Credit Union Director Achievement (CUDA®) Program.

Audit and Risk Committee Member

The Guild Insurance Group employs Gord as a Life Insurance Advisor. He has 40 years of experience in various accounting and administration roles, including for a large public utility, a private business conglomerate, a not-for-profit agency, and as CAO of a rural municipality for 20 years. He grew up on a small mixed farm and has been involved with many local sports teams and community groups. He currently lives in his hometown of Baldur. 

Audit and Risk Committee Member

Fred graduated with a Diploma in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba in 1982 and worked in the Ag Credit field for 12 years, starting as an Ag Loans officer with the Virden Credit Union. He then moved to MASC, where he finished his off-farm employment as a Credit Manager. Fred began full time farming in 1994, operating a pedigreed seed farm with his in-laws near Reston.

The business has grown to include his children and their youthful enthusiasm and energy, which will continue a prosperous future for the family farm. Through the years, he has been fortunate to serve on the Board of Directors for Canterra Seeds, Manitoba Pulse Growers and Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers in addition to local community groups. The skills that he has learned in these positions have proven to be useful while serving on the Sunrise Credit Union board.

Audit and Risk Committee Member, Governance Committee Member, CEO Evaluation Committee Member

Glenn has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.Sc.A.) and has owned and operated a grains and oilseeds farm in the Cypress River & Holland area. In addition, he ran an agri-business consulting enterprise dealing in farm management analysis and taxation. That experience enabled him to work for 22 years for Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD) as a farm management analyst. Glenn's long-standing belief in the value agriculture brings to our economy was instrumental in becoming a founding member of the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP), the Manitoba general farm policy organization.

Glenn was a board member of Cypress River Credit Union from 1980 -1989, then from 1995 to 2008, serving as Chair from 1995 to 2008. He has been a board member of Sunrise Credit Union since 2008 and currently serves as Chair until April of 2022. In addition, he has completed the CUES Governance Leadership Institute course offered by the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management.

He has served as a District delegate to Manitoba Pool Elevators from 1984 to 1994, served as a delegate to the Co-operators Group from 2006 to 2020, and served as an Executive Member of Keystone Agricultural Producers for 12 years, four as Vice President.

Glenn has served as Manitoba's producer representative on the National NISA Committee (NNC) from 1998-2002. He has served as Manitoba's producer representative on the National CAIS Committee (NCC) from 2003- 2008 and as Chair of the CAIS & Agri-Stability Appeals Committee from 2005 to the present. In addition, Glenn served as Chair of the Manitoba Agri-Recovery Appeals Committee for flood programs supported by Agri-Recovery in 2011 and 2014. He also served as a Director on the Aquanty Project steering committee.

Glenn completed the CUES Governance Leadership Institute at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, earning a CCUD (Certified Credit Union Director) designation.

Governance Committe Member, CEO Evaluation Committee Member

Jan has been a credit union director for nearly two decades. She served on the amalgamation committee, which was responsible for bringing five credit unions together to form Sunrise Credit Union.

Jan has several years of experience as a small business owner in conjunction with her spouse, where she was responsible for bookkeeping, inventory control and payroll.

She has 23 years of provincial government service, including 13 years as an administrative assistant and 10 in inspection services for the Petroleum Branch, where she was the first woman to serve in this position in the province. As an administrative assistant, she developed several significantly simplified reporting procedures and computerized the record-keeping function by writing programming. As a Petroleum Inspector, she licensed all provincial oil flow lines, developed guidelines for land use concerning mud spreading, over-seeing all oil industry activity in the regulatory capacity, and seconded as a Workplace Safety and Health officer about worker safety in the oil field. She also assisted in the development/revision of the Petroleum Regulations under The Oil and Gas Act.

Jan has several years’ experience chairing major community committees, including Centennial celebrations, School Reunion, the Deloraine and Area Christmas Cheer, Church Board, Westman Heritage Inc., Canada 150 Party, etc. She is active on many additional committees, including the local Palliative Care, Chamber of Commerce, Museum, Parent Council, Fitness Centre, Provincial & local hockey & ball tournaments.

Currently, Jan is self-employed in the healing & coaching industry and employed on a casual basis with Wright’s Auction Service. She is also a Trustee and the Administrator for Lowe McClelland Family Trust, and a director for 4785691 Manitoba Ltd, a holding company.

