NLCU Board Nominees

Courtney Clarke

Courtney Clarke

Originally from Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove, Courtney Clarke is a Central Development Officer with Memorial University. As a central liaison between academia and philanthropy, Courtney devotes her days to creating new opportunities and breaking down barriers to post-secondary education. Courtney currently resides on the Board of Directors for Violence Prevention Avalon East.

Recently nominated as a 2020 YWCA Women of Distinction, Courtney was also named 2019 Youth Accessibility Leader for NL by Employment and Social Development Canada, received the 2019 NLC President’s Award for Community Impact and Social Development, was awarded the 2015 Dr. Gwyn Morgan Award for Principled Leadership, and was once profiled as one of HSBC’s Top 50 Women Leaders of Tomorrow. These accolades come as a response to progress Courtney has made in initiatives such as veterans support, accessibility support for people with disabilities, violence prevention, and voting rights advocacy amongst others causes.

In her spare time, Courtney likes to sing and play a few instruments, travel NL and abroad and likes to go hiking with her dogs. With an abundance of banking, management and community engagement experience, Courtney looks forward to creating an impact and learning from other Board members of NLCU.


John Dyall

John Dyall



John's Credit Union involvement began in May of 2017 when he was hired as a Member Service Advisor with NLCU. This position allowed him to form personal connections with the members of the community and adopt the Credit Union way of carrying out business – placing member's needs at the forefront. He was later promoted to the position of Internal Audit Analyst where he was able to observe the behind-the-scenes processes. These two positions allowed John to build a full circle view of how NLCU operates. During his time with the company, he was very committed to community involvement. In 2019, he became the co-chairperson of the NLCU Walk-A-Thon.

John is currently pursuing his fourth year of the Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) Joint Degree Program at Memorial University where he is concentrating his studies in Finance and Economics. John is heavily involved with the Memorial business community. He is a Sector Manager with “The Fund” – Memorial University’s student-managed investment fund which actively manages $150,000 of capital. He also acts on behalf of Memorial University as a Brand Ambassador for Queen’s Conference on International Business.

John also owns and operates a company that strives to replace disposable plastic products with greener alternatives in hopes of reducing global pollution. The company was launched in May of 2019 and has already accomplished substantial growth. Since its inception, the company has reached the six-figure revenue mark via Amazon best seller products and strategic collaborations with local companies such as Coleman's and Iceberg Water.


 

Craig Ennis

Craig Ennis


I have worked as a civil servant, political advisor, PR/marketing consultant, business incubation advisor, and lobbyist, living in or working for organizations headquartered in Ottawa, Fredericton, Moncton, Halifax, and St. John’s. My career has enabled me to work locally, provincially, regionally and nationally.

Born and raised in Mount Pearl, I hold an undergraduate degree in Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University and an MBA from Memorial University. I currently reside in St. John’s, and work with the Canadian Coast Guard.

I am an active volunteer with the St. John’s Local Immigration Partnership Council as a member of the Council and also the chair of the working group on employment and skilled labour. Further, I volunteer with the Avalon Arena Association (Twin Rinks), and was appointed to the NL Law Society Disciplinary Panel as a lay member through the Independent Appointments Commission.  I am a former board member with the St. John’s Board of Trade, and represented the organization in a provincial capacity.

In my spare time, I train for running and triathlon races, and in 2018 achieved a lifelong goal of becoming an Ironman.


Sheena McCrate


Sheena McCrate

Sheena is the CEO of St. John’s Sport and Entertainment Ltd. (SJSEL).  In that capacity, she is responsible for the corporate and strategic decisions of SJSEL, as well as management of the overall operations of Mile One Centre and the St. John’s Convention Centre (SJCC). In her role as CEO, Sheena leads by example and empowers and challenges employees to continuously improve and transform the business to achieve operational excellence by executing exceptional event experiences at Mile One Centre and SJCC.

