MADISON, Wis. (2/22/12)--Nominations for recipients of the World Council of Credit Unions' (WOCCU) Distinguished Service Award (DSA) must be made by March 30 to be considered for the 2012 DSA, which will be presented in July at WOCCU's World Credit Union Conference in Gdansk, Poland.
The award, first presented in 1986, is bestowed only in years in which WOCCU's awards committee believes there are worthy candidates. To date, WOCCU has recognized 67 individuals and organizations through the award and hopes to add more names to the list during this year's conference, said WOCCU Director Ron Hance. Hance is president/CEO of Heritage Family CU, Rutland, Va., and chair of World Council's awards committee.
"The global credit union movement is built on the contributions and sacrifice of those committed to financial cooperatives," Hance said, noting that the DSA "recognizes the best of the best."
The award honors exceptional achievements of individuals and organizations whose activities have furthered WOCCU's vision of "improving people's lives through credit unions." Individual recipients may be WOCCU member organization officers, directors or representatives; international credit union pioneers; field technicians with long and outstanding service records; or individuals whose actions have benefitted global credit union development.WOCCU presents up to three individual awards in a single year.
Institutional recipients may be organizations or agencies that have assisted with developing international credit union movements and service infrastructures over an extended time. Only one institutional award is presented each year.
Nominations must be made by a WOCCU member organization.