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Connexus : Issue 41
Awards The Emerging Leader program has run hand in hand with the Bridges Emerging Leader Mutual Industr y Award over the past 10 years. First offered in 2002, the award recognises talented young individuals in the mutual industr y and funds them to attend an industr y-related conference of their choice up to the value of $10,000. Past winners have gone on to fill senior positions. They include inaugural winner Therese Turner, now CEO of Quay Credit Union. “ Traditionally, people in the industry were recognised for their contribution only at the end of their career,” says Turner. “ The Emerging Leader Award provides a platform for young manager s to showcase their achievements as well as setting the bar higher for others coming through the ranks. “ I’m proud to have been associated with the program since its inception and hope the award continues for many years to come,” says Tur ner. Next generation Jason Kriss, of Bridges Financial Services, reinforces the strong relationship between his company and Emerging Leaders. “ The mutual movement has spawned many great leaders over the years,” he says. “Our ability to support the sector through our longstanding commitment and suppor t for the next generation of leaders is something we are ver y proud of.” Bridges Emer ging Leader Awar d winner s have enjoyed success at the World Council of Credit Unions’ World Young Credit Union People Program (WYCUP). In recent years four Australian representatives (Nick May, Ross Lambrick, Cas Scott and Michelle Coelho) have been recipients of the prestigious WYCUP scholarship, awarded annually to just a handful of outstanding individuals from mutual movements worldwide. Attending WYCUP has also for ged strong connections between the Australian and national Emerging Leader movements in the US, Canada, South and Central America, Africa and Europe. The Emerging Leader program has been an integral part of the per sonal and professional development jour ney of many of our bright young mutual staff. “ It not only provided useful tools and techniques relating to leadership and self-assessment, but also gave an insight into how different mutuals around Australia operate,” says May, who is also a for mer Emerging Leader committee member. “ To this day I maintain a strong network of people from my time in Emerging Leader. These relationships are invaluable To this day I maintain a strong network of people from my time in Emerging Leader. and provide a resource pool I would otherwise not have. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity this award has given me and hope the program provides the same opportunities and benefits for many participants in the future.” In 2011 the Emerging Leader program partnered with the AM Institute and the CGU Emerging Leader Tertiar y Scholarship Awar d in an exciting development that continues to strengthen the program and expand its oppor tunities. The Emerging Leader committee would like to thank all those mutuals that have nominated staff over the past 10 years and look s for ward to the continued success of the program. Belinda hogan is assistant accountant at Community Alliance Credit Union, winner of the 2011 Bridges Emerging Leader Mutual Industry Award and a 2012 Emerging Leader committee member. www.abacus.org.au 41 www.abacus.org.au 41