This past August First Credit Union was proud to partner with the Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society (PAWS) to sponsor and help with the creation of a family friendly trails system in the Tla’amin community. The trails explore the Tla’amin region and are accessible at various locations throughout the community, they can even act as an extension of the Sunshine Coast Trail for the more casual hiker. The purpose of this project is to create a basis for eco tourism, community health, and to help create a resource to support the community.
The trails welcome everyone; locals, visitors, tourists, and patrons of the Sunshine Coast Trail alike are encouraged to explore the area and the local businesses in the community.
This was exciting for First Credit Union as it supports our vision of ‘building financially healthy communities’ and creates community partnerships as well as a place the whole community and surrounding areas can enjoy.
Watch for the new trial head kiosk maps, and the long lasting and environmentally friendly aluminum trail maps and way finding signage that will be installed along the trail! You can find out more about the trails system on the Sunshine Coast Trail Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SunshineCoastTrail/).
First CU (Powell River) is thrilled to make a donation towards the Powell River Salmon Society's upcoming Salmon Preservation Festival!
The first annual event is happening on Saturday Oct. 19th from 11am - 3pm at the Lang Creek Alex Dobler Centre. Learn how important salmon are to the ecosystem with hatchery operations tours and demonstrations and presentations from the Salmon Enhancement Program and Ocean Wise coming all the way from the Vancouver Aquarium! The Orca Bus will also be on site to entertain and educate the littles!
This summer the Powell River Community Impact Funds were awarded to the fine folks at the Powell River Farmers' Agricultural Institute for their electrical upgrade and expansion project at the PR Farmer's Market! The $5000.00 is going to mean that they can bring electricity out to more vendors... and you know who needs electricity at the Farmers' Market, right? Food vendors! Ice cream, Syrian food, baked goods, pasta, popsicles and so much more -- we love all the vendors at the PR Farmers' Market but we definitely have a soft spot for the yummy food. Keep an eye out out for a bigger and brighter market in the coming months!
First Credit Union & Insurance is excited to once again sponsor the Cumberland Community Forest Society's (CCFS) Home and Garden Tour. The Home and Garden tour took place on June 15 with another strong turn out. Thanks to our lead sponsorship, and others, all proceeds from this event go directly to the CCFS. Photo includes: Craig Keeping Branch Manager - First Credit Union, Meaghan Cursons Executive Director CCFS, Evan Gough Chair CCFS, Caroline Tymchuk Treasurer CCFS, Caylyn Moyls Manager - First Insurance/Co-operators.
The Cumberland Forest is part of an interconnected system of forests, salmon bearing creeks, wetlands and riparian areas adjacent to the Village of Cumberland on Vancouver Island in the traditional territory of the K’omoks Nation.
This forest is an integral part of both the Trent and Puntledge Watersheds, feeds Comox Lake, and forms a critical link in an extensive habitat corridor that connects mountains and lakes to the Salish Sea. This forest is all scheduled to be logged.
The Cumberland Forest has given a great deal to our community. Cumberland was built on logging and mining and the Cumberland Forest was a base for both activities. Today an extensive trail network winds its way through the area that is enjoyed by hikers, mountain bikers, runners, naturalists, children and families, school groups, artists and many others.
The Cumberland Community Forest Society was formed in 2000 with the mission to purchase and protect the Cumberland Forest for its ecological, historical, economic and recreational values. Guided by the shared belief that this forest is now worth more to our community standing than as timber, the society is supported by hundreds of donors from Cumberland and beyond.
To date the society has purchased 110 hectares of forest and placed it under a conservation covenant to ensure its future protection. Our most recent purchase was in 2016 when a 36 hectare area known as Space Nugget was purchased outright by the community.
But we’re not done yet! We’re currently working to purchase and protect another 93+ hectares of forest, wetlands, riparian areas and heritage landmarks along Perseverance Creek.
Last week Branch Manager Craig Keeping presented a $500 cheque to Vanier 4H Club members; Arzeena, Autumn, Tulasi, Colline, Nancy and Joyce (behind the camera). The Vanier 4H Club is a youth-led service group that aims to teach young people skills in horticulture. The group is focused on activities related to sustainable agriculture and organic gardening and, for the 2019/2020 school year, Vanier 4H is looking to expand into bee keeping! The youth members will be planting nectar crops at the Vanier Garden to ensure that the bees have a long period of nectar and pollen collection. Two nucs and bee boxes will also bee purchased and placed in the Vanier Garden along with the required personal protective equipment. Congratulations Vanier 4H!
