Island Savings announces $10,000 donation to the Cowichan Public Art Gallery

DUNCAN, B.C.- The Cowichan Public Art Gallery Society is delighted to announce that Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union, has made a donation of $10,000 aimed at supporting our goal of a world class gallery in the Cowichan Valley. In a ceremony on Thursday February 17th, President of Island Savings, Kendall Gross made the official presentation of the donation to Jock Hildebrand, President of the CPAG and Elizabeth Croft member of the Board of Directors for CPAG.

“Arts and culture are such an integral element in helping our communities thrive, and we are thrilled to be able to make this significant investment in the Cowichan Valley through the support of our members,” says Kendall Gross, President, Island Savings. “We believe that the construction and establishment of a public art gallery will be a significant economic force in the area and become a driving force for the local business and the economy.”

Jock Hildebrand, thanked Mr. Gross and Island Savings for their generous support of the Island community.  “We envision that a dedicated venue for contemporary art exhibitions will be a focal point for the art community, business and families for our Island community. Island Savings’ generous donation brings us one step closer to making the gallery a reality”.

Ms. Croft thanked Kendall Gross and Island Savings for their donation and support, “We look forward to a continuing collaboration with Island Savings and its dedicated team as we build for a positive future in our community.”

The development of a world class art gallery in Duncan will have a positive impact on the social, cultural and economic sectors of our community. It will become a destination location for tourism and a major economic asset to the economy of the island community.

Company Information

About Island Savings

Island Savings is a premier provider of banking and investment services for residents and businesses throughout Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands. As a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.’s third-largest credit union with 46 branches throughout the province, Island Savings brings innovative products, an extensive branch network and local decision making to the banking experience. For more information on Island Savings, visit

About CPAG

Founded in 2017, the Cowichan Public Art Gallery (CPAG) is working to build an international-class art gallery in our community. Once completed, the Gallery will welcome exhibitions from British Columbia, Canada and the world – including engagement and educational events for the public. In the meantime, CPAG has an annual exhibition program enhancing and expanding arts and cultural opportunities for everyone. More than 400 (?) individuals have signed our petition in favour of the project. And all levels of government in Cowichan have provided written support.
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Media Contacts

Josh Juhlke

Communications Manager 
First West Credit Union  
T 604.309.6066 

Jock Hildebrand

Phone: (250)-215-2823