Community News

Happy International Credit Union Day!

Oct 19. 17

On ICU Day, Bulkley Valley Credit Union joins the more than 217 million credit union members around the world in celebrating the people-first principles that have helped lift people out of poverty and strengthen communities all over the globe.  

System Updates

Oct 13. 17

On Sunday, October 15th our banking system will be going through an update. This update will start at 1:30AM PST and will end at 7:30AM PST. During this time our MemberDirect online banking will be unavailable. If you are experiencing troubles outside of this time or need to make arrangements before please contact your local branch. Thank you for your patience.

2017 Member Survey

Sep 29. 17

Every two years, Bulkley Valley Credit Union asks its members for feedback through a survey. Survey invitation letters have been mailed to a random sample of members from each of the four branches. Thank you for taking the time to complete our survey. Your opinions matter to us, and we have used members’ suggestions from previous surveys to research and introduce new products and services.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes and as a thank you for your time and interest, there will be two draws for an iPad! The Early Bird draw will be Oct 11th, and the second draw will be at the conclusion of the survey.

Click here if you received a letter with a PIN for accessing the survey.

http://www.madesurveys.ca/bvcumember.html

For those members who follow the link – and did NOT get a survey request letter:

 

If you did not receive a Member Survey letter in the mail, we would still love to hear from you! As always, there are plenty of ways to reach us, and your comments are always welcome;

Please follow this link to our ‘Contact Us’ page

https://www.bvcu.com/about/branches/

The Credit Union Foundation of BC

Sep 29. 17

The Credit Union Foundation of BC is the provincial wide philanthropic organization of the credit union system founded and funded by British Columbia credit union members. In 2015 the Foundation distributed over $121,000 to students from 31 different Credit Unions in BC.

Please click on the link to the cufoundation.org to learn more, and to apply online.

Houston Branch Change Hours of Operation

Sep 05. 17

Support Houston Ringette

Sep 05. 17

Happy Labour Day Weekend!

Aug 30. 17

All branches of Bulkley Valley Credit Union will be closed on Saturday September 2nd, and Monday September 4th.
We wish everyone a safe and relaxing long weekend.
If you are in the Telkwa area, stop by the BV Kinsmen Telkwa Barbeque! Check out their website for details on their events, which include the classic beef, a demolition derby, and newly formatted concert!

BVKinsmen.ca

BV Exhibition - Party Till The Cows Come Home!

Aug 21. 17

 

 Check out the 98th Annual BV Exhibition August 24th - 27th. There is the rodeo, the light horse show, the draft horse pull, the 4-H events, the logger sports, an antique tractor display, the exhibition halls full of wonderful creations. And don't forget the music! Performing on the Claude Dohler Stage will be Mob Bounce, Mark Perry and Northwest, The Country Icons and Appaloosa, and many more talented locals. Of course a stop at the food vendors is a must, as well as a spin or two on the rides! See you at the Fair!!

Pioneer Days are coming…

Aug 07. 17

Saturday, Aug 12, 2017

Pioneer Day is Hazelton's big annual event celebrating our community and historic past. It is held on the second Saturday of August and it is an all-day event with activities and entertainment for all ages to enjoy!

Events and activities that will be happening throughout the day are:

5/10km run/walk dedicated to Evie Maitland organized by Doug Donaldson MLA Stikine’s Office
Wagon Rides sponsored by the Bulkley Valley Credit Union
Live Music
Archery Tag
Junior Firefighter’s Competition
Iron Chef Competition organized by Storytellers’ Foundation
Bouncy Castle
Watermelon Eating Contest sponsored by the Gitaanmaax Market
Beach Volleyball and Basketball organized by Marcel Melanson and Colton Murrell
Candles by the River organized by Jude Hobenshield
Pioneer Day Dance by the Skeena Ice Arena Association
Strawberry Tea at the Anglican Church Hall
Hazelton District Public Library (Events TBA)
Arts and crafts vendors and food vendors
Parade begins at 12 noon

If you have any further questions, please contact Dominique Melanson at dmelanson@hazelton.ca or at the Village Office (250)842-5991.

BC DAY is here!

Aug 03. 17


The Directors, Management and Staff wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday weekend. We also wish you sunshine and joyful moments that are shared with family and friends.

Smithers Branch                                                 Hazelton Branch

Friday August 4- 9:30-6:00                                  Friday August 4- 9:30-6:00

Saturday August 5- Closed                                 Saturday August 5- Closed

Sunday August 6- Closed                                   Sunday August 6- Closed

Moday August 7- Closed                                    Moday August 7- Closed

Tuesday August 8- 9:30-5:00                             Tuesday August 8- 9:30-4:00

Burns Lake Branch                                            Houston Branch

Friday August 4- 10:00-6:00                                Friday August 4- 9:30-6:00

Saturday August 5- Closed                                 Saturday August 5- Closed

Sunday August 6- Closed                                   Sunday August 6- Closed

Moday August 7- Closed                                    Moday August 7- Closed

Tuesday August 8- 9:30-5:00                             Tuesday August 8- 9:30-4:00

A bit of BC history for you…
At one time B.C. was comprised of two British-controlled colonies, one on Vancouver Island and a second on the mainland. In 1866, the two colonies were officially united as the Crown Colony of British Columbia, with its capital in Victoria. British Columbia became a province of Canada when it entered Confederation on July 20, 1871.

Houston Logger Sports

Jul 25. 17

Kispiox Valley Music Festival

Jul 24. 17


The staff at the Hazeltons' Branch are busy preparing for the Annual Kispiox Valley Music Festival which is taking place this weekend - July 28th-30th.

Come to the magical Kispiox Valley and enjoy the warm hospitality and inspiring music.

For more information regarding campfires, water and camping fees, please visit www.kvmf.ca

KVMF vision: "A festival that captures the warm, close Kispiox Valley community spirit at a beautiful venue where a wide variety of music, art and other creative events provide entertainment, inspiration and education."

Learn to Fish

Jul 21. 17

 

On Wedneday, July 26, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC is putting on a FREE two hour clinic for kids aged 5-15. The kids will enjoy a hands-on session where they will learn where, when and how to catch fish. There is no registration required and all equipment and tackle will be provided!

Where: Meet near the camgroud playground at Tyhee Lake

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Parent supervision is required!

Canada Day Weekend is Here!

Jun 26. 17


 

Smithers Branch                                Hazelton Branch

June 30      9:30-6:00                          June 30       9:30-6:00

July 1-3      CLOSED                           July 1-3      CLOSED

July 4          9:30-5:00                         July 4          9:30-4:00

 

Burns Lake Branch                              Houston Branch

June 30      10:00-6:00                          June 30       9:30-6:00

July 1-3      CLOSED                             July 1-3      CLOSED

July 4          9:30-5:00                           July 4          9:30-5:00

 


 

 


 

Canada Day in Our Communities

Jun 26. 17

All information was provided by the communities.

If you have any questions please contact your community and they will be able to provide you with more information.