Jan completed the CUES Governance Leadership Institute at the Joesph L. Rotman School of Management, earning a CCUD (Certified Credit Union Director) designation. She also completed the Brown Governance Board Competencies course as well as the CUES 2017 Board Chair Development Course.

Nomination Committee Member, Governance Committee Member

Karen graduated from Deloraine Collegiate, then later, Assiniboine Community College. Karen was employed as a Cosmetologist for five years, eventually becoming the Owner / Operator of Deloraine Hair Fashions for 26 years.

Karen has her Level 1 Child Care Assistant diploma and has worked with Wee R Special Inc. (WRS) since 2003. Before that, Karen was a Director for six years and Vice-Chair for four years.

Karen also works part-time at the Delwinda Court Personal Care Home in Deloraine. She has been a board member of the Border Hills Housing Co-op since 2010 and has been serving as secretary for the past four years. She also volunteers for the Deloraine and Area Christmas Cheer, Deloraine Ag Society and Delwinda Court.

Karen joined the Board of Directors for the Turtle Mountain Credit Union in 2003 and has been on the Sunrise Credit Union board since it formed in 2008. She has been a member of the Nominating Committee, Audit Committee and served as past Chair of the Audit Committee. She currently serves on the Nominating Committee.

Karen completed the CUES Governance Leadership Institute at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, earning her CCUD (Certified Credit Union Director) designation.

Governance Committee Member

A long-time Brandonite, Lon is currently the CEO of the YMCA of Brandon. He firmly believes in the Credit Union system., mainly because it is rooted in the community. Lon is particularly interested in Board Governance, Continuing Education, and Director Accreditation. He is proud of Sunrise Credit Union's role in the region, both as the premier choice of a Financial Institution and as a leader in philanthropy in the communities it serves.

Audit and Risk Committee Member

I received my Bachelor of Science from the University of Manitoba and my Master's degree in Fisheries Science from Cornell University. From December 2010 to October 2019, I was the Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa. I served on the Standing Committees on Environment and Sustainable Development and Fisheries and Oceans. I was Chair of the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group and a founding member of the All-Party Credit Union Caucus.

I have worked in several rural industries. I farmed, and my wife and I ran a small guiding and outfitting business. I also did several consulting projects and confirmed that you could have a professional career from a remote rural location. My forestry experience was as Director of Environmental Programs for the Pine Falls Paper Company. In terms of energy, I conducted environmental monitoring at an Alberta oilsands facility. Before my political career, I was an Environmental Advisor to the Province of Manitoba and a fisheries biologist in Northern Manitoba. I was an Adjunct Professor at the Rural Development Institute at Brandon University, led the Rural Renaissance Project for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, and advised on agricultural conservation policy for the Delta Waterfowl Foundation.

In addition to my permanent home south of Riding Mountain National Park, I have lived in Pine Falls, The Pas, and Winnipeg. I have developed an understanding of the dynamics of much of Manitoba. After being involved in developing laws and policies at both the federal and provincial levels, I gained an appreciation for the role of government in society. Understanding public policy development and the creation of laws is vital for any business or institution to thrive.

I am an avid hunter, fly fisherman, naturalist and hunting dog trainer. I encapsulated that life in my 2014 book, 'A Life Outdoors; Essays on Hunting, Gathering, and Country Living in the 21st Century.'

Nomination Committee Member, Governance Committee Member

Scott Thompson co-operates a grain and forage seed production farm with his father on their family farm west of Minnedosa. Scott completed his Bachelor of Science, majoring in Agronomy at the University of Manitoba in 2009 and began farming with his dad that summer. He also attended U of M the following two winter semesters with a focus on finance and accounting.

In 2012, he married his wife, Brandi, who works as an Ultrasound Technologist with Shared Health Services at the Neepawa Health Centre. They live in the home they built on the farm with their two young daughters. Scott sat on the Minnedosa Credit Union board for six years and was vice chair in the final year before the amalgamation with Sunrise Credit Union. In his spare time, he is busy with kids and sports in the summer and at the hockey rink in the winter. He also enjoys travelling to foreign countries and learning about their culture and way of life.

Audit and Risk Committee

Steve Langston is an entrepreneur from Onanole, Manitoba, and owns Dirty T-Shirt Productions. Langston believes there is abundant opportunity in our rural communities for business and impressive quality of life. Steve is proud to be a Director at Sunrise because of the organization's impact on the communities we serve.

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