Credit Union Leaders Knighted by British Government
Ireland’s Adair and Barbados’ Harcourt Lewis Named to Queen’s Honor List
Wis.—British monarch Queen Elizabeth II has named credit union leaders from
Ireland and Barbados to her 2010 New Year's Honors List. Uel Adair, past
president of the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU), a World Council of Credit
Unions (WOCCU) member organization, was named to the Most Excellent Order of the
British Empire (MBE). Lawrence Vernon Harcourt Lewis, a pioneer of the Barbados
credit union movement, was named Knight Commander of St. Michael and St. George.
Adair, Irish CU League, was awarded Queen Elizabeth II's MBE honors.
concluded his 10-year term on ILCU's board of directors in 2009, after serving
the last two years as president. Under Adair's leadership, Irish credit unions
increased services to members. Adair also helped Northern Ireland's credit
unions fall in line with credit unions in Great Britain and the Republic of
Ireland. The honoree currently serves as a director for Waterside Credit Union
in Derry, Northern Ireland.
has led by example, with an unwavering commitment to the development of the
credit union movement, particularly in Northern Ireland," said Mark Bailey,
president of ILCU and WOCCU board treasurer. "This is a marvelous personal
achievement for Uel, but equally it gives huge recognition to the work that
credit union volunteers do and the difference they make at the local, national
or worldwide level."
Caribbean's Lawrence Vernon Harcourt Lewis was named Knight Commander of St.
Michael and St. George.
Lewis, a former government cabinet minister and public official, was knighted
for his contributions to Barbados' financial services industry. He was a
founding member of the Bethel Circuit Cooperative Credit Union Ltd. and
instrumental in the formation of Public Workers Cooperative Credit Union Ltd.,
now the Caribbean island nation's largest credit union. As president of the
Barbados Cooperative Credit Union League, Harcourt Lewis supported the Caribbean
Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU), a WOCCU member organization.
is very pleased with the recognition bestowed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
II," said Yvonne Ridguard, president of CCCU and a WOCCU director. "The honor
comes for his outstanding contributions to the public and private sectors in
Barbados, for his selfless pioneering work with the country's credit unions and
his continued vocal and public support for credit unions as a financial model in
Elizabeth announced both honorees in her December 30 New Year's proclamation.
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 more than 290 technical assistance programs in 71 countries. Worldwide, 57,000 credit unions in 103 countries serve 208 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.
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