World Council Calls for Distinguished Service Award Nominations

International CU movement’s top honor to be presented in Gdańsk, Poland

January 12, 2012

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World Council's 2012 DSA honors will be presented at the World Credit Union Conference July 18 in Gdańsk, Poland.

MADISON, Wis. — Do you know a person or an organization that has provided outstanding service to the global credit union movement? Honor those contributions with a nomination for World Council of Credit Unions' Distinguished Service Award. The international credit union system's highest honor will be presented at this year's World Credit Union Conference, July 15–18 in Gdańsk, Poland.

"Credit unions worldwide are able to excel thanks to the committed efforts of people and organizations who believe in their mission," said Brian Branch, World Council president and CEO. "Help us honor those who have given outstanding service by recognizing them with this prestigious award."

The DSA honors the exceptional achievements of individuals and organizations whose activities have furthered World Council's vision of "improving people's lives through credit unions." The DSA is not an annual award, rather the organization bestows the special honor based on the proven achievements and worthiness of candidates in the eyes of the awards committee.

Individual recipients may be World Council member organization officers, directors or representatives; international credit union pioneers; field technicians with a long and outstanding service record; or individuals whose actions have benefitted global credit union development. World Council 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. World Council presents only one institutional award each year.

Nominations must be made by a World Council member organization (see and are due no later than Friday, March 30, 2012.

For more information on the DSA and to download a nomination form, visit

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