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April 18, 2017

Business Development Manager Dave Campbell reflects on the importance of personal relationships in banking.

Remember when your branch manager could sign for your passport application? That was a time when your banker was more than just a trusted advisor—you considered them a close family friend.

In modern day banking, it’s rare to have a personal relationship with our financial advisors—we’re much more interested in our relationship with...

March 8, 2017
Women of the First West executive team. Left to right, Loree Gray (Sr. VP, Insurance), Leslie Castellani (VP, Strategic Initiatives & Corporate Affairs), Launi Skinner (Chief Executive Officer), Liz Bailey-Connor (Sr. VP, People Services), Shelley Besse (Chief Operating Officer)

First West CEO Launi Skinner on International Women’s Day

"Today, more than ever, our world needs leaders of courage, integrity...

February 16, 2017

The other day I read an article from CBC News about fighting back against rising bank fees. I’ll be honest: it made me irritated.

The latest move by one of the big five mammoth banks was to raise the monthly fee on four of their personal banking accounts by $1. It seems like the banks continue finding ways to increase their shareholder profits year after year, at the expense of their customers....

February 3, 2017

When I look back on 2016, I’m really proud of all the great things that First West and our employees have done in our communities.

Last year was a big one. We took major strides in reducing hunger particularly among vulnerable children and families. A notable milestone was the launch of The Full Cupboard, our signature cause, to communities in Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands. First West Credit Union indirectly helps all of B.C.’s 99 food banks...