Distinguished Service Award


Accepting Nominations Through March 17, 2017

World Council's Distinguished Service Award (DSA) is the highest honor paid to individuals and institutions by the worldwide credit union movement. Created to recognize outstanding contributions to international credit union development, Distinguished Service Awards are presented each year at World Council's World Credit Union Conference.

The 2017 Distinguished Service Award will be presented during the World Credit Union Conference, in Vienna Austria. World Council member organizations and their affiliates may submit nominations in the following categories:

Individual Category:

Women and men who have provided exemplary service to the international credit union movement and have positively influenced credit union development outside their home country qualify for the individual category. No more than three individual awards may be granted each year. Individuals nominated for the award should demonstrate some or all of the following:

Institutional Category:

Organizations that have provided financial and technical assistance over an extended
period of time to develop international credit union movements and their service infrastructure may be nominated in the institutional category. No more than one institutional award may be granted each year. Institutions nominated for the DSA must meet the following qualifications:

Nomination Materials

Nomination Criteria

Nomination Form

DSA nominations are due by 11:59pm on Friday, March 17, 2017.
Please submit all nominations to DSA@woccu.org.




Congratulations to the 2016 Distinguished Service Award Winners!

Bill Cheney

SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union
USA

Ron Hance

Heritage Family Federal Credit Union
USA

Virginia-Estonia International Partnership


Past Winners


2015 DSA Winners

  • Dick Ensweiler
  • Scott Kennedy
  • Roberto Rodrigues
  • Aloun Ndombet-Assamba

2014 DSA Winners

  • Rob Nicholls, Australia
  • Michael Koisen, Papua New Guinea

2013 DSA Winners

  • Pete Crear, USA
  • Melvin Edwards, St. Kitts & Nevis
  • Pat Fay, Ireland

2012 DSA Winner

  • Barry Jolette, USA

2011 DSA Winner

  • Jim McMahon, Ireland

2010 DSA Winners

  • Harriet May, USA
  • Lech KaczyƄski, Poland
  • Credit Union Executives Society, USA

2009 DSA Winners

  • David Chatfield - USA
  • Wayne Nygren - Canada

2008 DSA Winners

  • Chris Baker - USA
  • Karen Schwartz - USA
  • Credit Union Foundation of Australi

2007 DSA Winners

  • L.R. Bobby McVeigh - Canada
  • Foundation for Polish Credit Unions - Poland

2006 DSA Winner

  • John Hume - Ireland

2005 DSA Winners

  • Gerry Foley - Ireland
  • Roman Catholic Church - Vatican City

2003 DSA Winners

  • Henry Cruz - USA
  • Joseph Cugini - USA
  • Dennis Cutter - USA
  • John Nicholson - Canada
  • Alan Parry - Australia
  • Reverend James Oswald Thorbourne - Jamaica
  • Herb Wegner (posthumous) - USA
  • U.S. Peace Corps - USA

2000 DSA Winners

  • Angel Castro - Panama
  • Al Charbonneau - Canada & USA
  • Rose Dorman - Great Britain
  • Renford Douglas - Jamaica
  • Michael Sang-Ho Lee - Korea
  • Tod Manrell - Canada
  • Hermann Schulze-Delitzsch - Germany
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen - Germany
  • Alphonse and Dorimène Desjardins - Canada
  • Edward A. Filene - USA
  • Roy Frederick Bergengren - USA

1997 DSA Winners

  • Everard Dean (posthumous) - Trinidad and Tobago
  • Augustine Kang - Asia
  • Augustine "Gus" Murray (posthumous) - Ireland
  • Joe Perkowski - USA
  • O.W.A. Baron von Verschuer - Netherlands
  • Albert E. Williams (posthumous) - USA
  • Canadian Co-operative Association - Canada

1994 DSA Winners

  • Florencio Eguía Villaseñor - México
  • Henry William (Bill) Howe - Australia
  • William A. Atkins - USA
  • Richard M. Heins, Ph.D. - USA
  • Alex Gracie - Canada
  • Robert L. Wermuth - USA
  • ILCU International Development Foundation, Ltd. - Ireland
  • Credit Union Foundation - USA

1991 DSA Winners

  • Armando Terán - Panamá
  • Colin Smith (posthumous) - New Zealand
  • R.C. Robertson - USA
  • R.C. Morgan (posthumous) - USA
  • Paul Hebert - USA
  • Jack Dublin - USA
  • United States Agency for International Development
  • Canadian International Development Agency

1988 DSA Winners

  • Bartholomew Quainoo - Ghana
  • Kenneth Miller - Australia
  • Robert Ingram - Canada
  • Lorrell S. Bruce - Jamaica
  • Konrad Adenauer Foundation - Federal Republic of Germany
  • CUNA Mutual Insurance Group - USA

1986 DSA Winners

  • A. A. Bailey - Jamaica & USA
  • Marion Ganey - USA & Fiji
  • A. Rod Glen - Canada
  • MISEREOR - Federal Republic of Germany
  • Coady International Institute - Canada