Former WOCCU Board Member, Rose Dorman Remembered
Madison, WI—Rose Dorman, former World
of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and Association of
British Credit Unions (ABCUL) board member passed
away Friday, January 13. Throughout her career
Rose guided, provided training to and inspired
the vision of many credit unions in the United
Kingdom, seeing them as a means for eliminating
poverty. Her commitment to credit unions began
in her own community of Dalmuir, Scotland. Rose
discovered credit unions in the mid 1970s and
helped to form the Dalmuir Credit Union, which is
now the largest community credit union in Great
"Rose Dorman was one of the most
and sincere people I have ever met; her mission
in life was helping others. We at World Council
of Credit Unions are deeply saddened by the loss
of this great credit union leader, humanitarian
and friend," noted Pete Crear, World Council of
Credit Unions chief executive officer.
In 2005, World Council presented Rose the
highest international credit union honor to be
bestowed to a credit union leader, the
Distinguished Service Award. Her work was
recognized at the international, national and
regional level. In recognition of Rose's
dedication to credit unions and her support of
those in need, the city of Clydebank presented
her with the Citizen of the Year Award in 1989
and Her Majesty the Queen awarded her the Member
of the British Empire (MBE). The latter
presentation was the first time the award—a
distinguished honor for both Rose and ABCUL—was
a woman of Scotland.
The British government also recognized
contributions by appointing her to an HM Treasury
Task Force to explore ways in which banks and
building societies could support the development
of credit unions. The Task Force recommended the
creation of a central credit union service
organization and the passage of less restrictive
In addition to committing many years to credit
unions, Rose and her late husband raised four
children of their own and opened their home to
some two hundred foster children. A remarkable
woman, Rose was a true credit union leader that
will not be forgotten.
The funeral service will be held at 10.00 a.m.
on Friday, January 20th at St. Stephens Roman
Catholic Church in Clydebank. Rose's family has
requested that donations be made to St.
Margaret's Hospice instead of floral tributes.
ABCUL will be collecting messages and donations
on behalf of members and credit union friends and
forwarding them on to the family and
hospice. Messages can be emailed to
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.
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