Florida State Sen. Dorothy Hukill, who won a Desjardins Financial Education Award for her work to promote financial literacy, passed away Tuesday at the age of 72. Hukill served in the state legislature since 2004, and was heavily involved with the League of Southeastern Credit Unions’ (LSCU) financial literacy efforts in the state.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Sen. Dorothy Hukill,” said Jared Ross, senior vice president for association services and governmental affairs with LSCU. “Over the years, I got to know Sen. Hukill through her tireless efforts to implement financial education in high schools across Florida. She became a friend of credit unions and a friend to me. I will personally miss her and the state of Florida will truly miss her leadership.”
LSCU nominated Hukill for the Desjardins award in 2014 for her work to expand financial literacy opportunities for Florida students. She introduced a bill that bolsters financial literacy for individuals with development disabilities through the creation of a program that brings financial services stakeholders throughout Florida together to offer assistance to the population.
Hukill also authored a bill to make a half-credit, full-semester course in personal financial literacy education a graduation requirement for high-school students, and published opinion pieces in newspapers throughout Florida to raise awareness about the important of financial literacy in young people.
LSCU and its member credit unions worked closely with Hukill to gain support for her pieces of financial literacy legislation.
She also drove the effort to make April 2015 Financial Literacy Month, when all residents in the state will be urged to recognize that financial literacy is an important part of a student's education.
Hukill also published opinion pieces in state newspapers to help raise awareness of the importance of the issue of financial literacy among young people in Florida and pushed Florida to participate in National Thrift Week.
CUNA created the Desjardins program to recognize leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of financial literacy for all ages.