Credit Union Awards recognise performance and education work

'Let all of us be the one who makes the difference. Share the values and ethics of credit unions with all you meet'

Credit union practitioners were honoured at the Edward Filene Credit Union Awards and the Joe Biden Development Educator Awards.

The ceremony took place in London and featured Marlene Shiels, chief executive of Capital Credit Union in Edinburgh.

“We have work to do,” she said at the ceremony. “Let all of us be the one who makes the difference. Share the values and ethics of credit unions with all you meet.”

Ms Shiels is one of the small number of people from the credit union movement in the UK and overseas be given an OBE, for her contribution to financial services and financial inclusion.

The Joe Biden Awards for Development Educators from around the world acknowledge the contribution of active graduate development educators. Their qualifications denote the development educator courses they took.

This year’s winners were:

  • Justine Lynn Limocon, PhDE, Lamac Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Cebu City, Philippines (Asia);    
  • Paul Dawson, ACDE, First Choice Credit Union, New South Wales, Australia (Australasia)
  • Carla Decker, CUDE, DEUK, CaribDE, CanadaDE, Academic Director & Lead Facilitator, Caribbean DE programme
  • Christina Stoneman, Dragonsavers Credit Union Ltd, Treorchy, Wales (Europe) 

The Edward Filene Awards for Performance Excellence recognise the work of credit unions and practitioners to demonstrate how the sector can be a viable alternative offering financial services in Great Britain and Ireland.

Speaking at the ceremony, Barry Epstein, a co-trustee of the promoting body, the ICULD&E Foundation said: “The standard of Award entrants improves year on year, being a tribute to their standards of delivery of products and services to the consumer by giving them an ethical, alternative choice for their financial affairs”

The awards winners at the ceremony

The winners were:

Single Benefactor of the Year (organisation): Karbon Homes (Derwentside Homes), partners of Prince Bishops Community Bank, Stanley, Co. Durham

Single Benefactor to a Credit Union (individual): Ian Gylee, President, Dragonsavers Credit Union Ltd, Treorchy

Chief Executive Officer/General Manager of the Year:

Winner – Amanda Ivey, Chief Executive Officer, Commsave Credit Union Ltd, Northampton

Runner Up – Lesley Richardson, Chief Executive Officer, Prince Bishops Community Bank, Stanley, Co.Durham

Highly Commended – John Murphy – Manager, Glenamaddy Credit Union Ltd, Glenamaddy, Co. Galway, Ireland

Young Credit Union Leader, either paid or unpaid and aged between 17 and 35 in 2017

Winner – Bethany Moss, South Yorkshire Credit Union Ltd., Doncaster, S. Yorks

Runner Up – Vanessa Atkinson, Prince Bishops Community Bank, Stanley, Co.Durham

Customer Service Officer of the Year 2017

Winner – Christine Bates, Dragonsavers Credit Union Ltd., Treorchy, Wales

Runner-up – Natasha Aldred, South Yorkshire Credit Union Ltd, Doncaster, S. Yorks

Highly Commended – Katherine Rickerby, Prince Bishops Community Bank, Stanley, Co.Durham

Hosting Saving Schemes for Primary and Secondary School pupils

Winner – Prince Bishops Community Bank, Stanley, Co.Durham

Achieving Business Growth without resorting to grant funding

Winner – Commsave Credit Union Ltd, Northampton

Runner Up – Prince Bishops Community Bank, Stanley, Co.Durham

Joint Highly Commended – Dragonsavers Credit Union Ltd, Treorchy, Wales and Glenamaddy Credit Union Ltd, Glenamaddy, Co.Galway, Ireland

Trading and Innovation

Winner – Prince Bishops Community Bank, Stanley, Co.Durham

Credit Union serving as a financial incubator for seed, small and medium enterprises operated by credit union owner-members

Winner – Killarney Credit Union Ltd, Killarney, Co.Kerry, Ireland

Credit Union Advocacy with local and national politicians

Joint Winners – Dragonsavers Credit Union Ltd, Treorchy, Wales and Prince Bishops Community Bank, Stanley, Co.Durham

Community Mobilisation and Outreach

Winner – Killarney Credit Union Ltd, Killarney, Co.Kerry, Ireland

Runner Up – Salford Credit Union Ltd, Salford, Greater Manchester

Joint Highly Commended – Dragonsavers Credit Union Ltd, Treorchy, Wales and Prince Bishops Community Bank

Dispensing Financial Education to the entire Common Bond

Winner – Prince Bishops Community Bank, Stanley, Co.Durham

Use of the Media

Winner – Salford Credit Union Ltd, Salford, Greater Manchester

Joint Runners Up – Dragonsavers Credit Union, Treorchy, Wales and Killarney Credit Union Ltd, Killarney

Highly Commended – Prince Bishops Community Bank, Stanley, Co.Durham

Award for making a film describing the activity of an individual or a credit union (open only to Award winners)

Winner – Justine Limocon, Lamac Multipurpose Co-operative, Cebu City, Philippines

Runner Up – Killarney Credit Union Ltd, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Beacon” Credit Union of the Year 2017

Winner – Commsave Credit Union Ltd, Northampton

 Edward Filene Supreme Award for Social Entrepreneurship 2017

Winner: Prince Bishops Community Bank, the credit union that has achieved the highest aggregate score over all the categories of performance excellence open to it.

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