WASHINGTON (5/1/13)--Credit union activist Joy Cousminer, who has devoted
58 years to breaking economic and educational barriers and improving the lives of people in New York's economically distressed South Bronx area, will be one of four cooperative innovators honored May 8 at the Cooperative Development Foundation's (CDF) 2013 Cooperative Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Gasper Kovach Jr., board chair of the CDF, says on the foundation's website that induction to the Cooperative Hall of Fame is reserved for those who have made "genuinely heroic contributions to the cooperative community."
Cousminer, founder and now president/CEO of Bethex FCU, is being recognized for bringing financial services into an area that had no banking facilities and no access to credit.
"The many innovative programs and partnerships offered by Bethex reflect (Cousminer's) recognition of the financial, educational, and business needs of the people of the South Bronx and her efforts to meet them. Her work embodies the ideals of community spirit, determination, vision, and cooperation. She is a leader with a quintessentially cooperative spirit," the CDF website says of Cousminer's nomination.
She will be honored at a dinner and recognition ceremony held at the National Press Building here next Wednesday. The other inductees on the program are:
Steven Dawson, founding president of the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute;
Rebecca Dunn, executive director of the Cooperative Fund of New England; and
Leland Ruth, co-founder and board secretary, California Center for Cooperative Development.
Other credit union movement representatives who were inducted to the CDF Hall of Fame in recent years include David Chatfield, retired president/CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues; former Credit Union National Association President/CEO Dan Mica; and Larry Blanchard, former senior vice president for special projects from CUNA Mutual Group.