SimpleGenerosity volunteer nominations are ongoing and can be submitted throughout 2019.
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 and recognizing local volunteers, non-profit organizations and charities that are making meaningful contributions in our communities.
In 2019, we'll recognize 40 outstanding volunteers or volunteer teams, that's equal to one individual or group every week from communities throughout British Columbia.
Nominate an inspiring volunteer and they could be eligible to make a $1,000 donation, courtesy of First West Credit Union, to the non-profit or charity of their choice.
It was last year, on a sun-filled afternoon when a team of our colleagues stopped by Saanich Neighbourhood Place to give some good news: this non-profit would be receiving $50,000 to support their dream of transforming the woodsy area behind their Victoria-based facility into a secure and natural outdoor play space.
On a sunny summer morning in 2017, a few of our colleagues stopped by Foundry Kelowna with a big surprise: a cheque for $50,000 to support Not Alone, a campaign from Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) Foundation in partnership with Canadian Mental Health Association, Kelowna to realize the dream of an integrated mental health care facility supporting Okanagan youth and families.
It’s hard not to be inspired by stories of youth helping youth. It was last summer when we were moved by the heartwarming story of Kaitlyn Bernard, a youth actress who selflessly gave $15,000 of her own earnings to start Just Breathe, a fund benefiting Camp Goodtimes from the Canadian Cancer Society. To support her efforts, we surprised her with $50,000 to help further her goal of helping kids be kids.
Congratulations to our recent #SimpleGenerosity recipient from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, Linda Neden! She’s donating her $1,000 award to Armstrong-Spallumcheen Museum. Linda has been volunteering with the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Museum and Arts Society for over 13 years. Using her exceptional archivist, research and IT skills, Linda has developed a user friendly program that she, and the volunteers she trains, can use to upload digitalized copies of historical photos and documents for easy access by the public. In addition, Linda is the Volunteer Coordinator and she readily lends a hand to organizational and fundraising projects. Linda is a down to earth volunteer dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of historical information. Thanks to Linda, the organization is part of the UBCO Archives Digitalization Project making it possible for wider access to the information they have and continue to collect.
Congratulations to #SimpleGenerosity recipient from Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, Gabrielle Hoffer! She’s donating her $1,000 award to Catholic Charities Justice Services. Gabrielle has been volunteering with the program for over 17 years. Through the program, Gabrielle supports prison chaplains in assisting offenders to readjust to life back in society. Gabrielle has helped people to redeem, restore and reconcile their lives. She collects items such as calendars, blank greeting cards and rosaries for the inmates and their families. The cards are very important as they help inmates keep in touch with their families on special occasions. The support that Gabrielle and other volunteers in the program provide, also help the released offenders to step back into society and help create safer communities by significantly reducing the re-offence rates. Thank you for inspiring us!
A Notable Nomination from Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union. Shout out to a #SimpleGenerosity nomination we’ve received for Maureen Guichon. Maureen is a passionate volunteer with the Delta Hospital Foundation and assists with everything from fundraising, donor relations, and correspondence, to data entry and bringing a great sense of humour to the office. Maureen has strong ties to the community and is a well-known, warm and welcoming face at the Foundation.
A Notable Nomination from Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union. Shout out to a #SimpleGenerosity nomination we’ve received for Cora Thomson. Cora has been a dedicated volunteer with St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dogs for 16 years! Cora and her therapy dog, Corrie spend time every week visiting veterans, connecting with students and children through local programs and assisting new therapy dog team members. Cora and Corrie help bring connecting and skill development to children, teens and adults alike.
A Notable Nomination from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union. Shout out to a #SimpleGenerosity nomination we’ve received for Jennifer Johnston. Jennifer has been volunteer for Critteraid and Alleycats Alliance for 2 years. She does everything from mucking out stalls and fostering cats to helping with photography at events. Jen puts the needs of helpless animals before her own and is extremely dedicated in helping with their care.
A Notable Nomination from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union. Shout out to a #SimpleGenerosity nomination we received for Fred Missal. Fred has been volunteering with the Kelowna Gospel Mission for over 18 years as a volunteer cook. He makes meals for up to 250 people in the community, runs the kitchen and serves at banquets. Fun fact – Fred has sliced over 45,900 slices of ham at banquets in the last 18 years!
A Notable Nomination from Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union. Kudos to a #SimpleGenerosityy nomination we received for Maureen Alexander. Maureen has volunteered with the Mill Bay/Malahat Historical Society for over 11 years and is the founder and president. She organizes annual events that include the whole community, produces documentary film involving dozens of volunteers, writes articles for media, coordinates exhibits, helps with guided tours and historic signage in the community, documents seniors stories, supports research and collection of artifacts and archival material-instrumental in establishment of new museum in Mill Bay – just to name a few!