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Connexus : Issue 40
In TOTAL, $8,355 WAS RAISED AND IT ALL WEnT TO THE FIjI-BASED Oceanic Confederation of Credit Union Leagues Eligible nominees for the Hall of Honour include CEOs, directors and staff... as well as those who have retired. The rich history of Australian mutuals is built on the v ision and imagination of remarkable men and women. As you read this, someone probably comes to mind who through their hard work, dedication and foresight has played an admirable role in making your institution what it is today. Late last year CUFA launched its Hall of Honour as a means of recognising such people. It’s a way of ack nowledging excellence and rewarding service. Individuals contribute to their organisations, and the mutual sector as a whole, in many different ways. The Hall of Honour therefore has three categories of recognition: Pioneer, Luminar y and Leader. Pioneer is the highest level. It honours those who have been in the industry for 25 year s or more and have made a significant contribution to it. They will be honoured in perpetuity by having their name etched on the CUFA Where credit’s due do you know of someone in the mutual sector who deserves recognition? By stEPHANiE BROwN info You can find out more about CUFA’s Hall of Honour at www.cufa.com.au Hall of Honour board, with public recognition on CUFA’s website and in its monthly newsletter, along with many other ack nowledgements and accolades. Eligible nominees for the Hall of Honour include CEOs, directors and staff members currently ser ving their organisation, as well as those who have retired or are about to retire. CUFA will also confer recognition posthumously. The road to having more than four million Australians banking with credit unions, building societies and mutuals bank s has been a long one. Many thousands of people have contributed, and continue to contribute, to the cooperative spirit that underpins the sector and the f undamental changes it has made to the financial ser vices landscape. The Hall of Honour is a worthy and historically significant way of giving something back to those who have put in so much. Stephanie Brown is a CUFA project officer. schooling. With better access to the kind of financial ser v ices we take for granted, Fijians can send their children to school and have better nutrition. While in Fiji we met with a number of local credit unions and with OCCUL to share our expertise in financial management. OCCUL supports credit unions in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor, Tonga, Tuvalu, Samoa and Vanuatu. A total of 171 credit unions have 232,258 members (fewer than the number of Greater Building Society mem bers). OCCUL’s challenge is huge, but it is doing a great job. Back home I am about to start 100 hours of voluntar y work for two local organisations – the final challenge. I highly recommend taking the CUFA challenge. I know my Fijian experience will stay with me forever. kevin Buckley is a regional manager at NSW-based Greater Building Society. kevin in the kayak. The participants had to kayak 60km across open seas as part of their challenge kevin taking part in a basket weaving lesson with some local women www.abacus.org.au 49