Sheena has been a member of the NLCU since 2007 who believes in and is an active advocate of the credit union movement.  A lifelong-learner, Sheena sought to gain a deeper understanding of the NLCU and financial services industry in general, by running for election to the Board of Directors in 2017.  In her first term, Sheena attained a considerable amount of knowledge about the NLCU and its operations through regular attendance at Board meetings, listening and learning from fellow, more-experienced Board members, as well communicating with members of the NLCU’s senior leadership team.  For the first half of her 3-year term, Sheena served as a general director.  In her latter 1.5 years on the Board, she joined the Governance Committee, which afforded her the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the NLCU’s governance framework.  Sheena has come to realize how complex and ever-changing the financial services industry is, and is excited about the prospect of continuing to be involved with the NLCU at the Board level for another term.

Sheena and her husband Andrew reside in St. John’s and have three children.  She is very involved in the community through her affiliation with a number of associations, as well as through her volunteer pursuits with include basketball coach, St. Francis of Assisi choir, and various sports teams of which her children are members.  In addition to the NLCU, Sheena serves on several Boards including NL Sports Centre, Destination St. John’s, and Downtown St. John’s.  She previously served on the Board of NL Housing and volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters for over two decades from 1998-2018.  In her spare time, Sheena enjoys playing soccer, dancing, hiking, and camping with her family.



Leroy Murphy

Leroy Murphy

Leroy Murphy brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to any organization he gets involved with.  His education includes a B. Admin from the Royal Military College, an MBA from Memorial University, and accreditation as a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR).

Leroy is employed with the Faculty of Business of Memorial University, in the role of Academic Staff Member in Co-operative Education.  In this role since 2006, he collaborates with the business community to identify work term opportunities for B. Comm students in all areas of business, including finance.  Additionally, he teaches a variety of undergraduate courses, and has assisted the faculty union (MUNFA) in collective bargaining.  Prior to this, Leroy spent 20 years as an Officer in the Canadian Navy, living in various locations across Canada and participated in United Nations deployments. 

Leroy brings with him a proven track record of community involvement and leadership.  Most notably, he is the current President of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Newfoundland and Labrador (CPHR NL).  Additionally, he is a member of the national board (CPHR Canada).  In these roles he has helped advance the HR profession and guide the organizations through significant changes.  He is a former Chair of the Atlantic division of the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education, and member of the Board of Directors of the Crow’s Nest Officers’ Club.

Leroy lives in St. John’s with his wife Deanna and their four teenage children.  They are all proud members of NLCU.


Allan Skanes


Allan Skanes

Allan Skanes was born and educated in Corner Brook and studied at Memorial University, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Master of Education degrees.  He began teaching in 1976 enjoying 37 years in the field of education as teacher, administrator, District Program Specialist, District Education Officer and his final years as Assistant Director of HR.  After retiring from the public-school system, he spent a stint as Principal of Academy Canada in Corner Brook.  It was about that time that his first grandchild was on the way and he made a decision to retire from formal work and undertake the pleasure of full time grandparenting. He is married to Dianne (nee Dean) and they have a son and a daughter and five grandchildren.

In 1976, Allan joined the NLCU, was elected to the Board of Directors in 2007 serving as second Vice-President for the past two years.  He has sat on the Audit Committee and currently sits on the HR Committee, the Governance Committee and the Executive Committee.

Besides being a full time grandfather helping care for a pre-schooler, Allan currently is involved in a number of volunteer activities.  He is a member of Benchers, the governance body of the Newfoundland and Labrador Law Society sitting on the Rules and Regulations committee; Co-Chair of the Person and Family Centered Care Steering Committee, Western Health; Secretary of the Corner Brook Masonic Lodge and Treasurer of the Corner Brook Masonic Hall, Co. Ltd.  He and his wife, Dianne, also own and manage a number of rental properties in Corner Brook.

Through his training and experiences, Allan brings to the Board of Directors of the NLCU skills in strategic planning, policy development, governance, leadership, management, human resources, mediation and communication.  He has thoroughly enjoyed serving on the Board of Directors and respectfully seeks your support.









 

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