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September 19, 2018

As a credit union and a cooperative, giving back to our communities is such a significant part of what we do. Our holistic approach to community giving goes well beyond the dollars and cents; we know that to make a true difference, it’s also about getting involved. This is why our credit union leaders are active in lending their skills towards community causes—an initiative we fondly call Lead Well—which helps lift up our neighbourhoods to make them better places to live....

March 14, 2018

Over the last decade, we’ve seen a shift in our interpretation of the word “innovation.”

Now more than ever, innovation is used solely in reference to technology. When we hear the word, we assume that another millennial billionaire has created the next “big thing”—a new app that rates the latest craft beers, or a life-changing tech gadget that you can’t live another moment without. Even popular TV shows like Dragon’s Den, that match...

January 4, 2018

First West’s senior manager of community investment reflects on a year of celebrating volunteerism through Simple Generosity and looks ahead to 2018.

January always evokes a feeling of new beginnings for me, like I’m on the cusp of something big that’s just about to begin. 2018 will be an important year for us at First West—we have a number of significant programs and initiatives coming up to support and better our communities.

But I...

November 17, 2017

Every October, amidst the cooling temperatures and falling leaves, employees across First West Credit Union roll up their sleeves and lend a helping hand to community organizations as part of Make a Difference Days. This annual community service program enables and encourages employees to take time out of their work day to give back and get involved with a local non-profit organization.

Since first launched at...

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...

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...