Caroline Kathambi Riungu

Caroline Kathambi Riungu

Kenyan tours Island Savings

Hosted by Chemainus branch manager Margaret Christophersen

Kenyan tours Island Savings

It’s a long way from Kenya to here, but 34 year-old Caroline Kathambi Riungu, internal audit manager at the Kenya Policy Society financial cooperative, made the trip and spent ten days touring Island Credit Union branches as part of a Canadian Cooperative Association Woman’s Mentorship Program.

Hosted by Chemainus branch manager Margaret Christophersen, Riungu was here for 10 days learning how to design and implement an ‘enterprise-wide risk management program,’ said Melanie Tromp Hoover, senior manager of communications with Island Savings.

“Each year, the Women’s Mentorship Program brings female credit union leaders from non-OECD countries to Canada for three weeks of working experience, including orientation to North American life and the Canadian credit union system,” Tromp Hoover said.

Riungu has been in her position three years. She arrived here Sept. 24 and spent ten days touring Island Savings branches.

She was “learning about how our organization operates via one-on-one meetings with employees at all levels – everything from learning and development to information technology security issues,” Tromp Hoover said.