We have achieved our success not solely through our own expertise and abilities, but also by actively engaging with and supporting the communities to which we belong.
“Together we’re better” means being attentive and expanding the cooperative spirit between our members, our team, and the connections we build and grow within every city we’re located in.
On January 23, 1946, the Osoyoos Credit Union opened its doors for the first time. Our first charter members wanted to help farmers, small businesses and working people when they were denied mortgages and loans at a traditional bank. We’re proud of our history and our values, which still hold true today.
Embracing Modernization: The 50’s
OCU set up its first chequing service for members in 1953. That same year, OCU purchased its first piece of office equipment – a small adding machine which cost $449. A couple years later in 1955, OCU moved out of the post office and had its own building for the first time. The first modern-looking building in Osoyoos, it was purpose built for the credit union. In December of that year, the Osoyoos Credit Union welcomed its 500th member.
In 1971 OCU celebrated its 25th anniversary. It came at the cusp of a turning point in history – the 1970s and 1980s would see the local economy shift, as trains stopped coming into town and the tracks were removed. The viticulture and tourism industry started to grow dramatically. Over the years OCU responded to the shifting industry and demographics, supporting families, farmers and businesses, playing an essential role in the growth and evolution of the area.
In October of 2019 we became a part of another vibrant community: Rock Creek. Not only was this great news for us for opening a new location, but it was also well received by the citizens of Rock Creek as it had been 90 years since the town last had financial services of their own.
OCU is the heart of co-operative finance, creating enduring legacies and fulfilling
dreams through accountability, professionalism, independence, and community spirit.
We care about taking an active role in supporting local causes and programs however we can. This not only means volunteering but also actively looking for new ways to help others of all walks of life in the community.
We’re committed to helping our members succeed in their financial goals—whether they’ve just signed on or have been a member for many years. When we come to work, we take pride in being as prepared and accurate as possible to provide useful, actionable advice to our members.
The financial world can be complicated for a lot of people, but we care about staying on top of it ourselves and making it understandable to others. We take into account that our members are our clients, but they are also people with their own lives, goals, and challenges.
Coming to work, we care about taking responsibility to sus out answers to our questions or challenges. We invest in our members and build relationships, support our team and help them hone their skills, and find opportunities to be environmentally sustainable whenever possible.
Osoyoos Credit Union is proud to announce that we are certified as a Living Wage Employer! A Living Wage Employer is an organization that provides a “living wage rate” to its employees that reflects the “true costs of living in a community and that parents can earn what they need to support their families.”
As Living Wage Employers, we not only meet the requirements of providing a “living wage,” but we also strive to do business with other social enterprises wherever possible to help reduce poverty in our communities.