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SimpleGenerosity volunteer nominations are ongoing and can be submitted throughout 2017.
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!
#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 celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary and the Canadians who make our communities great by recognizing local volunteers, non-profit organizations and charities that are making meaningful contributions in our communities.
In 2017, we'll recognize 52 outstanding volunteers or volunteer teams, that's one individual or group every week from communities throughout British Columbia.
Another part of the Simple Generosity initiative, inspired by Canada 150 celebrations - $150,000 will be reinvested in the heart of Canadian culture—local communities. We've recognized three non-profit organizations in our communities that are striving to build a better future for children and families. Congratulations to Just Breathe, Foundry-Kelowna and Saanich Neighbourhood Place - recipients of $50,000 Simple Generosity Grants!
What we believe in
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.
Causes we care about
Philanthropy and Capacity Building
Things we’re involved with in the community
Congratulations to #SimpleGenerosity recipients from Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, Marilyn Carter, Dawn Ens, Avril Gauthier, Jan Geddes, Deanna Lobsinger. All five of these volunteers have contributed their services and support towards Delta residents through the Delta Hospice Society for over 25 years. They have participated in every service the hospice has offered and have done so with the greatest compassion, care and commitment, touching the hearts of people going through difficult and painful times. They have all embraced the philosophy of hospice care and live it daily, sharing their skills and vast experience with clients, peers, friends – and strangers at the grocery store or on the bus. Every one of these women has the "heart for hospice” and continues to offer profound support to the community.
Thank you for inspiring us!
Congratulations to our recent #SimpleGenerosity recipient from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, Nick Pisio! He’s donating $1,500 to Pathways Abilities Society where he has volunteered for over 20 years. Nick has volunteered thousands of hours at Pathways – serving on the board, completing repairs and maintenance of the four facilities, and overseeing renovation projects to ensure the facilities are fully accessible. Nick is always available and willing to lend a helping hand wherever he can. The time and support Nick has so kindly donated has allowed Pathways to use their funds to better support their clients and community. Thank you for inspiring us, Nick!
Congratulations to #SimpleGenerosity recipient from Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, Karel Ley! She’s donating $1,500 to Delta Stroke Recovery Society. Karel founded Delta Stroke Recovery Society in 1996 in memory of her husband who passed away due to a stroke. Karel is the longest serving volunteer for the organization and her personal drive to create a support system for stroke survivors and their families in the community is truly remarkable. Each program, class, event, and meeting involves countless hours of organizing and none of them would happen without the tremendous dedication of volunteers like Karel. DSRS supports 40 Delta stroke survivors and their families, has 18 volunteers, 2 paid speech and fitness therapists – all without government funding. The Delta community is very lucky to have a person with as much passion and commitment as Karel. Thank you for inspiring us!
Congratulations to today’s #SimpleGenerosity recipient from Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union, Sy Silverberg! He’s donating $1,500 to the Society for Kids at Tennis. Sy is the founder of the organization and their mission is to improve the physical, emotional and social well-being of children whose families’ financial circumstances limit their access to healthy sport. KATS works in partnership with over 40 community organizations and low-income neighbourhood schools and provide free tennis equipment and instruction to youth who would otherwise not have the means to learn and play. They have assembled a team of 17 tennis professionals and have trained 54 volunteers to assist the certified instructors. Children are taught using equipment appropriate for their size and nets set lower than that of an adult. Their ability to keep the ball in play, almost immediately helps to build their self-confidence, particularly for the many children who are not “natural athletes”. It is believed this growing confidence will extend to other areas of their lives as well. Since their inception just four year ago KATS has seen rapid growth and has been able to reach more than 6,000 children in the Victoria region from Sidney to Sooke.
