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Successful candidates will be announced during the Annual General Membership Meeting webcast on April 14th at 6:30pm. Join us from the comfort of your home and learn what our co-operative is up to.As a member of PenFinancial, you are also an owner – and this is your chance to hear from the PenFinancial leadership team, get the results of the election, and learn about our 2019 results and goals for the future.

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Your 2020 PenFinancial Board of Directors Candidates

Andrejs Rosts

Andrejs Rosts

I am very fortunate in that I have my health and the ongoing desire to contribute to our Niagara community.  The City of St. Catharines, has been my home since 1992.  Moreover, decades earlier, the site of my birth, at the St. Catharines General Hospital on Queenston Street.  As a former trustee of the St. Catharines Public Library Board (March 2019), I find community service to be very rewarding.  I am blessed in that I believe I have skills as a former Banker, Educator and Broker that can be of value to PenFinancial Credit Union.  It is with that recent experience and reasoning in mind that I wish to serve on the board and be considered as candidate.

Chris Walsh

Chris Walsh

It is my great honour to once again run for PenFinancials Board of Directors.  I have served on Pen’s Board since 2011.  My extensive experience in the Credit Union System has helped me protect your deposits and lead our Credit Union into the Future.  I have served on four different Credit Union Boards, seven years as a Board Chair and six years as a Vice Chair.  I am proud to say I belong to an organization where as a member I can walk through the front doors and be warmly greeted by a staff member who knows my name.  PenFinancial is a place where I can conduct business and have a fellow member assist me with all my Financial needs.  As a volunteer in the Community, I have served on Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Board, was an instructor for Junior Achievement and served as a volunteer Fire Chief for twenty five years.  I have also coached hockey, baseball and soccer.  For twenty years I was a financial secretary Treasurer of a union.  As a member of PenFinancials’ Board of Directors, I have dedicated myself to fulfilling your wishes to the best of my abilities.  Twice I have been recognized by my peers in Toronto for being among the earliest group of Directors to complete our newest Educational Programs.  Recently I was honoured with a plaque for my Dedication as a Director to the Credit Union System.  My passion to our Credit Union continues today as I have served on every Committee of PenFinancials Board.  I sincerely believe the direction our Board, CEO and Senior Staff have taken by opening our New Branches is progressive and gives our members more locations to do business with us.  I am looking forward to serving you the members with our continued success.

Dave Jastrubecki

Dave Jastrubecki

I became a member of St. Catharines Civic Employees Credit Union approximately forty-three years ago. In December 2009, I was appointed to the Board of Directors of PenFinancial Credit Union. I have been dedicated to the associated challenges, completing extensive training and improving upon the competencies required by the position. In 2017, I completed the Accredited Canadian Credit Union Director program.

I have served in the capacity as Board Chair, Board Vice Chair, member of the Governance and Human Resources Committee, and the Credit Committee. I have also served as a member of the Audit and Risk Committee for seven years, six of those years as the Chair.

I am 61 years of age and have been married thirty-six years to my spouse, Tammy. We have three adult children and two grandchildren, all being members of PenFInancial Credit Union. I am a resident of St. Catharines, residing the last thirty-three years in the Port Dalhousie area.

In 2011, I retired as an Inspector of the Niagara Regional Police Service with more than 34 years dedicated service to the residents and visitors of the Niagara Region. In my second career, I have completed nine years as the Manager of Campus Safety and Security at Niagara College.

I am a graduate of Brock University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. I have received extensive training in law enforcement operations, administration, investigations and management/leadership at the Ontario and Canadian Police Colleges and McMaster University.

I have served as a Board Director of the United Way of St. Catharines & District, as a past member and President of the Garden City Kiwanis Club, and 25 years as a hockey and baseball coach for youth of various ages. I have been an active altruistic participant in the Niagara community with the goal to assist others in crisis and to improve quality of life.

It is my desire to continue to serve on the Board and assist PenFinancial Credit Union in a future strategic direction for ongoing success and resiliency. I will remain dedicated to the fiduciary duties and expectations of this position.

John Lewitzky

John Lewitzky

I have been a member of PenFinancial for over 30 years. I grew up in Niagara Falls and in the spring of 2019 I started employment with the City of Niagara Falls. Prior to that, I had sent the past 12 years commuting to Hamilton. Now that I am back working in the region, I have more time to give back to the community in which I live. I was a former Director with the Cataract Savings & Credit Union and I believe I would be a good candidate to be part of the PenFinancial Board of Directors.

I have over 30 years of financial experience. This includes:

  • 6 years in public accounting
  • 5 years in the Post Secondary system (Niagara and Mohawk Colleges)
  • 12 years with Canadian Tire Financial Services and Canadian Tire Bank
  • 10 years in the Health Care System (Hamilton Health Sciences)

At Niagara & Mohawk College, I prepared and maintained the college budget for VP Student Services, Chief Information Officer, and the Centre for Community Partnerships & Experiential Learning. I respond to budget-related concerns and questions by consulting with, advising and assisting cost center managers. I have implemented various improvements to budget process for the programs and continue to review their processes to implement improvements were applicable.

