Innovation Credit Union Partners With H.O.P.E. Learning Centre

We are happy to donate $5,000 to the Canadian Mental Health Association - SK Divison which they plan to use for the H.O.P.E. Learning Centre.

Innovation Credit Union Sponsors H.O.P.E. Learning Center’s
Mental health programs for the year 2021-22

Innovation Credit Union is proud to partner with H.O.P.E. Learning Center, as a sponsor of its Lunch Byte’s series for the year 2021-2022. H.O.P.E. is a unique learning center where people who have experienced mental health issues, their peers, family members and mental health professionals all come together to use their knowledge and experience to work collaboratively and on equal terms to co-develop and co-deliver courses on a range of topics that support well-being and recovery. By sponsoring these educational programs, Innovation Credit Union is enabling H.O.P.E. to develop new courses and bring in new speakers for this fiscal year.

“MHA Saskatchewan Division and the H.O.P.E. Learning Centre are very excited to partner with Innovation Credit Union in presenting our weekly Mental Health Bytes.  This partnership is going to have a significant impact on the mental wellness of many members of our communities. Their support is very much appreciated,” said Phyllis O’Connor, Executive Director, H.O.P.E. Learning Center.

Innovation Credit Union supports multiple organizations in various community categories like Education, Sports and Rec, Arts and Culture, Health and Wellness, Poverty, Environment, and Diversity and Inclusion. Innovation members and community members alike told us which category mattered the most to them via an online survey this year. The goal was to donate $5,000 to an organization within the winning category.

The response to the survey was overwhelming and truly a testament to how much community means to people in this province. The survey clearly indicated the importance of ‘Health & Wellness’ with 22% of the votes. Guided by these results, Innovation Credit Union decided to donate $5,000 to the Canadian Mental Health Association – SK Division which was further allocated to the H.O.P.E. Learning Center.

After the donation, Innovation continues to be a sponsor to the Mental Health Bytes project, which is one of H.O.P.E.’s most successful innovations during the pandemic. Every Tuesday, during the noon hours, presentations are made on variety of mental health topics. These sessions are offered at no cost to the registrants. This series is also their most popular offering, where they have already hosted 484 participants, with a 70% retention rate. This virtual course of mental health lunch bytes will cover topics like World Suicide Prevention Day, men’s mental health, and effective team building to ensure a psychologically safe and healthy workplace, to name a few.

“Listening to our community and taking action based on their suggestions is important to us,” says Daniel Johnson, CEO, Innovation Credit Union, “We are committed to doing the right thing for our members and communities with our profits, to ensure social change. We are hopeful of making a difference in the Health & Wellness space through this partnership.”

Innovation Credit Union has been supporting communities across categories like Education, Sports and Rec, Arts and Culture, Health and Wellness, Poverty, Environment, and Diversity and Inclusion. In 2020, despite the challenges faced due to the global pandemic, Innovation invested $504,731 into communities, amounting to 2.13% of pre-tax profits. Their main priority was to continue to support the communities at a time when it was needed most.

October Online Wellness Development Program

FREE but you must pre-register to receive the online link. Email The Hope Learning Centre with any topics you may want to learn about at

Tuesdays from 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

To register, please visit:

Upcoming Events

Oct. 5th

Training Session: Active Aging

Trainer: Jayne Whyte, Mental Health Advocate and Older Adult

Description: In this week for Older Adults, Jayne will look at individual and society’s roles in maintaining physical and social health, and of course, good mental health. We need age-friendly communities. What we do matters.

Oct. 12th

Training Session: Pregnancy & Infant Loss

Trainer: Danielle Cameron, Hope Learning Centre Co-ordinator

Description: We will update this section soon. Please check back closer to the session. 

Oct. 19th

Training Session: Invisible Disabilities

Trainer: Bojana Malinovic, Guest Speaker

Description: We will update this section soon. Please check back closer to the session. 

Oct. 26th

Training Session: Spoken Word

Trainer: Daryl Sauser, Guest Speaker

Description: Daryl will speak on 4 topics in his performance: Growing up with a family disability and dealing with it. English as 2nd language tutoring new Canadians. Dreams and never forgetting them and should time permit, a Q&A  to wrap things up.

About Innovation Credit Union Community Support

Innovation Credit Union is one of the largest Credit Unions in Saskatchewan. We get involved in the communities we serve. This includes everything from volunteering and sponsorships to extending services to communities that other banks fail to serve. We aim to create an environment which supports one another and for this we’re constantly looking for ways to evolve so that we can continue to be the valuable, profitable and meaningful financial partner that our members deserve. We use our profits to make life better for you, our communities, and our world & have donated over $6 million to our communities over the last decade.