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  • Writer's pictureKelsie Papenhausen

2024 Distinguished Service Award Nominations Open

Updated: Jan 7

Global honor to be awarded at the 2024 World Credit Union Conference

MADISON, Wis.—Nominations are open for World Council of Credit Unions’ 2024 Distinguished Service Award (DSA). First presented in 1986, this prestigious award honors those who have provided outstanding service to credit union development outside their home country.

“Individuals or institutions that have worked to further World Council's vision of expanding financial inclusion through credit unions beyond their borders are eligible for the Distinguished Service Award,” said Thomas Belekevich, World Council Director of Member Services. “We strongly encourage our member organizations to nominate any and all credit union leaders or institutions that exemplify the international spirt of cooperation and service.”

Individual recipients are those whose actions have significantly benefited global credit union development, while institutional recipients are organizations that have provided financial or technical assistance to develop international credit union movements and their service infrastructures over an extended period of time.

The nomination process is fully digital and can be completed online. Nominations must be made by a World Council member organization or a credit union affiliated with a member organization by March 8, 2024.

Recipients will receive a free registration to the 2024 World Credit Union Conference, July 21-24, in Boston, Mass., (USA), where the winner(s) will be announced and presented with their awards.

The DSA is not an annual award but is presented based on the proven achievements and worthiness of candidates. World Council presented the 2023 Distinguished Service Award to retired World Council President and CEO Brian Branch (USA) and Ukrainian Federal Credit Union CEO Oleg Lebedko (USA).

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, 82,758 credit unions in 97 countries serve 404 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at


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