Valley First

In Our Community

 

Be An Angel

A Feed the Valley partnership with The Daily Courier and Penticton Herald raising funds for children and families during the holiday season.

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CANSave

Valley First is excited to continue to partner with Enactus Okanagan College and its financial literacy program, CANSave. Launched in 2016 as a pilot program in Kelowna, CANSave educates children in grades 2-4, on basic money management skills with an emphasis on needs, wants and supporting charitable causes.

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Communities First

We’re excited to introduce Communities First, a new partnership with the BC Hockey League (BCHL). Excelling at team sport and community engagement, the BCHL provides over 350 youth the opportunity to play Junior A hockey and volunteer in our communities.

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E-Brain Trust

BrainTrust Canada’s mission is to bring the issue of brain injury to the forefront (education), maximize the potential of those who have been affected by brain injury (support) and reduce preventable brain injury, especially amongst youth (prevention).

Valley First’s sponsorship of E-BrainTrust, allows the organization to provide brain injury prevention, education and support services.

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Enactus Okanagan College

ENACTUS is a team of students from four Okanagan College campuses (Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon & Salmon Arm). This nonprofit student-run organization develops and implements projects in the communities it serves that improve the quality of life and standard of living for citizens.

Valley First has been a partner of Enactus Okanagan College since 2016.Our sponsorship allows the students to be committed to addressing the needs of our communities, finding opportunities and implement projects that address economic, social and environmental issues.

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Farm Bag Fundraiser

Valley First is proud to be partnering with The Farm Bag Fundraiser for the sixth year. The Farm Bag Fundraiser has just completed another successful season, helping to raise close to $14,000 for local schools and charity organizations. Running from October through February each year the program, operated by LocalMotive Organic Delivery, distributes pre-ordered hampers of locally grown fruits and vegetables to fundraising groups from Oliver to Kelowna. This year, the program had 25 groups participate up and down the valley, with close to 500 individual participants, and over 50,000lbs of local produce from farmers in the Okanagan-Similkameen was sold through the project.

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Okanagan Wine Festivals Society

The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society operates to enhance the accessibility of locally grown wines by connecting consumers through wine festivals and tasting events as well as judging competitions. We are proud to partner with the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society in support of this growing industry.

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Okanagan Young Professional Collective

Valley First began a partnership with Okanagan Young Professionals (OYP) in 2018. OYP is a partnership with Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) and the Regional District of the Central Okanagan (RDCO). OYP focuses on professional development, mentorship, networking, volunteering, arts & culture and sports. OYP is involved in a number of community events including TEDx Kelowna, Startup Weekend Okanagan and Sugarplum Ball to name a few.

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PacificSport Okanagan

PacificSport Okanagan and the City of Kelowna first partnered to develop the flagship Community Sport Delivery Program (CSDP) in 2014. In 2017, Valley First was proud to sponsor the CSDP to continue to build sustainable community sport. This local initiative was established to build capacity within the local sport system. Positions were created in local sport organizations to support sport development needs, ensuring the provision of a wide range of programs and services to athletes, coaches, and volunteers from grassroots to competitive levels.

Princeton Leaders for Literacy—Learning Literacy Amazing Race

Since 2014, Valley First Princeton branch has partnered with Princeton Leaders for Literacy for their annual May, Amazing Race event. Vermilion Forks Elementary School students trade the classroom for hands-on financial education as they received a crash course from Valley First staff in income, sensible spending and how to create a budget. Students then put their budget into action at the local Cooper’s store, purchasing a healthy meal for a family of four with just $20. All food purchased was donated to Feed the Valley.

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