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People
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...

 
People
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...

 
People
March 5, 2015

Did you know?

Higher taxes are limiting credit unions’ ability to lend to local small businesses and families and contribute to important community groups and projects. Just like banks, credit unions are required to hold large amounts of capital. But unlike banks, credit unions rely primarily on retained earnings to meet these requirements. By increasing taxes on credit unions alone, the 2013 federal budget has made it harder for credit unions to grow and...

 
People
September 9, 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 9, 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...