Dianne Kelderman Women of Excellence Award

Local Co-op Champion Honoured Dianne Kelderman Women of Excellence Award will support women leaders and entrepreneurs

TRURO (June 10) – The province’s leading voice for the cooperative movement was momentarily silenced when she was recently presented a Women of Excellence Award by Community Credit Union of Cumberland Colchester.

“I’m speechless,” said a delighted Dianne Kelderman, CEO of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council. “And anyone who knows me, understands just how rare that is.”

The credit union’s Board of Directors bestowed the honour in recognition of Kelderman’s contribution to the credit union and co-op system locally, provincially and nationally.

“She is a national treasure,” said Board Chair Charlotte MacVicar. “She has not only provided continuous and valuable support to us directly, her work provincially and nationally has helped keep the cooperative movement alive and moving forward.”

The certificate presented to Kelderman says she “has exemplified leadership excellence, visionary out-of-the box thinking, and a passion for the sole betterment of our communities, the Credit Union system and the Co-operative system.”

Kelderman has sat on several committees offering advice to Atlantic premiers. She is recognized as one Canada’s Women of Influence, and as one of the province’s top CEO’s. In 2014 she was inducted into Atlantic Business Magazine’s Hall of Fame.

The Credit union recognition is especially gratifying, says Kelderman, because it establishes a $1000 annual award in her name to be presented to women in the community who demonstrate leadership excellence, passion in business, entrepreneurship and education.

“The cooperative movement is all about helping one another to move forward. With this award I know I will have a hand ensuring promising young entrepreneurs and community leaders can reach their goals just a little more easily,” she said

Kelderman will sit as a member of the award selection committee. The Dianne Kelderman Woman of Excellence Award will be presented at the Credit Union’s annual meeting each year.

Community Credit Union of Cumberland Colchester Limited provides a full range of modern, quality financial services tailored to the diverse and ever-changing needs of its members.



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