ABBOTSFORD, B.C. –Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union has announced a significant donation of $100,000 to help with recovery efforts for the recent severe weather devastation in the Fraser Valley. Red Cross, Abbotsford Community Foundation (ACF) and Food Banks BC will each receive $25,000, with an additional $25,000 being allocated to the B.C. Agriculture Council (BCAC) to assist with recovery efforts for the Sumas Prairie agricultural community.
“We know how important it is to get these funds into the hands of our community partners—as fast as possible—to help our communities impacted by these devastating events,” says Dave Lanphear, President of Envision Financial. “I lived in Hope when I was young and have lived in Abbotsford for more than 20 years — this is where my wife and I are raising our children. The credit union members that my team and I get to serve every day are also my neighbours, and it’s the belief in neighbour helping neighbour that guides everything we do here at Envision Financial. Right now our neighbours need our help.”
The $25,000 allocated for the ACF will go directly to its Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund— a fund established in conjunction with the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce and the University of the Fraser Valley. This fund will support front-line agencies providing essential services to affected families and businesses.
“It is good to see how our communities come together in time of need,” says Craig Toews, Vice President, External at UFV. “Collaborating and partnering with like-minded organizations is critical to helping our communities recover, and we are so thankful Envision Financial has stepped up to provide much needed support— we hope this donation will encourage others to contribute as well.”
- To donate or learn more about ACF’s Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund, visit: https://abbotsfordcf.org/grants/disaster/
- To donate or learn more about Food Banks BC visit: The Full Cupboard – Fraser Valley | Food Banks BC
- To donate or learn more about the Red Cross, visit: www.redcross.ca/donate
- To learn more about BCAC, visit: https://bcac.ca/
Earlier this month, Envision Financial also donated $15,000 to BC Young Farmers, a working committee within the BCAC that assists young farmers in the province with information, education and support to ensure farming remains a success in B.C.
With more than 240,000 members across B.C., First West is leveraging its collective strength to donate to the cause through its Envision Financial division. Lanphear invites other credit union members, employees and members of the community who have the means to join First West and Envision Financial in contributing.