Community rallies together to provide $138,250 to local charities through Envision Financial’s #CommentsOfKindness

LANGLEY, B.C. – Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit union, and its philanthropic partner, First West Foundation are donating $138,250 to 294 local charities throughout the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Kitimat, as part of the Simple Generosity #CommentsOfKindness program.

The program encouraged the public to show their appreciation for local charities by nominating them through Envision Financial’s Instagram and Facebook channels. For each comment mentioning a registered charity operating in Envision Financial’s trade areas, the First West Foundation made a $25 donation to the charity, up to $2,500. Envision Financial’s social media followers helped 11 different registered charities reach that maximum donation.

Of all charities supported, the top 10 were considered for a $25,000 donation. The Simple Generosity committee—comprised of a cross-section of employees and board members— used a defined set of criteria to select Archway Community Services as the $25,000 recipient.

“This sizeable contribution enhances our ability to fulfill our vision of ‘justice, opportunities and equitable access for all,” says Rod Santiago, Archway Community Services’ Executive Director. “Our 90+ programs and services provide vital support to an array of people – from kids and families to seniors, newcomers, persons of Indigenous background, as well as people who are unhoused, dealing with mental health and/or developmental disabilities. Our huge ‘thank-you’ to Envision Financial and the First West Foundation for their tangible and active participation in building a strong community!”

“Archway Community Services was one of the most thanked charities in the Envision Financial Region in our Comments of Kindness program, which speaks to you and the good work that they do,” says David Lanphear, President of Envision Financial. “I was blown away by the scope, number of programs and amazing work they do. On behalf of Envision Financial and First West Foundation congratulations, and thanks for all that you do.”  

The #CommentsOfKindness program ran in communities in B.C. served by First West Credit Union and its divisions, Envision Financial, Island Savings, Valley First and Enderby & District Financial. In total, close to 11,000 “thank-you” comments were received, resulting in $319,675 being distributed to 624 registered charities.

Company Information

About Envision Financial

Envision Financial is a premier provider of banking and investment services for residents and businesses throughout the Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland and Kitimat regions. As a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.’s third-largest credit union with 46 branches throughout the province, Envision Financial brings innovative products, an extensive branch network and local decision making to the banking experience. For more information on Envision Financial, visit

About First West Foundation

The First West Foundation cares about the well-being of the communities served by First West Credit Union and its regional divisions, Envision Financial, Valley First, Island Savings and Enderby & District Financial. The Foundation, with assets over $18 million, uses income generated from its endowments to help create resourceful and resilient communities. Since its inception in 1996, the First West Foundation has donated over $7 million in grants to local community groups and projects. The Foundation grows its endowments through charitable gifts and bequests. For more information, visit    

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