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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...

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...

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.


December 14, 2011

When Paulette Rennie, President of Valley First, took her first banking job as DDA clerk 35 years ago, she was fresh out of grade 12 and thought it was a short term gig. Paulette intended to pursue nursing, but when she discovered she had a knack for numbers and an inspirational mentor as manager, she stuck with the financial industry.

“When you’re a kid and you’re excelling at something you really enjoy, why not make a career of it? I absolutely loved working at the...

December 12, 2011

New generation of women entrepreneurs ready to grow small business into big business

Out of necessity or passion, women throughout history have been active entrepreneurs. In Canada today, it’s reported that up to 50 per cent of small businesses are women-owned. But as plentiful as women-led small businesses may be, there are challenges. A 2009 University of Ottawa survey sums it up like this: women-owned businesses are “significantly smaller, less...

November 22, 2011

For Lee Rhodes, having to explain his role as senior-vice president of People Services is a common occurrence even after 24 years leading change initiatives, recruiting talent and furthering team development in world class organizations. In short, he is a man who wears many hats.

“It’s a profession that everyone thinks they can do,” says Lee. But the key word is profession, for which specialized knowledge is an intrinsic demand. “People in business want the...