The founder and president emeritus of Opportunities Credit Union passed away.
Caryl June Stewart, Founder and President Emeritus of Opportunities Credit Union passed away on Saturday, March 28 after a short illness. She was 85.
In 1989 she founded the Vermont Development Credit Union, now known as Opportunities Credit Union. This position enabled her to combine the qualities of understanding and compassion learned in her work in human services with the creativity and discipline she valued in the private sector. The result was a very individualized process of helping people help themselves by learning to save and manage their money. This was done with the greatest respect and patience within an atmosphere reflected in the motto: We don’t say NO, we say WHEN. Under Caryl’s leadership the credit union won wide recognition including receiving the National Credit Union Association’s Wegner Award for Outstanding Organization in 2005.