Nassau, Bahamas – The signing of an official partnership agreement and good governance training were the focus of a recent International Partnership exchange in the Bahamas. Members of the Massachusetts Credit Union League visited Nassau April 13-15 to learn more about the Bahamian credit union system and to finalize their partnership agreement with the Bahamas Co- operative League Ltd. (BCLL). Also in attendance, representing World Council of Credit Unions, Inc. (WOCCU), was International Partnerships manager Victor Corro.
On the first day of the visit, Paula Dion, senior vice president of professional development and information for the Massachusetts Credit Union League and Karen Duffy, president and CEO of Worcester Credit Union gave a workshop at the Bahamas league entitled "Good Governance – What Makes a Good Board," covering such topics as global commitment, governing style, board member's code of conduct, the chairperson's role, board committee principles, the cost of governance, and board-CEO linkage. The workshop was attended by approximately 40 board members from various league-affiliated credit unions, as well as Nathaniel Adderly, director of cooperative development, Government of the Bahamas and Wendy Warren of the Bahamas Financial Services Board. At the end of the workshop, Adderly declared it and the partnership a success, saying, "We encourage this type of exchange and welcome the relationship between Bahamas and Massachusetts."
The second day, the delegation toured the BCUL offices and the Bahamas Law Enforcement Co- operative Credit Union Ltd. and participated in a banquet celebrating the latter's 20th anniversary.
The last day, the three were joined by Massachusetts league chairman Eugene Foley for a tour of two other Bahamian credit unions, the Transportation & Service Industry Co-operative Credit Union Ltd. and the Teachers & Salaried Workers Co-operative Credit Union Ltd. The size and scope of these to credit unions, as well as those visited the previous day, are quite diverse, each providing unique perspectives on the Bahamian credit union system. Representatives from the Bahamas league visited Massachusetts for the same purpose in November of last year.
At a ceremony at the Teachers & Salaried Workers Co-operative Credit Union, the partnership agreement was signed by Mr. Foley, representing the Massachusetts league, and BCLL representatives Francis Davis, general manager; Rufus Johnson, president of the board; and T. Carmichael Brown, secretary of the board. The partners have agreed on a number of goals for the next year, including items related to branding and marketing strategy, financial services, education for board members, and insurance.
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