WOCCU DSA Nominations Coming Due

Distinguished Service Award Recognizes Exemplary CU Service

February 01, 2011

Organization: World Council of Credit Unions
Phone: (608) 395-2000


Polish parliament member Jarosław Stawiarski (left) accepted the 2010 DSA award on behalf of the late President Lech Kaczyński and his family from WOCCU Chair Barry Jolette at The 1 Credit Union Conference in Las Vegas.

MADISON, Wis. — The nomination deadline for World Council of Credit Unions' (WOCCU) prestigious Distinguished Service Award (DSA), the highest honor bestowed by the international credit union system, is drawing near. Nomination forms are due to WOCCU headquarters no later than March 25, 2011.

Each year, the DSA honors the outstanding contributions of its recipients to the global credit union movement. WOCCU's vision is "Improving people's lives through credit unions," and the DSA recognizes the most distinguished achievements in support of that pursuit. The award is presented to individuals and organizations that have offered exemplary service to credit union movements outside their home country.

"The list of past DSA recipients reads like a who's who in international credit union development and support," said WOCCU Director Ron Hance, president and CEO of Heritage Family Credit Union in Rutland, Vt., and chair of the WOCCU Awards Committee. "Recognizing such outstanding talent and dedication is the goal of DSA and we often have a very rich pool of talent and achievements from which to choose."

In 2010, DSA recognized the late Lech Kaczyński, the former president of Poland who was central in helping establish the country's credit union movement. Other 2010 recipients included CUNA Chair Harriet May, president and CEO of GECU of El Paso, Texas; and Credit Union Executives Society (CUES), the Madison, Wis.-based professional development organization for credit union executives and volunteers. The 2010 awards were presented during The 1 Credit Union Conference, last year's event held jointly with CUNA in Las Vegas.

WOCCU does not give the DSA honor every year; its presentation is governed by the viability and worthiness of candidates in the eyes of the judges. Award presentations this year will be made at WOCCU's World Credit Union Conference, which is expected to attract attendees from more than 50 countries to Glasgow, Scotland July 24-27.

In the case of individuals, recipients may be WOCCU or 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. Institutional recipients may be organizations or agencies that have provided financial and technical assistance to develop international credit union movements and their service infrastructures over an extended period of time. WOCCU will present no more than three individual awards and one institutional award in a single year.

Nominations for the 2011 award must be made by a WOCCU member organization and are due no later than Friday, March 25, 2011. For more information on the award and to download a nomination form, visit

For questions about the DSA program, contact Liliana Tangwall, at or by calling +1-608-395-2043.

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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