Welcome to the First West Foundation

The First West Foundation was established in 1996 by the management and Board of Directors of First West Credit Union. Our vision is to build a sustainable charity that helps create resilient and resourceful communities through our grantmaking. Since inception, the Foundation has proudly distributed over $3 million in grants to charities.

Red Cross Aims to Stop Bullying in its Tracks at Hope Secondary

The Canadian Red Cross has its sights set on bringing awareness to bullying. It aims to do just that at Hope Secondary, and Envision Financial is happy to help.

In 2013, Envision Financial provided Red Cross with a $5,170 community endowment grant to support the Red Cross anti-bullying initiative at Hope Secondary.

Students heading back to school are going to face many decisions in regards to bullying over the next school term, and it’s just not those who bully or youth being bullied that have to make tough decisions; bystanders witnessing bullying have decisions to make, too.

YWCA Fosters Confidence, Social Responsibility in Surrey’s Youth

The transition into secondary school is a daunting part of every adolescent’s life and grade seven boys and girls are faced with many choices, challenges and changes in their first year of secondary school. To help with this transition, with funding support from the Envision Financial Community Endowment, the YWCA Metro Vancouver has been delivering an after-school program for grade 7 girls and boys in Surrey. 

Breaking Bread, Making Friends, Connecting Community

Last year, over 100 individuals in the Lumby seniors community benefitted from Whitevalley Community Resource Centre’s Breaking Bread project. This year, the successful project will benefit more than 150 community members. For the second year in a row, Valley First is pleased to support the initiative with a $4,400 Community Endowment grant to continue its success and positive community impact.

The program recognizes the significance of breaking bread together, which benefits the Lumby seniors community by encouraging socialization while providing nutritious food.

Envision-Region Employees' Endowment

2014 Grants

Five grants worth $2,000 each were made from the Envision-Region Employees' Endowment to the following organizations:

  •       Kitimat Community Services – Food Share Program
  •       Hope Care Transit Society
  •       Reach Child & Youth Development Society
  •       Canadian Cancer Society – Volunteer Drivers Program (Chilliwack)
  •       Fraser Valley Child Development Centre