Deadline Nears for WOCCU Distinguished Service Award Nominations

February 02, 2009

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of its recipients each year.
WOCCU's Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor bestowed by the international credit union system.

MADISON, Wis.—The nominations deadline for World Council of Credit Unions' (WOCCU) prestigious Distinguished Service Award (DSA) is drawing near. Nomination forms for the highest honor bestowed by the international credit union system are due no later than March 2, 2009.

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of its recipients each year. WOCCU's mission is worldwide credit union representation and development, and DSA recognizes the global credit union movement's most distinguished achievements. The award is given to individuals and organizations that have offered exemplary service to the credit union movement and its practices. The DSA honor is not given every year; its presentation is governed by the viability and worthiness of candidates in the eyes of the judges. All presentations are made at WOCCU's World Credit Union Conference, this year scheduled for July 26-29 in Barcelona, Spain.

"I encourage global credit union leaders to search within their own credit union communities to see if they have candidates who have distinguished themselves while serving the needs of others," said Ron Hance, chairman of WOCCU's awards committee, a member of its board of directors and president/CEO of Heritage Family Credit Union in Rutland, Vt. "DSA offers a wonderful opportunity to showcase one's past credit union achievements among his or her peers."

In the case of individuals, recipients may be WOCCU and member organization officers, directors or representatives; international credit union pioneers; field technicians with a long and outstanding service record; or persons whose actions have benefitted global credit union development. No more than three individual awards may be presented in a single year. Institutional recipients may be organizations or agencies that have provided financial and technical assistance to develop international credit union movements and their service infrastructures over an extended period of time. No more than one institutional award may be granted each year.

Nominations must be made by a WOCCU member organization and are due no later than Monday, March 2, 2009. For more information on the DSA Award and to download a nomination form, visit the WOCCU Website at

For more information on the DSA program, contact Liliana Tangwall, credit union analyst, at or (608) 395-2043.

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 235 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at

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Organization: World Council of Credit Unions
Phone: (608) 395-2000