Friday May 13, 2016 



Envision helps fill families cupboards

Jason Brown, Envision Credit Union, Langley



nvision 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.


The Full Cupboard was recognized as one of Canada’s top credit union-driven community investment initiatives for its embodiment of co-operative values and for demonstrating leadership within the community.


“Launched in 2011, emPOWERING enables Concentra to invest in multiple credit union-supported initiatives every year,” says Ken Kosolofski, Concentra President and CEO. He continued, “We want to partner with and support credit unions as they serve their local communities. Concentra has deep roots in the co-operative system, so it makes perfect sense to support our co-operative colleagues through emPOWERING.” 


Established by Envision Financial in 2013, The Full Cupboard aims to raise food, funds and awareness for food banks in the Lower Mainland and Kitimat. Through this program, Envision Financial has committed to raising at least $1 million and 100,000 pounds of food for local food banks over 10 years. In the first three years of the program, The Full Cupboard has generated nearly $368,000 and over 60,000 pounds of food.


“The support The Full Cupboard has received from our employees, members and community partners has been truly remarkable,” says Susan Byrom, senior manager of community investment at Envision Financial. “We are so honoured that this initiative has been recognized as one of the leading credit-union programs in Canada and thankful for this grant from Concentra. The funds we receive will be equally divided between all 11 of The Full Cupboard’s food banks partners, including the Salvation Army Community Food Bank in Chilliwack, making an immediate impact in our local communities.”


Community members can support The Full Cupboard by donating non-perishable food items or making cash donations at their nearest Envision Financial branch. All donations of more than $20 are tax-deductible. Donations can be made online as one-time contributions or through regular, pre-authorized payments at the Food Banks B.C. online donation portal at:


About Envision Financial
Envision Financial is a premier provider of banking, investment and insurance services for residents and businesses throughout the Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland and Kitimat regions. As a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.'s third-largest credit union with 54 branches and 40 insurance offices throughout the province, Envision Financial brings innovative products, an extensive branch network and local decision making to the banking experience. Visit for more information.


About Concentra

With deep roots in the co-operative system, Concentra is a federally-regulated financial institution with $36.5 billion in assets under administration, including over $7.8 billion in on-balance sheet assets. Currently serving over 85 percent of Canadian credit unions, Concentra continues to expand its reach as Canada’s primary provider of wholesale finance, trust and leasing solutions to credit unions from coast to coast. We provide leadership, expertise and financial clout to improve financial performance, diversify risk and meet member needs. Concentra has a long history of partnering to support credit union initiatives in communities across Canada. Since 2011, the company has contributed over $1 million through its flagship emPOWERING Your Communities program.


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