WASHINGTON – XCEL FCU Board Member Stacey Walker recently received the Credit Union Times Volunteer of the Year Trailblazer Award. Walker accepted her award during the CU Times’ 2017 Trailblazer Award reception on Tuesday, February 28, at the Renaissance in Washington, DC, during CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference.
Volunteering is deeply imbedded into Walker's identity, according to CU Times. She's been volunteering in some capacity for a third of her life. It began at a young age when Walker attended a high school where volunteering was required.
“You had to volunteer for a certain amount of hours and that was just instilled in me to do that and continue that,” Walker told the publication.
Walker sees it as a way to say thanks and give back for all the people who contributed to her development. “People have poured into me from childhood until now. From family members, teachers to various professionals, they themselves volunteered. They thought enough of me to say I’m going to pour into this lady, I’m going to give her advice, I’m going to coach her and mentor her. I’m going to work with her and give her a chance and an opportunity, and I feel like I need to give that back,” Walker emphasized.
After graduating with her law degree, Walker did just that. She later completed a training class at United Way, which taught her the ins and outs of being a director at a non-profit organization. She then put those skills to use and joined the board of directors at XCEL.
Twelve years later and Walker is very proud of the work she and her volunteer board have done at XCEL. When she joined in 2005, the credit union had $83 million in assets and about 12,000 members. Now the credit union has $182 million in assets and 19,000 members, Walker said.
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