Member Testimonial

Name:  Peter Atkinson

Member Since:  2004

Profile:  Peter is an accomplished entrepreneur; president of both Atkinson Irrigation and Batteaux Creek Golf Club.  Atkinson Irrigation has worked with some of the most prestigious Golf and Country Clubs in Ontario like Angus Glen Golf Club, St. Georges Golf & Country, and Toronto Golf Club.   Atkinson Irrigation has been providing quality installations and services to the Canadian Golf Industry since 1993.  They pride themselves on the vast array of services they provide from irrigation to fusion services.  Batteaux Creek Golf Club opened in 2002 and has been owned and operated since its inception by the Atkinson family. The course has grown and matured over the last ten years and will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary in the 2012 season.  The Club has been recognized by Golf Digest Magazine as a “Best Places to Play” in 2008/2009. Batteaux Creek maintains close ties to the community with numerous charitable donations to various fundraising groups like ‘Breaking Down Barriers’.  –

Personal:  Peter is married with two children.  He and his wife are not only partners in life but also in business as they jointly own Batteaux Creek Golf Club.  Peter and his sons are avid golfers and play as often as they can.  In the off season, Peter can be found coaching his sons Hockey team and preparing his course for the upcoming golf season.

The PACE difference:    In 2004 Peter decided to make PACE Credit Union his primary financial institution for his business.  He created a long term partnership with PACE over the years which has supported him to expand and improve his business.   Peter is impressed with the attention he receives as a PACE member.   “I truly consider PACE to be a partner in my business.  There is always someone completely familiar with my situation available to assist, plus key decision makers are very accessible.  I feel like I have a responsive ally with me which gives me the confidence to grow my business.  You just don’t have this type of relationship at a Bank.”  – Peter Atkinson

From the Desk of Your CEO

On the world stage, Canada appears to be ahead of most other countries when it comes to having its fiscal house in order. Although we have not yet had to face the severe measures such as those in Europe, we must acknowledge that our own economy is not without its weaknesses. We see Ontario’s rising public debt and government-proposed cutbacks across the country. It is a time to be thoughtful about how we spend our hard-earned dollars and what action we are taking to reduce debt and get our finances in order. 

It’s important to think globally and act locally. What does that mean? It means to consider the bigger picture before deciding to take on huge personal debt. If you think a low-rate mortgage is affordable today, what will things look like five or ten years from now at renewal time? Will municipal taxes have increased? You can be certain that by then you will be paying much more for such necessities as hydro, gas and even groceries. What would a jump in mortgage rate do to your bottom line then? And where would you stand if your company froze wages or started downsizing? Minimizing personal debt should become a priority enabling you to weather any storm and allowing you to continue uninterrupted with your wealth-building strategies.

PACE Credit Union has always supported our members by helping educate and assist them in making critical life decisions such as debt management. On a corporate level we operate within a risk management framework that enables us to responsibly evaluate and control our fiscal house on a timely basis. Let us do the same for you to ensure your family finances can withstand difficult times.  Our Personal Account Managers are experienced experts who will guide you through your debt management helping you to keep interest costs low and pay off your debt in a timely manner.

 Larry Smith, President & CEO

Welcome to PACE Credit Union Member Central!

Welcome! We would like to introduce you to PACE Credit Union’s Social Networks!  Member Central is our Social Media hub for all PACE Credit Union information and links.  As well as having this blog, we have joined Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn. 

‘Like Us.  Follow Us.  Watch Us.  Connect with Us.’

We are very excited to announce the beginning of our social media sites.  We have a lot planned and look forward to connecting on a new level with our members and non-members.  We encourage you to ask questions and we will provide you with the answer and the most knowledgeable resources.  We will give helpful financial tips and support you to become well-informed when dealing with your finances.   As well, we will be posting about community events that we support and are involved in along with pictures and videos from each.  Most of all, we want you to know that we are here for you and the community. 

Welcome everyone!