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Meridian Credit Union gives Pelham Community Centre its true name

PELHAM – March 8, 2018 – The Town of Pelham is proud to announce that the beautiful new community centre is taking on the name of Meridian Community Centre, thanks to an agreement with Ontario’s largest credit union, headquartered in nearby St. Catharines.

Meridian Credit Union’s gift of $1 million dollars grants them the naming rights of the facility and helps the Town of Pelham reach 90% of their $3 million fundraising goal for the new centre.

Speaking at the official naming announcement, Wade Stayzer, Senior Vice President & Chief Member Experience Officer of Meridian Credit Union, described how they knew the community centre was a good fit.

“Meridian works together with our local communities towards shared goals and a vision of the future,” said Mr. Stayzer. “Our investment in this multi-purpose lifestyle hub will attract 125,000 visitors and residents each year to the Pelham and Niagara area, making it a vibrant, attractive place to live, work and play for generations to come.”

“We are so grateful to Meridian Credit Union and all its members for demonstrating this incredible support,” said Mayor Dave Augustyn. “Over the years, John Wink and his staff at our local Meridian branch have been generous partners in so many different community initiatives. Yet, today’s announcement stands unparalleled in our Town’s history. On behalf of all our citizens, we thank Meridian for your amazing investment in Pelham and all of Niagara.”

As part of the acknowledgement of this generous gift, Pelham Town Council will designate the street immediately north of the community centre as “Meridian Way.”

The capital fundraising campaign for the Meridian Community Centre, which will officially open in the summer of 2018, will continue until all major spaces have been named. This aspect of the campaign should be completed this spring, given this most incredible gift from Meridian Credit Union. Following the capital fundraising campaign, the community fundraising phase will get underway.

It is the goal of the community fundraising phase that every volunteer, resident, and business owner will have an opportunity to contribute to this once-in-a-lifetime project by pledging his or her support to the Meridian Community Centre. Updates and details are available at


Mayor Dave Augustyn
Town of Pelham
905-892-2607 ext. 317

Wade Stayzer
Senior Vice President & Cheif Member Experience Officer,
Meridian Credit Union

Media Contacts

Marc McDonald
PR and Marketing Specialist,
Town of Pelham
905-892-2607 ext. 309

Scott Windsor
Vice President, Corporate Communications,
Meridian Credit Union
416-597-4444 ext. 2668

About the Meridian Community Centre

Opening its doors in 2018, the Meridian Community Centre will serve as a place for residents of all ages to gather and enjoy a wide variety of recreational, social, health and community activities for generations to come. The stunning facility includes adaptable and multi-purpose community rooms, a large activity centre with two full courts, two NHL-sized arenas, an indoor walking track, concession areas, change rooms & washrooms, and an atrium/lobby area. 

About Meridian Credit Union

With over 70 years of banking history, Meridian is Ontario’s largest credit union, helping to grow the lives of its more than 300,000 Members. Meridian has $17 billion in assets under management and delivers a full range of financial services online, by phone, by mobile and through a network of 90 branches across Ontario, and commercial banking services in 11 locations. Meridian Members also have access to THE EXCHANGE® Network, with more than 3,300 no-fee ABMs across Canada and 500,000 ABMs in the United States. For more information, please visit: