First West Credit Union

November 17, 2016 - - in Community
We don’t always hear about these stories because the foundation doesn’t run its own programming. It’s the stories from the people impacted in our communities as a result of that work which illustrate the importance of the First West Foundation’s work.
October 6, 2016 - Shelley Besse - in People
What I learned during my humanitarian trip in Mexico
September 29, 2016 - - in Leadership
Insights from our leaders on Closer to the Member Day
September 15, 2016 - Shalane Wellard - in Leadership
The little ones are key to some of our greatest relationships
September 15, 2016 - - in Strategy
Are we doing enough?
August 23, 2016 - Loree Gray - in Strategy
Tapping in to the organization’s valuable resource to power efficiency, sustainability

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By Seline Kutan

Several years ago, I was asked to visit a Canadian Mental Health Association program funded by the First West Foundation. During the visit, I was introduced to a young woman who wanted to thank me personally for supporting the Youth Supper Club because it had such a positive impact on her life. She expressed how alone she felt in her struggles with mental illness before joining the club but that through the program she had since met many others who...


Everyone knows the expression “good people are hard to find,” but if you’ve ever run a business or managed people, you know good people are even harder to keep. When you have ambitious talent eager to take on more responsibility, a smaller organization may simply not be able to compete with a larger one in terms of the opportunities it can provide.

This comes with a cost. Research shows that companies, on average, spend 18 months’ salary to replace a manager or...


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A couple of years ago, First West Insurance made the decision to move from four disparate insurance broker management platforms to a unified state-of-the-art system from Applied Systems. To say...