Smithers                                                                                                                               

June 30                                                                                                                                         

5:00-7:00    Campfire Sing Alone at Riverside Campground                                                  

July 1                                                                                                                                  

8:30-10:30    Pankcake Breakfast at the Friendship Centre                                                  

10:00-11:30   Culture Crawl leaving BV Museum                                                                  

12:00-12:30    Official Ceremony at Bovill Square                                                                            

12:30-4:00     Family Fun Festival at Bovill Square                                                               

3:00-4:00    Hillbilly Scrabble at Bovill Square                                                                   

7:00-9:00   Foam Party and Dance at Bovil Square                                                             

11:45-         Fireworks at Elks Park                                                                                        

New Hazelton

July 1

8:00   Registration for Mountain Challenge

8:30   Mountain Challenge Begins

9:00   Free Pancake Breakfast

9:30   Free Activities: Face painting, cotton candy,popcorn, sno- kones, bouncy tent, kid's games and vendors

10:30   Parade entries marshal at Lions Hall

11:00   Parade Begins

11:30   K'san Performing Arts and Soap Box Derby

12:00   Official Cermonies       

 

Burns Lake     

Burns Lake will be hosting family fun activities at the multiplex including arts and crafts, picklyball,rock climbing, jumprope, squash, ping pong, bean bag toss and hacky sack. 

Dont miss out on the Kayak Race on Burns Lake! All participants will receive a prize including a great prize for the grand winner!

 

Houston                  

TBA            

The BIG BIKE RIDE!

Jun 21. 17

The BVCU Hearthrobs, which includes staff from Bulkley Valley Credit Union, Bulkley Valley Insurance Services, and Bulkley Valley Financial Services, as well as family and friends, gathered for another great turn on the BIG BIKE.  There was a great turnout, as the bike made its way around the community creating awareness. We are proud to be part of this important event, which helps to change the lives of not only heart and stroke patients, but all Canadians.

Ding Free

Jun 20. 17

Bulkley Valley Credit Union has four locations along Highway 16 - New Hazelton, Smithers, Houston and Burns Lake.

Stop by and use any of our ATMs along your journeys this summer - If you are away from our local communities, there are 4100 other ATMs across Canada that are Ding Free. Download the Ding Free App at www.ding-free.ca to locate the closest Ding Free ATM to your location. The option to avoid any ATM surcharges is almost always available!

Happy Holiday-ing!

Summer Safety

Jun 06. 17

  

With the summer season in full swing, and the warm weather inspiring us to get outside and in and on the water, the Canada Safety Council has a few good reminders about Water Safety.
First and foremost, wear your lifejacket - and ensure all children do as well. Swimming with a buddy is recommended, and of course summer is a great time to enroll young children in swimming lessons.
And don't forget the sunscreen, especially when out on the water!

70th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo!!!

May 25. 17

THE 70TH ANNUAL KISPIOX VALLEY RODEO - June 3 & June 4!!!

The Hazelton Branch staff is all in Rodeo Spirit! Join the branch for the Rodeo Kickoff on June 2nd, featuring live music and a ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink’ fundraising BBQ!

Mark it on your calendar, and get out to the beautiful Kispiox Valley for some fantastic scenery and an authentic cowboy experience!

Make sure you catch the Wild Horse Racing, the Ride and Lead, the Cowhide Race, the Wild Cow Milking, and the special featured event this year; the Master’s Saddle Bronc Riding. Sunday is also the 'Tough Enough to Wear Pink' day, so stop by their booth and say Howdy!

See y'all there!

Northwest Trade Expo May 5th and 6th

May 04. 17

Be sure to stop by the Northwest Trade Expo being held this weekend at Civic Centre in Smithers on May 5th and 6th. The Expo is celebrating Canada's 150 Years with the theme of Mountains, Mounties and Moose.

 

May the Fourth is JEANS DAY!!

May 04. 17

Our staff members across all of our branches and offices are celebrating Jeans Day today in support of the BC Children's Hospital Foundation. All funds raised from Jeans Day will support research and equipment, but most importantly for the kids in BC who will need care and treatment this year alone. So Buy and Button and support BC's kids!

 

 

 

The GREEN envelopes are coming to you!!

Apr 28. 17

Bulkley Valley Credit Union is committed to return a portion of its profits each year to our members.                                                                                                                                                                                                           As we has another successful year in 2016, The Board of Directors has declared a dividend of 1.65% on the member shares, which will be credited to your equity share account.

Also, over $488,000 in patronage payments will be distributed to our members this year!

So a big thanks to all of our members for their continued patronage, and we will continue to work hard to earn your support each and every day.

 

The 75th Annual General Meeting of Bulkley Valley Credit Union!

Apr 22. 17

You are invited to the 75th Annual General Meeting of the Bulkley Valley Credit Union, which will be held at the Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge on Monday April 24th, 2017 at 7 pm.
 


Registration will begin at 6:45 pm.

We hope to see you there!

E-statements are now available!

Apr 20. 17

E-Statements are now available on MemberDirect® for viewing. All other statements will be in the mail shortly.

Once again, our thanks to everyone for their patience during our transistion to the new banking system.

March Statements

Apr 10. 17

As part of the transition to the new banking system, all members with a chequing account will receive a printed statement in the mail for the period from March 18th to March 31st.  This is to ensure that all members have a permanent record for their files.
Members who receive e-statements will be notified of their availability through this website, rather than receiving a direct email alert.
Our statements will return to the regular cycle and notification pattern for April.


Thank you for your patience during the transition to our new banking system, and as we work through the logistics of the changes. 

New Statement Format

Apr 03. 17

All Bulkley Valley Credit Union chequing account members will notice that their end of March statement has a new look!
The new statement format is a result of our recent Banking System upgrade.
If you have any questions regarding this new format, please do not hesitate to contact your branch office directly.

Non-chequing accounts will receive their first statement in this new format following their regular schedule, at the end of June.


Thank you for your patience and understanding during our conversion. 

Changes to Account presentation on MemberDirect®

Mar 23. 17

Members will notice a change in how MemberDirect® appears now that our Banking System Conversion is complete. All accounts that a member has an ownership in will show in your list of accounts. For ease of use and identification, those accounts can be renamed by the account owner for easier identification going forward.

In the “My Accounts’ area, in the top left corner of the MemberDirect® home page, there is an option to ‘Rename Accounts’.

For any additional assistance or concerns please contact your local branch staff, and they will be pleased to assist you.

Banking System Conversion - Telephone Banking

Mar 18. 17

If you currently use our Telephone Banking product, please contact your local branch to discuss accessing the new system.
We do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
 

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Banking System Conversion News - IT’S DONE!

Mar 17. 17

Bulkley Valley Credit Union has completed the upgrade to the banking system, and all branches will resume regular hours this week.
MemberDirect® Personal and MemberDirect® Business banking, Mobile Banking, and Telephone Banking are available once again.
Now that the conversion has been completed, all bill payments and transfers that were scheduled over the weekend should be completed by the end of day on March 19th. If you have questions about any of those transactions, please contact your branch.