The Comox Valley First Credit Union team and our community partners, the Cooperators, spent their 2019 Community Impact Day at The Fallen Alders Community Hall just outside of Cumberland. We had a crew of 25 people to handle various painting, weeding, pruning and cleaning projects, what a blast we had! We were also able to provide Fallen Alders with a $500 donation towards their light renovations. We got some tasks done but they are planning on taking it even further with fresh paint job on the exterior and a new roof! If you are looking for a local community hall in the Cumberland/Courtenay/Comox area check them out! https://www.facebook.com/fallena...
Here's a lovely note from the Board Treasurer, Linda: "Fallen Alders Committee would like to extend a grateful thank you to all your First Credit Union and Cooperator employees, your workers did a great job on our hall and grounds. Many jobs were completed with an eager, hard working crew even with the hot sun beating down. We are all so thankful for your helping hands and yes...you all made a wonderful and memorable IMPACT on us"
Thank you....Lorraine, Glen, Donnie, Jackie & Linda
First Credit Union was proud to contribute to the efforts of SwimBowen Society this year! SwimBowen is an open water swim event taking place at Tunstall Bay Beach on Bowen Island on Saturday, July 20, 2019. All proceeds benefit SwimBowen Society's Cancer Care Fund which assists Bowen Islanders undergoing cancer treatment. We hope the event goes swimmingly (pun intended)! To learn more & sign up, visit: www.swimbowen.com or https://www.facebook.com/events/...
We are proud to support the Texada Island Food Bank this year trough the 2019 Community Investment Funds! The Texada Island Food Bank was awarded half of the Community Investment Fund, totaling $500. To top that off, we're sending a team of First Credit Union employees and their Manager, Dawn Hughs, over to the Food Bank on Community Impact Day to lend a hand with cleaning and other odd jobs. Thank you, Texada Island Food Bank and keep up the important work!
Congratulations to St. George United Church for being the recipients of the First Credit Union and Cooperators 2019 Community Investment Fund (Comox Valley)!
First Credit Union Manager Craig Keeping and Co-operators Manager Colby Craven stopped by last week to take a peek at the old kitchen and hand over the cheque for $2500 in support of the community kitchen renovation. Pictured above (from left to right) is Craig, Wayne, Lydia, Sylvia and Colby. Lydia has been volunteering with St. George United Church since 1997! Go Lydia!!!
Not only do they run their own community food programs - St. George's also welcomes a number of different local organizations to use their kitchen throughout the week to help provide lunches to those in need. It is truly a community kitchen. They serve on average over 100 lunches per day to people from all walks of like, all over the Comox Valley. They have also expanded to provide breakfasts and other meals which are extremely helpful especially through the cold winter months. First Credit Union and Co-operators are so very happy to be helping these amazing volunteers who are doing so much for our community!
First Credit Union and Insurance is proud to support the Townsite Heritage Society of Powell River. Keep an eye out for the Spring edition of the Townsite Digester (Link to online PDF below). Every house in the Historic Townsite receives a copy to their door and free copies are also available at various cafes and stores around Powell River. Have a look and see what's coming up for the historic neighbourhood of Townsite!
First Credit Union had the opportunity to support the new Texada Island Seniors Non-Profit Housing Society (TISNHS) this spring with a donation of $1000.00 to go towards startup costs. Thank you TISNHS for stepping up to the issue of affordable seniors housing on Texada Island! We look forward to hearing about all the great work the Board and volunteers will do in this area. Best of luck!
First Credit Union is very excited to be donating $2500.00 to the Cumberland Community Schools Society (CCSS) and their Healthy Food Program (pictured below: Sue Loveless, Executive Director - CCSS and Craig Keeping, Branch Manager - First Credit Union). The Healthy Food Program provides breakfast, lunch and snacks to students in Kindergarten to Grade 9 at Cumberland Community School. The program focuses on increasing access to healthful foods, which leads to better eating habits and positive healthy outcomes. Poverty has been identified as a barrier to accessing healthy food. Census data indicates that 20.5% of Cumberland residents aged 0 to 17 are living in low income families. The CCSS Healthy Food Program ensures that all students, including the most vulnerable, have the nutrition they need to succeed in school. Students all eat the same lunch and benefit not only from proper nutrition, but from the connection and community that sharing a meal provides. First Credit Union is very excited to support this program and be acknowledged as a Major Supporter of the Cumberland Community Schools Society!