Congratulations to #SimpleGenerosity recipients from Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, Hope Lions Club! Hope Lions Club is one of the oldest service clubs in the area and have been supporting the community of Hope since 1943. They are donating their $1,500 award to the Canadian Diabetes Assocation-Hope Branch to help elevate the fight against diabetes and support local educational programs and resources for those affected by diabetes. Hope Lions Club donates time and money to a number of community projects and people in the community - their motto is “Where there is a need, there is a lion”. They sponsor the Silver Creek Breakfast program, Hope Secondary Lunch program and graduate bursaries, Camp Skylark, Camp Horizon, and numerous free community events every year. Thank you for inspiring us!
Congratulations to our recent #SimpleGenerosity recipient from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, Pam Westwood! She’s donating $1,500 to Penticton Salvation Army Food Bank. Pam has been volunteering with the Penticton and District Hospice Society for over 12 years and was instrumental in creating and implementing the volunteer palliative massage program. After receiving training in palliative massage, Pam began the program at Moog and Friends Hospice in Penticton. Since then, she has created a team and volunteer mentoring program that allows this service to be offered to the community. Pam goes into patient’s homes and massages palliative patients and their caregivers. She very much feels that supporting the caregiver is important at this time due to the stress they are under with caring for a loved one at end of life. The impact of the massages is immeasurable as it eases pain and helps patients and their caregivers to just relax and forget what they are going through for a moment. Penticton is one of the only hospices in BC to offer this service – all thanks to Pam’s dedication and commitment. Thank you for inspiring us, Pam!
Congratulations to our recent #SimpleGenerosity recipient from Enderby & District Financial, a division of First West CU, Tanji Woloshyn! She’s donating $1,500 to the Enderby Spray Park initiative. Tanji has lived in Enderby her entire life and has been an avid volunteer in the community for over 10 years. Tanji participated on The Success by 6 committee, working to ensure children develop the skills they need before they begin kindergarten. She joined the Food Action Committee for Today and became a part of the Harvest Hut group– connecting farmers and gardeners who have an abundance of fresh food to people in need in the community. As the program continues to grow, Harvest Hut is now working to create a bigger building to house the food and make space for a community garden. Tanji’s efforts don’t stop there, she has helped the Food Action Committee take over the operations of Feed Enderby & District Food bank, and ensuring food is readily available in the community. Thank you for inspiring us, Tanji!
Congratulations to our recent #SimpleGenerosity recipients from Enderby & District Financial, a division of First West CU, Dolores Whitfield, Jean Witherly and Sheila Forster! The trio is donating $1,500 to Enderby & District Community Resource Centre. Dolores, Jean and Sheila are faithful volunteers for the Centre and the programs, events and fundraisers they offer. Their long term dedication and commitment is amazing and they all share a vision for a healthier community. They love to see young families supported, nurtured and engaged in fun, healthy activities. From child minding, fundraisers, grant applications, community events, and donation seeking, there isn’t much that these ladies’ helping hands don’t provide support with at the Centre. Thank you for inspiring us!
#SimpleGenerosity: Community grant recipient Saanich Neighbourhood Place – Island Savings
This summer, Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union was proud to support Saanich Neighbourhood Place through a $50,000 community grant as part of our #SimpleGenerosity initiative – our way of celebrating #Canada150 and reinvesting in our local communities.
Congratulations to today’s #SimpleGenerosity recipient from Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, Pat Besse! She’s donating $1,500 to the Fraser Canyon Hospice Society. For close to 20 years, Pat has been volunteering with the Fraser Canyon Hospice Society. Pat has been a resident of Hope for 41 years and has contributed to many events as an avid volunteer, including; dances and ball tournaments supporting Royal Canadian Legion, Director for Fraser Canyon Hospice, planning committee for the Palliative Wing, Camp Skylark Bereavement Camp for Children, Hospice Rest Area, Court Yard project, and fundraising dances for the Cancer Society. Her compassion and dedication to supporting the community by raising funds and awareness for local causes is remarkable. Pat leads by example and is passionate about the programs provided by the hospice society for residents in Hope.