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Award winning volunteer recognition program continues into 2018

May 8, 2018

Duncan, B.C. – Fresh off a Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA) excellence award in community relations, First West Credit Union’s #SimpleGenerosity program is now accepting nominations for 2018.

What began as a way of recognizing local volunteers, non-profits and charities in honour of Canada 150 is expanding for 2018. First West received so many amazing stories that they’ll continue to celebrate the outstanding contributions from dedicated volunteers through the #SimpleGenerosity program.

Throughout 2018, First West will select 52 individuals or teams of volunteers who are devoted to developing positive and vibrant communities. Those selected, will receive a $1,000 award to donate to a non-profit of their choice, courtesy of First West Credit Union.

“Volunteers are such a crucial part of our communities and it’s important for us to recognize those who humbly give back through their time and talents,” says Susan Byrom, Senior Manager of Community Investment at First West. “Receiving a CCUA excellence award was a tremendous honour, but really what it said to us was there is a continued need to run this important program, in order to recognize passionate volunteers locally.”

You can find the nomination form, program guidelines and FAQs here:

Applications will be accepted until December 14, 2018.


About Island Savings

Island Savings is a member-owned financial co-operative, providing banking, investment and insurance services for residents and businesses throughout Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands. As a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.'s third-largest credit union with $10 billion in assets, 250,000 members, 53 branches and 38 insurance offices throughout the province, Island Savings brings innovative products, an extensive branch network and local decision making to the banking experience. For more information on Island Savings, visit

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