NW Credit Union Professional Becomes an International Development Educator

Tina Hall has joined the vaunted ranks of the International Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) designate, and will be honored the group’s meeting later this month in Glasgow, Scotland.

The international designation allows those who complete the national DE program to learn from their international peers and to learn from international travel opportunities. Each DE program determines which of their applicants meets the requirements for this distinction.

Speaking about the international program, Hall said: “It’s an opportunity to celebrate cooperation among cooperatives by connecting with other people in the industry who are incredibly passionate about our movement.

Hall was involved in the Philippine Develop Education Program (PhDE) where she volunteered to co-facilitate their week-long training program two years running.

“I find myself so inspired by the students in the PhDE because they embody cooperative principles in a profound way,” she added.

Fifteen international designations were handed out at the meeting, with winners coming from the United States, Philippines, United Kingdom, and the Caribbean. Those who attain the distinction were recognized in the program booklet at WOCCU’s International Conference this summer in Glasgow. 

Formerly at Verity Credit Union in Seattle, Wash., Hall is now president & chief catalyst at Kirsi Consultancy. She is a regular speaker at events, and will kick off the Association’s 2011 Convention with a networking event focusing on best practices. (More info here.)

There are three other international CUDE designees in Oregon and Washington—Jamie Chase of CU Strategic Planning; Bob Schumacher, President & CEO, Mountain Crest CU; and Debbie Wege, Community Affairs Manager, BECU. In total, there are 57 CUDEs in both states—including six Association staffers. *

Over the past 29 years, more than 1,000 credit union advocates from over 30 countries have graduated from DE Training to become CUDEs. The mission of the CUDE program is to promote credit unions’ social responsibility and domestic and international development through interactive adult education and professional networking. By linking credit unions’ past and present, the DE program brings renewed relevance to credit unions’ seven cooperative principles and the philosophy of “People Helping People.”

If you are interested in attending the 2012 DE Training, please contact CUDE program to be put on a notification list.

* Update: Previous version of this article omitted Jamie Chase as an ICUDE.

Questions? Contact Foundation Development Associate Josalyn Alston: 206.340.4814, jalston@nwcua.org.

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