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WOCCU chair leads overseas delegation to DE training
DELAVAN, Wis. (4/7/09)--Melvin Edwards, chairman of the World Council of Credit Unions and an international credit union ambassador from the Caribbean, is among the overseas leaders registered to attend Credit Union Development Education (DE) training May 13-19. “Participating in the U.S. DE program will enable me to commence applying Caribbean and worldwide experiences of the past 27 years into academic thought and frameworks, especially in the unprecedented trauma facing the global economy and financial sector,” Edwards said.
Click to view larger image Melvin Edwards, WOCCU chairman, will be among the international leaders participating in Development Education training. (Photo provided by the World Council of Credit Unions)
Inspired by the 2008 joint launch of an international designation between WOCCU and the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), Edwards hopes to work with other graduates to start a sustainable Caribbean DE program. DE-designated programs already exist in Asia, Australia, the Philippines and the United Kingdom. DE training in 2009 will incorporate emerging economic discussions while continuing to provide critical lessons in cooperative principles and credit union philosophy, according to DE Training Facilitator Tom Decker, who also serves as NCUF’s director of social impact management. DE training is open to everyone from new employees who need a credit union orientation to seasoned executives who need to recharge. The May session will be held in the new location of Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, Wis. The lakefront resort is about 50 minutes from either Madison or Milwaukee and less than two hours from Chicago. Scholarships are available through NCUF’s DE Fund and several state credit union foundations and leagues (News Now March 11). For more information, contact your state foundation or league, or contact Decker at tdecker@ncuf.coop or 800-356-9655, ext. 4374. NCUF is the primary sponsor of the DE program, with support from CUNA Mutual Group, the Credit Union National Association, the World Council of Credit Unions and state foundations and leagues.
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