Bruce was born and raised in the Neepawa area. Upon graduating grade twelve from the Neepawa Collegiate he was accepted for service in the RCMP. After spending six years in Posts in Northern Saskatchewan he and his wife Sheila returned to Neepawa purchasing a family farm in which they currently operate and reside.
Community service includes the following organizations:
Service with the Beautiful Plains Credit Union has been both challenging and rewarding. Ifelected I look forward to serving the Membership and meeting the challenges facing our Credit Union in an ever changing economic environment.
I am running for the position of director for our credit union. I am a farmer from the Birnie district along with my wife Cheryl and our son John. We also have two grown daughters Charlotte and Sarah. Cheryl and I are proud to be the fourth generation of McConnell’s to raise a family on our farm. My education consists of high school graduate from Neepawa Collegiate and my post-secondary degree was obtained at the school of hard knocks. I have 21 years on the board of our credit union and have served on the audit, nominating, and human resources committees at different times.
As far as other community service I was a former councilor of the RM of Lansdowne and am currently serving as councilor in the RM of Glenella-Lansdowne. I currently sit on the board of the Neepawa and Area Planning District. I also am on the Sub-district 43 Board of the Whitemud Watershed and have 10 years there.
I am interested in letting my name stand for re-election for two reasons. One we have a good group of directors to work with that I feel are effective at their roles and are a pleasure to work with, and always respectful of opinions other than their own. I also believe at this time in the evolution of our credit union that there will be a couple of significant decisions to be made in the next term and I feel I can contribute some experience and leadership towards making the right decisions.
I respectfully ask for your support.
My background is a varied one, bringing with me a wide range of skills and abilities. My formal education consists of Grade 12 graduation from Windsor Park Collegiate (Wpg), a Legal Assistant Diploma, a Criminology Diploma as well as currently finishing up the course load for my Certificate in Municipal Management Administration through U of M. As for informal education, I have taken many courses throughout my career ranging from speech writing to conflict resolution to website development and everything in between.
My career path is as varied as my education; I started with the Office of the Premier of Manitoba, where I worked for 10 years as a member of Premier Filmon’s direct staff in a variety of capacities, ending as Assistant to the Premier’s Chief of Staff. In anticipation of my relocation from Wpg to Neepawa, I requested and was granted a transfer through the Government of Manitoba with Crown Lands as a Land Administrator, involving the Sales & Permitting of Crown Land and the development of the Cottage Lot Draw Program. When the Crown Lands office was centralized out of Neepawa to Portage, I accepted a position with Prairie Mountain Health (ARHA at the time), in both Human Resources (QHR and Website Coordinator) and Environmental Services (Assistant to the Manager). I also briefly sat as a Member of Town Council for Neepawa; deciding to step down when I was offered my current position as the Municipal Clerk with the Town of Neepawa, as it was a preferred fit for me personally and professionally, combining my love of politics, human resources, and administration.
My community service involvement consists of being a Member of the following Boards: Spruce Plains Justice Committee (20+years), Board of Directors for the Beautiful Plains Community Medical Clinic Board, Nursery School Board, Grad Committee (2015 & 2017), Team Leader with the Roxy Theatre, Kinette Club, 4-H Communications Judge, Summer Games, Rock Fest as well as many years coaching/mentoring minor hockey players and ball players and a member of the local ladies hockey team.
I am letting my name stand for election to the Board of Directors for the Beautiful Plains Credit Union as I truly believe this is the best institution I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with, from the staff to the services, in both my personal banking experience as well as professionally. It’s a place I believe in and fully support and have become its biggest fan and advertiser. I feel I will be an effective board member because of my vast experience and background; as well as my passion for local businesses and people. Together we can ensure the Credit Union remains ahead of the curve and assist in leading them into the future with a fresh perspective; while maintaining and growing their stronghold in our community.
I wish to express my interest in becoming a Director of the Beautiful Plains Credit Union’s Board of Directors.
I can offer the Board and Membership the following:
These positions have provided me with the experience and skill sets required to work with Boards, be a Board member and to be a dedicated team player.
I ask for your support and thank you for the opportunity to serve you.