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World Council DSA Honorees, WYCUP Scholarships Recognized
OTTAWA, Canada (7/19/13)--
Click to view larger image "Credit unions have such great stories to tell, and we don't tell them. But we should tell them," said Pete Crear, former president/CEO of the World Council of Credit Unions,  in accepting the World Council's Distinguished Service Award during the 2013 World Credit Union Conference in Ottawa, Canada.
The World Council of Credit Unions honored three credit union leaders from the U.S., the Caribbean, and Ireland with its Distinguished Service Awards and announced scholarships for five young credit union professionals Wednesday during the closing session of its 2013 World Credit Union Conference.
 
The conference convened on Sunday in Ottawa, Canada.
 
World Council's Distinguished Service Awards went to:
  • Click to view larger image Pat Fay, chair of the Irish League of Credit Unions International Development Foundation, in receiving a Distinguished Service Award from the World Council of Credit Unions, noted he met a young Ethiopian mother who traveled 20 kilometers in the heat to deposit 60 cents in her credit union account because she wanted to put the money aside for her child's future needs. That "confirmed to me the humanity of credit unions," he said.
    Pete Crear, former president/CEO of World Council from 2005 to 2011, former executive vice president/chief operations officer of the Credit Union National Association, and who has served in positions at the state leagues in Michigan, Connecticut and Indiana;
  • Pat Fay, for a 40-year commitment to credit unions as part of the Irish League of Credit Unions that included chairing the league's International Development Foundation and serving as a board member of the league; and
  • Click to view larger image Melvin Edwards, the first World Council of Credit Unions chairman from the Caribbean, accepted one of three Distinguished Service Awards from World Council Wednesday at its 2013 World Credit Union Conference. He now has a consultancy for cooperatives.
    Melvin Edwards, a native of St. Kitts and Nevis who was the first World Council chair to represent the Caribbean credit union, serving in that position from 2007 to 2009, and former chair of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions.
Crear, in accepting his award, challenged participants to talk more about the significance of credit unions when they return home from the conference.  "Credit unions have such great stories to tell, and we don't tell them. But we should tell them," he added.
 
Also at the closing ceremony, World Council announced its World Council's Young People Program (WYCUP) scholarship award winners.  The scholarships will be used to attend the 2014 World Credit Union Conference in Gold Coast, Australia. 
 
The recipients are:
  • Click to view larger image Winners of the 2013 World Council's Young Credit Union People (WYCUP) scholarships to attend next year's World Credit Union Conference in Australia are, from left:  Benjamin Janzen, Canada; Eber Osemberge, Brazil; Caroline Domanski, the United Kingdom; Jenn Vandehaar, Canada; and Christopher Morris , U.S. (Photos provided by the World Council of Credit Unions)
    Benjamin Janzen, Mennonite Savings and Credit Union, Canada;
  • Jenn Vandehaar, Healthcare & Municipal Employees' CU, Canada;
  • Eber Ostemberg, Sicredi Noroeste MT CU, Brazil;
  • Caroline Domanski, No1 CopperPot CU, United Kingdom; and
  • Christopher Morris, director of communications at the National Credit Union Foundation, U.S.
Janzen also won the National Credit Union Young Leaders Award from Credit Union Central of Canada, the conference's co-host.

Central Canada also honored two credit unions for community economic development and innovation: Vancouver, B.C.-based  Vancity for its Resilient Capital Program that gives investors the opportunity to invest in social enterprises, and North Peace Savings and Credit Union in northern British Columbia for its Virtual Technology Connects the North program, which allows members in remote communities to conduct financial business with their credit union via personal teller machines and video conferencing technology.
 
During the week, the National Credit Union Foundation 's Credit Union Development Education program awarded International Development Educator Certifications to 12 people who completed training in multiple countries and who are active in the international credit union system.
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