Our sincere thanks to all of our members for their patience and understanding during this upgrade.

Banking System Conversion - March 18th and 19th!

Feb 28. 17

Bulkley Valley Credit Union's banking system conversion is just a few weeks away, and in order to be prepared as possible, there are some things that members should do to ensure a smooth transition.
Make a list of all e-transfer recipient email addresses, and keep them in a secure location. There is a possibility that this information may not migrate into the new system, and will need to be re-entered after the conversion has taken place.
Send all e-transfers that would take place over the weekend early, and make scheduled bill payments early as well.
We appreciate our Member's patience and understanding during this process, and please watch this website for further information on this transition.

Mobile App Login Changes!

Feb 03. 17

BVCU Mobile App Login Changes:

When you attempt your first login, you will receive an error message as shown below. It explains that you must enter the last 7 digits of your MemberCard, and all logins will contain 7 digits going forward.

If you use 'Memorized Accounts' or 'Remember Me', you will need to 'Select Other Login' and continue in the same manner as above to create a new saved login with 7 digits. If you have 'Saved Logins' with only 6 digits under 'Settings' you must delete those.

PLEASE NOTE - MemberDirect® Login Changes - Effective Today!

Jan 31. 17

The MemberDirect® login page (shown below) will remind you to use this new process. If you are using the 'Manage Memorized Accounts' , or the 'Remember Me' feature, you will also need to reset that with the same 7 numbers you entered into the 'Card Number'.

Any one of our staff members will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this change.

 

 

The 2016 Winter Newsletter is coming your way!

Dec 31. 16

 

This four page letter to our members includes some information our upcoming banking system conversion, the call for nominations for 2017, the AGM scheduled for April 24, 2017 at Hudson Bay Lodge's summit room, and a welcome to our new manager of lending services!

 

You can download the full PDF HERE

Holiday Hours for Bulkley Valley Credit Union

Dec 22. 16

All branches of Bulkley Valley Credit Union will be closed from Saturday December 24th to 27th, 2016 as well as from December 31st to January 2nd, 2017. Days not listed will be regular open hours in each of our locations.
Staff, Management and the Board of Directors wish everyone the very best of the holiday season!!

The Upper Skeena Recreation Centre Receives Major Government Support!

Oct 28. 16

The Upper Skeena Recreation Society received joint funding from the Governments of Canada and British Columbia this week, which will bring the project much closer to reality. With the nearly $12 Million in funding announced this week, along with what the group has already raised, the project could begin as early as next spring!  

Click on the link below for the Government News Release:

News Release

The Celebration is on at the Hazelton Branch!

Oct 28. 16

The Hazelton Branch staff is ready to celebrate and there is cake for everyone!!

Happy 20th Anniversary to the Hazelton Branch!!!

Oct 27. 16

Here is the staff on Opening Day, October 28, 1996 - from left to right is Eric Johnston, Lu Senecal, Tamara Desjardins, and Marilyn Larsen.

The branch today has 10 staff members who would love if you stopped by the branch for a visit and of course some cake :)

Congratualtions again to the Hazelton Branch on their 20th Anniversary! 

The Upper Bulkley River Stream Keepers Project

Oct 21. 16

The Houston Branch staff along with members from the Upper Bulkley river Stream Keepers with the $10,000 cheque!

Please vote for the Streamkeepers program by registering with the Aviva Community Fund. When you get to the Aviva page, you can search this project by typing 'Houston' in the location option, or by the name 'Watershed Stewardship Learning Facility and Hatchery'.

This project is eligible for up to $50,000, and the voting closes on October 28th, 2016.

Please click here to cast your votes for this important project:  Aviva Community Fund

Pie Day in the Hazelton Branch!

Oct 21. 16

International Credit Union Day is held on the third Thursday in October, and is celebrated by 56,000 credit unions and 217 million members around the world!

Bulkley Valley Credit Union celebrates this important day by inviting our communities into our branches to enjoy pie, coffee, and a chance to visit with other members of the community. This has been a long-standing tradition here with us, and we look forward to doing it again!

October is Canadian Library Month!

Oct 06. 16

There are too many great events taking place at the Hazelton District Public Library to list, so please go to their website to check things out!

Hazelton District Public Library

 

The Evelyn Hall - the place to be this October!

Oct 05. 16

A drive out to Evelyn this October is a must - as there are events going on almost every weekend this month! There is truly something for everyone with the Fall Market, the Annual Harvest Fest Dinner, and the Kid's Hallowe'en Party all happening at the hall this month. Of course a drive out to the country to enjoy the beautiful fall colours is always a great idea! 

 

Support for the Lakes District Fall Fair

Sep 23. 16

The Bulkley Valley Credit Union's Economic Development Committee recently supported the Lakes District Fall Fair Association with a $10,000 grant to assist in water and sewage upgrades to the fair grounds, as well as the construction of a new pole barn with power!  

 

Buyer Protection with your Credit Union Debit Card!

Sep 14. 16

Stop by your branch and ask about the Buyer Protection and Extended Warranty programs.

All you need to do is make your purchase with your Member Card® Debit Card, and you are protected by one of the best programs on the market!

Don’t Worry – You’re Covered!

The Hagwilget Bridge upgrades are finished!

Sep 08. 16

The major upgrades to the Hagwilget Bridge have been completed. The bridge is a crucial link for residents, as well as commercial traffic and the many tourists who come to visit the beautiful area. The $5.2 million project included the replacement of the structural steel components on the bridge's main towers and superstructure. Work on the 83 year old bridge is part of 'BC on the Move', the BC government's 10-year plan for improvement of the province's transportation network. 

 

Our float in the Fall Fair Parade!

Sep 01. 16

The Smithers Branch of Bulkley Valley Credit Union was awarded second place at the Fall Fair Parade. In addition we received First Prize for the best decorated business!  We would like to thank everyone who was out for the parade, and remind them that Bulkley Valley Credit Union belongs to the Exchange Network which is the second largest ATM network in Canada, and using any of the ATMs in this network comes at no cost to our members!

Bulkley Valley Credit Union Welcomes Carlee Morsund!

Aug 30. 16

Bulkley Valley Credit Union is proud to introduce the newest member of our Management Team; Carlee Morsund - Manager-Lending Services. Carlee brings a breadth of experience to the position, and her successes include 4 years as an entrepreneur in multiple facets: Real Estate, Mortgage Brokering, and Chatters Food Inc.

Carlee’s foundation in finance was formed during her work with Coast Capital Savings Credit Union, where she held a leadership role in the Small Business Department. Carlee and her husband Phil are extremely excited to call Smithers home again and to be back in the community they both grew up in.

As we welcome Carlee into our organization, we are bidding farewell to our long standing Manager-Lending Services, Max Starr, who retired in May. We wish he and his family all the very best in retirement!

Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association Project

Aug 19. 16

Bulkley Valley Credit Union is proud to partner with the Burns Lake Mountain Bike Association in their initiatives over the past few years.

