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Read the latest media releases from First West Credit Union

April 26, 2024

First West executive receives national recognition for her work in the people and culture space 

LANGLEY, B.C. – First West Credit Union is honoured to announce that Liz Bailey-Connor, Chief People & Culture Officer, has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Chief Human… Continue Reading

February 22, 2024

First West Credit Union named as one of BC’s Top Employers

LANGLEY, B.C. – Locally-based First West Credit Union has earned the prestigious distinction of being one of “BC’s Top Employers” for 2024. Now in its 19th year, BC’s Top Employers—… Continue Reading

February 21, 2024

Morningstar DBRS confirmed the Long-Term Issuer Rating on First West Credit Union at BBB (high) with a Stable trend again in 2023

LANGLEY, B.C. – DBRS Limited (Morningstar DBRS) confirmed its Long-Term Issuer Rating at BBB (high) and its Short-Term Issuer Rating at R-1 (low) for First West Credit Union, noting that… Continue Reading

November 24, 2023

First West Credit Union wins “Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Culture” award

LANGLEY, B.C. – First West Credit Union has been recognized as a leading employer in Canada. Waterstone Human Capital named the British Columbia-based credit union as one of the winners of… Continue Reading

November 1, 2023

First West wins prestigious award recognizing exceptional mental health in the workplace

LANGLEY, B.C.- Canadian Occupational Safety recently announced the winners of its 5-Star Psychological Safety Awards with First West Credit Union being recognized in the category of companies over 500 employees. … Continue Reading

September 14, 2023

Longtime Fraser Valley resident Tamara Hendsbee appointed president of Envision Financial

LANGLEY, B.C. — Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, is excited to announce that Tamara Hendsbee has been appointed to the role of president of the Envision Financial… Continue Reading

September 14, 2023

New leader for Valley First as Simon Mills takes the helm

PENTICTON, B.C. — Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, is pleased to announce that Simon Mills has been appointed president. Mills will lead the Valley First personal, business… Continue Reading

August 21, 2023

First West donates $35,000 to support wildfire victims and immediate relief efforts

PENTICTON, B.C. – Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, today announced a combined donation totalling $35,000 to help individuals and families impacted by the ongoing wildfire situation… Continue Reading

July 20, 2023

First West ranks among top 3% of Morningstar Sustainalytics’ global rated companies in managing ESG risks

LANGLEY, B.C.- First West Credit Union has received a Morningtar Sustainalytics’ Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Risk Rating of 11.3, ranking the credit union in the top 3% out of… Continue Reading

June 27, 2023

First West Credit Union partners with One Twenty Three West to elevate its brand and visual identity

LANGLEY, B.C- After an extensive review process, First West Credit Union has selected agency One Twenty Three West (123w) to help bring its ambitious brand strategy to life and evolve… Continue Reading

Company Snap Shot

General information

  • Formation: Jan.1, 2010 with earliest predecessor credit union established 1946
  • Comparative size: Third largest credit union in B.C.; fifth largest in Canada
  • Total assets and assets under administration: Nearly $15.5 billion
  • Members: More than 250,000
  • Employees: Approximately 1,250
  • Head office: Langley, B.C.
  • Branches: 46

Previous mergers

  • Island Savings merged with First West in 2015
  • Enderby & District Credit Union merged with First West in 2013
  • Envision Credit Union and Valley First Credit Union merged in 2010, forming First West
  • Delta Credit Union and First Heritage Savings merged in 2001 to form Envision Credit Union
  • Valley First amalgamated with Armstrong Spallumcheen Savings & Credit Union and purchased KCP Credit Union in Kamloops in 2001.