WOCCU Awards Distinguished Service and Young Credit Union People Honors
L.R. (Bobby) McVeigh (left) receives the Distinguished Service Award from WOCCU Board Member Ron Hance (right).
Calgary, CANADA—World Council of Credit
Unions (WOCCU) awarded its highest honor, the
Distinguished Service Award, to an individual
and a foundation on the last night of the World
Credit Union Conference in Calgary, Canada.
WOCCU also recognized the achievements of five
young credit union leaders participating in the
WOCCU Young Credit Union People program.
WOCCU awarded L.R. (Bobby) McVeigh, Credit
Central of Canada (CUCC) Board Member and former
WOCCU Board Member/Chairman, the Distinguished
Service Award for his influential role in credit
union development not only in Canada, but across
the world. A teacher by profession, McVeigh has
served on more than 30 boards of directors and
commissions across various local, national and
international sectors. He is the longest serving
Director on the CUCC board, to which he was
first elected in 1986.
In his heartfelt acceptance speech, McVeigh
reminded the crowd, “It’s only by engaging
people that we can make a difference in this
Five young credit union professionals earned scholarships to the 2008
World Credit Union Conference. Pictured (l-r): Melvin Edwards, WOCCU
Board Chairman; Ryan Visscher (Canada); Izabela Rutkowska (Poland);
Elizabeth V. Randall (USA); Stacey Walker (USA); Eleonora Zgonjanin
Petrovik (Macedonia); Pete Crear, WOCCU President and CEO; and Mark
Bailey, WOCCU Board Member and WYCUP Committee Member.
McVeigh also received an award of recognition
from FEDCAR, Romania’s national credit union
association, for his work in that country.
WOCCU also honored the Foundation for Polish
Credit Unions with the Distinguished Service
Award for their work in reestablishing Poland’s
credit union system and further extending their
training and technical assistance to Central and
Eastern Europe. The Foundation has helped
develop a legal framework for credit union
development in Poland and has provided
assistance such as education, training,
financial support and study tours to both Polish
and foreign credit unions.
“The time has come to pay back the debt to
other credit unions succeed,” said Paweł
Grzesik, National Association of Co-operative
Savings and Credit Unions Representative in
Warsaw, on behalf of the Foundation. WOCCU and
the Polish Solidarity Trade Union assisted the
Foundation with reestablishing the credit union
Also honored at the awards ceremony were 36
WOCCU Young Credit Union People (WYCUP) program
participants from 11 countries. Of those
nominees, five were selected as the 2007 WYCUP
awardees: Elizabeth V. Randall, Pasadena Federal
Credit Union, USA; Izabela Rutkowska, Stefczyk
Credit Union, Poland; Ryan Visscher, Envision
Financial, Canada; Stacey Walker, XCEL Federal
Credit Union, USA; and Eleonora Zgonjanin
Petrovik, FULM Savings House, Macedonia. The
award winners earned an all-expense-paid trip to
the 2008 World Credit Union Conference. WOCCU
also awarded Zgonjanin Petrovik and Randall, the
top two winners, all-expense-paid spots on the
Cooperative Learning Tour to Ecuador later this
Moved by Monday’s events at the conference—
live video feed from Afghanistan and speaker
Stephen Lewis’ charge to seize opportunities to
combat poverty—previous WYCUP winners at the
event organized the 35-and-under conference
participants to sell Calgary’s trademark white
hats as a fundraiser for WOCCU’s Worldwide
Foundation for Credit Unions. At $50 per hat,
they raised more than $7,000 to support
international credit union development.
Next year’s World Credit Union Conference
be held in Hong Kong, July 13-16, 2008.
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, 51,000 credit unions in 100 countries serve 196 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.
Contact: Jennifer Bernhardt
Organization: World Council of Credit Unions