As a Financial Advisor for the Corporate Services area at Hamilton Health Sciences, I acted as the financial lead of the program with a $124M operation budget and over 1,500 FTE’s. Upon joining HHS, my focus was to ensure that managers understood their budgets and the implications of activity change on them. I created a variety of reports over the years, which was beneficial to the managers and eased their monitoring, allowing them to focus on operational issues. Within my portfolio,

At Canadian Tire Financial Services, I implemented internal controls in the Capital, Loyalty, Leasing and Accounts Payable departments to satisfy the CEO/CFO Certification requirements. I also designed and implemented a Capital Review, authorization and reporting process which included a Capitalization Policy for the entire organization.

Thank you for your consideration.

Kirbi Simpson

Kirbi Simpson

Kirbi grew up in Fort Erie and is now raising her family in Wainfleet. In 2010 she joined the Development Committee after having sat on Cataract Savings & Credit Union’s Board. In 2011, Kirbi joined PenFinancial’s board and over the years has sat on the Governance and Audit committees, and served as Governance Chair. She has been part of the credit union system all her life and passionate about the cooperative model.

Kirbi holds a Masters of Science degree in Education and is a certified Project Management Professional. With over 20 years of experience in technology previously working for Canadian Tire Financial Services and now, the Niagara Region, she provides essential technical skillset and experience with the ever-growing need for IT Governance at the Board level.  She is a proponent for continuous learning and has completed extensive Credit Union Director training as well-as professional learning courses in Toastmasters, Risk Management, and Leadership. When Kirbi isn’t at a Board or Committee meeting, she is either spending time with her two children, or busy volunteering her musical talents with the Thorold Reed Band, Brock Wind Ensemble, or Brock Jazz Ensemble.

“I am proud to contribute to the growth and development of PenFinancial with its deep-rooted commitment to members and our community. If re-elected, I will continue to demonstrate my passion for this credit union as I represent your interests. Through open dialogue, insightful questions, and a strong commitment to our success, I will continue to ensure sound business decisions are made that align with our objectives and values-values that set us apart from our competitors.”

Laurie Ryan Hall

Laurie Ryan-Hall

I truly believe in the cooperative movement and what PenFinancial Credit Union stands for.  Truly Local banking and giving back to the communities that we live and work in!  Having spent numerous years in the Credit Union sector I know that we treat our members much better than the banks but it seems that the Credit Union is still a “well kept secret”.

I am an ambassador for PenFinancial and I believe with my experience working at a Credit Union I would be able to bring my knowledge to the Board as a representative of our members.

I understand the challenges that the Credit Unions face in these economic times, and I do know that PenFinancial has it right focusing on local banking,

I have sat on several boards in the past and have always found the experience rewarding and challenging at the same time.  I look forward to this opportunity.

Sandy Henderson

Sandy Henderson

Having moved to St. Catharines 3 years ago, I have seen the tremendous community presence that PenFinancial assumes. It is this “Truly Local Commitment” and seeing PenFinanical as a leader within the community, that has most appealed to me.

Since 2016, I have been on the board of directors of Rapport Credit Union which serves over 21,000 members at 9 branch locations, with close to 90 employees and approximately $430 million in assets under administration I have assumed a number of leadership positions, including, Chair of the Governance, Ethics and HR Committee and Vice Chair. I have also been a member of the audit and nominating committees. I am committed to ongoing learning as an active participant at credit union conferences and I support the notion of credit unions helping each other to strengthen our system capacity, while maintaining our unique and competitive advantage.

I retired from the Ontario Public Services in April 2019, having assumed a variety of corporate management leadership roles in eight different ministries. My work experience includes:

  • Experience in Human Resources, Finance/Controllership, Corporate/Strategic Policy and Operations
  • Organizational transformation consulting, change management and leadership coaching
  • Business Improvement skills in LEAN/Six Sigma, performance measurement and program evaluation
  • Strategic and operational planning

I have a strong background in governance and HR.  I am passionate about best practices in board governance and have completed continuing education in this area. Having been the Director of Human Resources for the Ministry of Finance, The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, I have been responsible for leading the full range of HR responsibilities.  I am committed to good “people management” practices. I am currently employed as a career coach for a company in the Niagara Region.

I believe my corporate management experience and my knowledge and experience on the board of directors of a similar size credit union will be an asset. I would welcome the opportunity to be part of my Niagara community as a board member of PenFinancial Credit Union.


We TRY HARDER. We have heart. We know you do too. We choose CHANGE. It takes COURAGE to be different. Driven by PURPOSE. Having fun and feeling good about our choices. We believe the prosperity of our members and our community goes hand in hand. Together we get what we give. We are TRULY LOCAL. Remaining inclusive and accountable, with integrity and respect. Improving lives. Strengthening communities.

This is our commitment to each other.