Janet TaylorJanet Taylor

At Libro shared values drive us, from our Owners right through to the Board and management. As an organization everything we do is focused on our Why. Following along the path of Simon Sinek and Start with Why, we involved our staff, directors and Owner Representatives in creating our Why, How and What statements post-merger in 2014. We are personally invested in our Why and it appeals to many in the community who later become involved with our credit union. We may disagree on certain points but as long as we focus on Why Libro exists we will follow the right path.

We also have very strong group norms. In fact, the board took time last year to discuss group norms in the boardroom. These are being woven into every interaction as well as more formal things like the code of conduct. This helps us know how we should behave.

Shared values, group norms and strong culture are what keep us moving forward. I have heard us called a cult by some. I take that to mean that we do in fact have the values, norms and culture we’re looking for; it just isn’t right for everyone.


“I thoroughly enjoyed the Good Governance Matters course offered by Co-operatives First. The course provided a solid background on governance generally and specific examples of good governance practices in co-operatives. It is uncommon to find governance training specific to co-operatives so this was refreshing.”

Janet Taylor (Corporate Secretary)

Libro Credit Union

“The Good Governance Matters Course was a valuable course. I shared it with the [Arctic Co-operatives Limited] Senior Leadership Team. If it ever comes up again, I highly recommend others to take it.”

Mary Nirlungayuk (Corporate Secretary and Vice-President, Corporate Services)

Arctic Co-operatives Limited

“The online course, Good Governance Matters was very informative, easy to navigate and discussed issues relevant to our needs as a Board of Directors. This course is a great tool for boards to build their knowledge to become strong, strategic boards.”

Lori Sanders (President)

Sherwood Co-op

“This course has greatly increased my understanding of what good governance could/should look like and how each part (boards, management, members) plays a vital role in the co-operative’s success.”


“This course was highly enjoyable, and relevant to working in not only the co-op space, but with any group that needs to make decisions.”