|By Marketwired .||
|May 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT||
LANGLEY, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/12/14 -- The First West Foundation, the private, charitable arm of First West Credit Union, today announced that it will donate close to $500,000 in 2014 to charitable organizations in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Kitimat, and the Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson valleys. Notably, in 2013, the Foundation distributed more than $350,000 in donations to 82 charities throughout British Columbia.
Helping to improve the quality of life for British Columbians in the communities served by First West Credit Union and its regional brands-Envision Financial, Valley First and Enderby & District Financial-the First West Foundation has proudly contributed more than $2.7 million to charities since 1998. Endowments held by the Foundation include the:
-- Envision Financial Community Endowment, supporting charities in the communities served by Envision Financial; -- Valley First Community Endowment, supporting charities in the communities served by Valley First; -- Enderby Financial Community Endowment, supporting charities in the communities served by Enderby & District Financial; -- Envision-Region Employees' Endowment, supporting charities identified by Envision Financial employees; -- Peter Podovinikoff Scholarship Endowment, generating scholarships for students demonstrating extensive community commitment; -- Gord and Enrica Huston Endowment, supporting programs aimed at eradicating breast cancer; -- Frank Jamieson Memorial Endowment, providing an annual bursary to a deserving high school student in Chilliwack; -- Ben H. Voth Legacy Endowment, generating annual scholarships for students studying in the construction industry; and -- Haukeland Family Legacy Fund, generating grants for charities selected by the Haukeland family.
Envision Financial Community Endowment-improving lives in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Kitimat
In 2014, grants in the Envision region from the Envision Financial Community Endowment will be used to fund projects supporting vulnerable populations. Additionally, recognizing the opportunity to strengthen the important work being done in the social services sector, grants will be provided to support organizational development initiatives such as leadership training and workshops to help improve the skills and abilities of staff or volunteers.
Valley First Community Endowment-improving lives in the Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson valleys
Grants from the Valley First Community Endowment will focus on projects enhancing food security and support food-related programs such as community kitchens or children's breakfast and lunch programs. These grants complement work being done through Valley First's signature cause: Feed the Valley, a unique community partnership dedicated to a simple goal of tackling hunger by raising food, funds and awareness for local food banks.
Enderby Financial Community Endowment - improving lives in Enderby and Area F of the North Okanagan Regional District
2014 will mark the first year of distributions from the Enderby Financial Community Endowment and the fund has generated over $18,000 to share with the community. Grants will be available for youth-based programming, enhanced community education and literacy programs, general community services and seniors support services.
"We're thrilled to be able to increase the number of grants we'll be able to provide to the charities in our communities this year," says Seline Kutan, executive director of the First West Foundation. "There are so many worthy projects and organizations and I've seen firsthand the difference these endowments can make in a community. Our Foundation is very proud to continue our longstanding history of helping to improve the quality of life of thousands of British Columbians in our communities."
For information on applying for funding, visit www.firstwestfoundation.ca.
About The First West Foundation
The First West Foundation cares about the well-being of the communities served by First West Credit Union and its regional divisions, Envision Financial, Valley First, and Enderby & District Financial. The Foundation uses income generated from its endowments to help improve the quality of life for British Columbians in these communities. Since its inception in 1996, the First West Foundation has donated over $2.7 million in grants to local community groups and projects. The Foundation grows its endowments through charitable gifts and bequests. For more information, visit firstwestfoundation.ca.
About First West Credit Union
First West Credit Union offers members the financial strength, comprehensive product selection and extended branch network of a large financial institution while maintaining local brand identities and a unique grassroots approach to service. Led by Launi Skinner, First West is British Columbia's third-largest credit union with $7.7 billion in assets under administration, more than 177,000 members and close to 1,300 employees. It operates 39 branches throughout the province under the Envision Financial, Valley First and Enderby & District Financial brands. For more information on First West Credit Union, visit www.firstwestcu.ca.
Follow us on Twitter: @firstwestcu
First West Credit Union
2015 predictions circa 1970: houses anticipate our needs and adapt, city infrastructure is citizen and situation aware, office buildings identify and preprocess you. Today smart buildings have no such collective conscience, no shared set of fundamental services to identify, predict and synchronize around us. LiveSpace and M2Mi are changing that. LiveSpace Smart Environment devices deliver over the M2Mi IoT Platform real time presence, awareness and intent analytics as a service to local connecte...
May. 29, 2015 04:27 PM EDT
High-performing enterprise Software Quality Assurance (SQA) teams validate systems that are ready for use - getting most actively involved as components integrate and form complete systems. These teams catch and report on defects, making sure the customer gets the best software possible. SQA teams have leveraged automation and virtualization to execute more thorough testing in less time - bringing Dev and Ops together, ensuring production readiness. Does the emergence of DevOps mean the end of E...
