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August 10, 2018

Four First West employees traded B.C.’s beauty for one week in Vicenza, Italy to uncover the secrets of the Italian cooperative model.

It’s easy to envy Italy for its countless cultural icons. Architectural feats such as the Colosseum and Pantheon, luxury car companies like Ferrari and Lamborghini, and of course its world-famous cuisine of pizza, pasta and gelato are internationally celebrated. 

Dig a bit deeper and you’ll find...

March 8, 2018

You would think that in a $12 billion organization with 1,700 employees that it might be difficult to have an impact, but Pam Taugher is proving quite the opposite. In fairness, she isn’t doing it alone; she has the support of several hundred women across First West Credit Union.

Pam, an employee of First West, created the First West Women’s Network (FWWN) as a grassroots group open to anyone within the organization. Pam saw an incredible opportunity...

January 7, 2018

A 19,000 foot climb up Mount Kilimanjaro will teach you a lot about yourself. Two leaders from First West Credit Union share their experience and the lessons learned throughout their journey.

Climbing to the top of one of the tallest free -standing mountains in the world was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences that Jim Lamond and Kevin Tom have ever had. Although their reasons for pursuing the climb were different, they were brought together by...

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...