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On Wednesday, June 5, United Communities Credit Union and Libro Financial Group, two of the region's most successful credit unions, announced their intention to merge and form a new credit union. Once voted on and approved by members at United Communities and Owner Representatives at Libro, the outcome will be a credit union with the strategic will, skills and capacity to help the families, businesses, farms and communities of Southwestern Ontario secure a more prosperous future. Together the two organizations will become the 2nd largest credit union in Ontario and the 12th largest in Canada and will choose a name that jointly reflects the legacy of both credit unions. Continue reading: https://www.libro.ca/Learn/Library/ANewPathFromBetter2Best.aspx
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Libro Champions Prosperity in Southwestern Ontario
Share the Future Celebrates Local Economy & Community

London, ON, November 1, 2012 —Libro Financial Group, southwestern Ontario’s full-service credit union, launched an initiative aimed to support economic success across southwestern Ontario and inspire local community building. Called Share the Future, Libro, in collaboration with local residents, will share regional success stories and contribute to the community in an effort to foster inspiration and encourage opportunities. 
                                                                                                                                         
“Since 2008 we’ve heard a great deal about what our region is lacking, as well as the hardships many are facing, so we see a need to focus on what’s great in our communities and celebrate success,” said Stephen Bolton, President & CEO, Libro Financial Group. “By sharing prosperity, we inspire growth and foster a future where our youth can find opportunities right here.”
Libro is sharing inspiring stories of local businesses and organizations throughout the year at libro.ca/share, and inviting others to submit their stories as well.

Little Mushroom, a small but thriving catering business owned by Stephanie Tanner, is just one of the many success stories in the region. Stephanie’s business went from a one-person operation to a fully-staffed small business.  Another is Country Paws, a local dog resort business. The business started out as a fairly novel idea, and has since expanded to include services such as grooming and massage, as well as a retail store that offers a selection of toys, home decor, and treats for canines.

Share the Future also aims to help build stronger communities through Libro’s Get $50 to Give program. Whenever a new account is opened, Libro donates $50 to a youth-related charity or cause of the customer-owner’s choice. Get $50 to Give complements Libro’s Community Builder program, which invests 5 per cent of its profit each year towards community projects across southwestern Ontario that support youth leadership.  Many organizations have already started to benefit from the program, including YMCA of Western Ontario, Original Kids Theatre Company, Kitchener Minor Hockey Association Major Pee Wee, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of London and Area. The full list of recipients is available at libro.ca/share.

“By giving, sharing and learning we are hoping to show what successes are possible in our own community. Coming together to celebrate each other’s wins as a means of inspiring others will make us succeed locally so that southwestern Ontario can compete globally,” said Bolton.
 
About Libro Financial Group
Libro Financial Group is southwestern Ontario’s full-service credit union operated by a community of owners and open to everyone. With 58,000 owners and over $2 billion in assets under administration, Libro delivers a full range of chequing, savings, investment, RRSP, insurance and loan products along with financial coaching and advice for consumers, and farm and business owners.  Libro has been operating for over 60 years and has 15 branches in southwestern Ontario. Owners have access to a surcharge-free network of 3,000 ATMs across Canada. For more information, visit Libro's About section.


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For further information, or to set up an interview, please contact:
Tina Romano
Communications Manager
Libro Financial Group
P: 519-672-0130 x4408
C: 519-200-5279
tina(dot)romano(at)libro(dot)ca
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Jeff Segeren, Vice President Advice & Service Delivery is pleased to announce the appointment of Greg McQueen as Libro's new Regional Manager for London and St. Thomas.

"We're pleased to have Greg back in London," says Segeren. "He has built a strong reputation in his career with Libro and is well respected by staff and our customer-owners. I look forward to working with him to continue to develop business in London and St. Thomas."

McQueen started with Libro Financial Group in 2001 as an Account Manager at the London Downtown Branch. From there he was promoted to Branch Manager at the London North Branch in 2004 and in 2009 to West Regional Manager and Strathroy Branch Manager. He lives near Poplar Hill with his wife and two young children. Greg holds a Bachelor of Administrative and Commercial Studies from King's University College at Western University.

"Over the past number of years, Libro has made a substantial impact in London, St. Thomas and the surrounding area. I am excited to have been chosen to move that effort forward," says McQueen. "At Libro, we see huge potential for growth and expansion in the London market. In fact, we are looking forward to making an announcement soon."

Libro Financial Group is southwestern Ontario's full-service credit union operated by a community of owners and open to everyone. With 57,000 owners and more than $2 billion in assets under administration, Libro delivers a full range of chequing, savings, investment, RRSP, insurance and loan products along with financial coaching and advice for consumers, and farm and business owners. Libro has been operating for over 60 years and has 15 branches in southwestern Ontario. Owners have access to a surcharge-free network of 3,000 ATMs across Canada. For more information, see www.libro.ca.
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Sign up today for a First Time Home Buyers seminar hosted by Libro at London's Lamplighter Inn on Wednesday, March 7.

Find out how the right real estate agent, lawyer, home inspector and lending specialist will make the home buying process simple for you.
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Libro Financial Group held their 61st Annual General Meeting on January 14, 2012. Retiring President & CEO Jack Smit was recognized and new President & CEO Stephen Bolton addressed the crowd with his vision for Libro. He also shared the good news of record-setting profit shares. Libro distributed $5.8 million in profits with their customer-owners in 2011.
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Thank you to all of our owners who have provided feedback over the years and to all of you who joined us in our Town Halls. We're still working very hard on making libro.ca even better to help serve your financial needs.

Next up is online banking, and we look forward to sharing more as it gets closer.
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There's a lot of grey between wants and needs, especially when it comes to buying a car. Will that be cheap and cheerful or fully-loaded? SUV or minivan (for the kids, of course)? Most people purchase cars without doing enough homework on what happens after you pay the initial price. So we've done the homework for you.

Keep reading to learn more: https://www.libro.ca/Learn/Library/TrueCostsOfCarOwnership.aspx
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Libro is a credit union. As such we are owned by the people who bank here. No shareholders in far-off places, no towers in the sky. Libro exists in southwestern Ontario to help you own your life.