Canterbury Surrey Hills Community Finance Ltd

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Canterbury, Ashburton, Surrey Hills and Balwyn Community Bank® branches are built on the philosophy of giving back to the communities that support us. Our business contributes to the success of the local community by helping its members through sponsorships and grants.
By simply banking with us, you contribute to your local community.

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Latest Community Projects

On the road with Camcare

Chairman Juliann Byron and Senior Manager Nick Coker representing the Ashburton Community Bank® branch joined staff and volunteers at Camcare at their recent Christmas gathering. Camcare play a crucial role in our community supporting people through times of adversity including unemployment, ill health, financial stress and hardship, relationship difficulties, homelessness and security issues. We are pleased to have been able to provide funds to allow Camcare to purchase a motor vehicle for use by staff and volunteers.

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Music Festival in Surrey Hills

The Surrey Hills Community Bank® branch is a proud major sponsor of the Surrey Hills Music Festival. Held in November, the main event day was blessed with glorious sunshine and a large crowd enjoyed a huge variety of music and great food offered by local Union Rd traders. We have a strong relationship with the Festival organising committee and have provided support of more than $27,000 to this event over
recent years.

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Celebrating $3 million in Community Contributions

The Annual General Meeting of Canterbury Surrey Hills Community Finance was recently held at the Evergreen Centre in Balwyn. Shareholders and representatives from our community groups, joined Directors and staff from the Canterbury, Ashburton, Balwyn and Surrey Hills Community Bank® branches to celebrate the $3 million milestone. The four Community Bank® branches have provided more than $3 million back to the local community in sponsorship, grants and incentives through the Community Investment Program.

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Team effort supporting local events

The team of Managers (from left Adam Osmani-Balwyn, Kathy Koulouris- Ashburton, Maggie Stamoulis- Surrey Hills, Casey Etherton-Canterbury and Business Development Manager Nick Azar) from our four Community Bank® branches were all on hand in preparation for the Kris Kindl event in Canterbury. The team works closely together to support community events in all local areas. They have a shared commitment to continuing the great work that has been achieved to date to grow banking business and deliver contributions back to the Community.

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Kris Kindl- bringing the community together

Maling Road was full of festive cheer at the Annual Kris Kindl Festival. A sunny summer evening provided the perfect setting for people to enjoy all the activities and culinary indulgences on offer. We are proud to be a major sponsor of this event. Piggy made a special appearance and together with Canterbury Community Bank® branch Manager Casey Etherton a cheque for $5,000 was presented to the Maling Road Business Association President Nicola Bergelin.

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Grant for Hawthorn Community Gardens

The Hawthorn Community Gardens operate at two sites in Hawthorn, encouraging organic vegetable gardening and the opportunity for members of the community to engage. We are pleased to have provided a grant to this group for the installation of a rain water harvesting system to fill the existing water tanks. Casey Etherton, Manager Canterbury Community Bank® Branch and Senior Manager, Nick Coker recently attended a Christmas celebration and presented a cheque in recognition of our support.

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Kindergarten benefits from community banking

Kathy Koulouris, Manager from the Ashburton Community Bank® branch recently attended the Rowen St Kindergarten to present a cheque to the Committee President. We provided support for the Annual Rowen Street fun day held in October and an incentive payment for a kindergarten family who has recently taken out a home loan with the Ashburton Community Bank® Branch.

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Ashburton United Soccer Club Presentation Night

Director, Bob Stensholt represented the Ashburton Community Bank® at the Ashburton United Soccer Club’s Senior Presentation night. The presentation night also recognised the contribution of the Club President, David Teagle who has been involved with the club for 16 years as a coach, committee member and President. The Ashburton Community Bank® is a proud sponsor of the Ashburton United Soccer Club and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership.

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Supporting children to reach their full potential

We are very proud to support Learning for Life Autism Centre in Balwyn. The centre aims to assist children with autism to reach their full potential regardless of their financial circumstances. Adam Osmani and Dot Tamburrini from the Balwyn Community Bank® branch recently presented Mary Muirhead from Learning for Life with a $5,500 cheque to support their annual fundraising ball.

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Supporting the Swinburne Student Leadership Centre

Canterbury Surrey Hills Community Finance is very proud to be a sponsor of the Swinburne University Student Leadership Centre (SSLC). The SSLC has been developed by students, to promote and develop the leadership of students. It has a community focus on promoting innovative, ethical, sustainable and responsible leadership. Their vision is to assist students to develop leadership skills, providing them with a platform to share their knowledge with the broader community. Juliann Byron, Chairman of Canterbury Surrey Hills Community Finance and Nick Coker, Senior Manager recently attended the launch of the program. Juliann was part of a panel presentation discussing ‘Leadership of Tomorrow’.

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