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Our Story

From humble beginnings in 1947, Valley First has grown into a strong, innovative and vibrant organization with a branch network spanning the Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson valleys. 

Today Valley First is part of First West Credit Union, one of Canada’s strongest and most innovative cooperative financial institutions. We’re obsessed with one core purpose: to simplify lives, helping our members and communities thrive. 

As a credit union, part of our profits go back to you. That's how we're able to offer free personal chequing with no strings attached, with free Interac e-Transfer®, low-fee business accounts, better mortgage rates and higher rates on your deposits.   

That's also how we can provide the best advice that's in your interest. Whether you're starting a new business or buying a home or planning for your retirement, our experts take the time to learn what matters to you.   

We grow because you grow, not at your expense.   

Our roots are still the same. Our heart has always been for local businesses, local communities, neighbours helping neighbours succeed.  

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“We are champions of the extraordinary potential that lives within every member.  Valley First is committed in providing the advice that will make a meaningful difference in their financial success while partnering to help our communities thrive.”

Paulo Araujo, President

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Our Make a Difference Days encourage employees to volunteer in their communities with local non-profit agencies.  We're boots on the ground, supporting a wide variety of community projects.  Since 2007, we've taken part in 597 projects and served 10,936 hours.

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Community Partnerships

Through our partnership with the First West Foundation, ​$580,317 has been granted from the foundation’s endowments and charitable giving campaigns in 2018.

Do Some Good

Our employees spent 3,899 hours helping those in need and building our local communities in 2018 with 2,301 hours given during work hours.

Feed The Valley

We are on a mission to raise food, funds and awareness for our local food banks. In 2019 alone, we provided over 989,000 meals through our Signature Cause, Feed The Valley.

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Everything is easier with a little help.

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