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Outstanding young people recognised


22 Mar 16

The 2016 Tracy Slane Award for outstanding young people in the credit union movement has been presented to Kirsty Gallagher and Danny Thomas.

The award is presented each year to recognise the contribution of young people who have demonstrated a personal commitment to, and the ability to significantly influence, their credit union. It is dedicated to the memory of Tracy Slane, who worked as ABCUL’s Conference Officer until her untimely death in 2004 at the age of 25.

From an exceptional group of nominees, the Trustees of The Credit Union Foundation decided to make two awards this year – to Kirsty Gallagher of Central Liverpool Credit Union and to Danny Thomas of Norwich Credit Union.

Kirsty Gallagher joined Central Liverpool as a junior saver aged 9. As a teenager, she volunteered her time during school holidays, and in 2007 joined the staff team.

Kirsty was instrumental in establishing the credit union’s Walton branch, which she has supervised for the last 3 years. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors, and now heads the credit union’s internal audit team.

Kirsty said: “I was very honoured to accept the Tracy Slane award as this is a big achievement for me. I am very proud to work for Central Liverpool Credit Union and I am thankful for support I have had over the years to progress. Winning the award has given me a confidence boost as I look forward to a long career within the credit union.”

Central Liverpool Credit Union Chief Executive Eileen Halligan said: “Kirsty is a kind and caring individual who gives the best of herself to her role. She is an ideal of the many credit union members for whom credit union principles are a way of life. Highly thought of by her colleagues, it is no surprise that many of them wanted to contribute to her nomination. Kirsty is making her career in credit unions and we feel privileged to have her as part of our team.”

Danny Thomas has served on Norwich Credit Union’s supervisory committee, co-designed the credit union’s website and acts as joint webmaster, and also volunteers at the credit union’s Pilling Park service point and helping out with general promotional activities.

Danny said: “Volunteering for the credit union is a great way to give just a small something back to your local community. They are organisations run by great, kind and interesting people that genuinely make a positive difference to the lives of their members, who can often be quite vulnerable.”

Norwich Credit Union Vice President Alan Camina said: “Danny has a busy life with work and family, but he is always willing to lend a hand. His input continues to be invaluable as we develop our credit union, and reach out to a new generation of younger members. We are really proud of Danny, he deserves this national recognition.”

ABCUL is strengthening its commitment to developing the next generation of credit union leaders with the launch of CU Futures. Full details of this innovative programme for employees, directors and volunteers aged between 18 and 35 at ABCUL member credit unions are available here, and the deadline for applications is Thursday 31 March.

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