We are incredibly excited to announce that New Dimensions FCU’s Financial Education department received CUNA’s 2023 Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award recently! Ryan Poulin, CEO, accepted the award at the Maine Credit Union League’s Annual Convention awards dinner on behalf of our entire team and financial education department for outstanding work around financial education. CUNA created the Desjardins program to recognize leadership within the credit union movement regarding financial literacy for all ages. Naming these awards after Desjardin emphasizes the movement’s long-time commitment to financial literacy.
We are very proud of our financial education department’s work headed by Carrielyn Reynolds, Financial Coach, who has led by instructing and crafting age-appropriate lessons to share with students from kindergarten through college levels. Her passion for financial education shows with every trip to a local school or business. Under her tenure, she has reached more students and school districts than ever before, and the feedback from educators has been overwhelmingly positive. Alongside Carrielyn, Brett Mulligan joined our financial education team and has begun undertaking new projects to educate a broader range of students and community members!
We commend all of our staff for the teachable moments that educated a member on a product or service, provided credit counseling, helped members pay off debt, saved money on loan interest, lowered loan payments, or saved for their financial goals. Ryan states, “We are in the dream fulfillment business and help our members achieve their dreams. Every day we have multiple opportunities to provide a member, even our youngest members, with the sound advice, products, and tools they need to achieve their financial goals. We are proud of our work as the Desjardins Award is a significant achievement to receive.” We are honored and inspired to continue expanding the financial education department to its fullest potential in the years to come.