WESTBROOK, Maine (7/3/14)--The Maine Credit Union League recently honored five credit union advocates as the recipients of the state's annual individual award program.
The recipients were recognized and presented with their awards at a ceremony held in Portland, Maine, in conjunction with the league's recent 76th annual meeting and convention.
Raymond Gagnon, board member, PeoplesChoice CU, Saco, with $155 million in assets, was recognized with the Alexander Ferguson Award for Outstanding Credit Union Volunteer. Gagnon helped found the credit union (formerly known as St. Joseph's CU) in 1953. He has served as a volunteer with the credit union ever since. Gagnon now serves in the role as board member emeritus.
Phil Moreau, president/CEO, Rainbow FCU, Lewiston, with $183 million in assets, was honored with the James M. Gratto Award for Outstanding Credit Union Manager. For the past 42 years, Moreau has served as president/CEO of his credit union. He has served several terms on the league board including service as chairman at two different times. He currently serves as board treasurer. Moreau announced earlier this year his intention to retire on June 30, 2015.
Linda Howe, vice president of marketing and public relations, Down East CU, Baileyville, with $114 million in assets, received the Jeannette G. Morin Award for Outstanding Credit Union Employee. Howe was recognized for her work at the credit union and in the community, including winning a national Louise Herring Award from the Credit Union National Association, Maine State Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year and numerous marketing awards.
Howe gave her time to causes such as hunger relief, the Children's Miracle Network and youth financial education. Receiving the award was Howe's last "official" work duty, as she had previous announced her retirement at the conclusion of the convention.
John Doe, board chair, Eastmill FCU, East Millinocket, with $60 million in assets, was recognized with the League President's Award for Outstanding League Volunteer. A volunteer for 28 years, Doe also serves as president of the Northern Penobscot Chapter of Credit Unions. Since 2000, Doe has also served on the Maine Credit Union League's board of directors. Doe, a retired educator who held a variety of positions including superintendent of schools for several school districts, is also active in youth financial education and is a high school basketball referee.
Veronica Levesque, assistant vice president of accounting, Maine Savings FCU, Hampden, with $278 million in assets, was honored with the Diane L. Oceretko "People Helping People" Award. A 25-year employee of the credit union, Levesque was described as the credit union's "driving force behind all of our community projects including ending hunger, Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure, MDA, Children's Miracle Network and many others."