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Manuel Rabines Named WOCCU Chair at World Credit Union Conference

2 August 2011

Manuel Rabines, general manager of Federación Nacional de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito del Perú (FENACREP), the trade association serving Peru's credit unions, has been named chair of World Council of Credit Unions' (WOCCU) board of directors. Rabines, who succeeded previous chair Barry Jolette, president and CEO of San Mateo Credit Union in Redwood City, Calif., USA, formally accepted the chair's chain of office during the World Credit Union Conference's general session.

"Together with my family, there is nothing more important to me than the credit union movement," Rabines said. "The challenge for WOCCU is to continue being an enduring voice for credit unions around the world and dedicate its greatest efforts to articulating and defending our cause."

Rabines joined the Peruvian credit union movement in August 1962 as an assistant at Santa Elisa Credit Union, then Peru’s largest financial cooperative, and eventually became its CEO. Since 1988, he has held the position of FENACREP’s general manager, interrupted from 1990-1992 when he served as Peru’s deputy minister of labor.

Other new board officers, elected at WOCCU’s annual general meeting Monday afternoon, include First Vice Chair Grzegorz Bierecki, Poland; Second Vice Chair Anne Cochran, USA; Treasurer Daniel Burns, Canada; and Secretary Louise Petschler, Australia. Veteran directors Penny Reeves, Canada, and Catherine Roberts, USA, left the WOCCU board Monday, and their positions were filled by Scott Kennedy, Canada, and Patrick Jury, USA.

Dame Pauline Green, president of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), was one of the guest speakers at the conference. She discussed the 2012 United Nations International Year of Cooperatives and the importance of having all cooperatives participate in order to strengthen the cooperative image globally.

"WOCCU is one of ICA’s most important members, and I am delighted to see they are a big part of the International Year of Cooperatives," said Green, a former member of the European Parliament. "Acting together, we have a chance to create the strongest growth opportunities for cooperatives and credit unions that we have seen in decades."

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