The Credit Union movement in Dominica is mourning the loss of a stalwart in the movement, Kenneth A. Richards, who died over the weekend at his home in Goodwill.
Richards became active in Credit Union work in 1956 when he was elected to the supervisory committee of the St. Alphonsus Co-operative Credit Union. In 1958 he was elected to the Board and served as treasurer. During that same year, he was elected to the directorship of the Credit Union League Southern chapter and subsequently served as a director when the North and South chapters combined to form Dominica Co-operative Credit Union League in 1959.
During that period, he held the offices of secretary, treasurer, vice president and president of the society. He was instrumental in proposing the field services to Credit Unions which was adopted in 1969 and from that time a “fieldsman” has been employed with the League. He was also instrumental in proposing the idea of Central Financing in 1973.
In 1960, Richards was elected to serve as a Director at the West Indies Conference of Credit Societies (WICCS) a regional credit union. He remained with that organization until it eventually became the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU) in 1972.
He was also part of the team which formulated the CCCU constitution and at its first annual general meeting in 1972, held in Dominica, became a Director and remained in that position until 1975. He was given an award in 1982 by the CCCU in recognition of his contributions.
In 1981 Richards was given an award for long and dedicated service to the St. Alphonsus Credit Union (now the Central Co-operative Credit Union).
Richards was awarded the Commonwealth of Dominica second highest award the Sisserou Award of Honour in 1983 in recognition of his contribution to the development of the Credit Union Movement in Dominica.
He also served as a public officer, reaching the position of Permanent Secretary.
The Board of Directors, credit committee and Compliance/Supervisory committee the management and staff of the League extends deepest condolences to his entire family.