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SimpleGenerosity
#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 c...
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SimpleGenerosity volunteer nominations are ongoing and can be submitted any time. 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!
184 Main Street
Penticton, British Columbia
V2A 8G7
Causes we care about

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Social Services

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
Social Mission
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.
Stories of our community involvement
We’re excited to celebrate the community leadership of Jimmy Whitlock with an Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union SimpleGenerosity award. A $1,000 donation in Jimmy’s name has been made to the New View Society.

For more than 2 years, Jimmy has been leading an initiative he created to raise awareness of mental illness and the services New View offers to our community. Jimmy started what is called the New View Jersey Challenge—a series of 10 jerseys are passed from person to person as a friend or family nominates them. The idea is each takes a photo of themselves in the jersey and shares their experiences or knowledge around mental illness and New View Society. The photos are posted on social media where individuals can consider donating to the New View Society. Jimmy has been a champion for creating awareness and supporting our community's most vulnerable.

Jimmy is thoughtful, reliable, accountable, kind, and takes initiative. He is a true leader and inspiration. Jimmy is now part of our New View family; he inspires all of us to be the change. With the proceeds that Jimmy has raised we are able to extend and offer additional opportunities for our members and we are grateful for the financial and advocacy Jimmy brings.
Congratulations to SimpleGenerosity recipient Bob Terry for his outstanding community leadership. Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union is proud to make a $1,000 donation in Bob’s name to the Keremeos Seniors Activity Centre.

Bob is an amazing community leader, spending hours volunteering at the Senior Centre helping out with computer education, training and repairs. Bob also spends his time with the Keremeos Garden Club looking after the hanging flower baskets on Main Street and flower beds in front of the Visitors Centre.

He recently donated his time and materials to make new May Poles for the local school. Seeing what was left of old maypoles, looking at pictures online, and using his own ingenuity, Bob created two brand new maypoles and donated them to the school!

Thank you, Bob for your generosity to your neighbourhood and the Village of Keremeos.
We're celebrating Canada Day and this notable nomination from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union! A big shout out to SimpleGenerosity nominee Carolyn Patrick for supporting our friends Project Literacy Central Okanagan Society.

With a background as a speech language pathologist, Carolyn is certainly valuable at Project Literacy in teaching English pronunciation! Carolyn has worked with 20 individuals from countries around the world including Russia, Ukraine, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Japan, China, Vietnam, South Korea, Turkey, Madagascar, France and Slovenia.

Carolyn, thank you for inspiring us and helping our community thrive!
Kudos and a notable nomination from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union for the SimpleGenerosity nomination we received for Denise Dickson!

Denise is an avid volunteer with Project Literacy Central Okanagan Society. Denise helps vulnerable seniors learn how to use the internet and mobile devices to become better connected with their families and reduce their fear around the internet and mobile technology.

Thanks for inspiring us Denise and helping our seniors thrive!

If you know a volunteer doing good in your community, nominate them today on Do Some Good; http://bit.ly/2ouTm67
Canada Day celebrations include shout outs to great volunteers! We're excited to recognize Enderby & District Financial, a division of First West CU SimpleGenerosity nominee David Prenoslo!

Dave has been volunteering for two years with Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) Okanagan. Dave trains puppies 24/7 for the first 15 months of their life. The puppies then become fur-ever friends, providing freedom and independence to persons in wheelchairs or those with other diverse abilities.

Thanks Dave, for inspiring us and helping our communities thrive!

If you know a volunteer doing good in your community, nominate them today on Do Some Good; http://bit.ly/2ouTm67
We’re celebrating volunteers this Canada Day with a Notable Nomination from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union. Shout out to a SimpleGenerosity nomination we received for Geoff Barrow! Geoff is a long-time volunteer with Project Literacy Central Okanagan Society.

Geoff’s extra-ordinary background gives him special wisdom and insight into situations his learners may be facing. His wisdom and intelligence make him invaluable to Project Literacy.

