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UPDATED: Yorkton's Kevin Lukey recognized with national award

Lukey has always been active in the community of Yorkton.
Kevin Lukey has been awarded the Distinguished Credit Union Leader National Award.

YORKTON - Kevin Lukey, Cornerstone Credit Union’s former Chief Executive Officer, and long-time Yorkton resident, has been awarded the Distinguished Credit Union Leader National Award.

The award was announced during the Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA)’s Annual General Meeting on May 8.

“It was tremendous,” Lukey told Yorkton This Week, adding while he spent 40-plus years in the Credit Union system “. . . you don’t do it for the recognition, so when something like this happens it’s pretty cool.”

Lukey said he also had to thank those within the Credit Union who went through the process of nominating him for the award.

“I can’t thank them enough for the kind words. It was awesome they thought of me,” he said.

The Distinguished Credit Union Leader Award is CCUA’s most prestigious honour and is only awarded to candidates with an exceptional track record of achievement and contribution to the Canadian Credit Union system. Award winners have demonstrated a personal and professional commitment to cooperative principles and have inspired others through their extraordinary leadership.

“Kevin Lukey has displayed significant leadership, commitment, and service to the credit union system over his 40-year career in the credit union system. Kevin was the CEO for Cornerstone Credit Union for 14 years, retiring in 2017,” noted a release on the award. “Following his retirement, Kevin continued to be actively involved in the credit union system as a director for SaskCentral and most recently, with Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation. Kevin’s legacy is well known throughout the Saskatchewan system for his unwavering commitment to members and a relentless pursuit of change throughout the national system in the interests of serving credit union members better.”

“We were proud to nominate Kevin and thrilled to see him honoured, not only for his accomplishments but also because his rural Saskatchewan, grass roots background, exemplifies what credit unions are all about,” said current Cornerstone CEO Doug Jones in the release.

Lukey has always been active in the community of Yorkton including The Health Foundation, Yorkton Council, Yorkton Chamber of Commerce, Heritage Brick Mill Society, and the Parkland College Capital Campaign Cabinet, to name a few.