New Hours of Operation

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As of May 4th, 2015, Bow Valley Credit Union’s hours of operation will be changing slightly.  The most notable change is that our Airdrie East  branch will be open Mondays in addition to their regular schedule!  The complete overview of all branch hours looks like this:

New Hours as of May 4th

Beautiful Alberta: 2016 Credit Union Calendar & Photo Contest

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It’s that time of year again – the annual Alberta Central Credit Union Calendar photo contest is back and open to all credit union members and staff! Photographs may be of any subject, but need to be digital, in horizontal format, have to be taken in Alberta, and must be at least 2000 *1500 pixels (3 megapixels).

There are some great prizes and many of opportunities to win!

Early Bird Prize: drawn from all valid entries received June 7, 2015 – Bose® On-Ear Headphones (value $125).

Member Participation Prize: drawn from all valid entries received by midnight July 12, 2015 – Sportcraft® Pop Up Screen Room (value $80).

Viewer’s Choice Prize: most votes received through online voting survey – photo credit in calendar and a Nikon D3200 Digital SLR camera (value $450).

12 Calendar Photo Prizes: chosen through online voting survey – photo credit in calendar and a $50 Visa gift card.

4 Runner-Up Prizes: chosen through online voting survey – photo credit in calendar and a $15 iTunes card.

The contest closes July 12, 2015. Email your photos to or drop a CD off at your local BVCU branch. The following info needs to accompany your photo: your name, mailing address, email address, phone number, the name and location of the photo, the season the photo was taken, and the name and branch of your credit union.

A selection of photos will be shortlisted by Albert Central based on artistic and technical quality and displayed on Survey Monkey from July 28 to August 9, 2015, so that you can vote for your favourite photos. Winning photos will be used in the 2016 Alberta Central Credit Union calendar and to promote this contest next year. Winners agree to grant exclusive rights to Alberta Central for this period.

Have fun photographing!!

Third Vermillion Lake - Penny Lawless September 2015

Third Vermillion Lake (photo credit: Penny Lawless – AB Central Calendar, September 2015)


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The Canadian Co-operator magazine is hosting has a Social Media contest which is ongoing until March 20th called  #MyCoopSelfie.

Enter for a chance to be one of three winners that will be randomly selected to receive a gift card to their favorite co-op store, or a MasterCard of the same value, with up to $100 to win.  The top selfie will have their favourite co-ops’ story featured in an upcoming issue of the Canadian Co-operator, to be shared with thousands of other co-ops from coast to coast to coast.

How do you enter?  It is easy!  Take a selfie with your favourite co-op, credit union or mutual fund, share it on social media with a brief explanation as to why this co-op is the best, and don’t forget to include to the hashtag #MyCoopSelfie!

For more detailed information about the contest, please visit here, where you will find everything that you need to know!

Spread the Warmth

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With winter rapidly approaching, Bow Valley Credit Union is looking to spread a little warmth in our communities. Until Saturday, October 18th, each of our 6 locations is looking for donations of gently used (or new) winter jackets to be made in branch.

Our Airdrie East, Airdrie West, and Cochrane branches are collecting on behalf of Jacket Racket. Our Canmore and Banff locations are collecting winter wear on behalf of Jacket Frost and Victory Thrift. Our Calgary location will be making a donation to Project Warmth.

As a small gesture of appreciation for incoming donations, everyone who makes a donation to any of our 6 branches will receive a ballot for our October 23rd draw. Our draw will select one lucky donating person to receive a pair of lift tickets to Lake Louise Ski Resort.

For a complete list of our locations and their addresses, please visit here. We look forward to spreading a little warmth with your help.


Rocky Mountain Hockey Night Fundraiser

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From left, Calgary Flame Mason Raymond, M.P. Blake Richards, and Victims’ Advocate Sheldon Kennedy unveil the record fundraising total from Rocky Mountain Hockey Night.

From left, Calgary Flame Mason Raymond, M.P. Blake Richards, and Victims’ Advocate Sheldon Kennedy unveil the record fundraising total from Rocky Mountain Hockey Night.

The annual Rocky Mountain Hockey Night, hosted by Member of Parliament Blake Richards, was held on Sunday, September 7th. This year set a new fundraising record for local RCMP Victims’ Services. The funds raised will go to help victims of crime and tragedy supported by RCMP Victims’ Services in Olds, Airdrie, Cochrane, Canmore, and Banff.

“Thanks to the unparalleled generosity of our event’s dedicated sponsors, like Bow Valley Credit Union, as well as a record silent and live auction, we brought in $87,505. This brings our six-year total to more than $370,000,” said Richards. Richards went on to comment that “it was an evening of entertainment in celebration of Canada’s game, and we had more than a little help from our friends.”

Bow Valley Credit Union has been proud to sponsor this event every year since its inception and is pleased with the huge success achieved with this year’s event.

Alberta Summer Games 2014

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Airdrie Alberta Summer Games LogoThe Alberta Summer Games were held this year in Airdrie from July 24th – 27th.  Approximately 2,600 athletes and coaches from across the province competed in 15 different events. The Games pitted the best young Albertan athletes ranging in age from 11 to 17 against each other in a variety of disciplines ranging from athletics to volleyball.  The Alberta Cup is awarded to the zone that achieves the most medal points and was earned by Calgary this year, which repeated as champions from 2012. For a complete list of results, please visit here.

Airdrie West - Alberta Summer Games Volunteers Both of Bow Valley Credit Union’s Airdrie branches were proud to sponsor and volunteer at The Games. Their volunteer efforts saw them working in Food Services, Accommodations as well as various sporting events, in particular the Canoe/Kayak Slalom events.

Jens Lins, the coordinator for the Canoe/Kayak Slalom event, sent this message to those who volunteered for these event: “Thanks again for volunteering today.  Most of you I had a chance to thank you personally, but just want to say how valuable it was to our sport having you guys, gals and family come out spending a nice Saturday volunteering for our sport!!!  There is no way we could have done it without you people!!!! It was cool to see how involved you got with a sport you have likely never seen this close up before and now be there, part of judging the kids as they competed for the Alberta title or being part of the crucial task of us pulling off somewhere around 300 runs by getting boats out of the water quickly and back to the start line.

Airdrie East - Alberta Summer Games Volunteers Duncan Daniels, Chief Judge of the Slalom Canoe Kayak event added to Jens’ comments that he “also wanted to thank all of the volunteers who helped put on this event.  It was a real pleasure to work with so many great people who totally understand what it takes to put on an event like the slalom event at the Airdrie Summer Games.”

Bow Valley Credit Union’s volunteering staff was enthusiastic about playing a part in the Alberta Summer Games and agreed that it was a great and memorable experience.

Canoe/Kayak Slalom