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Westminster Savings Foundation grants over $300,000 to local programs across Metro Vancouver

Local Arts and Active Living Programs Will Get a Boost from Westminster Savings this Fall

New Westminster, B.C., October 6, 2015 - Local charities offering arts and active living programming will receive a boost this fall, thanks to funding from the Westminster Savings Foundation. Each year the Westminster Savings Foundation works in partnership with a variety of charitable organizations to increase access to arts and active living opportunities for individuals and families in the communities in which the credit union operates. Funding of $310,000 will be distributed to more than 20 organizations across Metro Vancouver over the coming months.

With more than $9.2 million in assets, the Westminster Savings Foundation is one of the largest credit union foundations in Canada. It has contributed more than $3.2 million in financial support to local organizations since its incorporation in 1992, and funding of over $300,000 in 2015 marks the largest annual disbursement in the foundation’s history. Support by the foundation is directed towards programming which promotes hands-on engagement with the arts, programs which build community through the arts and/or recreational opportunities, and programs enabling recreational activity and inclusivity for individuals with barriers to participation.

"The Westminster Savings Foundation is proud to support opportunities for people to enrich and balance their lives," says Gavin Toy, President and CEO, Westminster Savings, "We know that people are happier when they have the chance to get creative, get active and connect with one another. This in turn benefits our communities, making them healthier, more inclusive places to live."

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About Westminster Savings Credit Union

At more than $3.2 billion in assets under management, over 400 employees, and 55,000 members, Westminster Savings is amongst the largest credit unions in Canada. Known for its customer and community focus, people oriented culture, and sound financial and operating practices, Westminster Savings provides a full range of retail, commercial, leasing and wealth management solutions to meet its customers' evolving needs.

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Cathryn Tucker
Manager, Corporate and Internal Communications
Westminster Savings