The World Council of Credit Unions, Inc. (WOCCU) is a worldwide representative organization and lobbying agency for credit unions.

Members of the World Council include regional and national credit union associations, cooperative associations and business service organizations. Organizations and individuals can also support World Council through its Supporter program

Founded in 1971, WOCCU has conducted over 250 long-term technical assistance programs in over 100 countries to start and strengthen financial cooperatives. As the global association for credit unions WOCCU 1) raises the awareness of credit unions, 2) is the global meeting place for the exchange of information and ideas about financial cooperatives, and 3) works with policymakers to improve the legal and regulator environments for credit unions.

International Credit Union DayEdit

International Credit Union Day has been celebrated by the World Council of Credit Unions on the third Thursday of October, since 1948. The day is set aside to reflect upon the history of the credit union movement and to promote the achievements. It was established to honour those who have dedicated their lives to the movement, recognize the hard work of those working in in credit unions today. [1]

Distinguished Service AwardsEdit

The World Council of Credit Unions Distinguished Service Award is the highest honour paid to individuals and institutions by the worldwide credit union movement. Created to recognize outstanding contributions to international credit union development, Distinguished Service Awards are presented each year at WOCCU's World Credit Union Conference. [2]

Below are the past recipients [3]:


  • A. A. Bailey - Jamaica & United States
  • Marion Ganey - United States & Fiji
  • A. Rod Glen - Canada
  • MISEREOR - Federal Republic of Germany
  • Coady International Institute - Canada


  • Bartholomew Quainoo - Ghana
  • Kenneth Miller - Australia
  • Robert Ingram - Canada
  • Lorrell S. Bruce - Jamaica
  • Konrad Adenauer Foundation - Federal Republic of Germany
  • CUNA Mutual Insurance Group - United States


  • Armando Terán - Panamá
  • Colin Smith - New Zealand
  • R.C. Robertson - United States
  • R.C. Morgan - United States
  • Paul Hebert - United States
  • Jack Dublin - United States
  • United States Agency for International Development
  • Canadian International Development Agency


  • Florencio Eguía Villaseñor - México
  • Henry William Howe - Australia
  • William A. Atkins - United States
  • Richard M. Heins, Ph.D. - United States
  • Alex Gracie - Canada
  • Robert L. Wermuth - United States
  • ILCU International Development Foundation, Ltd. - Ireland
  • Credit Union Foundation - United States


  • Everard Dean Trinidad and Tobago
  • Augustine Kang - Asia
  • Augustine Murray - Ireland
  • Joe Perkowski - United States
  • O.W.A. Baron von Verschuer - Netherlands
  • Albert E. Williams - United States
  • Canadian Co-operative Association - Canada



  • Henry Cruz - United States
  • Joseph Cugini - United States
  • Dennis Cutter - United States
  • John Nicholson - Canada
  • Alan Parry - Australia
  • Reverend James Oswald Thorbourne - Jamaica
  • Herb Wegner - United States
  • U.S. Peace Corps - United States


  • Gerry Foley - Ireland
  • Roman Catholic Church - Vatican City


  • John Hume - Ireland


  • L.R. Bobby McVeigh - Canada
  • Spółdzielcze Kasy Oszczędnościowo-Kredytowe(SKOK) - Poland


  • Chris Baker - USA
  • Karen Schwartz - USA
  • Credit Union Foundation of Australia (CUFA)


  1. International Credit Union Day
  2. Distinguished Service Awards
  3. Distinguished Service Awards

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