A new dawn, that was.
The sun was shining, the sky was clear and the sky seemed to be starting to look a lot like the ones we all remember from summers past.
A new dawn.
Sunrise Credit Union, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, is located on the border of Vancouver and Prince George, BC.
“It’s going to be really special,” says Credit Union President Scott Hildebrandt.
Credit Union was formed in 2006 by Scott Hildreth, who was a lifelong outdoorsman who began to explore the world in search of adventures.
Since its inception, Credit Union has become the go-to destination for backpackers and adventurers looking to spend some time on the slopes of the highest mountain in North America.
In 2016, Credit Unions first began accepting credit cards, and by 2018, it had opened its doors to residents of the city of Prince George as well.
That was only the beginning.
In 2017, Hildebrands father, John, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
John, who is an avid snowboarder and mountain biker, was forced to give up his dream of getting out on the mountains for a while and was forced into a very difficult decision.
John was not prepared to give his son up.
“If I let my son go, I’m just going to die,” John said.
Hildebrandts family had invested in John’s company, CreditUBC, and he was ready to make that sacrifice.
On the morning of August 2nd, 2017, John was admitted to a hospital in Vancouver with the news that he had cancer.
When the news of John’s diagnosis was announced, credit union employees were quick to react.
People began to gather at the Credit Union at sunrise to celebrate the fact that John Hildebrets son, Scott Hildabrandt, had passed away.
Over the course of the next two weeks, CreditUnion employees gathered at sunrise each day to offer hugs and prayers to John and his family.
Many people started to cry, many shared photos of themselves on Facebook, and many, including John, took photos and posted them on social media.
For the next week, the sun began to shine again.
At 8:40am, Hildrenbrandt received the news and was told he had been diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer.
He was told that he would die within two weeks.
John, a former snowboard instructor and mountain climber, passed away on September 8, 2017 at the age of 80.
John Hildreyt, Scott’s father, passed on September 9, 2017.
What a time to be alive.
We lost a brother.
Thank you for all your support.