World Council Seeks Nominations for Distinguished Service Awards

December 14, 2006

Madison, WI-World Council of Credit Unions is seeking nominations to recognize exceptional individuals and institutions in the international credit union community with World Council's 2007 Distinguished Service Awards.

The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor paid to individuals and institutions by the worldwide credit union movement. Created to recognize outstanding contributions to international credit union development, the Distinguished Service Awards are presented each year at World Council's World Credit Union Conference. The next presentation will be in July 2007 in Calgary, Canada.

Nominees represent men, women and organizations that have given exemplary service to the international credit union movement and its practice. They may be World Council and member organization officers, directors or representatives, international pioneers, long- service field technicians or persons who have acted on behalf of credit union development

Since 1986, World Council has honored individuals and institutions recognized as outstanding contributors to international credit union development through the presentation of the Distinguished Service Awards. Some former honorees include: Dennis Cutter - US, Angel Castro - Panama, Al Charbonneau - Canada & U.S., Rose Dorman - Great Britain, Renford Douglas - Jamaica, Michael Sang- Ho Lee - Korea, Tod Manrell - Canada, Hermann Schulze-Delitzsch - Germany, Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen - Germany, Edward A. Filene - U.S., and Roy Frederick Bergengren - U.S. and the United States Peace Corps.

Pete Crear, World Council CEO explained, "The achievements of credit unions, world-over would not be possible without the talents, tireless dedication and commitment of individuals and organizations, that have strived to make the vision of Quality Credit Unions for Everyone a reality. We are pleased to recognize and honor these individuals and organizations whose efforts have made the credit union system what it is today."

World Council members interested in submitting nominations should visit the Distinguished Service Awards section of the World Council website at p to find more information on selection criteria.

Submit nomination packages to:

World Council of Credit Unions, Inc.
Attn: Distinguished Service Awards Committee
5710 Mineral Point Road
Madison, WI 53701 USA

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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