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First Calgary Financial cheers on local businesses

Thanks to First Calgary Financial for sponsoring the 6th annual Be Local Awards

As the 6th annual Be Local Awards draws to a close, we want to take this time to sincerely thank our title sponsor, First Calgary Financial.

First Calgary Financial – a division of Connect First Credit Union – has been a REAP member since 2011 and the Be Local Awards title sponsor since its 2013 inception. First Calgary Financial is proud to be part of the REAP network.

“It seemed like a natural fit for a local credit union to be part of this movement early on,” says Community Innovation Manager Teri Buckley.

First Calgary Financial is committed to helping members achieve their financial goals and dreams while strengthening the community for the past 75 years. The awards provide the opportunity to raise the profile of sustainable, locally owned businesses, and is a great way to create a stronger community amongst REAP businesses. For First Calgary Financial, building partnerships in the community is a great way to be making money make a difference.

“We believe the Be Local Awards play a role in encouraging the adoption of stronger business practices every year, whether this is motivating each other to play a bigger role in the community or pay a living wage.”

Teri is responsible for First Calgary Financial’s community approach which focuses on building strong, local economies and proud communities. They partner with organizations such as Thrive, Vibrant Communities Calgary, and Momentum that support entrepreneurship while building community pride and revitalization.

“And this is why we support non-profit organizations like REAP, to celebrate and bring together this inspiring network of businesses and non-profit organizations. It’s been fun to be part of this journey.”


  1. Visit First Calgary Financial online and view the community page for more information about the business’ sustainability efforts.
  2. Drop by any of First Calgary’s 15 branches to become a member for free. You can even have them switch your banking over for you -- click here to learn more.
  3. Stay tuned for the official unveiling of the 2018 Be Local Award winners on November 14!