GOLD COAST, Australia (8/4/14)--World credit union movement leaders Rob Nicholls and Michael Koisen received World Council of Credit Unions' Distinguished Service Award, the industry's top global honor, at the 2014 World Credit Union Conference closing ceremonies in Gold Coast, Australia, on Wednesday.
Recognition was also given to recipients of the World Council Young Credit Union People (WYCUP) scholarship program, Manager Certification Program, Global Women's Leadership Network scholarship and Credit Union Ambassador Award.
Rob Nicholls, former World Council director and current New Zealand Association of Credit Unions director, received the 2014 Distinguished Service Award. (World Council Photo)
Nicholls, former deputy CEO of Credit Union of Australia; chair of Cuscal Ltd.; and director of Customer Owned Banking Association (COBA), Credit Union Foundation of Australia (CUFA) and World Council, has committed his career to the Australian, New Zealand and global credit union movements for over 30 years.
Michael Koisen, CEO of Teachers Savings and Loan Society in Papua New Guinea, received the 2014 Distinguished Service Award.
In addition to DSA honors, World Council awarded scholarships to five participants in the World Council Young Credit Union People (WYCUP) program. The following scholarship winners earned all-expense-paid attendance to next year's World Credit Union Conference in Denver:
- Emma Avery, Greater Building Society, Australia;
- Oleg Vakhrushev, Nizhny Novgorod Credit Union for Education, Russia;
- Paul Norgrove, Police CU, United Kingdom;
- Carlos Gustavo, Sicredi, Brazil; and
- Robin Blythe, Libro CU, Canada.
Michael Koisen, CEO of Teachers Savings and Loan Society in Papua New Guinea, received the 2014 Distinguished Service Award. (World Council Photo)
Recipients of World Council's two-year Manager Certification Program in Papua New Guinea received recognition, including Lavinia Taraika and Jack Tewe. The audience also recognized the six 2014 Global Women's Leadership Network scholarship winners, including Nigar Agamaliyeva, Azerbaijan Credit Unions Association, Azerbaijan; Esther Cherono Keino, Belgut Rural Women SACCO, Kenya; Kristi Lozano, San Mateo CU, United States; Elenita V. San Roque, Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Unions, Thailand; Triza Tsiga Magreta, Mudi SACCO, Malawi; and Kortoe D. Woloquelli, Trust Savings Credit Union Women's Organization, Liberia.
World Council also presented the Credit Union Ambassador Award to Crissy Cheney in recognition of her volunteer work at the Busia Compassionate Centre in western rural Kenya. She is the wife of Bill Cheney, former president/CEO of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and current CEO of SchoolsFirst FCU, Santa Ana, Calif., with $10 billion in assets.
Also, conference co-hosts Customer Owned Banking Association (COBA) presented its 2014 CGU AM Institute Emerging Leader Tertiary/Vocational Education Scholarship Awards to Ben Picton, Greater Building Society; John Athanasou, Community First CU; Nikki Hutson, Railways CU; and Kirsty Maher, Hunter United CU. The 2014 Bridges COBA Emerging Leader Award went to Ryan Holman, Beyond Bank Australia.
Next year, World Council and the U.S. Credit Union National Association will co-host the 2015 World Credit Union Conference in conjunction with America's Credit Union Conference July 12-15, 2015, in Denver.