Geoff, thank you for inspiring us and helping our community thrive!

Know a volunteer doing good in your community? Nominate them today on Do Some Good; http://bit.ly/2ouTm67
Congratulations to #SimpleGenerosity volunteer recipient from Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union, Angela Walmsley. Angela has awarded a $1,000 SimpleGenerosity donation to Nanaimo Community Hospice Society!

Angela, with her dog Hudson, began volunteering with the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Unit three years ago and since May 2019, she has volunteered as a Unit Facilitator for the Nanaimo Therapy Dog Program (TDP), facilitating recruitment, evaluation, scheduling, and training for new therapy dog teams.

Angela and Hudson volunteer their time at various places in the Nanaimo community, including the Wexford Extended Care, North Oyster School, Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services, the Nanaimo Hospice Community House, and Palliative Care Unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. They also volunteer at Vancouver Island University during exam times and other community events. Together, they provide those in need with a moment of joy, compassion, and companionship, which has helped decrease stress, pain, and improve mental health and quality of life for many of the people they visit.

Angela has selflessly given her time, kindness, and dedication to the TDP in Nanaimo and it has thrived under her leadership. She has been an active volunteer since she began in 2015, logging in close to 1,000 hours.

Thank you for inspiring us Angela!
Congratulations to #SimpleGenerosity recipient from Island Savings a division of First West Credit Union, Pete Thompson! Pete has awarded a $1,000 #SimpleGenerosity grant to St. John Ambulance.

Volunteering with St. John Ambulance for almost 15 years, Pete serves as Divisional Community Services Coordinator and Divisional Superintendent. A member of the St. John Ambulance Medical First Responders team in Victoria since 2005, Pete’s division provides first aid and healthcare services to events in and around the city. It is one of the busiest divisions in BC, providing services to hundreds of events, such as Canada Day festivities, Remembrance Day celebrations, concerts, and local fairs, ensuring that Victoria eventgoers are safe.

Pete has made a special contribution to the marginalized members of the community. He brings his input to the Downtown Service Providers organization, continues the division’s first aid clinic at the Our Place drop-in and residential centre, and has led the start-up of a similar clinic at Rock Bay Landing. Since joining Division 176, Pete has been able to record over 8,500 volunteer hours. Peter’s promotion of a culture of caring and compassion has had a profound effect in his community.

Peter is an exceptional volunteer and continues to help enhance safety and healthcare in Victoria.

Thank you for inspiring us Peter!
Congratulations to SimpleGenerosity volunteer recipient from Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, Shayne Meechan!

Shayne started volunteering with Green Okanagan in April 2018--she led the creation and founding of the organization and now serves as the Executive Director. Shayne leads sustainable community workshops, hosts discussion nights to spark green conversation, is a member of the Okanagan Sustainability Leadership Council (not to mention, she's been asked to join others in the Okanagan!), and continues to seek opportunities for the organization to improve community sustainability further. Shayne also works with the OCCP and TOTA in communications roles for which she spreads her knowledge on ecosystems, her love of nature, and leaving only footsteps when exploring with others.

Shayne spreads Simple Generosity in our community by being a leader for environmentalism and sustainable change for the Okanagan region. Green Okanagan would not exist without Shayne and it would not be thriving as it is today without her continued efforts.
26 of these fresh and fantastic care baskets were distributed this week to seniors and self-isolating individuals and families in the Newton community. With produce from Newton's The Plot community garden, a $500 SimpleGenerosity grant, and additional funding and support from partners All of Oils, Studio 73 and Calvin's Farm Market, you can bet tasty meals were made. Local Good growing right here. Learn more and help support this program, friendsoftheplot@gmail.com.
184 Main Street
Penticton, British Columbia
V2A 8G7
Causes we care about

  • Philanthropy and Capacity Building

  • Social Services

Businesses whose employees volunteer with us
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