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Envision Financial introduces the next generation of online banking
May 19, 2016

Langley, B.C.—On May 11, Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, launched the next generation of its online banking platform featuring personal financial management tools to members. First West is the first credit union in B.C. to bring this enhanced functionality to its members.

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Dream home can go down the drain fast if buyers not prepared, says expert
May 17, 2016

Langley, B.C.—With stories of bidding wars and offers $100,000 over asking price circulating the water cooler, there’s no denying the Lower Mainland real estate market is red hot. Such fierce competition means potential buyers can’t afford to be ill prepared when making an offer.

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Fort McMurray fire should prompt Lower Mainland residents to review home insurance coverage
May 12, 2016

Langley, B.C.—With the devastating Fort McMurray fire top-of-mind for all Canadians, homeowners should spend some time this week reviewing their own home insurance policies.

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The Full Cupboard receives $10,000 community empowerment grant
May 10, 2016

Langley, B.C.—Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, recently received a $10,000 donation through Concentra’s emPOWERING Your Communities campaign for its innovative community program, The Full Cupboard.

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Soaring prices of B.C. homes may be leaving homeowners under-insured
May 4, 2016

Langley, B.C.—In the midst of a red hot real estate market and soaring prices of Lower Mainland properties, homeowners may be unknowingly at risk of being under-insured if their coverage fails to keep pace with increasing home values.

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Residents shred thousands of pounds, raise more than $2,300 for local food banks
April 26, 2016

Langley, B.C.—This past Saturday over 3,250 kilograms of confidential documents were sliced and diced at the annual Shred It and Forget It! event, hosted by Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, and its community partners.

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Majority of British Columbians likely not ready for significant seismic event
April 22, 2016

Langley, B.C.—According to the most recent data on consumer attitudes toward earthquake risk, more than two-thirds of British Columbians don’t have earthquake insurance—or don’t know if they do.

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Envision Financial combats identify theft by hosting popular annual event on Apr. 23 in Cloverdale
April 13, 2016

Langley, B.C.—Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country. According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, identity theft costs Canadians more than $10 million in 2015. In an effort to help consumers protect themselves against identity theft, Envision Financial is host a shredding event in Surrey on Apr. 23.

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Record home sales part of larger financial discussion, says local expert
April 11, 2016

Langley, B.C.—Last week the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) reported that March was its busiest in history with 3,006 home sales—the highest number of sales ever reported in one month. The month was also marked by a 26 per cent increase in the benchmark price of a Fraser Valley single family detached home, up to $741,000 compared to $588,500 in March 2015.

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The Full Cupboard spurs $113,000 gift to food banks
April 5, 2016

Langley, B.C.—More than 24,000 pounds of locally-raised, organic free-range chicken are headed to local food banks courtesy of a longtime Fraser Valley organic farmer.

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Students to provide expertise to three local non-profits
April 1, 2016

Langley, B.C.—In partnership with Envision Financial, Douglas College is offering three local non-profit organizations the chance to have a dedicated team of marketing students research and create strategies to overcome some of their biggest challenges.

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Workers could be under-insured for work-related travel
March 31, 2016

Langley, B.C.—If you are among the increasing number of Canadians who regularly hits the road for work, you may have a gap in your vehicle insurance coverage.

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Small business scams increasingly sophisticated but preventable, says security expert
March 29, 2016

Langley, B.C.—Cyber scams cost the average Canadian small business $6,200 dollars last year, according to a report released by the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses. Over the past 12 months, 20 per cent of small businesses fell victim to at least one form of fraud.

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Increase in electronic payments means higher expenses for businesses
March 23, 2016

Langley, B.C.—Business owners are facing rising expenses as more consumers are choosing to pay with plastic.

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Fraudsters still getting the best of Canadians, to the tune of $60 million
March 22, 2016

Langley, B.C.—Each year, thousands of Canadians are victims of fraud and identity theft. The most recent statistics from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre show that fraudsters victimized almost 14,000 Canadians, who lost over $61 million dollars in 2015.

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Beware increased social media security risks, says local IT expert
March 16, 2016

Langley, B.C.—Last month’s report of a Newfoundland woman whose Tim Hortons’ RRRoll Up The Rim to Win prize was stolen after she posted a photo of her winning cup on Facebook is a reminder that you don’t really know who your “friends” are on social media.

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It pays to shop around
March 1, 2016

Langley, B.C.—Not all insurance policies provide the same level of coverage so it’s important to shop around and be sure you’re comparing apples to apples.

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Still time to easily lower that tax bill
February 26, 2016

Langley, B.C.—Though the RSP contribution deadline for the 2015 tax year is just around the corner, there’s still a window of opportunity for British Columbians to invest and cut their tax bill, says a local retirement planning expert.

