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February 16, 2017

The other day I read an article from CBC News about fighting back against rising bank fees. I’ll be honest: it made me irritated.

The latest move by one of the big five mammoth banks was to raise the monthly fee on four of their personal banking accounts by $1. It seems like the banks continue finding ways to increase their shareholder profits year after year, at the expense of their customers....

February 3, 2017

When I look back on 2016, I’m really proud of all the great things that First West and our employees have done in our communities.

Last year was a big one. We took major strides in reducing hunger particularly among vulnerable children and families. A notable milestone was the launch of The Full Cupboard, our signature cause, to communities in Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands. First West Credit Union indirectly helps all of B.C.’s 99 food banks...

November 17, 2016

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...

 
Model
October 28, 2016

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...

 
Model
October 28, 2016

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...

 
People
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...