Wednesday, April 27, 2016

#JEANUP FOR KIDS: Jeans Day 2016

For 25 years now the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation has held an annual Jeans Day to help raise money towards providing the essential services, research and advanced technology necessary to make leading pediatric care accessible to our province’s one million children.

Tomorrow, our employees will be showing showing their support for BC Children's Hospital by purchasing a $5 button or $20 lapel pin and wearing jeans to work in celebration of Jeans Day 2016.

This year alone for Jeans Day we've collected $800 to help out the kids at the Hospital, carrying on our proud tradition of supporting quality healthcare both locally and provincially!

Friday, April 15, 2016


THINK GREEN!  Celebrated annually on April 22, Earth Day is a worldwide event held to increase awareness and inspire appreciation of Earth and its natural environment, as well as provide the opportunity for positive actions and results.

The first Earth Day was held in 1970 and saw more than 20 million people participate across the globe.  Today, more 500 million people in over 175 countries observe the day!

What can you do to think green and celebrate Earth Day?  The possibilities are endless!  Here’s just a few…
  • Plant or pledge a tree. 
  • Turn off the lights when not in use.
  • Try not to print documents unless you have to.  Print double-sided whenever you do print.
  • Carpool, bike or take public transportation to work.
  • Drop off old electronics for recycling.  Many elementary schools collect old electronics as a fundraiser, or you can take them to your local recycling depot.
  • Talk to your local Kootenay Savings branch about the benefits of eStatementsonline and mobile banking... then sign up!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

YES CAMP: The Adventure of a Lifetime!

Looking for an adventure you’ll never forget? Look no further!  YES Camp at Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island is an amazing life-changing experience for teens age 14 to 18, and once again Kootenay Savings wants to sponsor FOUR local teens to attend the YES Camp for an action-packed week of fun, learning and leadership.

Focusing on co-operation, communication, leadership, and self-esteem, participants come home with a new perspective, new skills and the confidence to be a leader in their communities.  With tons of fun games, events and activities - including canoeing, hiking, swimming, talent shows, ultimate frisbee, and arts and crafts - campers are sure to make friends and memories that will last a lifetime.

Don’t delay! Deadline to apply for sponsorship is May 31, 2016. Click on the links below for more information:  
Questions?  Please email or call 250.368.2683. 

* Please note: Previously Kootenay Savings-sponsored campers are eligible to receive 50% sponsorship. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

FRAUD PREVENTION MONTH: Avoiding Online Financial Fraud

March is Fraud Prevention Month, and we urge all our members who perform online financial transactions to be vigilant and protect themselves against financial fraud.

The ease of managing our money online can come with a price: an increased risk of “phishing attacks” which try to get confidential information by posing as a legitimate source.

Phishing attempts are becoming more sophisticated for crimes like identity theft and financial fraud. A 2014 survey done by Pollara Strategic Insights indicates that one-third of Canadians have become victims of scams resulting in malicious software, disclosure of personal information and loss of money.

Here are some tips to protect your online financial security:
  • Regularly change your email password. Email interactions sometimes leave enough information behind for an email hacker to use to compromise an account. Make sure you change your password regularly - at least twice a year.
  • Sign up for alerts. Members will receive an alert via text or email about any activity relating to risky transactions such as an e-transfer.
  • Use 2-Step Security. Many online services offer stronger authentication security. Consider turning these optional features on in your more sensitive online accounts. These might be called “2-Step Security” or “2nd Factor Authentication” or “2-Step Verification”.
  • Secure Computing. Consider accessing your sensitive online services, such as your finances, only from dedicated secure devices, such as a work computer or a smartphone and in secure locations, not while using public WiFi. Family computers with many users can be easy targets for today’s easy-to-infect malware.
  • Vacation Alert. Let us know when you’ll be travelling to ensure your financial services are not delayed while enjoying your vacation. Your account can be better protected against unauthorized access this way.
  • Stay Secure. Ensure your computer has an up-to-date malware scanner with real-time monitoring and removal capabilities. 
To learn more about fraud, or report a fraud visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.