The Credit Union Difference
Democracy. Cooperation. Localness. Equality. Solidarity. These are the key differences that set us apart from the banks.
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- Our shareholders or “owners” are our members—you. Everything we do at First West is for the best interests and wellbeing of the people and local businesses who bank with us day in and day out.
- We’re democratically governed. Our members vote to elect First West’s board of directors who oversee and steward the credit union’s operations. Every member has an equal voice: it’s one member, one vote.
- The money our members entrust to us stays right here within our local communities where it’s used to do good—going back into our members’ pockets, providing good local jobs, supporting community organizations and strengthening the places we live. Learn more about our community investment activities in the Island Savings region and about the work of the First West Foundation.
- We’re part of a global cooperative movement built on seven cooperative principles.
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Learn more about credit unions in Canada and about the history of Island Savings.