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Day of Difference 2022

Interior Savings’ new CEO rolls up his sleeves for the community

Kelowna, BC | October 19, 2022


Member-owned credit unions are different by design. So much so, that one of their seven guiding principles is Concern for Community, with a focus on community betterment. Organizations that care about the communities in which they operate give back to those communities. That’s the view of Brian Harris, new CEO of Interior Savings, who will be volunteering alongside his staff on October 20th, the credit union’s 9th annual ‘Day of Difference’.

It’s a day where the credit union gives thanks to its members and lends a hand to non-profits and other organizations in need – on company time. While many businesses support employee volunteerism, Interior Savings goes a step further by closing all its branches at 2 pm that day, to allow staff time to go out and make a big difference, together.

“I’m very excited to join in on an afternoon where over 500 of our employees have the opportunity to represent co-operative values on the ground,” says Brian Harris, who was named Interior Savings’ CEO in June 2022. “This Thursday, I’ll be gardening, organizing and helping with some fall clean-up at a number of local non-profits,” he says. “Collectively, our staff will be giving back to over 15 communities across BC, all of us making a difference in some capacity.”

Interior Savings’ Day of Difference is held each year on International Credit Union Day, which celebrates the spirit of the global co-operative movement, and the difference local credits unions make in their communities. This year’s theme ‘Empower Your Financial Future’, is something Interior Savings has been doing with its members since 1939, taking a ‘local money for local good’ approach.

The day-long celebration of caring for community kicks-off with an employee breakfast at each of Interior Savings’ 23 branch locations and 16 insurance offices. Throughout the day, they welcome members into the branch with treats and gifts made from local vendors before dispersing across their communities in the late afternoon to lend a hand wherever it’s needed.

Employees will be volunteering across the Thompson Okanagan and up in Prince George, rolling up their sleeves to help with just about anything from street and stream clean ups, to donating blood, to supporting groups like Mamas for Mamas, JoeAnna’s House, food banks, hospices and children’s camps.

To uphold Interior Savings’ high service levels, their Member Service Centre will remain open throughout the afternoon to serve the needs of its members.

About Interior Savings

Interior Savings is a member-owned, democratically controlled credit union dedicated to creating local money while helping to build vibrant communities. Through its 23 branches, 16 insurance offices, Member Service Centre, and two Commercial Service Centres, the Credit Union offers personal and commercial banking and a full range of insurance and wealth management services to more than 77,000 members across 15 BC interior communities. In the last 10 years, Interior Savings has returned $29 million to members through its Member Rewards Program and invested over $5 million in support of community programs. Learn more at, or visit Interior Savings on Facebook or Do Some Good.