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SimpleGenerosity
#SimpleGenerosity is a year-long campaign of Envision Financial, Enderby & District Financial, Island Savings and Valley First, all divisions of First West Credit Union. We're c...
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SimpleGenerosity volunteer nominations are ongoing and can be submitted any time. Nominated volunteers and the non profit or charitable organizations must be located in a community where First West Credit Union operates. Thank you for inspiring us!
184 Main Street
Penticton, British Columbia
V2A 8G7
Causes we care about

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Social Services

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
Social Mission
We believe that every act of kindness and every volunteer hour, makes our communities strong and vibrant. By supporting local programs we aim to enhance our communities for children and families.
Stories of our community involvement
Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, is proud to support Mamas for Mamas Sustainable Nourishment Program with a SimpleGenerosity $500 grant. We are thrilled to help Mamas for Mamas expand and sustain their farm operations to meet the high demand of fresh food hampers for local families.

Have an idea for a community initiative, program or event? Apply on Do Some Good today for a grant of up to $500.
Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union is pleased to be sending a $500 SimpleGenerosity Neighbourhood Grant to our friends Cowichan Seniors COmmunity Foundation. Thanks to volunteers like Bob, the Foundation has delivered over 3650 meals to seniors in Duncan.

Have an idea for a community initiative, program or event? Apply on Do Some Good today for a grant of up to $500
Shout out to our recent Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, SimpleGenerosity grant recipient! The Cloverdale Community Kitchen is receiving a grant to purchase take-out containers and groceries to prepare and deliver meals to homes of seniors facing health and mobility challenges. Thank you for helping us share SimpleGenerosity in our community.

Have an idea for a community initiative, program or event? Apply on Do Some Good today for a grant of up to $500 http://bit.ly/2JuXlw1
Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union is proud to award a $1,000 SimpleGenerosity Volunteer Award to Joyce Lissimore!

For the last 16 years Joyce has provided enthusiastic and respectful leadership to the team of volunteers with SHARE Family & Community Services satellite food bank distribution site at Trinity United Church in Port Coquitlam. Joyce’s contributions go far beyond the food bank distribution leadership as throughout the years she has helped food bank users:

• get their taxes done – which has meant they could access government refunds
• replace lost or stolen identification – which has allowed them to access services
• get glasses - so they could read and see
• access work clothing and steel toed boots - so they could work

Many different people come to use this service and there are many different volunteers. Joyce has consistently brought a fair and open approach to her leadership, seeing the possibility in people. She has provided over 4,400 volunteer hours in this role and provided a predictability and stability that is greatly valued. Joyce helps people get back on their feet and improve their circumstances. She sees the whole person and helps in endless individual ways. Many people are in better situations and making better lives for themselves and their families due to her kindness, respect and assistance.

Thank you Joyce for inspiring us!
We’re thrilled to recognize the outstanding achievements of Gerri Charles with a $1,000 SimpleGenerosity Volunteer award from Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union.

2020 marks the tenth anniversary for Gerri as Chair of the Crystal Gala Foundation, a volunteer run not for profit, raising funds for breast cancer through the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation. She is the original founder of the Crystal Gala and has committed more than 20 years to raising funds and supporting women and their families living with breast cancer. She is the driving force behind the great work that the foundation is doing which includes the purchase of much needed medical equipment in addition to raising almost 3 million dollars for the cause.

Gerri has a rich history of volunteering and as such has received numerous awards including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. She has volunteered her time to the Abbotsford Airshow, Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, Abbotsford Downtown Business Association, Restorative Justice and Advocacy, and BC Summer Games just to name a few.

Congratulations Gerri, thank you for inspiring us and making a difference in our communities.
Congratulations to SimpleGenerosity Volunteer Award recipients Bill and Dorothy Ballard! Bill and Dorothy have selected SHARE Family & Community Services as the recipient of a $1,000 donation from Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union.

Bill and Dorothy's work with SHARE began when the Coquitlam Food Bank location moved from Como Lake United to Hillside Church in April 2018. Both were invaluable in facilitating the move and ensuring a smooth transition. Bill took his generosity even farther when Hillside partnered with SHARE and was granted $98,000 from the Federal Enabling Accessibility Fund for site improvements to increase barrier free access. Hillside is currently implementing this funding and making their site, which houses a Child Care Facility in addition to the Food Bank, a safer - more accessible location. Bill and Dorothy are always willing to give of their time and work with SHARE and other organizations to ensure community needs are being met. They are committed to improving existing services and serving their community with grace and kindness.

Thank you for inspiring us and making a difference in our community!
We’re thrilled to recognize the outstanding volunteerism of Jean Witherly with a $1,000 SimpleGenerosity Volunteer Award from Enderby & District Financial, a division of First West CU. Jean has selected the Enderby & District Resource Centre as the recipient of her donation where she has volunteered for more than 15 years!

Jean's energetic and creative volunteering ethic impacts the community in many ways, usually aiming at making life better for young families and children. With her past experience as an elementary school teacher, Jean now uses her knowledge to provide insight and action to the Early Years Committee and Board at EDCRC.

Each year you’ll be able to find Jean volunteering at multiple events around the community like the Enderby Arts Festival, Enderby Arts Council, Family Day events and more. Jean’s dedication, enthusiasm and warm smile are inspiring to all volunteers!
Congratulations Amy Ayer! Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union is proud to present you with a $1,000 SimpleGenerosity Volunteer Award for your outstanding contributions to CISV Victoria over the past ten years. Amy has been a strong and vital part of CISV over the years; she has grown with the organization and has helped the group grow too.

CISV Victoria wouldn’t be where it is today without Amy’s passion and commitment. She has shown time and time again that there is no excuse not to help! There are many events that could not have taken place without her support, whether it was her cooking for everyone (for free!), supporting with the planning and executing of international camps, training and teaching young leaders in new roles, fundraising for local events and inviting other groups to join us. Amy is a treasure.

Thank you Amy for leading in our community!
An outstanding volunteer with Project Literacy Central Okanagan Society since 2006, Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union is proud to recognize Alex Carr with a $1,000 SimpleGenerosity Volunteer Award!

A retired math and physics educator, Alex generously contributes hundreds of hours, teaching learners English, math and physics; his expertise and passion for education is invaluable to our organisation. In addition to his time spent as a volunteer tutor (5 days a week), Alex is a past board member and board president of Project Literacy.

Alex is certainly a volunteer that spreads Simple Generosity throughout our community every day of the week!

Congratulations Alex and thank you for leading in our community!
Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union is sending high 5’s and kudos to SimpleGenerosity Volunteer Award recipient Bryon Johnstad!

Byron has been volunteering as an English tutor with Project Literacy Central Okanagan Society for more than five years. He has helped many new comers to Kelowna improve their literacy skills so they have a better opportunity for a successful life in Canada.

Byron is an exceptional person--kind and caring and always doing something extra for his Learners. Byron also volunteers at many Project Literacy fundraising events and he often donates holiday decor to the Learning Centre, which he makes himself; drawing on his Masters in Fine Arts degree!

Thank you Byron for being an outstanding person and volunteer!
184 Main Street
Penticton, British Columbia
V2A 8G7
Causes we care about

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Social Services

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
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