Barry Delaney, CEO of Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union. (Photo contributed)

Your Shuswap with Barry Delaney

Find out what people in your community love about the Shuswap and Salmon Arm

The Salmon Arm Observer is looking to hear more from our community members and is interested in finding out what they love about Salmon Arm and the Shuswap.

We are profiling different residents for our community section, by asking them to answer a list of questions about Salmon Arm and the Shuswap and why they think it is so great.

This week we are profiling Barry Delaney.

The Delaney family moved to Salmon Arm two years ago from Abbotsford so Barry could take up the position as SASCU’s CEO. He brought along five of their seven children and quickly filled up the schools, he jokes.

Delaney has spent more than 30 years in banking and have lived in places like Chicago, Montreal and Toronto.

He adds, “For one brief year after university, I worked for the Lego toy company in Denmark in their marketing department. This is the only professional achievement of which my children are proud.”

Find out what Delaney thinks about his new community.

When someone says ‘the Shuswap’ what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

Quality of life. One can enjoy a professional challenge at work and enjoy a short commute with all of the outdoor recreation opportunities offered here. We are a family that enjoys camping, hiking, snow shoeing, skiing and swimming. What a great place.

If you could change or improve one thing about your community what would it be?

I would like to change the myth that people only move here to retire. That is no longer true. For the past three years we have seen the student enrolments growing in both the schools and at our local college. At SASCU, we are seeing lots of young families starting a life here and they are adding a vibrancy which I love. The new normal is that Salmon Arm is attracting young families at its fastest pace ever.

What’s your favourite local company?

I have three and they are first, the Shuswap Community Theatre. I know they are not a company but they add such a great flavor to our community along with our vibrant art gallery. Second, my favourite store is called “On Alex,” a terrific place with lots of local gift ideas and interesting Canadian items and third, SASCU (of course). We are the Shuswap’s very own financial institution that has been here for 71 years and has a great story.

What are the top three places you would recommend that tourists visit when they are in Salmon Arm?

I always enjoy taking visitors to the Shuswap Pie Company as it is truly a unique Salmon Arm experience. We also like to take guests on a hike to Siphon Falls and walk the Gayle Creek Loop. There is rope there that the older kids can use to climb higher. And of course Canoe Beach where we can go for an hour or two and enjoy weather.

What do you see for the community in 20 years?

As the Chair of the Brand Leadership Project for Salmon Arm, I have been interested to learn about our amazing high-tech companies doing everything from robotics to software development. Who knew?

We are so lucky as a community to have a great college campus, a quality hospital, a good airport, and more technology firms per capita than any other community in B.C. In 20 years I would love for Salmon Arm to be known as a technology centre and a great place to raise a family.

We are looking to profile as many community members as possible. If you would like to be profiled or if you would like to nominate someone please click on this link and fill out the questionnaire.

Just Posted

Salmon Arm youth eyes national event in meeting with Justin Trudeau

Friendship Day founder Brody Paton shares vision for national event with prime minister

Salmon Arm RCMP arrest man suspected of using stolen credit cards

The man was taken into custody while driving a stolen car

Process limits greenhouse gas escape at Salmon Arm Landfill

Fortis BC uses converted biogas to fuel between 300 and 500 homes

City staff find reduction to tax increase

Salmon Arm council opts to stick with 3.3 per cent hike, expecting impact from parcel tax review

CSRD board educated on dangers of radon gas by experts

Revelstoke mayor shares account of health risks associated with gas exposure

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

B.C. chief says they didn’t give up rights for gas pipeline to be built

Hereditary chief: no elected band council or Crown authority has jurisdiction over Wet’suwet’en land

Condo rental bans may be on way out with B.C. empty home tax

Many exemptions to tax, but annual declarations required

UPDATE: B.C. boy, aunt missing for three days

The pair are missing from Kamloops

Daredevil changes game plan to jump broken White Rock pier

Brooke Colby tells council daredevil event would help boost waterfront business

Liberal bows out of byelection after singling out Jagmeet Singh’s race

Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background

Truck hauling compressed gas for ‘virtual pipeline’ crashes on B.C. highway

Driver charged and highway closed for nine hours - containers did not rupture

Salmon Arm Silverbacks add forward Jack Sampson to the bench

Power-forward brings an imposing frame, tough physical presence to the team

Most Read