Board of Directors 2024/2025

Jim Rickwood


Term expires: 2026

Matthew Craig

1st Vice President

Term expires: 2026

Bernadette Garrett

2nd Vice President

Term expires: 2026

Sheila Itterman


Term expires: 2025

Michele Keith


Term expires: 2025

Becky Huber


Term expires: 2025

Susan Echlin


Term expires: 2025

Suzanne Johnson


Term expires: 2024

Darlene Wilson


Term expires: 2027

Jeff Wheaton


Term expires: 2027

2023 Annual Report

In 2023 we saw a renewed focus on leadership within the credit union. Under the guidance of the board and new CEO, Bryce Kramer, the staff could provide excellent member service. 

Read more about it in the Annual Report 2023. 

Did you miss the 2024 AGM? 

No worries, we've got you covered. Our virtual AGM was held on March 20th, 2024 at noon this year. You can watch the recorded version here.

Want to know more?

Let's get the conversation started on how you can be a part of the Board of Directors at Biggar and District Credit Union.

Phone, text or email - we are here to help you.

What you can expect as a board member

Networking opportunities

Join other like-minded people who are interested in seeing the Biggar and District Credit Union grow and prosper building prosperity for its members, while building better communities.

Community involvement

Help our communities grow by having a voice in how the Biggar and District Credit Union invests in your community. Alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much.

Personal growth

When we stop learning, we stop growing. Benefit from the valuable training provided when you join the Board of Directors.


It is a professional board consisting of 10 members from the Biggar, Landis and Perdue area. The directors are elected by the credit union members they serve for a 3 year term. They provide strategic direction to the management of the credit union.
The Board of Directors have monthly meetings where they provide guidance to the leadership team through the sharing of their experience, skills and perspectives. They are actively involved in determining the direction the credit union takes and makes sure that there is a solid plan in place to get there. They are not involved in day-to-day operations, but keep a close eye on operations to ensure that the rules are followed at all times.

"Strength lies in differences, not similarities," Stephen R. Covey

We need the knowledge and commitment from the Board of Directors to continue to provide the products and services our members need and want, and to keep Biggar and District Credit Union strong and sustainable. A diverse and inclusive Board of Directors represent the the diverse nature of our community.

If you decide to be part of the Board of Directors, you will have the full support of leadership team backing you. You are encouraged to make use of the all-expense-paid training program designed specifically for credit union board of directors, and will receive a per diem for meetings and training. 

You can expect to:

  • Attend regular meetings (one per month)
  • Attend committee meetings
  • Enroll in training
  • Attend Strategic Planning Sessions (1.5 days annually)
  • Attend workshops and conferences 
  • Attend the Annual Meetings in Biggar, Perdue and Landis

Credit Unions remain strong on the world stage

Written by Jim Rickwood, President of the Board of Directors

Bryce Kramer, CEO, and I were selected as the delegates representing Biggar and District Credit Union at the World Credit Union Conference held in Vancouver, from July 23rd to July 26th, 2023. Conferences are often perceived as an unnecessary expense where little is gained that can be applied, however, I would challenge that philosophy. The credit union conferences, conventions, and meetings all create the opportunity to learn about advances and alternative thoughts in technology, strategies, and operations. They also provide the opportunity to network with other credit unions and service providers. The worldwide credit union cooperative system varies in size from those at the grassroots level to the very large and complex. They all have unique strengths and face challenges in the changing landscapes of technology and delivery systems.  Despite our differences, all credit unions want to remain relevant to our membership’s needs and find solutions to become the financial institution of choice in the future.

The conference was exceptionally well organized and hosted more than 3,000 credit union delegates from 60 countries. The variety of topics and presenters provided valuable insight into the challenges that credit unions face and the successes they have. The informal discussion at meal breaks and the trade show were valuable in building relationships that support cooperation between credit unions. This is truly what our cooperative system is based on. Although we are worlds apart, our strengths as credit unions and the roadmap to the future are similar. With 87,914 Credit Unions worldwide with 393,871,631 members in 118 countries, the credit union system is hardly a small entity. We must always keep in mind that we are here as custodians of our credit unions and our mandate is to ensure its legacy. We must focus on finding more innovative ways forward, and our membership strength gives us that momentum. 

At Biggar and District Credit Union, we focus on strong membership service, but we also need to differentiate ourselves, connect, and deliver to meet the challenges of the future. We must continue to grow prosperity among our members while delivering on the credit union purpose. Throughout the conference, through sessions as well as through networking, it was evident that we are on track, relevant, and without doubt, the professionals in our organization could have easily fit in as expert facilitators attesting to the degree of service knowledge and level of professionalism they possess and provide daily. As in every aspect of life, there is always room for improvement, and many notes, quotes, and anecdotes were brought back from the conference to consider while strategizing for our future.

Success does not happen accidentally but is driven by dedication, hard work, and planning.  At Biggar & District Credit Union we are committed to being successful in serving our members’ needs. 

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