The recent project is a picnic shelter at Krager Lake, which is nearing completion. Other projects include the Pierce Hofer Memorial Wall Ride, and annual sponsorship of the Big Pig Mountain Biking Festival held at Boer Mountain. The BLMBA has worked hard to make Burns Lake a must-do for mountain bikers in the north, and over the past number of years the club has built and maintained over 70 km of trails in the Boer Mountain Recreation Site, and the Burns Lake Bike Park, and have upgraded the Kager Lake Trail to be universally accessible.

Check out the BLMBA website for more great biking news: www.burnslaketrails.ca

 

 

Smithers friends of library

Aug 05. 16

The Donation is to support the Summer reading program for kids 4 to 13 years old. 

The program is presented to children from the end of June through to the end of August.

Lawnchair Lounge

Aug 02. 16

LAWNCHAIR LOUNGE SCHEDULE FOR AUGUST:

August 5, 2016: Six Feet Under

August 12, 2016: Welkin

August 19, 2016: Juanita McIntyre / North of Dixie

August 26, 2016: Backroads Home

Happy Anniversary Houston Pool!!!

Jul 27. 16

Bulkley Valley Credit Union is proud to sponsor FREE PUBLIC SWIMMING from 1:00pm to 6:00pm on Thursday, July 28 at the Houston Leisure Facility! Please come to the Pool Party to help celebrate the 10 year anniversary.

Red Cross accepting donations for Fort McMurray

May 05. 16

Our thoughts and prayers are with the residents of Fort McMurray during this terrible time. The Red Cross is accepting donations through their website which has a link directly to the 'Alberta Fires Appeal'. The government of Alberta has announced that it will match donations made to the Red Cross.

Please follow this link to the Canadian Red Cross website:

redcross.ca

2015 Annual Report

Apr 08. 16

The 74th Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday evening, April 25 in the Summit Room at the Hudson Bay Lodge in Smithers. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.

2015 was a successful year for the credit union and we encourage you to download our 2015 Annual Report on the “ABOUT US” page to view or financial statements and learn more about our recent successes.

Thank YOU for your patronage

Apr 06. 16

To Shareholders of Bulkley Valley Credit Union

Bulkley Valley Credit Union is committed to return a portion of its profits each year to its members.  I am pleased to report we had a successful year in 2015. The Board of Directors has declared a dividend of 1.66% on the membership shares which is credited to your equity share account. I am also proud to announce that we are distributing over $615,000 in patronage payments to our members this year too!

Your portion of these funds is represented by the voucher you will receive in the mail. Please bring this voucher into any one of our four branches and receive your payment in cash. You can also deposit your voucher through any BVCU ATM if you wish. If you are unable to visit one of the branch offices in the next few weeks, these funds will be automatically credited to your account in June 2016.

We continue to try and make the overall patronage program 'more green' each year, and this year we are sending less paper to each member and we encourage you to bring this letter and the corresponding envelope into your local branch to be recycled. We are also using 100% recycled paper for the letter , and 30% recycled paper for the envelopes this year.

Bulkley Valley Credit Union’s future success is based on your continued patronage and we will continue to work hard to earn your support each and every day. If you have any questions concerning this program, please contact your local branch staff and they would be happy to answer them for you.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to say thank you for being a member of Bulkley Valley Credit Union.

Yours Truly

Klaus Mueller
Chairperson

A Director Election in Smithers!

Apr 05. 16

A Director Election for the Smithers Region of Bulkley Valley Credit Union will be held April 4th through April 8th during the regular business hours of the Smithers Branch. There are four candidates running for three open board positions, and the results will be announced at our Annual General Meeting on April 25th, 2016. The meeting will begin at 7pm at the Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge - Ferguson Room.

For the complete candidate bios - click on the link: Election and Candidate Information

Wishing everyone a ‘Hoppy’ Easter Weekend!

Mar 23. 16

The Directors, Management and Staff wish everyone a very Happy Easter. We hope you enjoy this holiday weekend.
Office Hours:
Thursday, March 24 - regular hours
Good Friday, March 25 - closed
Saturday, March 26 - closed
Monday, March 28 - closed
All offices will be open for regular business hours on Tuesday, March 29.

T’was The Day Before Easter

By Tammy Fuller
Twas the day before Easter and all through the woods,
The bunnies were busy packing their goods.
The eggs were all colored so pretty and bright,
All things were “go” for the big , special night.

The baskets were waiting, all decorated with care,
In hopes that the Bunny soon would be there.
My little brother Sam was asleep in his bed,
While visions of Easter eggs rolled round his head.

And I in my pajamas with the cat on my lap,
I had just settled down for a quick little nap.
When outside the window I heard a great noise,
I sprang from my chair and jumped over some toys.

As quick as a flash to the window I flew,
I pulled up the shade and , OH, what a view.
The moon on the meadow cast a bright golden glow
And the wind blew the flowers to and then fro.

Then all of a sudden from out of nowhere,
Came some lively bunnies, hopping here, hopping there!
Leading the group with ears long and funny
Was a plump all-white rabbit…
That’s right…the EASTER BUNNY!

The bunnies hopped past, one, two , three, four,
The rabbit called out and then there were more.
“Come Peter! Come, Flopsy! Come, Benny! Come, Joe!
Now hop along! Hop along! Hop along! GO!”

So up on each doorstep the bunnies did hop,
With baskets of eggs. (Let’s hope they don’t drop)!
Just at that moment, on the porch down below,
Came the stomping of feet ‘Twas the rabbit I know!
             
As I stepped from my window I heard a loud sound.
Through the door came the rabbit with a leap and a bound.
He was furry and soft from his head to his feet.
To see him so close was really quite neat.

He was surrounded by eggs that had been carefully dyed.
Easter eggs galore he soon would hide.
His eyes were all twinkles, His nose was so pink,
And I can’t be too sure but I think he did wink.
             
He had a kind face and a big fluffy tail
That bobbed up and down like a boat with a sail.
A twitch of his nose and a flick of his ear
Was his way of saying “You’ve nothing to fear.”
           
He uttered no sound as he hopped all about,
Hiding the eggs and leaving no doubt,
That the Easter Bunny had come like he does every year…
Bringing baskets of happiness to children so dear.

International Women’s Day - March 8th, 2016!

Mar 02. 16

Celebrate International Women's Day at the Houston Senior Centre, with guest speaker and Olympic Gold Medalist Carol Huynh!
There will be door prizes, a silent auction and a complimentary dinner. Please register by calling NWCC at 250-845-7266 by March 7th, 2016. Doors will open at 5:30, and dinner begins at 6:00. The 'Most Honourable Women of the Year' awards will follow.

Call for Nominations

Dec 30. 15

The election results will be announced at Bulkley Valley Credit Union's 74th AGM which will take place at the Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge on Monday April 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

Happy Holidays to YOU!

Dec 21. 15

Everyone at Bulkley Valley Credit Union wishes you and your family best wishes for the Holiday Season.
 

