Valley First

Fan Choice Awards seeks superstars during Small Business Month

September 29, 2016

Penticton, B.C.—Throughout October, Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, will be celebrating Business Banking Month by recognizing local businesses for their exceptional services, first-class products and positive community contributions.

People across the Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson valleys—where Valley First operates—are being encouraged to nominate their favourite local, independent business in Valley First’s Fan Choice Awards. The swards, now in their second year, recognize small- to medium-sized businesses that provide a service or product that is second-to-none.

“The Fan Choice Awards are a terrific way for Valley First and the community members we serve to applaud the many hard-working small business owners and entrepreneurs that build our local economies,” says Paul Brodeur, vice-president of wealth, consumer and business banking at Valley First. “Healthy local and independent small businesses are key to the vitality of our neighbourhoods. Not to mention the tremendously important role they play in providing jobs, particularly in many of our smaller communities.”

Brodeur says winners in each category will be presented with a Fan Choice Award winner plaque for their storefront. Residents can nominate their favourite local, independent businesses in several categories:

  • Restaurant, café or coffee shop
  • Dentist/dental clinic
  • Auto repair shop
  • Chiropractor, massage therapist or physiotherapist

Winners in the 2015 Fan Choice Awards included such locally loved businesses as Snac Shac (Best Customer Service), Great Bear Paleo Bites (Best Local Product), Carmi Janitorial Services (Best Professional Service) and Tickleberry’s (Best Tourism or Hospitality Business).

Nominating takes place on Valley First’s Facebook page. Participants can look for the weekly post beginning Oct. 4, and running through the month of October, to nominate their favourite businesses. Full contest rules and regulations are available at:

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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