|The Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor bestowed by the international credit union system, is represented by the crystal bowls pictured here at the 2009 World Credit Union Conference held in Barcelona, Spain.|
MADISON, Wis. — World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) is calling for nominations for the prestigious Distinguished Service Award (DSA), the highest honor bestowed by the international credit union system. Nomination forms for individuals and organizations are due no later than March 25, 2011. Award presentations for 2011 will be made at WOCCU's World Credit Union Conference, July 24–27 in Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.
The DSA honors the outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations within the global credit union movement whose activities have furthered WOCCU's vision of "improving people's lives through credit unions." WOCCU does not necessarily award the DSA every year but bestows the honor based on the viability and worthiness of candidates in the eyes of the awards committee.
"We encourage the leaders of our member organizations to seek out candidates within their own credit union movements who have truly set themselves apart in regard to credit union service internationally," said Dave Grace, WOCCU vice president of association services. "The Distinguished Service Award represents a rich history of service and dedication by those who have received the honor."
In the case of individuals, recipients may be WOCCU 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. WOCCU presents up to three individual awards in a single year. Institutional recipients may be organizations or agencies that have provided financial or technical assistance to develop international credit union movements and their service infrastructures over an extended period of time. WOCCU presents no more than one institutional award each year.
Nominations must be made by a WOCCU member organization and are due no later than Friday, March 25, 2011. For more information on the DSA and to download a nomination form, visit www.woccu.org/recognition.
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 105 countries serve 217 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.