The mother of NZCU Employees
Known by many members as the ‘mother of NZCU Employees’ Sheryl Eddy was honoured at this year’s AGM for 20 years of service to the credit union. The no-nonsense grandmother of five is often the first face people see when they walk into the branch, and she’s always willing to help.
Board member and deputy chairman Stuart Rattenbury presented Sheryl with a bouquet of flowers in acknowledgement of her fantastic service at the AGM.
“Sheryl’s been the face of the credit union for 20 years,” he said.
“Her face is the first people see when they walk in the door if they’re lucky.”
Sheryl is someone people enjoy coming across when they come to the credit union, and it immediately becomes apparent why when you meet her.
An embodiment of NZCU Employee’s mission, ‘taking the struggle out of finance’ Sheryl has spent her 20 years ensuring everyone that walks through the doors of the credit union feels welcomed.
The appreciation was seen and felt in the way members cheered and clapped as Sheryl accepted her flowers at the AGM.
Ida Thomas, a retired Fletchers employee and NZCU member, took the floor to give her appreciation.
“I’ve known this lady for many years, I call her the mother of credit unions,” Ida said to an eruption of cheers, “she’s part of what makes NZCU Employees feel like whanau in how she treats everyone with respect.”
“We are very lucky and blessed to have her.”
There was no shortage of messages from members about Sheryl.
Tim Edwards, who has known Sheryl since she started, says he couldn’t appreciate her help and thank her enough, from the bottom of his heart.
“My family all know her, she helped us get a car.”
Mr Niu agreed, congratulating Sheryl on her 20 years, “she always welcomes us and takes care of the members.”
“She deserves to be appreciated,” says Ravuama Vunakace who says she’s been like a mum to him for the past 20 years.
“She’s kind hearted and friendly but at the same time if you’re doing something wrong she’ll tell you,” said Tony Kempson who’s also known Sheryl for the past 20 years.
“Sheryl’s probably the only woman that can tell you the name of 99% of the members without looking it up- she’s on a first name basis with everyone.
“When she leaves we’re really going to miss her.”