May. 29, 2015 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 5,287
Amazon and Google have built software-defined data centers (SDDCs) that deliver massively scalable services with great efficiency. Yet, building SDDCs has proven to be a near impossibility for companies without hyper-scale resources. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, David Cauthron, CTO and Founder of NIMBOXX, highlighted how a mid-sized manufacturer of global industrial equipment bridged the gap from virtualization to software-defined services, streamlining operations and costs while connect...
May. 29, 2015 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 3,293
Container technology is sending shock waves through the world of cloud computing. Heralded as the 'next big thing,' containers provide software owners a consistent way to package their software and dependencies while infrastructure operators benefit from a standard way to deploy and run them. Containers present new challenges for tracking usage due to their dynamic nature. They can also be deployed to bare metal, virtual machines and various cloud platforms. How do software owners track the usag...
May. 29, 2015 03:45 PM EDT Reads: 791
The Industrial Internet revolution is now underway, enabled by connected machines and billions of devices that communicate and collaborate. The massive amounts of Big Data requiring real-time analysis is flooding legacy IT systems and giving way to cloud environments that can handle the unpredictable workloads. Yet many barriers remain until we can fully realize the opportunities and benefits from the convergence of machines and devices with Big Data and the cloud, including interoperability, ...
May. 29, 2015 03:45 PM EDT Reads: 4,790
paradigm shifts in networking, to cloud and licensure, and all the Internet of Things in between. In 2014 automation was the name of the game. In his session at DevOps Summit, Matthew Joyce, a Sales Engineer at Big Switch, will discuss why in 2015 it’s complexity reduction. Matthew Joyce, a sales engineer at Big Switch, is helping push networking into the 21st century. He is also a hacker at NYC Resistor. Previously he worked at NASA Ames Research Center with the Nebula Project (where OpenSta...
May. 29, 2015 03:21 PM EDT Reads: 286
The term culture has had a polarizing effect among DevOps supporters. Some propose that culture change is critical for success with DevOps, but are remiss to define culture. Some talk about a DevOps culture but then reference activities that could lead to culture change and there are those that talk about culture change as a set of behaviors that need to be adopted by those in IT. There is no question that businesses successful in adopting a DevOps mindset have seen departmental culture change, ...
May. 29, 2015 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 4,912
Discussions about cloud computing are evolving into discussions about enterprise IT in general. As enterprises increasingly migrate toward their own unique clouds, new issues such as the use of containers and microservices emerge to keep things interesting. In this Power Panel at 16th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists will address the state of cloud computing today, and what enterprise IT professionals need to know about how the latest topics and trends affec...
May. 29, 2015 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,485
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In this session, James Kirkland, Red Hat's Chief Architect for the ...
May. 29, 2015 02:33 PM EDT Reads: 339
While there are hundreds of public and private cloud hosting providers to choose from, not all clouds are created equal. If you’re seeking to host enterprise-level mission-critical applications, where Cloud Security is a primary concern, WHOA.com is setting new standards for cloud hosting, and has established itself as a major contender in the marketplace. We are constantly seeking ways to innovate and leverage state-of-the-art technologies. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Mike Rivera, Seni...
May. 29, 2015 02:30 PM EDT Reads: 924
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, discussed single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series dat...
May. 29, 2015 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 6,433
We’re entering a new era of computing technology that many are calling the Internet of Things (IoT). Machine to machine, machine to infrastructure, machine to environment, the Internet of Everything, the Internet of Intelligent Things, intelligent systems – call it what you want, but it’s happening, and its potential is huge. IoT is comprised of smart machines interacting and communicating with other machines, objects, environments and infrastructures. As a result, huge volumes of data are bein...
May. 29, 2015 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 769
Cloud Expo, Inc. has announced today that Andi Mann returns to DevOps Summit 2015 as Conference Chair. The 4th International DevOps Summit will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City. "DevOps is set to be one of the most profound disruptions to hit IT in decades," said Andi Mann. "It is a natural extension of cloud computing, and I have seen both firsthand and in independent research the fantastic results DevOps delivers. So I am excited to help the great team at ...
May. 29, 2015 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,716
EMC Corporation on Tuesday announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Virtustream. When the transaction closes, Virtustream will form EMC’s new managed cloud services business. The acquisition represents a transformational element of EMC’s strategy to help customers move all applications to cloud-based IT environments. With the addition of Virtustream, EMC completes the industry’s most comprehensive hybrid cloud portfolio to support all applications, all workl...
May. 29, 2015 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 914
Enterprises are fast realizing the importance of integrating SaaS/Cloud applications, API and on-premises data and processes, to unleash hidden value. This webinar explores how managers can use a Microservice-centric approach to aggressively tackle the unexpected new integration challenges posed by proliferation of cloud, mobile, social and big data projects. Industry analyst and SOA expert Jason Bloomberg will strip away the hype from microservices, and clearly identify their advantages and d...
May. 29, 2015 01:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,545