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Our Leader Spotlight – Catherine Wark

Manager – Wealth Sales Support, Meridian Credit Union

This series is dedicated to introducing and celebrating the participants of the ACL+ 2021 program. Each week, we will focus on one of our leaders, sharing a little bit about them and what motivates them to explore community leadership in Niagara.

Catherine Wark is a professional in the Financial Services Industry for the last 34 years.  During that time, she has held many positions including Bank Teller, Compliance Officer, Financial Advisor and most recently as a Manager with Meridian Wealth. On the personal side, Yoga is her escape and she enjoy tennis and walking her dogs.

During the early days of her career, Catherine provided sound Financial Advice to a large portfolio of High Value Clients on all Wealth Management, Lending, Small Business, Estates and day to day banking. She took great pride in listening to her clients to ensure she provided them with the products and services that fit their current financial situation, life stage and aligned to their future goals.

Most recently, during her time at Meridian Credit Union, Catherine Wark has had the great opportunity to recruit and develop some of the best people in the Financial field which allowed her to build a highly effective team of engaged individuals.

Catherine also supported the development and execution of key elements of Meridian’s Wealth strategy to position. Meridian is a market leader in Wealth Management by identifying efficiencies and creating new processes to align with our changing business needs.

Why are you personally motivated to explore civic leadership?

To be part of this group and to explore Civic Leadership is very exciting as I am hoping to gain an understanding of how I can make a positive contribution to better the lives of families in Niagara.  

What, in your view, is the most significant issue/opportunity facing our community? Why?

In my opinion poverty is a significant issue in Niagara, it is distressing to know there are families in our community that are living in poverty.  There are children that go to school hungry and don’t have adequate clothing for our seasons, they don’t have access to the basic necessities of life.

 Steps have been taken to support the issue, one that has had an impact is local Companies that have introduced the “living wage’’, however, there is still opportunity to close the gap on this issue.

What individual attributes do you hope to develop or expand upon?

I have been in the financial sector my entire career and I look forward to understanding how leaders in other sectors lead their teams and accomplish departmental goals.  I look forward to learning and collaborating with those in different sectors to enhance and develop my leadership skills and gain insight into how others manage their day-to-day business.

June 29th, 2021