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Call for Distinguished Service Award Nominations

International CU movement’s highest honor to be presented at 2017 World Credit Union Conference in Vienna

January 31, 2017

MADISON, Wis. — World Council of Credit Unions is calling for 2017 Distinguished Service Award (DSA) nominations, the winners of which will be presented at the World Credit Union Conference, July 23-26, 2017, in Vienna, Austria. The DSA honors individuals and organizations that have provided outstanding service to credit union development outside their home country. It is the international credit union movement's highest honor.  

"The DSA Award is the highest honor one can receive in the global credit union community,” said Brian Branch, World Council president and CEO.  "We are honored to be able to present this award to those who have went above and beyond." 

Individuals and organizations that have furthered World Council's vision to expand financial inclusion worldwide through the global credit union community through their activities and achievements are eligible for nomination by World Council member organizations and their affiliated credit unions. Individual recipients are those whose actions have significantly benefited global credit union development beyond their national boundaries. Institutional recipients are organizations or agencies that have provided financial or technical assistance to develop international credit union movements and their service infrastructures over an extended period of time. 

The DSA is not an annual award; rather it is presented based on the proven achievements and worthiness of candidates according to the award committee's review. This year World Council will provide each DSA recipient with a complimentary conference registration and one companion registration for the 2017 World Credit Union Conference. At last year's World Credit Union Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, World Council awarded the DSA to the following recipients:

  • Bill Cheney, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union
  • Ron Hance, Heritage Family Federal Credit Union, awarded posthumously, accepted by his wife Marsha Hance
  • Virginia – Estonia International Partnership

Nominations must be made by a World Council member organization and are due Friday, March 17, 2017. Visit www.woccu.org/dsa to download the nomination criteria and nomination form and see a list of past winners.



World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.

World Council has implemented 300+ technical assistance programs in 89 countries. Worldwide, 68,882 credit unions in 109 countries serve 231,000,000 people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.