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WOCCU names Distinguished Service WYCUP winners
BARCELONA, Spain (7/31/09)--Two credit union veterans--one from the U.S., the other from Canada--received the World Council of Credit Unions' (WOCCU) Distinguished Service Award during closing ceremonies at WOCCU's World Credit Union Conference Wednesday.
Click to view larger image The U.S.'s Dave Chatfield, left, receives one of two 2009 Distinguished Service Awards from the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) during the World Credit Union Conference in Spain. Presenting the award is WOCCU director Ron Hance.
Click to view larger image Canada's Wayne Nygren accepts the Distinguished Service Award from WOCCU director Ron Hance during the World Credit Union Conference in Barcelona, Spain.
Click to view larger image World Council of CUs (WOCCU) presented the 2009 WOCCU Young Credit Union People (WYCUP) Program scholarships to these recipients during the World Credit Union Conference in Spain. ( Photos provided by the World Council of Credit Unions)
Also five nominees received scholarships through the WOCCU Young Credit Union People (WYCUP) Program during the conference, held in Barcelona, Spain this week. The 2009 Distinguished Service Awards, WOCCU's highest honor, went to David Chatfield, retired president/CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, and to Wayne Nygren, retired CEO of Credit Union Central of British Columbia. Chatfield spent his entire career in the U.S. credit union movement. Nygren is a former economist for the bank of Canada who joined the country's credit union movement in 1975. Both Chatfield and Nygren served as members of WOCCU's board of directors prior to their retirements in 2006. Nygren's service included development activities in Hungary, Thailand and Latin America. Upon Chatfield's retirement, WOCCU's Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions established the David L. Chatfield International Training Fund to support international credit union development. Also honored were 16 WYCUP participants from nine countries. Of those, five received scholarships. They are:
* Julie Ferguson, Ireland; * Ross Lambrick, Australia; * Carolyne Luvembe, Kenya; * Jeff Rout, Canada; and * Amy Stanton, U.S.
The five will each receive an all-expenses-paid trip to The 1 Credit Union Conference, a combined event held jointly by WOCCU and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) in Las Vegas next July. Also recognized were members of the first "international" class of Credit Union Development Educators (DE). The National Credit Union Foundation program requires those working toward the international DE classification to attend an international event, such as WOCCU's conference in Barcelona. For more highlights of the conference, use the resource link. All presentations and photos are available to download.
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