First West Credit Union donates $25,000 to support Ukrainian relief efforts

LANGLEY, B.C. – As the conflict in Ukraine continues to escalate, First West Credit Union and its local divisions Envision Financial, Valley First, Island Savings and Enderby & District Financial are responding with a $25,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal.  

The Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal will address immediate and ongoing relief efforts, long-term recovery, resiliency, and other critical humanitarian activities as needs arise, both in Ukraine and surrounding countries, including those who are displaced. In addition to this, First West is temporarily waiving transfer fees for persons sending financial support to Ukraine. 

“Canada is home to more than 1.3 million Ukrainian-Canadian residents—these are our neighbours, family and friends— many of whom are impacted by these events and need our support right now,” says Launi Skinner, CEO at First West Credit Union. “As a member-owned financial cooperative, supporting our communities is at the core of who we are whether that means our town, our province or our global community, we will always be there to help during times of need.” 

This donation is happening in conjunction with the relief efforts of credit unions across Canada in partnership with the Canadian Credit Union Association and Central1. 

Canadians wishing to donate to the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal can do so online at or by calling 1-800-418-1111. 

Company Information

About First West Credit Union

First West Credit Union offers members the financial strength, comprehensive product selection and extended branch network of a large financial institution while maintaining local brand identities and a unique grassroots approach to service. Led by Launi Skinner, First West is one of Canada’s largest credit unions with nearly $18.6 billion in total assets and assets under administration, more than 253,000 members and approximately 1,250 team members. It operates 45 branches throughout the province under the Envision Financial, Valley First, Island Savings and Enderby & District Financial brands. Visit for more information on First West Credit Union.

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