VanCity on Main Street
For this month’s featured Main Street business we’ve selected Vancity Credit Union Branch 9. The branch is very conveniently located at Main St. and E. 26th Ave., but it’s the people, vision and great service that make a truly great financial institution.
Vancity has defined their vision as redefining wealth for personal well-being and the surrounding community. This way of doing business differentiates them from traditional financial institutions. By redefining wealth, they are measuring their success in terms of the health and vitality of the community as a whole.
Friendly service and community vision are embodied by everyone at Branch 9, but we’d like to give a shout out to a few people in particular. Fred Chalut brings over 20 years of experience as an investment advisor. He specializes in cost effective, no-nonsense, tax efficient portfolios to help his members meet their planning needs. Alan Lee has more than nine years of experience in the investment industry. Before joining VCIM, he was a financial services advisor with Vancity. And William Fu is the branch’s friendly mobile mortgage specialist. William speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin and helps homeowners find the mortgage that fits their personal financial needs perfectly. Be sure to ask William how a Vancity mortgage gives back to you and your Main St. community.
Founded in 1946 by 14 Vancouverites, seeking accessible financial services, initially operating out of a former machine shop on the corner of Broadway and Quebec streets, Vancity has grown to serve B.C.’s Lower Mainland and the Victoria region of Vancouver Island. Membership has expanded to over 500,000, with 88 branches. Vancity has a young and vibrant membership, with most of the recent members aged 20 to 35.
Vancity’s primary lines of business include retail and business banking and mortgage lending.