At VantageOne, we recognize the importance of Financial Literacy so much so that we actually have a special role dedicated to working with the schools and community groups in our region to improve their financial ability. Meet Kristine Lidstone, Financial Ability Liaison at VantageOne Credit Union.

Kristine started off working for credit unions right out of high school and started her 16 year career with VantageOne as a teller at our Main Branch and has worked in various positions throughout the organization including:

  • Call Centre Representative (now Solutions Centre).
  • As a Member Service Representative (MSR) in Armstrong for the opening of that branch.
  • MSR and Account Manager (for seven years) at the Okanagan Landing Branch in Vernon.
  • And she assisted with the opening of our Peachland branch.

In her role as Account Manager, she became very aware that our younger generation lacked basic knowledge in the area of everyday banking and credit that they needed in order to be successful at managing their own finances. It became her passion to improve the financial ability of those in the local communities and for over 15 years she has helped provide financial educational workshops in the schools and for community organizations in Vernon, Armstrong and area. Kristine’s presentations are informative and fun and specifically tailored to the group she is presenting to, whether it is a Grade One class or Grade 12’s through to young adults and seniors. She is passionate about what she does and in high demand!

When Kristine isn’t at work you will likely find her out in the community walking her dogs, volunteering, watching hockey or enjoying time with her husband, three daughters and two granddaughters.

If you are interested in learning more about Kristine’s presentations and workshops please contact us at:

As of March 2020 – we have gone digital! Reach out to Kristine to learn more about our digital programs.


VantageOne’s Peachland Branch Recognized with the 2019 Excellence in Professional Service and Retail Award by the Peachland Chamber of Commerce

Peachland, B.C. – On October 19, 2019, the Peachland branch of VantageOne Credit Union was recognized with the 2019 Excellence in Professional Service and Retail Award at the Peachland Chamber of Commerce’s 23rd annual Business Excellence Awards. These awards recognize businesses, individuals and non-profit organizations that demonstrate professional excellence, outstanding customer service, entrepreneurship and a passion for the Peachland community.

“We are so thankful to have been recognized by the Peachland Chamber of Commerce with this year’s Excellence in Professional Service and Retail award,” says Lenka Anderson, Member Services Manager at VantageOne’s Peachland Branch. “We have made strong connections with the local community since opening in June 2017 and have built a reputation of being here to serve them as their trustworthy and knowledgeable financial professionals. The VantageOne vision is to provide our members and clients with an “extraordinary experience”, and to receive this award in recognition of our efforts in Peachland, is a great honour.”

“We are thrilled to have our team in Peachland recognized by the community for their dedication and service,” says Glenn Benischek, CEO of VantageOne Credit Union. “Our people are our difference, this is an honour that reinforces the strength of our team and our commitment to the community of Peachland.”

​For more information about the Peachland Chamber of Commerce and the Business Excellence awards, visit


Founded in Vernon in 1944, VantageOne Credit Union has been providing financial services to communities in the Okanagan region for over 75 years. Since that time, we are proud to have become a vital part of the local economy with six branches across the region to serve our membership of over 11,000. We offer products and services ranging from consumer and commercial banking & borrowing solutions, wealth management and equipment leasing. As a proud local credit union with local decision making – we are dedicated to improving the financial ability of our members, clients, employees and communities through providing exceptional service with “a human touch”, advice, education and investment in our communities.

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Apple Pay

Making purchases is easier than ever with your VantageOne Collabria credit card.

Collabria now offers Apple Pay. No matter which way you pay, you will continue to earn eligible rewards, benefits and security.

Easy Checkout

There is no need to get your wallet out at the checkout line as no physical card is required for purchases! Touching your finger to your device lets you check out quickly with your Collabria credit card for both in-store and in-app purchases.

Protect Your Payments

When you use mobile payments, your credit card number is never saved or stored. Instead a token is created, replacing the actual credit card number with a special number for making payments with a one-time use security code. If you ever do have fraud on your card, you’re protected with Zero Liability protection.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Apple Pay?
Apple Pay offers an easy, secure and private way to pay on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac. Collabria credit cards can be used with Apple Pay to pay on the go at merchants who accept contactless payments, in participating apps and on the web. Apple Pay will provide real-time notifications and details for your purchases when you use Apple Pay on iPhone or iPad.

Which cards and devices can use Apple Pay?
All Collabria credit cards are available for use with Apple Pay.

To use Apple Pay in-store, you must have an iPhone 6 or later or an Apple Watch that is paired with an iPhone 5 or later. To use Apple Pay for in-app payments, you must have an Apple Watch, iPhone SE, iPhone 6 or later, or iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 or later. You can also use Apple Pay on the web on supported iPhones, iPads or Macs.

Click here for the complete list of frequently asked questions or visit the Apple website.

Additional resources from Apple:

Collabria Apple Pay Terms and Conditions.