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Education savings grant to include 40,000 more children
February 23, 2016

Langley, B.C.—Yesterday, the provincial government expanded the B.C. Training and Education Savings Grant (BCTESG) to include children born in 2006 and in the process extended the $1,200 education grant to 40,000 more eligible British Columbian kids.

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Coming out on top during a market downturn
February 16, 2016

Langley, B.C.—It’s hard to ignore the financial headlines declaring 2016 to be the worst ever start to a year for the stock market. Plummeting prices have been worrisome for many investors and have left them wondering what they should do when there’s a sharp downturn in the markets.

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Creating a shared vision for retirement
February 11, 2016

Langley, B.C.—A visit to any financial institution during the first two months of the year is filled with reminders that it’s investment season. This means many British Columbians are making appointments with their financial institution, reviewing investment plans and re-committing to their financial goals.

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David Lanphear named president of Envision Financial
November 25, 2015

Langley, B.C.—First West Credit Union is pleased to announce that David Lanphear has been appointed to president of its Envision Financial division effective January 1, 2016. In this role, Lanphear will provide leadership to the credit union’s lines of business in the Envision Financial region.

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Bank fees can nickel-and-dime small businesses
October 16, 2015

Langley, B.C.—While business owners are hyperaware of their expenses and can recite the interest rate they pay on their operating lines of credit, they often overlook how much they pay in bank fees.

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Data kidnapping a growing concern
October 14, 2015

Langley, B.C.—Online extortion schemes that hold computer data—holiday photos, school assignments, business records and everything in between—for ransom are becoming all too common in the homes and businesses of British Columbians across the Lower Mainland.

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Opportunities await small businesses despite recession
October 13, 2015

Langley, B.C.—Recession or no recession? New government or status quo? These are just a few of things on the minds of B.C.’s small business owners as they look toward Small Business Week, running Oct. 18-24.

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RESP the ticket to government education funds
August 18, 2015

Langley, B.C.—Household budgets will soon be feeling the pinch from back-to-school spending, but there is some relief in sight for further education or training after the kids finish high school.

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Envision Financial Community Endowment gives more than $350,000 to deserving charities
August 6, 2015

Langley, B.C.—Envision Financial’s Community Endowment Fund is giving away $357,500 this year to deserving charities in the Lower Mainland as well as in Kitimat. In all, 33 grants will be awarded to a variety of organizations delivering programs to vulnerable populations.

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Innovative Douglas College-Envision Financial program enters fifth year, seeks local non-profits
July 27, 2015

Langley, B.C.—This fall, three local non-profit agencies stand to benefit from a unique partnership between First West Credit Union’s Envision Financial division and Douglas College.

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Envision Financial branch to open in Cloverdale’s Brick Yard Station on Aug. 4
July 26, 2015

SURREY, B.C. – On Aug. 4, First West Credit Union’s Envision Financial division will celebrate the opening of their fourth branch in the city of Surrey. The local financial institution will be opening a brand new, state-of-the-art branch in Cloverdale’s Brick Yard Station.

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Think twice about splurging Universal Child Care Benefit, says financial expert
July 23, 2015

Langley, B.C.—If you have kids in B.C., you are about to see a boon to your bank account courtesy of the federal government. On July 20, the expanded universal child care benefit (UCCB) program payments were mailed out or deposited into accounts.

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Envision Insurance urges clients to review home insurance policies
July 21, 2015

Chilliwack, B.C. – With wildfires continuing to burn across the province, Envision Insurance, a division of First West Insurance Services Ltd., is reminding homeowners to review their home insurance policies.

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Local financial expert urges prudence in wake of latest interest rate cut
July 15, 2015

Langley, B.C. — A local financial expert is cautioning consumers in the Fraser Valley against excessive borrowing in the wake of the Bank of Canada’s key interest rate cut earlier today.

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Thirteen students share $27,000 in education awards from Envision Financial
July 9, 2015

Langley, B.C.—Thirteen students from the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Kitimat are now that much closer to reaching their educational goals after receiving a 2015 Envision Financial Education Award.

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Coffee house concert series continues to set stage for local talent
June 2, 2015

Abbotsford, B.C.—Nearing a decade of helping showcase local musicians, the Envision Financial Coffee House Concert series continues to fill Saturdays up with free, original music. Its eighth season just underway, the popular concert series provides opportunities for local artists to perform in a casual atmosphere while music fans experience a wide range of styles, ranging from jazz, blues and folk to country, rock and pop.

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Twilight Concert Series in Heritage Park hits quarter-century mark, kicks off June 3
June 1, 2015

Langley, B.C.—The Mission Heritage Association, in partnership with Envision Financial, is pleased to announce the return of the very popular Envision Financial Twilight Concert Series to Fraser River Heritage Park for its 25th season. Great entertainment and a variety of musical talent are guaranteed with broad range of musical styles, from barbershop, rock and folk, to Celtic and high-school big-band.

