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November 20, 2014

Not too long ago, I motored through town with a carload of coworkers on our way to a meeting with a community food bank. The crew of white-collar banker-types I was wheeling around wanted to meet this partner and I was only too happy to oblige and arrange the introduction. While we were stopped at a traffic light not too far from our destination, my car mates noticed a line was forming—one that snaked its way down the block. First they thought it was a sale at a big box store, but as...

November 14, 2014

Duncan, B.C. and Langley B.C. (Nov. 14, 2014) — After six weeks of information-sharing, public meetings and thoughtful conversation, Island Savings members have approved by majority a special resolution that will see the organization join First West Credit Union on January 1, 2015.

“This ‘yes’ from our members is really a vote for the continued success of Island Savings and for the cooperative roots that our credit union was founded on more than 60 years ago,...

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...

September 8, 2014

Growing leaders, growing business is what it’s all about for SVP Loree Gray

Loree Gray’s notion of downtime often includes exercising her green thumb. On any given sunny Sunday, you’re likely to find First West’s senior vice president of operations puttering around in her garden, watering, pruning, weeding. Growing a healthy garden can make for tough, sometimes tedious, work, but Loree loves the challenge. Frankly, it’s in her nature to...

August 27, 2014

3 reasons Lean does team and project work better

Two-way communication. Silo-busting. Collaboration. How to work effectively as a team and the value of teamwork have received some heavy treatment in business literature over the last few decades. Maybe you’ve read books and blogs on the subject, or watched TED Talks and taken part in teambuilding events as organizations have embraced new approaches to effective teamwork. It’s perhaps no surprise then to...

August 26, 2014

Mentorship program reveals ocean of possibilities for Zimbabwe co-operative leader

By Leslie Castellani, VP Communications & Public Relations

In May, less than two weeks after landing in Ottawa, Canada, Martha Maziva emerged from the arrivals gate at Vancouver International Airport. Her first impression of Canadians—“Everyone is so nice and helpful”—was quickly put to the test as we searched for her luggage...