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RayanneRayanne Brennan, President

Rayanne is manager of The Creative Co-op, a full-service marketing agency based in Moncton. She is editor of The Canadian Co-operator, PrimeTime and Off Grid East Coast magazines and contributes to various business and lifestyle publications as a freelance photojournalist. Rayanne draws on decades of experience in print journalism, corporate and government communications, including management of three weekly newspapers, to help clients meet their media relations, public relations and government relations needs. Rayanne also shares her communications skills on a voluntary basis to support non-profit organizations and promote charitable causes in her community. She is past president of the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick, vice-president of the Moncton Chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada and serves on the board of ArtsLink, New Brunswick’s advocacy body for the Province’s arts and culture communities.


ClaireClaire Fanning, Vice President

Claire has been part of the co-op sector since 1974 as a member, director, and employee. Recently retired, she was the NB/PEI District Manager for The Co-operators, where she provided support to teams across the Maritimes, chaired the Co-op Week Committee, taught Co-op Basics to new employees, and represented The Co-operators in the community. An avid volunteer, Claire also serves on the board of OMISTA Credit Union, is a past director of Advance Savings Credit Union and a committee member for the Co-op Centre. A strong believer in youth, she also helped start up and operate a cafeteria worker co-op to provide summer employment for students and was a long time volunteer with the Atlantic Co-op Youth Leadership Program and summer camps. Claire is excited to be a part of the CECNB and to help play a role in building and strengthening the co-op sector in our province.


JoannaBrown copyJoanna Brown, Secretary

Joanna has always been captured by everyday experiences and the vibrancy found in communities, individuals, and nature. These interests have led her to study social geography and environment at the University of Victoria, as well as continually nurture new facilitation and process skills. Since returning to NB, Joanna co-founded the Corn Hill Bicycle Festival, which was a rural educational cycling event for the “average cyclist”, and was also involved in the establishment of La Bikery Co-operative, the first community bicycle centre in New Brunswick. Joanna currently works for the Westmorland Albert Community Inclusion Network Co-operative, an organization that works to reduce poverty by supporting communities in achieving their social innovation projects. Lately, she has been working with her partner on establishing a micro-farm at their home in Memramcook, NB.



RickRichard Vaillancourt, Treasurer

Rick is the CEO of OMISTA Credit Union.  His financial services career spans 38 years, having held various positions in both the banking and Credit Union industries within Atlantic Canada. Rick holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University and an MBA in IT Management from Athabasca University. He is currently completing his Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA), which includes a dissertation titled “Credit Union Mergers: Psychological Contracts & Organizational Trust”. Rick has held seats on several professional committees including Board Director of the Human Resources Association of NB and Board Director/Vice Chair with League Data Limited, provider of data support services to Atlantic Credit Unions. He is currently chair of the NB Credit Union Managers Association.  He has served on various Boards, including Junior Achievement, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, CPPMA and other associations.  Rick was elected in June 2015 and looks forward to working with the CECNB as a Director.


Brian BBrian Boudreau

Brian Boudreau was elected as a Director in June 2013 and immediately accepted a position as the Board Secretary, demonstrating his eagerness to become an integral part of CECNB.  He spent 33 years as an Engineer, Labour Negotiator, and member of safety and pension committees.  Since retiring, Brian has been a tireless volunteer and in addition to being President of the River Road Co-op Food Market, he puts in hundreds of hours each year as the Training Resources Coordinator for the Saint John Volunteer Centre.  He also  volunteers his time as a Community Income Tax Preparer, a Trainer for Volunteer Canada, the Saint John Christmas Exchange, and his local church.  Brian is a strong advocate for co-operatives and says “The Co-operative Enterprise Council is a MUST for our province!  We need to increase awareness of co-ops in our communities and get families and youth more involved”.  Brian’s vast experience in workplace issues and his background in co-operatives make him a valuable asset to CECNB.


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Wayne is a founding Director of CECNB and has nearly 40 years experience working in the community, with the last 15 years spent primarily in the housing co-op industry. He is the Manager of St. Croix Housing Co-op in St. Stephen and Past-President of Brunswick Housing Co-op (BRUNCH) and has a particular passion for housing co-op legislation. In addition to his work with co-ops, Wayne sits on a wide range of boards and committees related to creating healthy communities and families.  When asked how he feels about his involvement with CECNB, Wayne says “I am very pleased with the achievements we’ve made since we first envisioned CECNB in 2007. Our staff and directors are completely dedicated to seeing New Brunswick reach its full economic potential and this is reflected in the growth we have experienced since inception.  Every year our growth has exceeded our expectations and I know we will continue to reach further each and every year.  Co-ops and social enterprises are our future and from where I sit our future looks bright indeed.”


Pat DuffiePat Duffieldld

Pat has a long history in the credit union movement and is currently the President of the Atlantic Central Credit Union, Chair of the CSR Committee and a member om various other committees. Previously a director of the NB Credit Union Central, and a long time director of OMISTA Credit Union, she has held numerous Executive and committee positions including the Amalgamation Committee that helped transition the provincial centrals into a regional body and the N.B. Credit Union Act Review Committee. A life-long learner, Pat has also participated in a variety of courses and training over the years that helped her gain valuable knowledge and skills to make sound decisions. She is an active volunteer with Community Living and the United Way and, prior to her retirement, worked for School District # 2 for 30 years as a School to Work Coordinator. Pat and her husband of 30 years, Michael Duffield, live in Grand Digue and have 2 beautiful children and 5 great grandchildren


Sabine DietzSabine Dietz

Sabine has been working with and for the environmental non-profit sector for over 25 years in varying capacities including program and project development, management, and financial administration. She is worker member of Aster Group, an environmental consulting co-op. Sabine brings with her considerable volunteer experience on Boards, she is currently president of Nature NB, a provincial charitable organization, treasurer of EOS Eco-Energy, a regional non-profit in Tantramar, and part of the finance committee of the NB Environmental Network. She is broadly engaged with a number of ENGO’s working on building the capacity of the sector.


IMG_8352.JPGPaul Bundschuh

Paul has traveled a diversified career path, initially through financial services including private banking and commercial real estate prior to relocating from Ontario with his young family in 1999. In a career pivot since then, he has been in private practice in the Complementary & Alternative Medicine field. During this past decade, his interest in real whole food systems and sound nutrition as the basis for vibrant health has broadened in a passion toward various developments within the evolving local food ecosystem in the Province. He sees not only sustainable but regenerative, innovative food and agricultural systems as being an excellent opportunity for the development of a healthier environment and population in New Brunswick. Elected to the Board in 2015, Paul sees his involvement with CECNB as an opportunity to further support the development of this sector.