Valley First

New Vernon Branch Open

Valley First branch grows with the Vernon community
November 3, 2014

Vernon, B.C.—Valley First continues to demonstrate its commitment to serving the Vernon community with the opening of their new location in Fruit Union Plaza (Unit 110, 3101 Hwy 6).

Located across the highway and a few blocks south of the former branch, which closed on Saturday, the new premises offers better access and boasts a modern, functional design that melds familiar local service with the latest in banking technology.

“More offices to meet one-on-one with our members and advanced technologies like real-time video conferencing are great additions,” says Valley First’s Vernon Branch Manager Debbie Bagnall. “But don’t worry, all those familiar faces from our now-retired branch and insurance office on the west-side of the highway have moved along with us.

“We proudly served the local region from our former branch for two decades,” says Bagnall. “The time may have come for updated premises, but the same terrific team will still be offering the same terrific service to all our valued members. Now, we’ll be able provide that same service and expertise in a more comfortable, accessible and modern location.”

The former Valley First branch and insurance office on 34th St. closed for good at the end of the business day on Saturday, Nov. 1. The doors at the new location opened today with no disruption to any services. Business hours at the new location including extended hours on Thursday night and Saturday opening will remain unchanged. The new location also features an ATM and night deposit located just outside the front door.

“Our team is excited to continue serving our members from this beautiful new location,” says Bagnall. “We will continue to build on our commitment to make a real difference in the financial lives of our members and to keeping banking simple for Vernon area residents.”

Valley First’s contributions to the city and surrounding region go above and beyond the financial and insurance services it offers local residents. In addition to being a major employer, Valley First has a long history of involvement with the local community. Since 2010, the Feed the Valley initiative has collected more than $37,000 and 4,200 pounds of food for the Vernon Salvation Army Food Bank. Other organizations and causes in the Vernon area to have received Valley First support include the PowerPlay Strategies Young Entrepreneurs, Vernon School District 22, Good News Bears program and the 2014 Easter Seals Camp Winfield Extreme Makeover.

About Valley First

Valley First is a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.'s third-largest credit union, which has 38 branches and 29 insurance offices throughout the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Kitimat and Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson valleys. Led by Launi Skinner, First West has $7.7 billion in assets under administration, more than 177,000 members and close to 1,300 employees.

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