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service-1st team member completes international leadership program

6/30/2022
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Photo (l-r): Tracey Kliesch (Co-Facilitator) Director of Strategic Alliances, Wyth Financial (Canada); Katrina Grant-D’Aguilar (Mentor) Member Services Officer, Jamaica Co-operative Credit Union League (Jamaica); Chris Court, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Service 1st; Karen Miner (Facilitator) Managing Director, International Centre for Co-operative Management at Saint Mary’s University (Canada); and Carla Decker (Co-Facilitator) Chief Operating Officer, IDB Global Federal Credit Union (USA).

(Danville, PA) - Chris Court, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer recently attended and graduated from the 2022 Canada Development Educator (CanadaDE) program along with 42 other participants representing 10 countries from 35 credit unions, leagues, centrals and co-op organizations. To be eligible to complete an international program, a participant must first complete their home country program. Chris completed the US Development Educator (DE) program in November 2017, located in Madison, WI.

The International Centre for Co-operative Management at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA was host to the 2022 CanadaDE program from May 29, 2022 to June 3, 2022. This program is a highly participatory and rewarding experience that builds professional knowledge and networks on a local to global scale. This five-and-a-half-day leadership program couples the co-operative principles and values while deepening the understanding and appreciation for the co-opertive movement and credit union sector at a local, national and international level. The program tackles the pressing challenges that credit unions face today. It focuses on the member-centered credit union enterprise model, combined with the importance (and potential) to create social, environmental and economic impact while integrating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) in the context of credit unions.

CanadaDE was established with a partnership between the Caribbean Development Education (CaribDE) program and Saint Mary’s University in 2016. US DE was established in the early 1980’s.
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