Young people urged to play meaningful role in continued growth of Credit Union – former Director
The role of young people within the Credit Union can and should continue to improve as it will pave the way for the continued growth and development of the Credit Union; this is according to stalwart of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Union, Trevor Alleyne. He issued a passionate appeal for young people to recognize that the Credit Union should be the alternative and financial institution of choice. “It is you the young people, who will be responsible for ensuring that the public continues to see us as a credible alternative,” he said.
Alleyne was recently honored for his sterling, significant, unselfish and invaluable contribution to the CCCU. While accepting his award Alleyne said that the importance of young’s peoples’ participation in the annual convention and annual general meeting underscored the point by saying that in the Credit Union its from the womb to the tomb. “We must recognize that the Credit Union is a family and therefore its from the womb to the tomb and I am so pleased to be seeing so much young people coming each year to our convention and this says something positive about CCCU,” he said.
He however urged those attending for the first time to not be troubled by the presence of the older folks noting that the enormous contributions made by the ‘not so young’ were very significant and should be emulated. Alleyne echoed similar sentiments of Melvin Edwards another stalwart who was also honored that he was moved by the enormous and overwhelming support that young people and primarily first timers are giving to CCCU.
“The success of this organization is as a result of the enormous work that young people have been playing because as many of you would know that this is a voluntary organization and when many of us got involved we got on board primarily for domestic reasons in the sense that we wanted to empower our communities that we live and work in,” he said.
The Credit Union stalwart said that his award is a symbol of appreciation thanking all those he said has played a role in his achievements within the movement. He pointed out that when he first got into the movement in 1958 he had never envision getting this far noting that in those years it was merely about community. He noted that today the issue of credit unionism has become more global. “I have to admit that 54 years ago my desire was to make a difference in the lives of my members and because I continue to hold on to my primary reason for getting involve I have never given up this fight as we have broaden the mandate and scope,” he said.
He urged members to remember that the Credit Union is a humanitarian organization and when one enters they should recognize that their service and contributions should be voluntary. “Let’s never forget that it’s a humanitarian cause, it’s a cause for human development. Thus I urge you to be committed and dedicated as its all about people.
He added, “When Governments and administrations fail we are always there as the Credit Union will continue to remain your credible alternative.”
Alleyne became a member of the Telephone Workers Credit Union Co-operative Society Ltd in 1957. He was elected to the Board of his Credit Union in 1962. Subsequently Alleyne served as President from 1968 until 1985 when he relinquished that position. Alleyne remained a member of the board until 2009 when he demitted office.