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People
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...

 
People
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...

 
People
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...

 
People
March 4, 2014

Remember that old Remington commercial where the owner claims, ‘I liked the shaver so much, I bought the company’? The sentiment rings true for First West CIO Darrell Jaggers, who, after years of interacting with First West, loved the credit union so much he joined them.

From across the Georgia Straight, as the CIO of Island Savings Credit Union (Island Savings), Darrell had admired First West’s steady growth and innovation. When the opportunity presented itself, he...

 
People
April 10, 2012

Never-quit attitude takes former teller to the president’s chair

There’s something disarming about first meeting Shelley Besse. Maybe it’s the kindness in her voice or her down-to-earth demeanor. But it’s more likely the sense that this forty-something credit union star already has more than a lifetime of experience.

“Everyone has those pivotal moments, those life events that shape their future,” shares the new president of...

 
People
January 24, 2012

As an eight-year-old, Shawn Neumann remembers going down to the local Clearbrook Credit Union branch to open a savings account.

“My grandfather was one of the founders of Clearbrook Credit Union,” says Shawn. His grandfather was account #4 at the credit union, which would grow into First Heritage Savings and Envision credit unions, eventually becoming First West Credit Union. Shawn deposited his first few dollars in 1980 and he’s been a member ever since.

With...