2017 Board Elections

Voting for the 2017 Board of Directors will take place during regular business hours in all Diamond North Credit Union branches from Wedensday, March 15 until Tuesday, March 21, 2017

To be eligible to vote, you must be a member of Diamond North Credit Union as of February 28, 2017 and be at least 16 years of age.

Members may cast their votes, in branch, for a maximum of four candidates from the seven candidates below.

The results of the vote will be announced at our 2017 Annual General Meeting.

Peter Froese
Peter Froese

I moved to Nipawin area in 1964.  As a child I grew up in the White Fox area and attended school in both White Fox and Nipawin.

Over the years I have worked in many different occupations.  I worked in construction and farmed for 13 years.  Currently I am employed by the Kelsey Trail Health Region at the Nipawin Hospital.  I plan to be there until retirement.

In the 1990’s I sat on the White Fox Credit Union board for two terms which included the merger with Choiceland Credit Union in 1995.  During these years I took the required director training.

I am interested in giving a few more years of service to the Credit Union and its members.  I look forward to a great future with the Credit Union family.

Stephen Groves
Stephen Groves

I was born in Rosetown, Saskatchewan.  In 2005, I convocated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Bachelor of Education degree; subsequently I earned a Masters of Educational Studies in 2016.  In addition to being a teacher for approximately 10 years, as well as a husband and father, I have kept myself busy by being active in the community and my profession.  I have been a part of many boards, including but not limited to:  the Albertville Rec Board, Northwest Saskatchewan Sports Council, Joint Committee for Student Teacher Time, as well as an active representative of the PAATA.

Marcel Head
Marcel Head

I have lived in Shoal Lake all my life.  I have been married for 35 years to my wife Darlene.  My wife and I operated our own Medical Transportation business transporting people to hospitals, clinics and other health facilities.  

I have worked with the Shoal Lake Cree Nation as a carpenter building and renovating houses.

I was elected as a band councilor and served in that capacity for 3 terms.  During my term as band councilor I was involved in bringing in major capital improvements such as water and sewer to our houses.

I was elected as Chief and served my community for 12 years.  During my years as Chief I spent a lot of time bringing in new initiatives such as high speed internet to Shoal Lake.  We developed our own Community Development Plan and we were privilege to work with the Cities and Environment Unit Faculty of Agriculture and Planning from Dalhousie University.

I’ve chaired various meetings in the Health and Social Development, Justice, Recreation and Leadership areas.  As well I have served on various boards and commissions with our Prince Albert Grant Council on Justice, Health and Finance Programs.  I was part of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (F.S.I.N.) Justice, Health and Finance Chiefs Commission.  I was also a part of the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology Commission of Chiefs.

Currently, I am with the Cumberland Regional College board of directors and I am serving my second term.

My interest has been to become involved with other organizational boards.  Currently, I have been asked to run for Chief in the Shoal Lake Cree Nation general election being held on March 23, 2017.

Shawna Kozun
Shawna Kozun

Shawna was born and raised in Saskatchewan.  From grade six to twelve she received her education in Canora, Saskatchewan.  After High School she moved to Saskatoon and spent two years at SIAST in the Recreation Technology Program.  Shawna was employed as an activity worker at the Nursing Home in Invermay, Sask. for a brief time before moving to the metropolis of Carrot River where she gained employment with the Pasquia Special Care Home.  Shawna instructed Ukrainian dance for the Nipawin Veselii Dancers for 17 years.  Shawna is a member of both the St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church.  Shawna also serves on the Church Ladies Club.  Shawna along with a business partner owned the business Stiches Plus for 7 years in Carrot River.  Currently she is working alongside her husband on the farm.

Shawna married Michael Kozun in 1990 and from this union they had three children; Tanner (25) who is currently teaching High School in Tisdale; Samantha (23) who is just finishing her second year of education at the U of R, and Tessa (19) who is taking the Business Program at the University of Regina.

Shawna filled a one year appointment on the board of Diamond North Credit Union for the year 2016-2017.  Shawna enjoyed her position as a director and would like the opportunity to continue to grow in this position.

Kent Nickel
Kent Nickel

Hi, my name is Kent Nickel and I am interested in running for a position on the board of directors for Diamond North Credit Union.  

My spouse Susan and I for the past 7 years have owned and operated Interlake Resources Inc. in Nipawin.  We have two daughters Jacy and Hudson who both attend LP Miller School in Nipawin as well.  

Previous to managing Interlake Resources Inc., I worked for the Nipawin/Diamond North Credit Union for 15 years in a variety of positions with the most recent being branch manager in Choiceland for 5 years.  I believe that with my current experience and past financial background, I would bring a skill set that would assist me in being a productive and positive director for all members of Diamond North Credit Union.

Our family believes strongly in community spirit and volunteerism as shown by the past and current boards/organizations that we have been involved with.  Some of them include:  Lakeside Small Business Loans Assoc., Nipawin Hawks, North East Gymnastics Club, Student Community Council and Nipawin Ice Volleyball Club, just to name a few.  

Thank you for considering me for a board of director position with Diamond North Credit Union.

Leslee Serack
Leslee Serack

Leslee was born and raised in White Fox (parents were Jim & Edna Wall).  She has a Diploma in Accounting from STI in Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan  Polytechnic).  Leslee worked in Prince Albert as a bookkeeper/accounting clerk until relocating in Nipawin with her husband Ray in 1982.  Leslee & Ray have one daughter Chelsea (Dustin) and granddaughter Blayk and son Stefan.  Leslee worked in various businesses in Nipawin doing accounting and worked at Cumberland College for 28 years as Director of Finance for most of the time retiring in 2016.
Currently Leslee is on the Nipawin Library board as well as on the executive for Wapiti Regional Library and has completed a three year term as Director on the Diamond North Credit Union Board.  During the first term as Director, Leslee has completed Level A and Level C training with one class left to complete Level B as required of all Directors.  Leslee served as vice chair of the Audit committee in 2015/16 and chair of the audit committee in 2016/17.
Leslee understands finance, policy and the role of a Board member.  She has a strong work ethic and is prepared to continue on the learning journey as a Diamond North Credit Union Director in order to assist in implementation of the Diamond North Credit Union’s goals and objectives.  

Brandie Trew
Brandie Trew

Brandie has lived in Carrot River since first coming to Northeast Saskatchewan 15 years ago.  She is originally from Cudworth, Saskatchewan, but being the child of an elevator agent, she has lived in many different small communities across Saskatchewan.  Brandie and her husband Kevin have two children who are currently taking their education in Carrot River.

Brandie works at Cumberland College, Nipawin Campus as a teacher in Grade 12 Adult Education, having secured her Bachelor of Education shortly before coming to the area.  She is completing her studies and will obtain her Master’s Degree in Education with Foundations in Lifelong Learning with an Aboriginal Perspective in June, 2017.  In addition to teaching at the College, she sits as a key member of the Advisory Committee to Indigenizing Cumberland College.

Since moving to Carrot River, Brandie has been active as a volunteer in a number of organizations, including:
  • Young Women’s Club, elected to terms as Secretary, Vice President and President
  • Carrot River Skating Club elected as Secretary, Test Chair and President
  • Currently the elected Chair of Carrot River Ukrainian Dance Club
  • A municipally appointed board member of Pasquia Place
Brandie looks forward to the opportunity to serve on the board of directors of Diamond North Credit Union if given the chance.