Meridian Credit Union Amongst Canada's Top 100 Employers



    ST. CATHARINES, ON, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - Meridian Credit Union has been named
one of Canada's Top 100 Employers by Maclean's Magazine, announced Sean
Jackson, President and CEO of Meridian Credit Union.
    "Meridian is delighted to be recognized as one of Canada's Top 100
Employers," said Jackson. "This prestigious award is particularly meaningful
because it is a reflection of the great employees we have at Meridian and
their ongoing commitment to re-inventing neighbourhood banking."
    The award, noted Jackson, underscores Meridian's biggest asset: its
employees.
    "Meridian employees have helped make Meridian the organization it is
today. We have some of the brightest, most compassionate and innovative people
working at Meridian who, each and everyday, help grow our reputation through
their work with Members and their commitment to their communities," said
Jackson.
    Now entering its 9th year, Canada's Top 100 Employers is an annual
competition that recognizes Canada's best places to work by identifying
companies and organizations that lead their industry in attracting and
retaining employees.
    "Meridian sets itself apart from other financial institutions because it
truly thinks outside of the box," said Jackson. "We remain committed to
people, not just numbers and are invested in seeing our communities grow and
become better."

    Since its inception in 2005, Meridian has introduced a number of
employee-driven initiatives, including:
    
    -  Offering full-time employees three annual days of paid leave to be
       used for their wellness, personal growth and development.
    -  Implementing robust employee recognition and engagement programs that
       are based on Meridian's unique values of Passion for People, Do The
       Right Thing, Get The Job Done, Dare To Be Different and Lead!
    -  Implementing the Good Neighbour Program - Meridian's charitable giving
       program that is committed to investing four per cent of Meridian's
       pre-tax earnings into its local communities where Members and
       employees live and work. This is four times the national average for
       corporate giving.
    

    These initiatives, noted Tom Wise, Senior President and Chief of Staff,
Meridian Credit Union, help employees excel in both their professional and
personal lives.
    "Our employees see themselves and Meridian as a positive force in making
their communities stronger, vibrant and more inclusive. This outlook provides
an immense amount of job satisfaction," said Wise.
    Meridian's approach to banking is also a key distinguisher from other
financial institutions for current and potential employees.
    As part of its vision of reinventing neighbourhood banking, Meridian
enables local branches and branch managers to make decisions on loans and
mortgages in the branch using their knowledge of the individual and local
economy.
    "Our employees are able to make decisions that can make a difference in
the lives of real people in their communities. This level of trust and
decision-making ability given to Meridian employees helps us to attract and
retain the best and the brightest," said Wise.

    Meridian Credit Union is Ontario's largest credit union serving more than
215,000 personal and commercial Members across south-central Ontario. Meridian
Credit Union, with 44 branches and eight Commercial Banking Centres, offers
its Members access to a full range of financial services, including access to
the Exchange(R) Network with more than 2,000 no-fee ABMs in Canada. As one of
Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2008/2009, Meridian has committed to investing
4% of its pre-tax earnings in our communities - four times the national
average for corporate giving.
    If you're interested in joining Meridian Credit Union's award-winning
team, please visit www.meridiancu.ca, or email the Recruitment Coordinator at
career.mail.meridiancu.ca




For further information:

For further information: Scott Windsor, Director, Corporate
Communications, Meridian Credit Union, P: (416) 597-5124


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