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November 23, 2017

Ilka Bene, senior HR business partner with First West, was the 2017 recipient of the prestigious HR Professional of the Year, an honour bestowed by Chartered Professionals in Human Resources, B.C. and Yukon chapter. Here she reflects on learnings from the experience.

I’ve chosen to work for an organization that understands the value...

September 27, 2017

“If only I had access to better-quality information and in-depth analysis through which I could better understand my organization’s people-related strengths, challenges and trends.”

“If only I could pinpoint the exact source of a particular human resources problem in order to choose the right solution.”

“If only I knew which people-related questions to ask.”

Sound familiar? If you’re a human resources professional...

October 6, 2016
This past summer, First West Credit Union’s Chief Operating Officer, Shelley Besse travelled to Mexico where she traded in a good book and her beach umbrella for a hammer and nails, and her sandals for work boots, all in an effort to make a meaningful difference for one deserving family by building them a new home.
Shelley shares her experiences, and a valuable takeaway, below: 
Instead of a...
July 28, 2016

First West’s Lisa Verwolf reflects on hosting credit union leader from Ghana

Every year, they come to Canada from countries like Kenya, Myanmar, the Philippines and Nepal with determination to ma

ke their credit unions back home better for those they serve, employees and members alike. These credit union leaders are participating in the Women’s Mentorship Program developed by the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Co-operative...

March 30, 2016

Local business icon Shelley Besse celebrates remarkable 30-year career with the same organization

In a dynamic job market where an increasing number of Canadians hop between employers, it’s rare to encounter an individual whose career spans more than three decades with the same organization. For a senior-level executive, it’s even more unusual.

But Shelley Besse is not your average senior-level executive.

The long-time Fraser Valley resident...

November 24, 2015

If someone asked you why your credit union matters, what would you tell them? How would you articulate it?

That’s the question poignantly posed on social media this fall by Credit Union Central of Canada’s National Young Leaders Committee (NYLC), a group of enthusiastic young credit union employees from across Canada that has regularly featured multiple First West employees. Together with Kevin...