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#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
Volunteers really are the heartbeat of a community. And we are taking this opportunity to send a boisterous shout out to all volunteers as these vital relationships create caring and compassionate communities.
As we celebrate National Volunteer Week and the theme for 2022, Volunteering is Empathy in Action, we turn our eyes to our Penticton community and #SimpleGenerosity Volunteer Award recipient Elaine Carbonneau.
Elaine has been volunteering with Penticton Soupateria for the past five years. Upon retiring from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union a few years ago, she added the Penticton Art Gallery and Queens Park Elementary School to her growing volunteer repertoire, delightedly filling her retirement years contributing to her community.
It is easy to see why Elaine is described as an exceptional volunteer, spreading simple generosity in her community. “She is such a bright and cheerful spirit,” shares Valley First staffer and fellow Soupateria volunteer, Gwen Rikkinen. “Even after retiring from Valley First, she added even more volunteering to her schedule. She has lots of positive energy, happily volunteers at multiple venues and is ready to roll up her sleeves and get to work. She is such a pleasure to volunteer with.”
Elaine joyfully volunteers at Soupateria helping prepare meals for clients, helps at the Penticton Art Gallery in the gift shop and volunteers for the hot lunch program at Queen Park Elementary.
Nominated by Gwen Rikkinen, Elaine was selected earlier this year and excitedly made a $1,000 donation, courtesy of First West Credit Union, to Penticton Soupateria.
“Once I retired it was my vision to pick up where my mom left off,” shared Elaine when she was told she was receiving a Simple Generosity Volunteer Award. “Volunteering is deeply rooted in my soul and the Soupateria pulls at my heart strings in ways that I’ll never be able to convey.”
Thank you, Elaine for your incredible volunteer efforts. You are leading well in your community and Penticton shines brighter for your commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. You definitely bring heart!
#EmpathyInAction #NVW2022 #VolunteersBringHeart First West Foundation
Jill and the Y. For 40 years, Jill Siebert has been volunteering with the YMCA of Okanagan Association. She’s spent over 10,000 hours as an aquatics volunteer helping children develop water safety skills through swim lessons.
All who know Jill admire her… “We love Jill and all the joy she brings to others and the Y community.”
That is Y she has been selected to receive a Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union SimpleGenerosity Volunteer Award. Congratulations Jill!
To read more about Jill’s story visit

Do you know an outstanding volunteer in your community? To nominate them visit
Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union’s most recent SimpleGenerosity Volunteer Award recipient Nicole Taylor, volunteers her time selflessly to ensure that families are supported when caring for those with mental health challenges.
As the Founder & Executive Director of EmotionsBC - Emotions Health & Wellness Society of BC, Nicole started the charity in 2018 through her desire to share her lived experience and to help others facing the same challenges. Nicole shares, “It is my firm belief that everyone is entitled to accessible, timely and impactful support to achieve ultimate mental, emotional, and physical health and wellness for themselves, loved ones, and entire family systems.”
Join us in congratulating Nicole on her award. We're thankful you're providing the skills and support needed for families to build stronger and meaningful relationships. As an award recipient, EmotionsBC will receive a $1,000 donation courtesy of First West Credit Union.
Do you know an outstanding volunteer in your community? To nominate them visit
It takes a village! Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF) and Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union have teamed up to recognize Ron Dale with a SimpleGenerosity Volunteer Award.
Ron’s smile, willingness to help and ability to make LaFF’s families feel welcome are just a few of the many reasons why he was nominated and chosen for the outstanding volunteer award. He’s been a big part of LaFF’s Family Resource Program, creating packages and connections with families.
Thank you, Ron, for supporting children and their families in your community.
Want to recognize an outstanding volunteer in your community? To learn more visit
Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union is honoured to recognize Dorothy Point for her outstanding volunteerism with a SimpleGenerosity Volunteer Award.
Dorothy has been with the South Okanagan Loss Society since its inception in 2017. She has served as a Member of the Board of Directors and has volunteered hundreds of hours through co-facilitating their grief support groups. On an ongoing basis she walks with countless people through their grief journey, taking people from the abyss of grief and helping them come out the other side so they can function again as healthy and happy members of the community.
“Dorothy truly believes in our mission, which is to improve the quality of life for those living with life’s losses. This is difficult and humbling work. Dorothy rises to the challenge, week after week year after year,” shares Max Uhlemann, SOLS Chair.
Pictured SOLS staff members Sam, Bernadette, Catey and Dorothy (far right).
Do you want to recognize an outstanding volunteer in your community? To learn more visit
SimpleGenerosity Neighbourhood grants continue to help our communities thrive. Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union was pleased to award a $500 grant to the Joy Committee – a group of Winners/Homesense staff dedicated to spreading positivity wherever they can.
“We decided that we would like to extend our Joy into the community and help lift the spirits of some of our seniors,” says Cheryl Gill, Joy Ambassador. “[Seniors] have been isolated for so long without the opportunity to see the people who mean the most to them.” 75 seniors at the Trinity Care Centre in Penticton were in for a surprise when they received a fun kit which contained a puzzle book, a pen, candy, tissue and a handwritten note.
If you are organizing a local initiative/event or know an outstanding volunteer doing great things in your community, let us know! To learn more about Simple Generosity, visit
Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union is proud to announce this month’s #SimpleGenerosity Volunteer Award recipient, Arianna Almeida.

In 2019, Arianna started the Girls Can Talk Society- a BC student-led non-profit organization that creates a space for girls and young women to talk about mental health, feminism, and leadership. Arianna spearheaded the development and organization of the non-profit in her community and it has since spread to a strong network involving secondary schools across BC.

“She has created a platform for youth to talk openly, find community, and engage as leaders in their own schools,” says Vanessa Gale, Team Lead of the Go Girls! Program with Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. “Through this, she has worked with her team to fundraise for women's support organizations and give back to the community in a meaningful way.”

Through the Society’s youth run workshops and partnership with the Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland, they hope to further support youth in their community by helping those transitioning from Elementary school to Secondary school.

Thank you for inspiring and empowering the next generation of women and congratulations on your award!
“Random Acts of Kindness” Katheren spent 10 months crafting and creating 1000 free fridge magnets for her community funded through our SimpleGenerosity Neighbourhood Grant. The community of Newton was thrilled to receive a caring gift from a stranger during a time of the pandemic.
Our friends at 1Up Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre Society have been busy preparing nutritious bags of quality food to 40 adults and 70 children on a weekly basis. Thanks to a SimpleGenerosity Neighbourhood Grant, 1Up was able to provide an additional 80 food bags to the community of Victoria.
The Kelowna Community Fridge have been providing nutritious fresh food for neighbours experiencing food insecurity in Kelowna. Through a SimpleGenerosity Neighbourhood Grant of $500, the Community Fridge was able to purchase food items for the pantry. Thank you, Kelowna Community Fridge, for providing easy access to nutritious food 24/7.
184 Main Street
Penticton, British Columbia
V2A 8G7
Causes we care about

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Social Services

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us