What's New:

2017 Comtech Fire Credit Union Annual General Meeting

Our 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held at Parkview Manor, 55 Barber Greene Rd #1, North York, ON M3C 2A1, Canada.

The date of the AGM is April 4th, 2017.

Details:
5:00PM Registration Opens
5:15-6:45 Buffet Dinner
7:00PM Annual General Meeting

We have moved the venue to the Parkview Manor to allow for complimentary parking and to accommodate members coming in from out of town who prefer not to fight downtown traffic.

Registration details will be posted in February.

Please mark your calendars!

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Notice to membership: 2017 Annual General Meeting.

Comtech Fire Credit Union Member earns OCUF Bursary

Comtech Fire Credit Union congratulates Connor Gonsalves on receiving a bursary from the Ontario Credit Union Foundation. Connor has been a member since he was a young boy and is the son of former Credit Manager Charlene Gonsalves.

https://ocuf.org/meet-connor/

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Take advantage of our Early-Bird Rate Incentive.

To qualify, simply deposit your Tax-Free Savings contribution prior to December 31, 2016 and on January 1, 2017 we’ll transfer your TFSA contribution into a one year or 18 month GIC.

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CFFF RK Meritorius Service Award 2016

Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation President Robert Kirkpatrick Awarded Meritorious Service Medal by Governor General

OTTAWA -- Robert Kirkpatrick, president of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation and 32-year veteran Captain with the Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services, was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by His Excellency, The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

In a statement from the Governor General of Canada website, “The Meritorious Service Decorations were established to recognize the extraordinary people who make Canada proud. Their acts are often innovative, set an example or model for others to follow, or respond to a particular challenge faced by a community. The best candidates are those who inspire others through their motivation to find solutions to specific and pressing needs or provide an important service to their community or country.”

Captain Kirkpatrick spearheaded a national fundraising and awareness campaign to establish the Canadian Firefighters Monument in Lebreton Flats in Ottawa in 2012. His Excellency, The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada officiated the unveiling of Canada’s newest monument, recognizing the tireless efforts of the Board of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation and its president, Robert Kirkpatrick.

Captain Kirkpatrick worked closely with The Ministry of Heritage to provide partial funding for the new monument, a tribute to firefighters across Canada, 80 per cent of whom are volunteers, and in particular, to all those who have died in the line of duty since 1848.  

The acclaimed author of several books -- Their Last Alarm, honouring Ontario’s firefighters, editions 1 & 2; Reflections of a Proud Heritage: History of the Oakville Fire Department and The Canadian Firefighters Memorial – Captain Kirkpatrick is also the recipient of:

  • The Ontario Medal for Firefighters Bravery
  • The 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal
  • The Canada Fire Service Exemplary Service Medal
  • The Ontario Fire Services Long Service Medal
  • The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • The Ontario Provincial Police Award for Bravery
  • The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs Bravery Award
  • The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Bill William Humanitarian Award
  • The Toronto Fire Services Credit Union John Rider Award
  • A two-time recipient of the Mississauga Fire Department’s Firefighter of the Year Award

“The Canadian Firefighters Memorial is a symbolic landmark in the heart of the Canada’s Capital region where Canadians can now come to reflect and pay tribute to the men and women in the fire service who lost their lives while on duty to help in communities across Canada,” said Captain Kirkpatrick. “I am grateful to the long-serving directors of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation who led this initiative with me, and to the many sponsors and supporters, who have helped me accomplish an important mission for the fire service and citizens of Canada."

Captain Robert Kirkpatrick received the Meritorious Service Medal on November 25, 2016 from His Excellency, The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada

For more information:
Kathryn Hendrick
Director of Communications
Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation
hendrickkathryn@gmail.com
416.277.6281
www.cfff.ca

CFFF Charitable Golf Tournament Expand/Collapse

Gather your friends, family and co-workers, and join us for a fun day of golf in support of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation hosted by Comtech Fire Credit Union!

All net proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation in support of the great work the Foundation undertakes on behalf of the families of firefighters who give their lives in the performance of their duties.

Click here for more information.

It’s a great time to start saving Expand/Collapse

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Don’t wait, these special rates are only available for a limited time.

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Meet with a Money Mentor!

Ready to invest or not sure where to start? Either way, we invite you to schedule a check-in with a Money Mentor to learn how to make the most of your money.

To get started call 613.548.4094 or stop by your local branch today

Limestone Advisory Board Votes to Harmonize Trade Name with Comtech Fire Credit Union Expand/Collapse

Decision will streamline operations and enhance member service

Toronto, Ontario, September 19, 2016:

Comtech Fire Credit Union announced today that Limestone, a division of Comtech Fire Credit Union will now be known as Comtech Fire Credit Union. The decision follows discussions with the Limestone advisory board and staff who recommended the harmonization of their trade name to eliminate member confusion and to better identify its direction in the Kingston region, including Amherstview.

“Our recent merger with Comtech Fire Credit Union provides us with a greater opportunity to serve our members”, said Comtech Fire Director Joanne McDonnell, who represents the former Limestone branches on the Comtech Fire Board. “Our intention is to strengthen our connection with Federal Employees, both active and retired, in our region. The Comtech Fire brand also allows us to make a strong connection with professional and volunteer fire fighters and with communication and technology employees and retirees in the Kingston and Amherstview areas. With the greater resources the merger makes available to our branches, we will also be in a better position to serve the Kingston region at large”, she added.

