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Maine league awards honor those who give back
WESTBROOK, Maine (5/20/08)--The Maine Credit Union League recently
Robert “Bob” Leathers (left), volunteer, Eastmill FCU, with Dan Byron, Eastmill president/CEO.
honored six individuals as the recipients of the Maine credit union movement’s annual awards. The recipients were honored at a special ceremony held in Portland in early May in conjunction with the League’s 70th Annual Meeting and Convention. Nominees are submitted by credit unions, with the final winners determined by the league’s Awards and Convention Committee. Here are the 2008 league award winners:
* Alexander Ferguson Award for Outstanding Credit Union Volunteer--Robert (Bob)
From left: David Rossignol, president/CEO, Norstate FCU, and Ray Marquis, Norstate board chair.
Leathers of Eastmill FCU, East Millinocket, has served on the credit union’s board for nearly 30 years, including the position of board chair for more than 20 years. Leathers also serves as chairman of the East Millinocket School Committee, the Knights of Columbus board and several church committees. * James M. Gratto Award for Outstanding Credit Union Manager--David Rossignol, president/CEO of NorState FCU, Madawaska, was recognized as a leader, motivator and mentor for his staff. Rossignol has been with the credit union
Midcoast FCU’s Colleen McGuiggan (left) with President/CEO Gail Richardson.
for more than a decade and is also active in his community, serving on a number of committees and civic organizations. He is also a member of the league’s board, representing the Aroostook Chapter of Credit Unions. * Jeannette G. Morin Award for Outstanding Credit Union Employee--Colleen McGuiggan, human resources manager and staff supervisor at Midcoast FCU, based in Bath, has worked at the credit union for 20 years. She began as a teller and has held numerous positions. She is involved in fundraising efforts at the credit union, including the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger and Special Olympics. *
Maine league President John Murphy, right, and Sid Wilder, president/CEO, Taconnet FCU.
League President’s Award for Outstanding League Volunteer--Sid Wilder, president/CEO of Taconnet FCU in Winslow, has worked for 37 years in the Maine credit union movement and will retire this fall. He has been an active participant in the movement, serving on committees, boards and as a member of the league’s Governmental Affairs Committee for the past 10 years. Wilder was recognized by league President John Murphy for “always being willing to get involved and who is a true example of the credit union spirit of cooperation and collaboration.” *
Maine State CU’s Christina Carter, left, with President/CEO Normand Dubreuil.
Diane L. Oceretko “People Helping People” Award--Christina Carter, of Maine State CU in Augusta was recognized as a person hasn’t just talked about “people helping people,” she has done it. In her four years as a member of the credit union’s social responsibility committee, her enthusiasm has pushed her credit union to the No. 1 spot in dollars raised for the past two years for Maine Credit Union’s Campaign for Ending Hunger. Carter also devotes her energy and creativity to many other causes including serving on her local town’s PTA, volunteering in her children’s classrooms every week. *
Tucker Cole (left), president/CEO, Evergreen CU, Portland, and Maine league’s Governmental Affairs Committee chair, with Luke Labbe, president/CEO, People’s Choice CU. (Photos provided by the Maine Credit Union League)
Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman’s Award--Luke Labbe, president/CEO of PeoplesChoice CU, Biddeford, was honored for leading by example on the importance of being active in grassroots and political activities. Labbe was recognized for pioneering a new event to raise funds for political advocacy. In five years, it has become the largest, one-day fundraiser for CULAC. As a result of this event, the league has not only been able to increase the amount of funds raised for CULAC, but raised awareness, as well. Tucker Cole, president/CEO, Evergreen CU, Portland, and the league's Governmental Affairs Committee chair, presented the award.

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