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First West takes steps towards gender equality

CEO Launi Skinner signs the Minerva pledge
First West CEO Launi Skinner signs the Minerva Pledge. Submitted photo

In a step towards advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace, First West Credit Union CEO Launi Skinner has signed the Minerva pledge on behalf of the Langley-based organization. The Minerva pledge is a meaningful public commitment that organizations undertake to show their support of gender parity.

“This is a great way for us to put a stake in the ground to show our commitment to gender equality and to help everyone in our organization understand their role in making this happen,” says Skinner. “Throughout 2018 and beyond, First West is rolling out a strategy aimed at fostering a healthy and inclusive workplace culture that reflects the diversity of our local communities as well as creating an inclusive environment in which everyone can thrive.”

Minerva BC is a registered, non-profit charitable organization that supports women and girls throughout the province to gain the confidence and skills they need to reach their leadership potential. From leadership programs to education awards and culturally relevant programming developed in partnership with Indigenous women, Minerva BC elevates the visibility, influence and contribution of women to change the face of leadership in B.C.

“First West has been moving towards diversity without the pledge, but the signing signals that this is something that they are committed to and we’re thrilled to have them take this important step,” says Minerva BC CEO, Tina Strehlke. “We have made great strides in gender equality, but we’re not there yet. As a society, we’re missing out on talent, wisdom and opportunity if we don’t have diverse perspectives at the table.”

Twenty-six organizations have signed the Minerva pledge since it launched in 2015.

“We recognize that there is work to be done in regards to inclusion and diversity at First West,” Skinner says. “By joining forces with Minerva and 25 like-minded organizations, we are ensuring that we’ll have the support and accountability necessary to create an inclusive and more diverse workplace.”

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