Caring Community: Local Credit Union Honors Inspirational People | News


To recognize the people of the region whose kindness is inspiring, InRoads Credit Union asked its members and the entire community to nominate inspiring people.

Many community members were named for their kindness to others and their impact in the community. Three inspired winners took home a special, all-local prize basket filled with goodies from local businesses. The three winners are Mitch Yen-Kastoff, Suzie Dahl and Karen Van Winkle.

Suzie Dahl, one of the three InRoads INspire laureates, was nominated by her daughter Abigail Dahl.

“We have received many inspiring stories from across the community,” said Brooke Van Vleet, President / CEO of InRoads Credit Union. “It was a real inspiration to learn and get to know these amazing people. “

Inspired was how the credit union recognized those who spread kindness and went above and beyond, including volunteering, leadership, or simply sharing their talents with others to make a difference in the community.

Among the many entries, one of the winners was Mitch Yen-Kastoff, who is a local teacher. He inspired and encouraged many teens to complete high school. Suzie Dahl, another winner, is a longtime Columbia County resident whose work for the county as well as volunteering has made a big difference in many lives. Third winner, Karen Van Winkle, not only wears many different hats in her real estate career, but she’s also a tireless volunteer for 4-H and her church, according to a statement from InRoads.

Credit union administrators said they plan to ask for more inspired stories in the years to come.

InRoads Credit Union ( a non-profit, community-driven, member-owned financial cooperative that’s open to anyone who lives, works, attends school, volunteers or loves in Columbia, Clatsop , Cowlitz, Multnomah and Washington counties.


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