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Awards Nominations

Do you know an individual or Credit Union who should be nominated for any of the following awards? 

Edward Filene Credit Union Awards for Performance Excellence - GB & Ireland

Leadership categories (criteria here)

Credit union leaders are "grown" - learning their craft, growing through this process and stretching their abilities by actively serving others. Leaders are not necessarily delivered by the democratic process or by being appointed to a paid position.  Previous winners of the Leadership categories have demonstrated their dedication, drive, initiative and natural leadership qualities, performing well beyond the line of duty.

  • A Beacon Credit Union from Great Britain and the island of Ireland
  • A Single Benefactor to a Credit Union
  • A President, Board Chairperson, Chief Executive Officer or General Manager of a Credit Union
  • Young Credit Union Leader aged from 17 to 35 years (between 01/8/17 and 31/5/18)
  • Customer Service Officer/Teller of the year

Enterprise categories (criteria here)

"First of all credit unions are a business"  All credit unions are businesses that must produce proven economic outputs.  A viable credit union can instigate and drive worthwhile social change - a desire for social change cannot drive a business, that is an authorised and regulated "Firm".

  • Hosting Young Savers and Young Adults Schemes in places of education and the workplace  
  • Achieving Business Growth applying internal innovatory methods, mobilising external support from the private sector
  • Setting up “pop up” credit union services – outreaching the credit union to new consumers
  • Pursuing International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) Principle 6 “Co-operation amongst Co-operatives
  • Serving as a financial incubator for seed, small and medium sized businesses operated by owner-members
  • Using its “Friends” as a hub for activities that are not part of credit union regulated business

Community categories (criteria here)

For credit unions to become successful and maintain their success, they should continually outreach to the entire field of membership to first mobilise and then galvanise it to undertake undertake actions for the good of the entire community.   They have the unique "credit union difference" of providing personal individualised services to its "owner-members", who own the business, unlike other financial services businesses who service "customers" for the benefit of arms-length shareholders.

  • Engaging in direct credit union advocacy with local/national politicians
  • Engaging in community outreach and mobilisation and dispensing credit union education
  • Raising funds for good causes (other than the credit union)
  • Use of the media – how does your credit union inform the consumer that it’s there?

Joe Biden Awards for Development Educators of the Year 

  • The continent of Africa - 2018 - watch this space!
  • The continent of Asia  - 2017 Winner - Justine Lynn Limocon PhDE, the Philippines
  • The continent of Australasia - 2017 Winner - Paul Dawson, ACDE, Australia
  • The Caribbean - 2017 Winner - Carla Decker, CUDE, DEUK, CaribDE, CanadaDE, Academic Director & Lead Facilitator - CaribDE
  • The continent of Europe (inc.GB & Ireland) - 2017 Winner - Christina Stoneman, ACDE, Wales
  • The continent of North America - 2018 - watch this space!

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Scroll down to see some of the 2017 Winners - with a summary of what made them a Winner! 


Young Credit Union Leader aged from 17 to 35 years - Bethany Moss from South Yorkshire Credit Union Ltd (SYCU), Doncaster

Joining SYCU 2 years ago, Beth’s ability to assimilate information quickly and accurately, saw her move into the Special Projects Team - this reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer, the team has no set responsibilities, able to react quickly to any unforeseen situations.  Her projects include a highly successful Tenant Support Scheme; addressing difficulties in implementing Universal Credit; staff training and community outreach.


Achieving Business Growth using its own resources - Commsave Credit Union Ltd, Northampton 

Commsave’s successes include increasing income - through a range of short term investment accounts; reducing bad debt/writeoffs - supporting owner-members in difficulties through their Member Solutions team; increasing membership by investing in Communications and Business Development Officers, improving communication via a network of Workplace Champions and utilising social media.  Through monthly and annual surveys, encouraging and acting on owner-members’ feedback.

A credit union serving as a financial incubator for seed, small and medium enterprises operated by its owner-members - Killarney Credit Union Ltd, Co.Kerry, Ireland 

Killarney supports micro and small businesses as well the agri-market in the South Kerry region, focusing on small scale businesses such as tradespeople, retail, services, hospitality and farming, helping develop businesses with low environmental impact, protecting the vital tourism industry and providing local employment in the county.  Through links with local grant aid agencies, entrepreneurs are supported with business skills and training needs the credit union cannot offer. While many credit unions are reluctant to enter business lending due to possible high risks, the many benefits to the local economy outweigh the negatives and keep the credit union at the forefront in supporting the local economy. 


Credit union advocacy with local and national politicians - Joint Winners:  Dragonsavers Credit Union Ltd and Prince Bishops Community Bank

Along with other winning credit unions, both Prince Bishops and Dragonsavers have nurtured close contacts with local constituent MPs and dignatories, their local councils, etc. gaining support in bringing the benefits of credit unions to their communities.  The Judges were impressed by Prince Bishops work assisting Guy Opperman, MP, in setting up two credit unions in the north east.  Leanne Wood, Leader of Plaid Cymru was filmed enthusiastically supporting Dragonsavers; it also works closely with the Welsh Assembly.


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