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.

We’re here to help you succeed

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.

Amanda Wantke

Manager of Talent Attraction

Amanda Wantke

Manager of Talent Attraction

As manager of First West’s talent attraction team, Amanda draws upon her 11+ years of experience across the credit union to ensure that our teams and new employees in all areas of the business are set to succeed together. Her belief in continuous improvement and change management led Amanda to obtain LEAN Blackbelt certification and her Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP) designation.

As an advocate for leadership development, Amanda currently spearheads the First West Young Leaders employee resource group and is a working committee member of the BC Young Leaders network.

Amanda is currently enrolled in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at the Australian Institute of Business. And when not at study or at the office, you’ll likely find her outdoors playing softball or spending time with her son.

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.

Utah Cowx

Senior Talent Attraction Specialist

Utah Cowx

Senior Talent Attraction Specialist

Utah believes that a great career comes from people feeling connected to their company and community. This is what he seeks to create for each individual he helps find their next career move at First West.

From his diverse experience gained while working with local municipalities, startups and established organizations, Utah knows  that strategic hiring decisions benefit both the employee and employer to grow and thrive. For this reason, you’re likely to find Utah actively seeking talented professionals on social media and engaging with local and professional groups to find a match for opportunities here at First West.

Outside of the office, Utah loves spending time with his family and exploring the excellent food scene in the Lower Mainland.

Arby Canning

Senior Talent Attraction Specialist

Arby Canning

Senior Talent Attraction Specialist

It’s her professional savvy that sets Arby apart as a Senior Talent Attraction Specialist. She’s spent many years working in accounting and finance which, combined with her BA in psychology from Trinity Western University and six-plus years as a corporate recruitment expertise, gives her special insight into matching talented individuals with the right opportunity to thrive at First West.

You’re lucky to be on Arby’s list of potential job candidates. As an intrepid account manager, she targets leading professionals who are seeking key roles to advance their career. If you’re the right person, you’ll quickly know it as Arby wastes no time in getting to know what makes you tick and how your goals align with ours. You might even forget you’re being interviewed because Arby goes out of her way to create a positive candidate experience so you get the best welcome to First West.

When Arby’s not engaged with soon-to-be employees, she’s creating memories with her husband and daughters by exploring BC’s amazing trails, or putting her (boundless) energy toward a variety of athletic pursuits.

Leah Ward

Talent Attraction Advisor

Leah Ward

Talent Attraction Advisor

You’ve never met a “people-person” like Leah. From her first job coordinating high-energy events around the world to her 10-years as the right-hand person for business executives, she thrives when she’s with her community.

Leah also loves growing the First West community with new team members who are the right fit with the organization’s inclusive, forward-thinking, flexible and fun culture. So, make sure to tell her all about your passions and ambitions! (Psst. If you really want to impress Leah, come to your interview prepared with some solid knowledge about First West.)

Having diverse career experience herself, Leah has learned that your future is in your own hands and she is an expert in matching people to the right job, training or development opportunity that will elevate their potential. And she takes her own advice! In addition to her business management credentials (BCIT, 2008) she continues to learn and expand her expertise in human resources.

Connect with Leah to chat about how you could grow your career at First West – or to get some of her excellent golfing tips or trail recommendations near Pitt Meadows where lives with her husband, young daughter and dog.