SURREY — This past Saturday (April 23) over 3,250 kilograms of confidential documents were sliced and diced at the annual Shred It and Forget It! event, hosted by Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, and its community partners.
More than 200 residents brought hundreds of boxes full of personal documents to the shredder for secure, safe disposal on location at Envision Financial’s new Cloverdale branch.
Donations were taken in exchange for the shredding service, raising more than $2,300 and 180 kilograms of food for The Full Cupboard, Envision Financial’s signature community program designed to raise food, funds and awareness for local food banks.
“Identity theft continues to be a big concern and being proactive in shredding your financial documents before you discard them is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect yourself against identity theft,” said Jaime Lord, supervisor of corporate security at Envision Financial. “We are excited to have so many local residents out to shred their documents and are thankful for their generous contributions to The Full Cupboard. It was a record breaking shredding event for us on all fronts.”
This year marks the fifth year that Iron Mountain has donated its mobile shredding services to this event. The event also included support from the Surrey RCMP, who were on site to provide education and generate awareness.
“Helping the community in this way is only possible through the generosity of our community partners,” Lord said. “Raising awareness about fraud and preventative measures is very much a collaborative effort.”