Cara Watmough

Cara is senior advisor of talent acquisition at First West.

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November 17, 2016

By Seline Kutan

Several years ago, I was asked to visit a Canadian Mental Health Association program funded by the First West Foundation. During the visit, I was introduced to a young woman who wanted to thank me personally for supporting the Youth Supper Club because it had such a positive impact on her life. She expressed how alone she felt in her struggles with mental illness before joining the club but that through the program she had since met many others who...

 
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October 28, 2016

Everyone knows the expression “good people are hard to find,” but if you’ve ever run a business or managed people, you know good people are even harder to keep. When you have ambitious talent eager to take on more responsibility, a smaller organization may simply not be able to compete with a larger one in terms of the opportunities it can provide.

This comes with a cost. Research shows that companies, on average, spend 18 months’ salary to replace a manager or...

August 22, 2016

A couple of years ago, First West Insurance made the decision to move from four disparate insurance broker management platforms to a unified state-of-the-art system from Applied Systems. To say the project was complex is an understatement—the massive conversion completely changed how employees in three different regions did their jobs and served their clients. Companies often approach these projects with a sole focus on data verification and logistics, but that singular focus risks...

 
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June 22, 2016

How Lean makes a difference in service-based business

Time is money in any industry. The credit union system is no exception.

Some time ago at First West, we became acutely aware of the value of our time and how it’s best spent serving and creating value for our members. In an industry where member experience and satisfaction are often differentiators, organizations are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to gain a competitive edge and...

 
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October 13, 2015

Following a recently conducted process to downsize from 15 to 12 directors, First West Credit Union director Michael Brydon has chosen to leave the board effective October 7, 2015 and directors Terry Enns and Stewart Ladyman will complete their service to the board at the conclusion of the credit union’s 2016 annual general meeting.

The board grew to 15 directors on January 1, 2015 when three former Island Savings Credit Union directors were appointed to the First West board as...

 
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September 18, 2014

Strong majority of Island Savings employees indicate in recent employee engagement survey that senior leaders at Island Savings are positioning the credit union for long-term success

Island Savings and First West Credit Union today announced they are moving forward with next steps in their proposed merger.

As a democratically-led cooperative, Island Savings members must vote on special resolutions before the organizations can legally come together at year-end...