November 23, 2017
Jessica Brandon-Jepp, Government Relations and Advocacy Advisor, Canadian Credit Union Association
CCUA is always looking for feedback to keep improving the services it provides member credit unions. The Government Relations Forum and Hike the Hill are no exception.
Here's some of what participants told us in our post-event survey:
- 91% said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the Forum and 98% said they would recommend the event to a colleague;
- 99% indicated they got the greatest value from the Forum's panel on federal policy issues;
- 91% said they were satisfied or very satisfied with Hike the Hill and 93% said they would participate again;
- 59% indicated they would be in favour of receiving the advocacy binder material electronically - about the same as the response in 2016;
- And 88% indicated that the Forum prepared them very well for their Hike meetings.
- Over 130 advocates attended advocacy and policy presentations on Monday, followed by a record breaking 132 legislator meetings on the Tuesday.
One participant said, "This event is a great opportunity to develop relationships with CU colleagues while advocating on important issues. You can see the impact of such a large-scale advocacy day. I feel like I made a difference in advancing the system."
CCUA has heard anecdotally from legislators who were very impressed with the knowledge and expertise of advocates who met with them, and they stated that they felt that the meetings enabled them to better understand the unique challenges and opportunities facing the credit union system.
Feedback from the survey of this year’s participants will be incorporated to ensure next year’s event as is effective as possible.
On behalf of the CCUA team, we want to thank all of this year's Hike the Hill participants for travelling to the capital to stand up for Canada's credit unions. We hope to see you again next year.