Branch hours are:

  • Regular hours on Wednesday December 23
  • Closed at 3:00pm on Thursday, December 24
  • Closed December 25
  • Closed December 26
  • Closed December 28
  • Normal Hours December 29-31
  • Closed Friday, January 1, 2016

Regular branch hours resume fior Saturday, January 2nd and Monday, January 4th to serve you.
 


 

It is Voting Day in Canada!

Oct 19. 15

Polling stations are now open, and everyone should get out and VOTE!!

For any further information, such as finding your polling place, or for a list of acceptable ID, please visit the Elections Canada website.

International Credit Union Day in Smithers!

Oct 15. 15

Make sure you visit the Smithers Branch today - it is overflowing with delicious homemade pies!
This event is always a 'Win-Win-Win', as local groups make pies for a donation, our members get to gather for pie and coffee, and we all celebrate Credit Union Day and Coop Week together.

 

International Credit Union Day in the Lakes District!

Oct 15. 15

Pie Day is going strong in the Lakes District!
Burns Lake staff and members of our Board are serving delicious tarts again this year.

Make sure you find a reason to stop by the branch in the Lakeview mall today, and help us celebrate Credit Union Day!

International Credit Union Day in Houston!

Oct 15. 15

All of our four branches are celebrating International Credit Union Day today, which is part of International Cooperative Week.
The Houston Branch recently spent a day making pie tarts with the foods class at Houston Senior Secondary.
Those wonderful creations are being shared with everyone visiting the branch today - make sure you stop by!

International Credit Union Day in the Hazeltons!

Oct 14. 15

Please join your local branch on Thursday, October 15th to help us celebrate International Credit Union Day!
Our Hazelton Branch is serving pies made by local clubs and groups who are raising funds, and there will be lots of giveaways and a draw for some great prizes at the end of COOP week.

Stop by the branch on Thursday!

Thanksgiving Day

Oct 09. 15

The Directors, Management and Staff of Bulkley Valley Credit Union wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving weekend.
Branch hours are:
 

Regular hours on Friday, October 9
Closed Saturday, October 10
Closed Monday, October 12
Regular hours on Tuesday, October 13 to serve you.
 

Some background:

The native peoples of the Americas held ceremonies and festivals to celebrate the completion and bounty of the harvest long before European explorers and settlers arrived in what is now Canada. Early European thanksgivings were held to give thanks for some special fortune. An early example is the ceremony the explorer Martin Frobisher held in 1578 after he had survived the long journey in his quest to find a northern passage from Europe to Asia.
 

Many thanksgivings were held following noteworthy events during the 18th century. Refugees fleeing the civil war in the United States brought the custom of an annual thanksgiving festival to Canada. From 1879, Thanksgiving Day was held every year but the date varied and there was a special theme each year. The theme was the "Blessings of an abundant harvest" for many years. However, Queen Victoria's golden and diamond jubilees and King Edward VII's coronation formed the theme in later years.
 

From the end of the First World War until 1930, both Armistice Day and Thanksgiving Day were celebrated on the Monday closest to November 11, the anniversary of the official end of hostilities in World War I. In 1931, Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day and Thanksgiving Day was moved to October. Since 1957, Thanksgiving Day has always been held on the second Monday in October.

103rd Telkwa BBQ This Weekend!

Sep 04. 15

 

The Bulkley Valley Kinsmen are once again bringing the Telkwa BBQ to life for it's 103rd annual running! Featuring a demolition derby, some amazing concerts, a softball tournament and the famous beef on a bun from the pit, it's sure to be a great weekend of entertainment again this year. Featuring Prism, Honeymoon Suite, Brett Kissel, Aaron Pritchett and King & Cash. the all ages concerts are sure to be a good time!

 

For any additional information, check out the BV Kinsmen site at http://bvkinsmen.ca/

Increased Authentication - IT’S HERE!

May 12. 15

Increased Authentication is a valuable tool for the online banking environment.

This additional security will give added protecton to your personal information, and will help to keep your online banking secure.

When you log in for the first time, there will be prompts to choose your security caption and questions. There is also an option to register your computer, so that the Increased Authentication program will recognize it each time you log in. In the New Year we will be simplifying how you log in to online banking, and you will no longer see the image feature.

The process will only take a few minutes, and will provide added security and peace of mind.

Fraud Prevention - A Shared Responsibility

May 04. 15

Fraud prevention is a Shared Responsibility between Bulkley Valley Credit Union and our members.

Please take a few moments to read the full document in our 'Featured' Section, to learn about ways to be aware of the ways our information is at risk, and to learn about a new layer of security that Bulkey Valley Credit Union is implementing very soon.

  

The Member Survey deadline has been extended!

Mar 11. 15

Every two years, Bulkley Valley Credit Union asks its members for feedback through a survey. Survey invitation letters have been mailed to a random sample of members from each of the four branches. Thank you for taking the time to complete our survey. Your opinions matter to us, and we have used members' suggestions from previous surveys to research and introduce new products and services.

The survey will take approroximately 15 minutes and as a thank you for your time and interest, there will be two draws for an iPad!

The Early Bird Draw will be May 20th, and the second draw will be at the conclusion of the survey June 19th.

Click here if you received a letter with a PIN

 

If you did not receive a Member Survey letter in the mail, we would still love to hear from you! As always, there are plenty of ways to reach us, and your comments are always welcome.

Please follow this link to our 'Contact Us' page:

Click Here to Contact us 

Pink Shirt Day

Feb 25. 15

Wear a pink shirt to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying - anywhere, anytime!

Service Charge Change

Jan 30. 15

At the January board meeting, the board of directors approved the increase to an existing service charge.

Under "General Service Fees", the incoming Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) service charge has increased from $5.00 to $6.50.

For information on this change, please Click Here

2014 Winter Newsletter is out!

Jan 03. 15


Watch for the 2014 Winter Newsletter that is included with your December 31st statement. This four-page letter to our members includes some information about the Call for Nominations for the Board of Directors for 2015, information about fraud detection and prevention, and provides the details for the 72nd Annual General Meeting that will be held this coming April.


We are also very proud to announce in our newsletter that Bulkley Valley Credit Union had made contributions over $220,000 to more than 230 local groups and organizations in 2014 through in-branch donations, as well as donations from the Economic Development Committee and the local Community Support Committees.
 

Click here to view the Newsletter now.
 

Bulkley Valley Credit Union proudly announces…“There’s an App for that!”

Nov 13. 14

Bulkley Valley Credit Union's iPhone App blends the ease and functionality of computer banking with the speed and perfect size for your favourite Apple Mobile Device. Download our app today on the App Store!

Happy Halloween 2014

Oct 27. 14

October 31 is here and soon we will find our neighborhoods filled with ghosts and goblins and other delightful characters out for the annual treat collecting event.

The Directors, Management, and Staff at Bulkley Valley Credit Union would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very safe and happy Hallowe’en.

