We welcome your questions

We’re happy to answer any questions you have relating to our recruitment process or working at First West. For general recruitment-related inquiries, contact our talent attraction team at hrdirect@firstwestcu.ca.

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It takes courage to pursue a new career. We have a passionate team of people working behind the scenes to help you take the next step towards employment with First West.

Jen Deslauriers

Senior Talent Attraction Specialist

Jen Deslauriers

Senior Talent Attraction Specialist

As senior talent attraction specialist, Jen manages a diverse portfolio of recruitment needs among shared services teams at First West.

Jen is a seasoned talent attraction and HR professional who’s accumulated more than 20 years’ experience in recruiting—10 of those within Canada’s credit union system. She developed her respect and appreciation for cooperative values during her time at Vancity Credit Union, where she worked as Manager of Talent.

Regarded as an innovative leader, Jen draws on outside-the-box tactics to discover new recruits. While she’s been involved with numerous initiatives within First West’s human resources team, her first passion is connecting the right candidate with the right role.

Away from the office Jen enjoys spending quality time with her family in the Comox Valley.

Cara Watmough

Special Projects Lead

Cara Watmough

Special Projects Lead

As special projects lead, Cara advances First West’s talent attraction strategy and manages key projects, including First West’s employee value proposition, The Power of You. She has held progressively senior positions since joining First West in 2006, all with a laser focus on attracting top talent to the organization.

Prior to her role at First West, Cara was a Branch Manager for recruitment firm Ajilon Finance, where she grew their Vancouver office from a team of five recruiters to fifteen in just three years. Her efforts were recognized with an award for most profitable Ajilon office in Canada.

A graduate of University of Victoria, Cara holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, as well as a human resources professional designation (CPHR).

Cara is passionate about volunteering, contributing her efforts to the Surrey Food Bank as part of First West’s Make a Difference Days, as well as her son’s local sports teams.

James Jackson

Senior Talent Attraction Specialist

James Jackson

Senior Talent Attraction Specialist

As senior talent attraction specialist, James works with First West leadership to recruit for senior strategic positions, as well as for roles in wealth, retail, commercial and business banking lines of business across First West’s divisional brands.

James developed his specialty in recruiting for financial services in London, England where he supported tier 1 investment and retail banks, organizations focused on asset management, hedge funds and wealth management, as well as global IT consultancies.

Known for being agile and collaborative, James has exceeded the expectations of internal stakeholders since joining First West in 2017. He’s timely and professional when providing end-to-end support through the recruitment process, always with a mind to look for opportunities for continuous improvement.

Outside of work James enjoys travelling, playing golf and spending time with wife and two children.

Harmony Gillette

Talent Attraction Advisor

Harmony Gillette

Talent Attraction Advisor

Harmony is a talent attraction advisor with nearly a decade of human resources and career development experience. Her focus is on facilitating a positive recruitment experience, from start to finish, for both candidates and hiring managers.

After completing her Bachelor of Arts degree through the University of British Columbia, Harmony began working as a career development practitioner supporting youth and adult clients. This gave her an in-depth understanding of the candidate experience, as well as the barriers to employment faced by many. With significant involvement in both recruitment and employment counselling, she has developed a comprehensive understanding of the recruitment process with respect to all those involved.

Harmony is an active volunteer in her local Okanagan community and is passionate about supporting organizations that promote mental health, diversity and inclusion.

Sukhy Bassi

Onboarding Specialist

Sukhy Bassi

Onboarding Specialist

As onboarding specialist, Sukhy creates a positive introduction for employees new to First West and helps ensure they’re well positioned for success.

Sukhy collaborates with stakeholders across the organization as a trusted partner whilst managing all aspects of the onboarding program. With an eye on continuous improvement, Sukhy evolves First West’s approach to engaging new hires by utilizing a variety of delivery channels, methods and technologies.

In England Sukhy established herself as a specialist within the HR field. She has since built up an international portfolio with expertise in learning and development, employee relations, recruitment and performance management.

Since moving to Canada, Sukhy enjoys exploring the great outdoors, travelling, and spending time connecting with friends.