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Alterna Savings wishes to extend congratulations to Gary Hawton, President of OceanRock Investments Inc., who was recently presented with the Canadian SRI Distinguished Service Award at the Social Investment Organization ("SIO") annual conference.

In addition to this honour, Mr. Hawton was also appointed to the board of the SIO as President after serving several years in other executive positions on the board of the organization. Both the award and the appointment are a testament to his outstanding leadership and extensive contributions to socially responsible investing ("SRI").

Among his many accomplishments in the SRI industry, Mr. Hawton is best known as the founding CEO of Meritas SRI Funds, now a division of OceanRock Investments. With Meritas Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Funds, he has been at the forefront of investment creation vehicles that deliver a focused, goal-oriented portfolio for Canadian investors, while enabling them to actualize important issues through their portfolio choices. Mr. Hawton and the OceanRock team have assembled a unique SRI fund family, spanning the widest array of environmental, social and governance issues in Canada, including being the only SRI fund family in Canada with an ongoing commitment to investing in community development, or micro finance.

Alterna's Key Partners

Qtrade and OceanRock are key partners of Alterna Savings, providing members with professional financial planning and advice, mutual funds, and socially responsible investment choices. "We're proud to have strong financial allies in Qtrade and Ocean Rock Investments, a bond that’s made even stronger by the alignment of our social and community development interests", stated John Lahey, President & CEO of Alterna Savings.

For a glimpse into the great work Mr. Hawton has been doing with SRI and shareholder advocacy, listen to his recent interview with Anna Maria Tremonti on CBC’s The Current.

Alterna Savings is a full-service, member-focused, and community-based credit union that operates in the National Capital Region and the Greater Toronto Area. Guided by a commitment to support the well-being of members, employees and communities, Alterna offers a broad range of financial products and services to over 100,000 members. Learn about the Alterna Savings difference at www.alterna.ca

For more information:
Pamela Stewart, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Alterna Savings,
416.252.5625 x7703, pamela.stewart@alterna.ca