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Envision Financial helps connect kids and the arts with support for Surrey International Children’s Festival
May 14, 2015

Surrey, B.C.—Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, is proud to return as the Visionary sponsor of the Surrey International Children’s Festival and provide a $20,000 sponsorship that will help the event continue to grow and provide local children the opportunity to learn in the Cirque Surrey program.

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Envision Financial sows support for the Cloverdale Country Fair
May 12, 2015

Langley, B.C.—Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, has saddled up and is riding out to the Cloverdale Country Fair with a $10,000 sponsorship that will support and entertain the next generation of country-driven boys and girls. In addition to a $7,500 pledge to sponsor the Kids Zone at the fair, Envision Financial has kicked in $2,500 to the Cloverdale Rodeo Youth Initiative Foundation.

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Boost to Tax-Free Savings Account can benefit modest income earners
April 21, 2015

Langley, B.C.—Today, the federal government unveiled its 2015 budget and announced an increase to the annual contribution limit for tax-free savings accounts (TFSA) to $10,000. The increase to the contribution limit for tax-free savings is welcome news to many financial experts.

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Mortgage insurance hike a good pause for thought for homebuyers
April 14, 2015

Langley, B.C.—Canadian homebuyers will be paying just a little bit more to become homeowners in 2015. Come June, two of Canada’s three major high-ratio mortgage insurers, CMHC and Genworth, will increase their insurance premiums for buyers with a down payment of less than 10 per cent.

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Resisting virtual cat and mouse games requires a change of mind
March 30, 2015

Langley, B.C.—As national Fraud Prevention Month winds down, Envision Financial is urging people to stay up to date on fraud. While keeping your computer’s software current is important, Jaime Lord, supervisor of corporate security at Envision Financial, says warding off online fraud takes more than technology.

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Savings, debt mistakes dominate list of top money miscues
March 27, 2015

Langley, B.C.—April Fool’s Day may be a great day for fun and pranks, but mishandling your money any day of the year is no laughing matter. Wealth advisors at Envision Financial, a division First West Credit Union, recently revealed the biggest mistakes people are making with their money right now.

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Residents shred thousands of pounds, raise more than $1,200 for local food banks
March 25, 2015

Delta, B.C.—Nearly 9,000 pounds of confidential documents were sliced and diced this past Saturday at the annual Shred It and Forget It! event, hosted by Envision Financial and its community partners. Over 100 residents offered up 250 bankers’ boxes worth of personal documents to the shredder for secure, safe disposal on location at Envision Financial’s Sunshine Hills branch.

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Envision Financial to host shredding event supporting National Fraud Prevention Month
March 12, 2015

Delta/Surrey, B.C.—In recognition of National Fraud Prevention Month, Envision Financial is proud to partner with Iron Mountain and the Delta Police to host a shredding event in Delta. On March 21, members of the public are invited to bring their documentation to the Sunshine Hills branch of Envision Financial in Delta where Iron Mountain will provide onsite secure paper shredding by donation. The Delta Police will also be on hand to provide fraud awareness information to the public.

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Retire two years earlier by investing your tax refund, says investment expert
March 3, 2015

Langley, B.C.—It’s tax season and for the majority of Canadians that spells a refund. In 2014, Canada Revenue issued 16.5 million refunds, doling out more than $28 million in total with the average return being $1,697.

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Canadians overlooking TFSA’s wealth-building potential
February 4, 2015

Langley, B.C.—Many Canadians, particularly those in their ‘savings years,’ are missing a major opportunity to build serious wealth through a Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA). Only five out of ten British Columbians hold a TFSA, according to recent research from Central 1 Credit Union.

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Plummeting pump prices welcome relief to household budgets
January 19, 2015

Langley, B.C.—Gas prices have hit a four year low across B.C. with an average price of $1 per litre, which is adding up to major savings for consumers.

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Chilliwack Chiefs, Envision Financial team up against hunger for Chilliwack Bowls of Hope
January 15, 2015

Chilliwack, B.C.—The Chilliwack Chiefs Hockey Club and Envision Financial are hoping to give the fight against hunger in Chilliwack a post-holiday boost.

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Surrey Eagles, Envision Financial team up against hunger at critical time for food bank
January 13, 2015

Surrey, B.C.—The Surrey Eagles Hockey Club and Envision Financial are hoping to give the fight against hunger in Surrey a post-holiday boost.

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New training and education savings grant will help jumpstart college savings funds says Envision Financial
January 12, 2015

Langley, B.C.—Today’s announcement by the B.C. government that it had reached a formal agreement with the federal government to introduce the BC Training and Education Savings Grant is good news for families looking to start saving for their children’s post-secondary education.

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First West Credit Union issues call for board nominations
January 5, 2015

Langley, B.C.—First West Credit Union is now accepting nominations from candidates interested in standing for election to the board of directors in its Envision Financial and Valley First regions. Nominations will not be solicited in First West’s Island Savings Region, as no directors’ terms expire in that region in 2015.

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