Celebrating Credit Union Day!

Oct 15. 14

From the International Co-operative Alliance: Values and Principles
Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. The co-operative principles are guidelines by which co-operatives put their values into practice.


Voluntary and Open Membership
Co-operatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
 

Democratic Member Control
Co-operatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organized in a democratic manner.
 

Member Economic Participation
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their co-operative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the co-operative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.
 

Autonomy and Independence
Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter to agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co-operative autonomy.
 

Education, Training and Information
Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public - particularly young people and opinion leaders - about the nature and benefits of co-operation.
 

Co-operation among Co-operatives
Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
 

Concern for Community
Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.

A Long Weekend is coming!

Aug 26. 14

The Directors, Management and Staff of Bulkley Valley Credit Union wish everyone a very happy and safe Labour Day weekend.
Branch hours are:
Regular hours on Friday, August 29
Closed Saturday, August 30
Closed Monday, September 1
Regular hours on Tuesday, September 2 to serve you.
In Canada, Labour Day was declared a national holiday honoring all workers over 100 years ago. The city of Winnipeg celebrated the first official Labour Day in Canada in 1894 with a two-mile-long parade. Today, Labour Day is often celebrated as an end of summer holiday, one of the last opportunities to head to the cabin and spend time with family and friends before the colder weather moves in.
On Tuesday September 2nd, the Bulkley Valley Credit Union offices will be open to serve you.

Autograph Signing on Location

Aug 13. 14

It's Celebrity Hockey and Golf Tournament weekend! This year there are four autograph sessions on Friday, August 14th in Smithers.

 

At 9:00 am, at Coast Mountain GM we have Bobby Orr, Joe Watson, Charlie Simmer, Brandon Manning, Sebastian Clovis, Todd Talbont, Stan Rey and Jim Cotter

At 10:00 am, at Hoskins Ford, we have Dan Hamhuis, Harold Snepsts, Jack Mclhargey, Dennis Kearns, Mark Lofthouse, Garret Stroshein and Kerry Fraser

At 11:00 am, Here at Bulkley Valley Credit Union in Smithers, we have Steve Darling, Kaitlyn Herbst, Chanel Beckenlehner, Angus Reid, Aaron Pritchett, Dave Faber, Seamus O'Neal and Jordan Pritchett

And finally at noon at Seabridge Gold (Bovill Square) - Steve Carlson, Jeff Carlson, Dave Hanson, Tessa Bonhomme, Rebecca Johnston, Jessica Campbell, Genevive Lacasse and Rachelle Brown.

 

Meet your favourite Celebrities at these locations!

Happy Birthday!!

Jun 27. 14

 

All BVCU branches will be closed on Tuesday, July 1st.


Every year on July 1st, we celebrate Canada Day. On that date in 1867, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada were united into a single country. This union was a result of the Constitution Act which granted Canada a great deal of independence from England. Over the course of a century, Canada gradually shed its dependence on the United Kingdom. It did not become fully independent until 1982, the same year that Canada Day became an official holiday.
 

Today, Canada Day is celebrated with fireworks, concerts, cookouts, and sports games. Canada's capital, Ottawa, Ontario, hosts the most holiday activities. There are countless events, activities, and festivals to be found throughout the city in the city streets, parks, and museums. Fireworks are launched from Parliament Hill to conclude a day of patriotic festivities.
 

The Bulkley Valley Credit Union wishes Canada a very happy birthday!

 

RELAY FOR LIFE IN SMITHERS!

Jun 06. 14

  

Relay for Life 2014 arrives at the Chandler Park Field this Saturday, June 7th, from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm!

Opening Ceremonies are at 11:00, and there are activities planned for the entire day, with entertainment on the stage as well.

Stop by the BVCU tent and say hello!

FUNdraising Carwash and Barbeque!!!

May 23. 14

FUNDRAISING CARWASH AND BARBEQUE!

The Biology 11 Class from Houston Secondary is hosting a Barbeque and Carwash at the Bulkley Valley Credit Union parking lot - May 24th from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.

Come and join the fun!

PANCAKE BREAKFAST!!

May 15. 14

PANCAKE BREAKFAST ON SATURDAY MAY 17th AT THE FIRE HALL!!

Bring your family and join your neighbours for a great breakfast for a great cause!!

Bulkley Valley Credit Union and the Houston Volunteer Fire Fighters would like to make you breakfast - so stop by the Fire Hall on Saturday May 17th and join the fun!

 

 

$100,000 for the ‘Heart of the Hazeltons’!

May 06. 14

The Board of Directors of Bulkley Valley Credit Union recently approved their largest donation to date - $100,000 to the Upper Skeena Recreation Centre!!  The “Heart of the Hazeltons” project has brought together the Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs, the Gitxsan Government commission, the Village of Hazelton, the District of New Hazelton, and the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine.

Bulkley Valley Credit Union is proud to be a partner in this incredible project that will help make our communities stronger.

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BE YOUR OWN BOSS!

Apr 25. 14

Local entrepreneurs will share their stories about what it takes to start and grow a great business and making the transition from employment to BEING YOUR OWN BOSS!!

This FREE WORKSHOP will feature an Entrepeneur Panel of local success stories along with a local Professional Panel to help you GET STARTED!

Guest Speakers are: Jason Krauskopf from Rayz Board Shop and Tenley Dahlie from Work BC Employment Service Centre

This free workshop is brought to you in partnership with Community Futures Nadina and Bulkley Valley Credit Union

Heartbleed - Our Response

Apr 11. 14

The name Heartbleed is all over the media lately. The reference is to a recently exposed vulnerability in an encryption service called Open SSL. The vulnerability can allow unscrupulous individuals to gain access to information that they should not have access to. The type of information that can be compromised includes usernames, passwords and other confidential information that would normally be considered secure.

Bulkley Valley Credit Union would like to emphasize that all of the services we offer are NOT susceptible to the Heartbleed vulnerability.

Although our services are secure against the Heartbleed vulnerability, we feel it is imperative that we remind all of our members that the regular changing of all passwords and/or PIN numbers is strongly advised. Additionally, it is critical that you do NOT use the same password/PIN for multiple services. Using the same password on multiple sites may lead to all of your accounts becoming compromised if any one of those sites is compromised.

International Development Week - February 2-8 2014

Feb 03. 14

Nancy Meyer, Operations Manager at Bulkley Valley Credit Union, recently spent 2 weeks in Ghana as a member of the 2014 Canadian Co-Operative Association Team.

For more information on their projects, please go to:

www.coopscanada.coop

www.cdfcanada.coop

 

Donations to the Salvation Army in Houston

Dec 18. 13

Winter has arrived, and of course with winter comes the cold weather.

Bulkley Valley Credit Union staff have made a donation of coats, mitts and hats to the Salvation Army that will help a family keep warm during the winter season.

Wear Your Poppy Please

Nov 03. 13

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We ask you to take two minutes to remember the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives in military service on 11AM on the 11th of November.

