Valley First

Orchard Plaza Branch Complete

Valley First Orchard Plaza branch completes transformation

May 4, 2015

Penticton, B.C.—Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, continues to demonstrate its commitment to serving the Kelowna community with the completion of an extensive renovation of its Orchard Plaza branch.

The Valley First team, led by Valley First President Paulette Rennie, was joined on May 2 by Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan, MLA for Kelowna-Mission Steve Thomson, City of Kelowna councilors Maxine Dehart and Tracy Gray for an official grand re-opening ceremony.

Located just west of the Orchard Park Mall in the Orchard Plaza Shopping Center at 1860 Cooper Road, the branch has been transformed into a modern, hi-tech hub offering a full array of retail banking and wealth management services.

“We’ve been through a major renovation and it’s created a lot of buzz with our members,” says Marek Buryska, Valley First Orchard Plaza branch manager. “You just have to take one look at the result to know it was worth the wait.

“This project demonstrates our commitment to serving the residents of Kelowna with the latest in banking technology in a modern, convenient location backed up with our familiar service and professional advice.”

The revamped branch blends traditional banking services and professional advice with technology-based enhancements like real-time video conferencing. It also incorporates a drive-thru-ATM, new community meeting space available for use by community groups and reconfigured entry to enable easier access. Business hours, including extended hours on Thursday night and Saturday, remain unchanged and the branch features an ATM, coin sorting machine and night deposit.

“Our team is incredibly excited to continue serving our members from this beautiful new branch,” says Rennie. “We’ve been in Kelowna for more than 20 years. A significant branch modernization project like this gives us a great platform to launch into another two decades of delivering exceptional member service.”

About Valley First

Valley First is a premier provider of banking, investment and insurance 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 54 branches and 38 insurance offices 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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