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Lean
April 15, 2014

3 ways leaders can help sustain a Lean culture

It’s now year four of the Lean journey at First West. I remember the excitement and buzz in the first year of Lean, when everyone saw the possibilities it held. But as often happens with any shiny new object, Lean became part of the norm in its second year at First West, so we focused on delivering results by training our teams and creating process improvements. In year three, significant emphasis was on equipping...

 
Lean
April 15, 2014

3 ways leaders can help sustain a Lean culture

It’s now year four of the Lean journey at First West. I remember the excitement and buzz in the first year of Lean, when everyone saw the possibilities it held. But as often happens with any shiny new object, Lean became part of the norm in its second year at First West, so we focused on delivering results by training our teams and creating process improvements. In year three, significant emphasis was on equipping...

April 8, 2014

Four actions we took to dramatically grow our membership

With First West’s 2013 performance now in the books, we’re reflecting on another year of growth in our membership: four per cent net membership growth this year, with an average growth of five per cent since 2011—or 19,000 net new members.  For many years prior, we...

April 4, 2014

Get all our financial and business highlights in the First West 2013 online annual report. Inside, you'll find:

  • Message from the Board Chair and the CEO
  • Presidents' messages and regional reports
  • Performance scorecard
  • Management's discussion and analysis
  • Financial statements
  • First West Foundation and community highlights
  • Employee highlights

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Model
April 1, 2014

On April 1, 2014, Enderby & District Financial (Enderby Financial) celebrated its one anniversary as part of First West Credit Union, one of the province’s leading financial cooperatives.

Over the past 12 months, Enderby Financial members and the Enderby region have seen numerous times the benefits of the First West model, which preserves its regional brands’ names, local leadership and community connections while providing the support and strength offered by being...

March 13, 2014

by Jason Brown & David Kropp

For credit unions, there is clearly no time like the present to rethink our business in the Google age

After more than 80 years of publication, the final issue of the Kamloops Daily News rolled off the printing presses in January. According to the once well-read newspaper’s owners, the decision to shut down Kamloops’ only...