Nominations open for World Council’s 2019 Distinguished Service Award

Call for international credit union movement’s highest honor

MADISON, WI (January 14, 2019) — Nominations are open for the World Council of Credit Unions 2019 Distinguished Service Award (DSA). The prestigious award honors individuals and organizations that have provided outstanding service to credit union development outside their home country. DSA winners will be presented at the 2019 World Credit Union Conference, July 28-31, 2019, in the Bahamas.

“Since its inception in 1986, the Distinguished Service Award is how World Council recognizes those individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond their own credit union missions — to make a global contribution to the credit union sector,” said Brian Branch, president and CEO. “We are happy to continue this tradition into 2019 and we encourage organizations to submit nominations in both categories.”

Individuals and organizations that have advanced World Council’s vision to expand financial inclusion worldwide through the global credit union community through their activities and achievements are eligible for nomination by World Council member organizations. Individual recipients are those whose actions have significantly benefited global credit union development beyond their national boundaries. Institutional recipients are organizations or agencies that have provided financial or technical assistance to develop international credit union movements and their service infrastructures over an extended period of time. Credit unions affiliated with World Council member organizations may also nominate individuals or organizations with the endorsement by a World Council member organization.

The DSA is not an annual award; rather it is presented based on the proven achievements and worthiness of candidates according to the award committee’s review. This year World Council will provide each DSA recipient with a complimentary conference registration and one companion registration for the 2019 World Credit Union Conference.

At last year’s World Credit Union Conference in Singapore, World Council presented the DSA to Professor Adam Jedliński, nominated by the National Association of Cooperative Savings and Credit Unions (NACSCU) of Poland, awarded posthumously and accepted by his daughter.

Nominations must be made by a World Council member organization and are due Friday, March 15, 2019. Visit to download the 2019 DSA nomination criteria and form.

Nominations Open for World Council’s 2019 Distinguished Service Award

About World Council of Credit Unions

World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development platform for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.

World Council has implemented 300+ technical assistance programs in 90 countries. Worldwide, 86,055 credit unions in 118 countries serve 291 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at


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