Why the poppy?
The association between the poppy and war dates back to the Napoleonic wars, when a writer saw a field of poppies growing over the graves of fallen soldiers. During the Battle of Ypres in 1915, Canadian Lt.-Col. John McCrae was inspired to write the poem In Flanders Fields on sighting the poppies growing beside a grave of a close friend who had died in battle. The poem was a great inspiration in adopting the poppy as the Flower of Remembrance in Canada, France, the U.S, Britain and Commonwealth countries.

The first poppies were distributed in Canada in 1921.

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

A WIN/WIN for 4H and the Food Bank

Oct 22. 13

A representative from Bulkley Valley Credit Union's  Board of Directors recently purchased a steer at the 4H Auction which took place at the Bulkley Valley Fall Fair. After processing, a portion of the beef was raffled off to staff members with the proceeds going to the local Food Banks, and the rest went straight into the Food Bank freezers for distribution. Between the purchase of the 4H beef, and the meat and cash donation to the Smithers and Houston Food Banks, there were plenty of winners all around!
 

BVCU welcomes Fall

Sep 17. 13

Bulkley Valley Credit Union is happy to welcome the FALL with the launch of the Fall Term Deposit Campaign.

Fully REDEEMABLE Term Deposit - ANYTIME
1 Year Redeemable Term 1.15%*

Non-Redeemable Term Deposit
1 Year 1.40%*
2 Years 1.80%*
3 Years 2.05%*
4 Years 2.05%*
5 Years 2.30%*
*rates subject to change without notice

Stop by your local branch today to find out more and discuss the benefits of laddering your investment.

 

Terry Fox Run 2013

Sep 12. 13

By February 1, 1981, Terry's dream of raising $1 for every Canadian was realized - the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope fund totaled $24.17 million. Terry died in June 1981.

On May 26, 1988, The Terry Fox Run became a Trust, independent from the Canadian Cancer Society, and received tax-exempt charitable registration as a public foundation. In addition to our signature and long-standing National Terry Fox Run Day in September of each year, The Terry Fox Foundation is proud to include in its events portfolio The National School Run Day.

The Foundation recognizes the duality of its mandate. Not only does it raise money for research, but it also continues to share the story of Terry Fox. The Terry Fox Foundation strives to maintain the heroic effort and integrity that Terry embodied.

It is a grassroots organization that does not allow the Terry Fox name or likeness to be commercialized or conjoined with other worthy causes.

To date, over $600 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry's name.

 

Run Site Details

Date: Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013
BURNS LAKE - Francois Lake Hall
Registration: 12pm, Run Start: 1pm, Event Close: 5pm
10km, 1km; Suitable for bikes and wheelchairs/strollers, NOT suitable for rollerblades. Dogs on leash welcome


Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013
HAZELTON - Northwest Community College
Registration Time: 9am; Run Start Time: 10:00am; Closed: 12:30pm
Routes through trails, 10km, 5km; Suitable for bikes, wheelchairs & strollers (on 5km route only) No rollerblades. Dogs on leash welcome.


Date: Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013
SMITHERS Central Park Building, corner of Main Street & Highway 16
Registration: 12pm, Run Start: 1pm, Event Close: 2:30pm
10km, 5km; Suitable for bikes, wheelchairs/strollers and rollerblades. Dogs on leash welcome.

ABCs of Personal Financing

Sep 03. 13


1. Calculate important financial goals and what you need to get there such as Retirement, Mortgages, Post-Secondary Education, Cash Flow, Insurance, Net Worth, and more. *Calculations can be ‘saved’ for fast updates during future sessions.
2. Understand the ‘basics’ about RRSPs, Mortgages, TFSAs, RESPs, Loans, Budgeting, etc. for more informed, confident decision making. 
3. Follow up with us for professional guidance and recommendations.

Enjoy the Long Weekend!

Aug 29. 13


The Directors, Management and Staff of Bulkley Valley Credit Union wish everyone a very happy and safe Labour Day weekend.

Branch hours are:
Regular hours on

Friday, August 30
Closed Saturday, August 31
Closed Monday, September 2
Regular hours on Tuesday, September 3 to serve you.

In Canada, Labour Day was declared a national holiday honoring all workers over 100 years ago. The city of Winnipeg celebrated the first official Labour Day in Canada in 1894 with a two-mile-long parade. Today, Labour Day is often celebrated as an end of summer holiday, one of the last opportunities to head to the cabin and spend time with family and friends before the kids go back to school and the colder weather moves in.

On Tuesday September 4th, the schools will be filled with students looking forward to their new school year and all of the Bulkley Valley Credit Union offices will be open to serve you.

BV Exhibition Office Decoration - More than “Miner” fun!

Aug 27. 13

The Bulkley Valley Credit Union- Smithers Branch, actively took part in the BVX Fall fair office decorating contest with the theme “A Treasure Chest of Bulkley Valley’s best”. As a mining / prospecting idea, the branch was transformed into a sparkling lantern hung home-base, with its own gold mine fully equipped with miners, cowgirls and cowboys. This led BVCU to win the (friendly!) office decorating competition for 2013!

The BVCU also participated in the Fall Fair Parade along with many other local business and organizations in our community. A view from the street showed a picturesque mountain and BVCU mine cars filled to the brim with gold!  The float contained some “Dangerous Goods” that smiled, waved and handed out candy to the onlookers along Main Street. Overall, the parade had an excellent turn out even with the gloomy dark clounds overhead. Thanks to everyone who came out and watched all of the parade participants!

Celebrity signing event a HUGE hit!

Aug 08. 13

Fans in Smithers were lined up outside the door for the chance to get autographs from their favourite celebrities! The Smithers Branch welcomed snowboarder Leanne Pelosi, Todd Talbot from 'Love it or List it', and local hockey legends Alan Kerr and Dan Hamhuis for a very busy hour. The celebrities didn't let the long line intimidate them in the least, and managed to spend a little quality time with everyone - which was appreciated by all!

Dan, Alan, Todd and Leanne have joined numerous other celebrities to take part in the Smithers Charity Golf Tournament taking place Saturday August 10th, at the Smithers Golf and Country Club. This event is a fundraiser for the Bulkley Valley Health Care and Hospital Foundation.

We thank them all for being here for such a wonderful and important initiative for our community.

 

Pink Ball Golf Tournament

Aug 08. 13

 

For every food item you bring into the Bulkley Valley Credit Union's Houston Branch, or drop off at the Wilowgrove Golf Club, you can enter your name for a chance to win a set of golf clubs.

The Golf Bag and Clubs will be raffled off on Tuesday September 10th, 2013 at the Pink Ball Tournament at the Willowgrove Golf Course! 

Just a little bike ride!

Jun 20. 13


Bulkley Valley Credit Union joined together in Smithers on Tuesday afternoon, June 18, 2013 to raise funds for the Heart & Stroke Foundation and ride the Big Bike!

The rain held off for the most part for the ride and the team members practiced their hand signals, songs and the other necessary exercises and stretches before embarking on their yearly ride. The BVCU TEAM raised over $2,350 for this great cause!

