Community Programs

We are very proud of our community involvement and strive to deliver programs that strengthen the well-being of our communities and make a meaningful impact.

Visit our Facebook page, Community Impact Blog and our YouTube channel  to see up-to-date news about our community programs and the events that we are part of!


CULEAD Young Leaders Program

First Credit Union offers an annual CULEAD Young Leaders Program for graduating grade 12 students planning to further their education. Participants receive practical work experience and mentoring from successful business professionals on a wide range of topics that will help them prepare for their future careers. Upon the successful completion of the program, students are awarded a cash scholarship.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2016/2017 program in Powell River. For more information, please review the program outline.



Every year, First Credit Union proudly awards scholarships to local high school students who are planning to further their education.  The total amount of scholarships awarded is based upon a percentage of the total assets of the credit union, so the more growth the organization has, the higher the scholarships will be. 

Students interested in applying for a credit union scholarship should do so through the high school application process that is currently in place.  Please see your school for more details.

To be eligible for an award, applicants must:

  • Be a grade 12 student.
  • Be planning to attend post secondary on a full time basis within the following year.

Consideration will be given to students who have been members or whose families have been members for a significant length of time, academic aspirations, and community involvement.


Community Impact Day

In 2015 we celebrated our inaugural Community Impact Day, where we closed all of our branches from 2 to 5pm to allow all 140 of our staff to work as volunteers in their community. In those 3 hours we volunteered a total of 420 hours and served 22 different non-profit organizations.

We have since made Community Impact Day an annual event. One day a year, we close our branches early so employees can spend an afternoon volunteering and supporting multiple non-profit organizations.

Why do we celebrate Community Impact Day?
The purpose of our organization is to strengthen the well-being of our member-clients and make a meaningful community impact.  Community Impact Day is an opportunity to lend a hand and show our gratitude to some of the remarkable non-profit organizations that work every day for the benefit of others.

Which organizations have you volunteered for?

Our employees volunteered for the following organizations for the 2016 Community Impact Day:

Powell River

Comox Valley

  • Brain Injury Society (garden work)
  • Community Resource Centre (painting compost bins)
  • Curling Club (yard work)
  • Evergreen Extended Care (weeding garden and playing crib with residents)
  • Sunshine Coast Trail (trail maintenance)
  • Therapeutic Riding (building a fence)
  • Willingdon Creek (weeding garden and playing bingo with residents)
  • Children's Health Foundation (preparing attendee packages for Butterfly Ball fundraiser)
  • Glacier View Lodge (landscaping)
  • YANA (preparing for Christmas Cracker fundraiser and archiving materials)


Texada Island

  • Cumberland Lodge (gardening)
  • Garbage clean-up around Gilles Bay, VanAnda and along highway

Bowen Island                                   

  • Garbage clean up at Mannion Bay

Success By Six

One of the initiatives most dear to our hearts is supporting early childhood literacy in our communities. Since 2001, First Credit Union has been a lead partner in Success By 6®, an early childhood development initiative dedicated to providing all children with a good start in life. It helps to ensure that children ages 0 to 6 develop the emotional, social, cognitive, and physical skills they need as they enter school.

Success By 6 builds and enhances community through engaging citizens in early childhood development, and funding programs that strengthen services for young children and their families. Funded programs include literacy, nutrition, children's play, parenting and family skills development.

Prevention-focused, research-informed and community-based, Success By 6® envisions a community where all children are valued, respected, nurtured, loved and given the opportunity to develop to their full potential as creative, caring, competent and responsible adults.

To learn more about Success By Six, visit their website.



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