Raymond F. Hopkins
A former banker and teacher, Raymond F. Hopkins was instrumental in the growth of the Credit Union movement in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Originally from Bishop’s Falls, Mr. Hopkins began his working life in 1959 as a teacher. In 1961, he joined the staff of a Canadian chartered bank and occupied several positions, up to and including the branch manager level.
In 1973, he was appointed General Manager of the Newfoundland Teachers’ Association Credit Society Ltd. Under his leadership, the organization has seen substantial growth – evolving from an asset base of $1.5 million into the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union (NLCU) with 18,500 members, 12 branch locations and almost a quarter of a billion
dollars in assets.
Under his leadership, NLCU has been named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 101 Companies and one of the Top 10 Best Companies to Work for in Atlantic Canada by Progress magazine. In 2004, Atlantic Business magazine named him one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada.
In addition to his work with various professional organizations related to credit unions across the province and the country, Mr. Hopkins is very involved with community activities. He is a former President of the Red Cross, Newfoundland and Labrador Division and served on the organization’s national Board of Directors. He is also a regular blood donor, having given over 110 blood donations. In 2003, Mr. Hopkins received the Order of the Red Cross for his countless hours of volunteerism and dedication.