The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike hit the streets of Canada earlier this year, and is making its way through more than 200 communities across nine provinces, in an effort to raise over $7 million to support vital life-saving heart and stroke research. Bulkley Valley Credit Union thanks its staff for fundraising and taking part in this very fun and very worthwhile event!!

Biggest Little Rodeo in the West

May 27. 13

 The Hazeltons' welcomes the 66th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo June 1st and 2nd at the Kispiox Valley Rodeo grounds. The rodeo starts at 1pm both days and there are dances on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Rodeo admission is as follows: Adult $20/day or $35/weekend - Seniors or students $15/day or  $25/weekend -  5 and under are free! Camping costs are $30 per unit for the weekend, or $50 for early bird campers. 

 
Bulkley Valley Credit Union staff in the Hazeltons look forward to this weekend all year long and hope to see you there! Stop in the branch to talk to someone for more information about the Rodeo…  and of course any banking questions you might have too.

For more information, head to: http://www.rodeobc.com/rodeo/66th-annual-kispiox-valley-rodeo/

Hope to see you there!

 

Turbo Tax offer!

Mar 06. 13

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Live tax advice: Free Tax Advice Service will be available via phone or live chat to answer questions related to 2012 personal returns (restrictions may apply) 2/8/13 through 5/3/13. Service levels, hours of operation, and availability will vary based on demand and capacity, and are subject to change without notice.  Fees may apply.
 

Guaranteed Accurate Calculations: If you pay a penalty or interest because of a TurboTax calculation error, we will reimburse you the penalty and interest. Does not include calculation errors due to errors in CRA tables.

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Phasing out the Penny

Jan 22. 13

The clock is ticking down for the Canadian penny, leaving retailers only a few more weeks before they are urged to adopt the federal government's new "rounding guidelines."
 

Effective February 4, the Royal Canadian Mint will no longer distribute the one-cent piece. While phasing out of the penny will have no effect on payments made by cheque, credit or debit card, Ottawa is asking business owners to begin rounding cash transactions to the nearest five-cent increment on this date. On this date, businesses will be encouraged to begin rounding cash transactions in a fair and transparent manner.

As financial institutions will no longer be receiving pennies from the Mint, they may not distribute pennies to consumers and businesses after February 4, 2013.

The Government is phasing out the penny due to its rising cost of production relative to face value, the increased accumulation of pennies by Canadians in their households, environmental considerations, and the significant handling costs the penny imposes on retailers, financial institutions and the economy in general.
 

The estimated savings for taxpayers from phasing out the penny is $11 million a year.
 

The penny will retain its value indefinitely. As such, consumers can use pennies for cash transactions with businesses that choose to accept them.
 

When the federal government announced in the 2012 budget its plans to phase out the penny, the idea was to stop distribution of the coin in the fall. The date was later moved to February after pushback from retailers and small businesses, who feared making the change during the busy holiday season. There could be some confusion next month, especially since the penny will remain legal tender and can still be used in cash transactions with businesses that choose to accept them.
 

Some six billion pennies are expected to be surrendered by Canadians over the next six years, and melted down and recycled by the Royal Canadian Mint.
 

Call for Nominations

Jan 18. 13

Your Credit Union:

Bulkley Valley Credit Union is a locally owned and controlled financial cooperative.

You as a Member:

Being a member of Bulkley Valley Credit Union means more than opening an account; you become an important part of us. You vote to elect a Board of Directors who are nominated from the general membership. The directors represent you, the member. They are responsible for setting policies, which are then implemented by the Chief Executive Officer.

You as a Candidate for a Director:

Your Board of Directors is responsible for the overall policies of Bulkley Valley Credit Union.

The Board of Directors is also charged with setting the Credit Union's overall mission, purpose, objectives and strategic plan. In addition to attending monthly board meetings, our directors also serve on a number of committees.

  • Audit
  • Community Support
  • Conduct Review
  • Corporate Governance
  • Economic Development
  • Executive
  • Investment & Lending
  • Nominations

Directors may spend up to 15 hours a month in preparation for, and attendance at, scheduled meetings.  Additional time is required for director development and education, community events and business planning sessions. Further, our directors are encouraged to attend regional, provincial and international credit union conferences. Meetings and events are scheduled during regular business hours, evenings and weekends. 

A more detailed description for the director’s position is available by clicking here, or by stopping by your local branch or the administration office. Please consider the responsibilities, skills and time commitment required when contemplating your application for nomination for a director position.

One of the committees of the Board of Directors is the Nominations Committee. This committee reviews the skills matrix of our existing Board of Directors and then is tasked with the responsibility of recruiting qualified candidates for expiring director positions each year. This committee would be pleased to meet with potential director candidates at any time during the year to discuss the requirements of becoming a director at Bulkley Valley Credit Union.

This is your opportunity, as a member, to participate in the democratic control of your cooperative.

Electronic Transfers are here!

Dec 11. 12

We are now offering Interac e-Transfers that will allow you to send and receive funds.
 

We are required to have you acknowledge the new Direct Service Agreement which includes this upgrade, referred to as EMT – electronic money transfer. You will be directed to read and ‘agree’  when you log in for the first time. If you have any questions about this updated Direct Service Agreement please contact your branch.

1. Product overview

Interac® e-Transfer is rapidly becoming a preferred method in Canada for customers wanting to directly send and receive money between accounts. Quick, convenient and secure, Interac e-Transfer enables your customers to transfer funds directly to anyone with an email address or a mobile phone number.
 

1.1 What is Interac e-Transfer?
Interac e-Transfer, formerly known as Interac Email Money Transfer, enables anyone with an email address and a Canadian bank account to send and receive money from either a desktop computer or web-enabled mobile device. The sender does not need to know the recipient’s institution or account information.
Recipients are notified by email or text message when a transfer has been sent and participating financial institutions transfer the funds using secure, established banking procedures.

1.2 Features

With Interac e-Transfer, your customers can:
• Send money
• Receive money
• Send email and / or text notifications and reminders
• Create new recipients
• View and manage pending transfers
• View e-Transfer history

Small business features
With additional e-Transfer functionality for MemberDirect® Small Business Services, your small business customers can:
• Delegate the creation of transactions
• Approve / reject initiated transactions
Advantages to financial institutions
 

A trusted brand. Interac is a trusted brand that Canadians have become familiar with through debit transactions, automated teller machines (ATMs), and online services such as Interac online for Internet purchases and Email Money Transfers.
 

No complex strategic partnerships. Some mobile person-to-person payment offerings require complex partnerships between credit card companies, financial institutions, phone manufacturers and wireless carriers. In contrast, Central 1’s Interac e-Transfer feature is streamlined, with no reliance on any of these partners.
 

Fast transfers and no stored value accounts. Most person-to-person payments like PayPal and Zoompass rely on stored value accounts that take multiple days to process the payment. An Interac e-Transfer payment can be processed in less than 30 minutes.

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