Kelowna based HR professional wins the 2019 Chartered Professionals in HR Rising Star Award

KELOWNA, B.C. – Miranda Birkbeck, a Kelowna-based HR Advisor from First West Credit Union was recently named the winner of the 2019 Rising Star Award by the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) of British Columbia & Yukon. This prestigious award recognizes young HR trailblazers who are making significant contributions to the industry.

Birkbeck was selected as the 2019 award recipient out of three finalists in recognition of her innovative contributions to First West, which helped to elevate the organization’s human resources programs and practices. Notably, through Birkbeck’s efforts in research, analysis and use of new tools and processes, she was integral in helping First West trim a time savings of 618 hours annually in HR administration.

“I'm very honoured to receive the 2019 Rising Star Award so early in my career and it sets the bar very high for my future goals,” shares Birkbeck. “It's an incredible time to be in HR. There are so many opportunities to showcase how putting people first can elevate your organization. The future is bright and I look forward to continuing to grow, learn, and share these practices with others.”

“On behalf of everyone at CPHR BC & Yukon, I’d like to once again congratulate Miranda on winning the 2019 Rising Star Award”, says Anthony Ariganello, CEO and president of CPHR BC & Yukon. “Her speech during the award presentation truly was memorable and a testament as to how much she cares about the people she works with every day at First West Credit Union.”

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About First West Credit Union
First West Credit Union offers members the financial strength, comprehensive product selection and extended branch network of a large financial institution while maintaining local brand identities and a unique grassroots approach to service. Led by Launi Skinner, First West is British Columbia’s third-largest credit union with $10 billion in assets, nearly 250,000 members and more than 1,700 employees. It operates 52 branches throughout the province under the Envision Financial, Valley First, Enderby & District Financial and Island Savings brands. Visit for more information on First West Credit Union.


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