“Our Board was delighted to accept the decision of Limestone’s Advisory Board to change their name to Comtech Fire Credit Union”, said Comtech Fire Credit Union Board Chair Jeffrey Stubbs. “We are building a very strong Credit Union with our recent amalgamations with Fire Services Credit Union and Limestone Credit Union. Our branch network now covers Ottawa, Eastern Ontario and the GTA. We plan to continue our growth in Ontario. The amalgamations provide us with greater scale that allows us to provide greater service to our combined membership and at the same time gain efficiencies that strengthen our Credit Union”, Stubbs added.

Echoing this, Comtech Fire Credit Union’s CEO John Mach added: “We respect the roots and origins of Limestone’s membership and will work to enhance our connection with them as we move forward. This decision does not change our approach to continue to build on each Credit Union’s strengths and better serve our members”.

Comtech Fire Credit Union, operates seven branches in the GTA, Kingston area and in Ottawa and serves the financial needs of 20,000 members and their families throughout Ontario. The Credit Union has over $400 million in total assets.

For more information, please contact:

Kevin Connolly
Chief Marketing Officer
Comtech Fire Credit Union
102-220 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON
M5B 2H1
(416) 598-1197, extension 2239
kevin.connolly@fscu.ca

Better Together! Expand/Collapse

Limestone Credit Union Ltd. Members Vote in Favour of Asset Purchase Agreement with Comtech Fire Credit Union

Limestone will operate as a subsidiary of Comtech Fire Credit Union


Kingston, ON, June 29, 2016:

At a member meeting held on June 28th in Kingston, Ontario, members of Limestone Credit Union Ltd. voted unanimously in favour of an asset purchase agreement with Comtech Fire Credit Union.

Limestone will maintain its existing trade name, as a subsidiary of Comtech Fire Credit Union with aggregate assets approaching $500 million with 18,000 members. Comtech Fire Credit Union is based in Toronto, Ontario and will now operate 7 branches in Ottawa, Toronto, Mississauga; and now in Amerstview and Kingston Ontario under the Limestone banner. Additional branch locations are currently being explored and will include additional Branches in Toronto and in the Pickering/Ajax area.

“During the past year, we have worked diligently to determine that Comtech Fire shares our values of member commitment”, said Mike Fleurie, CEO of Limestone Credit Union. “We believe we can be stronger together, bringing an even broader value proposition to our members”, added Fleurie.

“We have maintained throughout the process that we are stronger together than we are apart”, said Comtech Fire CEO John Mach. “Our ability to build the resources necessary to innovate and compete in the future requires adequate scale and this merger is another important step. It makes things even better that we share so many common values.”

Comtech Fire Credit Union is a full service financial institution operating five branches in the GTA and in Ottawa. Limestone Credit Union Ltd. operates two branches in the Kingston area and was formerly known as Federal Employees (Kingston) Credit Union Ltd.

For more information about the amalgamation, contact:

John Mach
Chief Executive Officer
Comtech Credit Union
220 Yonge Street, Suite 102
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 2H1
416.598.1197
mach@comtechcu.com
www.comtechcu.com

Mike Fleurie
Chief Executive Officer
Limestone Credit Union
572 Princess Street
Kingston, Ontario.
K7L 1C9.
613.548.4094
mike@limestonecu.com
www.limestonecu.com

Fraud: Recognize It. Report It. Stop It. Expand/Collapse

There is no typical victim of fraud in Canada, it can happen to anyone.  Scammers target everyone regardless of age, race, income or geographic location because they just want your money.  Here are some examples of common scam scenarios:

Phishing Scams
Spoofed (look-alike) emails and fraudulent websites are used to fool recipients into divulging personal and financial information such as credit card numbers, account usernames, passwords, and social insurance numbers.  Contact the organization requesting the information to confirm that it is legitimate. 

  • Canada Revenue Agency:  Person is contacted via telephone, mail, text message or email claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requesting personal information such as social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number or passport number in order to receive a refund or benefit payment.  Do not respond to these fraudulent communications or click on any of the links provided.
  • Microsoft: Person is contacted by someone claiming to be from Microsoft technical support, and they will request access to your computer in order to correct errors and issues.  Do not allow a third party to have access to your computer.

Winning Prize Scam
Caller indicates that you have won a prize but must send money in order to collect.  Legitimate lottery or sweepstakes do not charge fees to deliver a prize.  Do not send funds to a third party.

Money Transfer Request Scam
A telephone call, email or letter is received that there is a large amount of money stuck in a foreign country.  The person offers to provide money in exchange for their assistance.  The person then requests bank account information in order to transfer the funds.  Never provide you banking information to a third party.

Job and Employment Scams
Generally a work-at-home opportunity, be your own boss, mystery shopper etc.  Promises are made that are not kept and personal information is requested.   Never provide your Social Insurance Number to a third party.

Medical and Health Scams

Prey on human suffering by offering miracle cures, weight loss scams and fake online pharmacies.  It is always best to consult your physician.

Is Your Credit Really Protected
Offer to provide protection from scammers by requesting your credit card numbers.  Do not provide your credit card information to a third party.

Emergency Scam
Family members receive frantic calls from a person claiming to be a family member who needs funds to bail them out of an emergency situation.

Charity Scams
Scammers will attempt to collect money for a fake or real charity via telephone, email or in-person.  You should make a legitimate donation by contacting the charity yourself.

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  • don’t have a credit card
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  •  are concerned about online security and fraud
  •  want more control over your credit

 
Benefits of Interac Online
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  2. Choose our financial institution from the list.
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