Mich. CU Trip to Kenya Continues to Inspire 

Cole Treat stands with and H.E. Ambassador Elkanah Odembo.


Cole Treat stands with Nicole Bice, business manager for WOCCU and Dean Trudeau, CEO of Public Service CU.

It's been several months since a group of Michigan credit union leaders went to Kenya to work in an orphanage as part of a World Council of Credit Unions program, but their trip continues to inspire others here at home.

Communicating Arts CU CEO Hank Hubbard, Public Service CU CEO Dean Trudeau, and MCUL League Representative Stephanie Klocinski traveled to the Busia Compassionate Centre in November for a service trip.

When 7-year-old Cole Treat, son of CUSG Director of Sprint Partnerships Lisa Treat, heard about the trip, and learned that the children in Kenya lacked everyday items we take for granted like flip-flops, he set forth on a mission of his own to help. Instead of birthday presents, Cole asked his friends and family to donate flip-flops for the Kenyan children.

While in Washington for the CUNA GAC, Hubbard, Trudeau, and the Treat family had the opportunity to visit the Kenyan Embassy, meet with Kenyan officials and deliver the donated items.

"We are so grateful for your desire to help the people of our country," H.E. Ambassador Elkanah Odembo told the group.

The group of credit unions leaders plans to continue their relationship with the orphanage and hopes to return there in the future. 

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