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“Experience of a lifetime” provides support locally and abroad
Jan. 5, 2018

Penticton, B.C. — Climbing to the top of one of the tallest free standing mountains in the world was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences that Jim Lamond and Kevin Tom have ever had.

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Valley First increases support for local food banks at a time when need is greatest
Nov. 29, 2017

Penticton, B.C. — As community food banks across B.C. are ramping up their operations to accommodate the busy holiday season, Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, is stepping up its support for Feed the Valley.

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Valley First recognizes local businesses in the 2017 Fan Choice Awards
Nov. 28, 2017

Penticton, B.C. — Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, has announced the winners of the 2017 Fan Choice Awards. Of the hundreds of nominations received between Sept. 11 – Oct. 8, top spots were awarded to the local and independent small businesses that received the most votes from loyal community members and supporters.

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B.C. small businesses anticipate finishing better in 2017, split on near future
Sept. 28, 2017

Penticton, B.C. — A recent survey of small business owners in the province reveals that 2017 will best 2016. Two-thirds of respondents said they expect to have better financial results in 2017 than they did last year.

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B.C. business owners split on short-term business climate

Penticton, B.C. — A survey of 500 B.C. small business owners conducted by First West Credit Union found that 35 per cent of respondents feel the economic climate will worsen at least a little, while 47 per cent feel that the business climate will improve at least a little.

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Survey raises concerns about seniors behind the wheel

Penticton, B.C. —As more and more of the population are entering their golden years, there’s a growing concern about driver fitness past the age of retirement.

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Enderby & District Financial celebrates 70 years of serving members

Enderby, B.C. —Today Susan Ewanick, President of Enderby & District Financial, was joined by Mayor Greg McCune and Fire Chief Cliff Vetter along with members and employees to celebrate the financial institution’s 70th anniversary of serving the needs of the north Okanagan community.

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Valley First gives major $50,000 donation to Foundry Kelowna

Penticton, B.C.—Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, has deepened its community bonds through a major donation. The financial institution has announced a $50,000 contribution to Foundry Kelowna, a new integrated youth mental health care centre.

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Insurance: What you need to know before you rent out your spare room as a vacation suite

Penticton, B.C.—The rise in popularity of homestay companies like Airbnb and VBRO has made the vacation rental by owner an attractive option for many Okanagan residents looking to earn some extra income during the busy summer season.

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Canada’s growing senior population means more British Columbians at risk of elder financial abuse, expert says

Penticton, B.C.—With the number of Canadian seniors at an all-time high—now outnumbering children for the first time in history, according to the most recent census data—financial abuse of older adults is likely to be a growing issue.

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CANsave financial literacy program wins $10,000 award

Penticton, B.C.—CANsave, an innovative financial literacy program for elementary school children, developed and delivered in partnership with Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, and Enactus Okanagan College, recently netted a $10,000 award from Concentra.

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Valley First invests a record $1 million in the Okanagan community in 2016

Penticton, B.C.—The numbers are in! In 2016, Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, invested a record $1,023,604 of total value in local communities across Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson valleys.

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Heavy rain and severe runoff causing a rise in flood damage claims across Okanagan region

Kelowna, B.C.—Recent heavy showers and snowmelt runoff from the mountains, creeks and storm system drainage are overflowing across the Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson valleys.

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Valley First seeks innovative community project to support through major $50,000 donation
May 2, 2017

Penticton, B.C.—Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, will recognize and reinforce its local communities—the heart of Canadian culture—by contributing one $50,000 grant to a deserving charitable organization.

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Valley First to help Penticton residents combat identity theft
April 10, 2017

Penticton, B.C.—Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union takes a stand against identity theft at Shred It and Forget It!, an event to educate consumers on ways to protect themselves from becoming victim to fraud.

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Valley First survey reveals one-third of B.C. residents are indifferent to fraud headlines
March 20, 2017

Penticton, B.C.—A whopping 33.5 per cent of B.C. residents feel indifference when they read about fraud in the news, finds a survey conducted by Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union.

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Valley First announces $150,000 donation for the Penticton Regional Hospital campaign
February 9, 2017

Penticton, B.C.—Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, has re-upped its commitment to the community by donating $150,000 to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation for the new Patient Care Tower at the Penticton Regional Hospital.

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Valley First celebrates Canada 150
February 1, 2017

Penticton, B.C.—Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, will celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with Simple Generosity, an innovative 12-month program that applauds community volunteerism and supports local charities and non-profits.

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Getting rid of your holiday spending hangover is easier than you think
January 12, 2017

Penticton, B.C.—Only four in 10—or 39 per cent of Canadians saved for their holiday shopping expenses according to a December CPA Canada spending report. This could spell big trouble for Canadians if interest rates rise as expected in 2017..

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