post archives

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...

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...

March 6, 2015

First West Lean experts help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria streamline match-making process

A lot can change in a week, particularly when the work at hand is a labour of love.

Rita Cooper, a Lean greenbelt from First West's Island Savings region, and Ryan Visscher, a Lean blackbelt from First West’s Langley office, spent a week with Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Victoria chapter in January to help staff reduce the time it currently takes to...

November 20, 2014

Not too long ago, I motored through town with a carload of coworkers on our way to a meeting with a community food bank. The crew of white-collar banker-types I was wheeling around wanted to meet this partner and I was only too happy to oblige and arrange the introduction. While we were stopped at a traffic light not too far from our destination, my car mates noticed a line was forming—one that snaked its way down the block. First they thought it was a sale at a big box store, but as...