Island Savings

Community Grants


At Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union, we aim to enhance our communities for children and families. What better way to do that than by supporting community programs. We are giving out a $50,000 grant to one organization to further a community-focused project, program or initiative. This grant is one of three that First West is distributing to support organizations in the regions it serves—$150,000 distributed in support of Canada 150.

We received so many inspiring applications for community projects, programs and other initiatives that are benefiting our future generations and strengthening community bonds. Thank you to everyone who voted for their favourites and also to the selection committee who had the most difficult task of selecting only one winner. And now, drumroll please...

We are proud to announce that the recipient of the $50,000 Simple Generosity community grant is Saanich Neighbourhood Place!

Saanich Neighbourhood Place provides important support services to Island families. They will be transforming the underutilized woodsy space behind G.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre into a natural wonderland called “The Little Woods” for very young children to enjoy. As part of the makeover they’ll be removing invasive plant species, adding forts, platforms and other fun play structures, and building perimeter fencing to provide a secure outdoor play area for Victoria families. We can’t wait to see the final result!


Thank you for inspiring us!


Thank you to our partner in #SimpleGenerosity.