Credit Union staff welcome Ghanaian visitor

  • May. 25, 2009 6:00 a.m.

Submitted article–Northern Savings Credit Union staff in Masset are getting ready to welcome Theresa Tetteh from Ghana. Ms Tetteh is in Canada as a participant in the Canadian Co-operative Association’s Women’s Mentoring Program.For the past two years, she’s been office manager of the Ghana Broadcasting Employees Co-operative Credit Union in Ghana’s capital, Accra. The credit union has 1,070 members. Ms Tetteh supervises three staff members and reports to the board of directors.Ms Tetteh says her work with members is challenging. Often her advice is not taken seriously because she’s a woman. From her participation in the Women’s Mentoring Program, Ms Tetteh hopes to learn how to encourage her members to increase share capital and discourage savings withdrawals. She’s also interested in innovative ways to invest credit union funds so they strengthen the organisation’s position in the marketplace. And she is finding it difficult to provide full services to her female members who are often single parents with limited savings.CCA Women’s Mentoring Program Co-ordinator Laurie Tennian says the mentoring program, now in its 9th year, “brings together people who are working toward the same goal, providing financial services to members who have made a decision to be owners of their financial institutions. For the first time, this year, an alumnae of a previous mentoring program in 2005, is helping with the training program this year’s participants will receive in Ottawa. This year we have women from Nepal, the Philippines, Malawi, Ghana, Uganda and Mongolia participating.”Program participants will also have an opportunity to participate in the Canadian Co-operative Association’s 100th anniversary celebrations in Ottawa in June.

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