First West Credit Union unveils a new digital banking experience across its regional brands for all retail banking members

PENTICTON, B.C. – First West Credit Union today announces that a new digital banking experience is now available for its retail banking members across all its regional divisions. Following on the heels of the launch at Envision Financial in September, all three channels of the Forge Digital Banking Platform, including new mobile apps, online banking platforms and public websites were recently unveiled at Valley First and Island Savings.

Developed in partnership with Central 1, First West is the first credit union in Canada to fully release all three channels of the Forge Digital Banking Platform into market, giving its members access to innovative digital banking solutions.

“This is a big milestone for our credit union, and more importantly, for our members,” says Launi Skinner, CEO of First West Credit Union. “From our front-line team members, to our shared services team, all of us at First West are committed to putting our members first and ensuring we make it simple and convenient to do business with us. Our partnership with Central 1 is a tremendous example of how we can achieve great things when we embrace the spirit of innovation and collaboration to elevate the banking experience.”

“It is exciting to see First West delivering such a leading-edge, member-centric digital banking experience to their Valley First and Island Savings members through our Forge Digital Banking Platform,” says Mark Blucher, President and CEO of Central 1. “Designed to keep our clients innovative and on the cusp of new digital strategies, Forge is enabling them to further strengthen their market share and thoughtfully engage their customer bases with ever-evolving digital experiences that Canadians expect and need. Congratulations to First West!”

Designed to transform the user experience, Forge includes everything digital banking – all on one modern and streamlined platform. Currently available for all retail banking members at Envision Financial, Valley First and Island Savings, Forge will be available for all business banking members in early 2020.

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About Valley First

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

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