Board of Directors

Meet Our Board of Directors

Valley Credit Union is a democratic financial institution that operates with the best interests of our customer-owners, community and environment in mind. You could play an integral role in shaping the future direction of this progressive, dynamic, and caring organization.

Martin Gillis - Chairman

Marty is currently the Chair of the Board for Valley Credit Union. He has been a member of the board for 19 years. He has been a director for a total of 32 years between Valley Credit Union and Avon Credit Union. Marty represented Valley Credit Union at Provincial, National, and International Conferences. 12 years on the Hantsport Town Council and 14 years with the Hantsport Fire Department. Has completed the mandatory Credit Union Director Training with many years of management experience in business.

Andrea Martin - Vice Chair

Andrea has lived her whole life in Sheffield Mills, except for the period when she went to Acadia University and a short stint living in Kentville. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Math) and has taken many courses subsequent to graduation - she loves to learn! 

Andrea worked for many years at Valley Tire in Kentville in the Accounting department, as well as provide accounting services to many local small businesses. She is now retired but continues to provide accounting services to small businesses and volunteers with her community association (various positions).

Andrea likes chocolate, wine and lobster and desperately needs her house cleaned.

Doug Oldford - Secretary

Doug Oldford as been involved with the Credit Union movement since he was a student in Glace Bay 50 years ago. He has been a member of various credit unions throughout Nova Scotia, serving on the Board of the Bridgetown Credit Union for two terms before it amalgamated with others to form Valley Credit Union in 1994. Doug has been a part of the Public Relations Committee, Executive Committee, Chairman of the Property Committee, Secretary of the Board, and a member of the Amalgamation Committee.

Doug was a teacher at Bridgetown Regional High School for 35 years and during that time was involved in many community organizations. He coached many sports teams including basketball, volleyball, track and field, and soccer. He was the founding member of the Bridgetown and area Historical Society and served terms as treasurer and president, and he has volunteered to be the master of ceremonies for a number of fundraising events for community groups.

Doug has completed the director training course that is required, attended training sessions on credit union governance, asset liability management and risk management, and has represented Valley Credit Union at Nationa credit union conferences. “I thank you for your support in the past and look forward to serving the Credit Union in the future in whatever way I can.”

Debbie Eldridge

Retired from 30 years in nursing at Capital Health. Now work part time at Noggins Corner farm in the corn maze & school tours.

Brian Sturney

Brian is a self employed small businessman, residing in the Village of Lawrencetown. Currently he is a Captain and Treasurer of the Lawrencetown Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Lawrencetown Village Commission.
Brian completed the required director training and served on the Policy and Credit committees.

Brian's strengths and training have contributed to the Valley Credit Union Board of Directors for many years and looks forward to continuing to meet the needs of our valued membership.

Carol Tobin

Carol Tobin has been a credit union member for more than 40 years, both with Valley Credit Union and the credit union system in Ontario. "[I have] consistently and persistently throughout my active career in education and now retirement, demonstrated my belief in, commitment to, and passion for the Co-operative movement,” said Carol.

Carol joined the Board of Directors for Valley Credit Union in 2006 and has served on a variety of committees such as Nominations, Social Responsibility/Community Relations, Property, as well as other ad hoc activities. She is involved in a long list of community organizations including, the Berwick Farmer’s Market Co- operative, canvassed for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Canadian Diabetes Association, a member of the Liturgy Committee and she teaches Sunday School. Carol is the Director of the Kings County Federation of Agriculture and currently is the Vice President.

For many years Carol has been involved in the education component of programs offered to students at Noggins Corner Farms. Carol brings a wide variety of experience, skills, and interest to the Board of Valley Credit Union. “I listen carefully, consider responsibly, and act responsively to the concerns and issues brought to the Board in order to address them constructively. I believe in collaborative and collegial means to identify new and better goals, ideas, and solutions to make good decisions and resolve problems, " shared Carol, "I believe that at Valley Credit Union we can be leaders in incorporating sustainable practices in our operations and in offering environmentally friendly financial solutions. These are challenging times, especially for financial institutions.”

Richard F. Graham

Richard is a new member to Valley Credit Union, however, for the last 10 years he has been a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union through a volunteer sport organization he managed.

Richard is a member of the Kentville Rotary Club, a voting member of the Canadian Red Cross, and a member of their Nova Scotia Provincial Advisory Council.

Richard brings many years of skill and experience to the VCU Board of Directors. He has 41 years of experience in the financial services industry, including 36 years with CIBC, of which 25 years was as a commercial/corporate banker. Richard spent 10 years as a member of the Board of Directors of a national sport governing body. He volunteered with the Canadian Red Cross 15 years, predominantly in the areas of corporate governance and fund development. Richard also spent 5 years as a member of a Board of Directors of a professionally managed not-for-profit recycling company, whose mandated is to employ consumers with mental health challenges.

Wayne Fowler

Wayne is a member of Valley Credit Union. He is a local business owner, has major non-profit experience, and has been a community support organizer.

Wayne is very involved in the community and brings experience from these activities to the Board of Directors of Valley Credit Union. He is the President of the Credit Union Centre, Vice President of Western Valley Minor Hockey Association, a member of the Planning & Advisory Committee for the Village of Kingston, and a member of Valley #90 Masonic Lodge. Wayne was a key organizer for Kingston’s nomination for Kraft Hockyville in 2014 in which the arena received second place and $100,000 for upgrades.

David George

David has been a member of the credit union since 1985 and he is a local small business owner.

David is the treasurer and a teacher at his local church.

Kathleen Hutchinson

Kathleen is a lawyer with Waterbury Newton. She has served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers, Big Sisters Annapolis Valley. Kathleen’s legal training will be an asset and bring valuable skills to the Board.


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