Great service merits an award: World Council seeks nominees

January 7, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (1/7/16)--The World Council of Credit Unions (World Council) has put out a call for nominations for its Distinguished Service Award (DSA). It’s the highest honor given within the international credit union movement, according to World Council.

The award recognizes individuals and organizations for their exceptional work in developing the credit union movement outside their home countries. “Our global community of credit unions is stronger thanks to the dedicated efforts of individuals and organizations who believe in it,” said Brian Branch, World Council president/CEO.

Nominations are due March 14.

World Council member organizations can nominate individuals and organizations whose work they feel has significantly benefitted global credit union development beyond their national boundaries.

The award is not always given annually; winners are determined by the organization’s awards committee.

Last year, World Council recognized the following individuals with the DSA:

  • Dick Ensweiler, USA, president/CEO of the Cornerstone Credit Union League;
  • Scott Kennedy, Canada, director of Credit Union Central of Canada, former director of Concentra Financial Services Association, and former director of the World Council;
  • Roberto Rodrigues, Brazil, former president of the Organization of Cooperatives in Brazil, former vice president of the Organization of Cooperatives of the Americas, and former president of International Co-operative Alliance and International Co-operative Agricultural Organization; and
  • Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, Jamaica, Jamaica's high commissioner in the United Kingdom, former minister of industry and tourism, and former minister of state in the ministry of industry, commerce and technology.

Winners will receive a complimentary conference registration and one companion registration for the 2016 World Credit Union Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland.