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CUNA announces 2012 Desjardins award winners
MADISON, Wis. (11/5/12)--The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) has announced the winners of the 2012 Desjardins Awards for Youth and Adult Financial Education.

Entries from 29 states yielded 10 first place winners, along with several second place and honorable mention winners, in both the adult and youth education categories.

The Desjardins Awards are named for Alphonse Desjardins, the founder of the North American credit union movement. Besides founding the first credit unions in Canada and the U.S., Desjardins pioneered youth savings clubs and in-school "banks," known as caisses scolaires. The award honors credit unions, chapters and leagues for their commitment to both youth and adult financial literacy.

"A core value of credit unions is to assist their members with a better understanding of their finances so that they can make the best decisions possible with their hard-earned money," says Bill Cheney, CUNA president/CEO. "The individuals and institutions honored with the Desjardins Awards personify this timeless value of our movement. I am honored to represent an industry that counts these award winners among its supporters."

"Congratulations to this year's winners and honorees for their admirable work to develop financial education skills in members of their communities," says Vikki Kinsler, CUNA's program coordinator for the Desjardins Awards. "Credit unions, chapters and leagues from nearly 30 states applied for the award, which shows the strength of the movement's commitment to caring about its members."

Recipients were chosen from among the state-winning entries by CUNA's national awards committee.

Winners for the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award include (asterisks indicate repeat winners):

  • Clarence Community & Schools FCU, Clarence, N.Y.;
  • CommunityAmerica CU (Kansas City, Mo.);*
  • CORE FCU, East Syracuse, N.Y.;*
  • Generations FCU, San Antonio; and
  • Northwest Chapter of the Ohio Credit Union League.*
Second place winners for the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award include:

  • Acadia FCU,Fort Kent, Maine;
  • Horizon CU, Spokane Valley, Wash.:* and
  • Northwest  Federal Credit Union Foundation, Herndon, Va.
Honorable mention winners for the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award include:

  • Arapahoe CU, Englewood, Colo.;*
  • CASE CU, Lansing, Mich.;
  • Commonwealth CU, Frankfort, Ky.; and
  • Tarrant County CU, Fort Worth, Texas.
Winners for the Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award include:

  • Beach Municipal FCU, Virginia Beach, Va.;*
  • Credit Union 1, Anchorage, Alaska;*
  • Town & Country CU, Minot, N.D.; and
  • United Labor CU, Kansas City, Mo.
Second place winners for the Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award include:

  • Capital CU, Kimberly, Wis.;
  • Community CU, Lewiston, Maine;* and
  • Palmetto Citizens FCU, Columbia, S.C.*
Honorable mention winner for the Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award was:

  • CommunityAmerica CU, Kansas City, Mo.*
The Maine Credit Union League was also awarded a first place award for its efforts to improve financial literacy for both youth and adults.

In December, PDFs of the winning entries will be available for viewing on CUNA's website. Winning entries will be on display at CUNA's 2013 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), Feb. 24-28, in Washington, DC. The award winners will be honored during a reception at the GAC on Feb. 27.


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