Chi­nook Fi­nan­cial de­liv­ers early gift to loyal client

Credit Union picks up bills to help be­fore Christ­mas

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Lo­cal man, Garry Nar­gang, re­ceived an early Christ­mas present thanks to Chi­nook Fi­nan­cial, and his re­ac­tion is go­ing vi­ral.

The di­vi­sions of Con­nect First Credit Union has made a dif­fer­ence to some of its clients in 13 com­mu­ni­ties by pay­ing some of their bills to help re­lieve the stress of the hol­i­day sea­son. This is the sec­ond year for their Mak­ing Money Make a Dif­fer­ence cam­paign and they have made a video of the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It can be dif­fi­cult to not worry about bill and mort­gage pay­ments in the tough econ­omy faced by so many of our com­mu­ni­ties,” said Scot Had­den, Pres­i­dent of Chi­nook Fi­nan­cial. “We wanted to give back in a way that lets our mem­bers fo­cus on what the hol­i­days are all about: fam­ily and friends.”

In Drumheller, Nar­gang walked into Chi­nook Fi­nan­cial and was told the Credit Union would be mak­ing a pay­ment to his credit card and a car pay­ment. His re­ac­tion is fea­tured in the five-minute video that is be­ing shared on­line.

“It was a good shock,” Nar­gang tells The Mail, adding the last time he re­ceived a present this nice was, “the day I mar­ried Fran (his wife).”

He has watched the video and en­joyed it. He has noth­ing but ac­co­lades for the Credit Union.

“I think they do so much for the com­mu­nity that we don’t see,” said Nar­gang. “They asked me why I come here, and I said be­cause of the ser­vice.”

Chi­nook Fi­nan­cial as­so­ciate Sher­esse Thomp­son had the honour of in­form­ing Nar­gang that he was the re­cip­i­ent of the Mak­ing Money Make a Dif­fer­ence cam­paign and it was emo­tional.

“What an amaz­ing thing,” said Thomp­son. ”I mean this is what we do, we pay it for­ward to our mem­bers and help peo­ple when they need us. See­ing the video brings up all that emo­tion again, but be­ing there on the day and do­ing it is even more pow­er­ful than the video, if you be­lieve that, and it is days like this that I live for.”

What makes the ex­pe­ri­ence even more pow­er­ful is that in a com­mu­nity the size of Drumheller re­la­tion­ships are very close.

“Our mem­bers are our friends and fam­ily and peo­ple we see day in and day out. For me, I grew up with all of them, known them since I was a kid, so it is very much fam­ily and be­ing able to do some­thing for them very much warms my heart.”


Chi­nook Fi­nan­cial gave a hand up to Garry Nar­gang by pay­ing his credit card and car pay­ment as part of the Mak­ing Money Make a Dif­fer­ence cam­paign. A video of the ex­pe­ri­ence is spread­ing on­line.

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