BELIZE CITY, Belize–The 101-year-old CEO of a credit union here who was also a pioneer in this country’s CU movement has died.
Dr. Jane Usher, known nationally as Miss Jane in Belize, helped found credit unions here. Usher, who was the older sister of Belize’s first Prime Minister, George Price, had worked daily as CEO at the Holy Redeemer Credit Union (HRCU).
Born in 1917, in 1942 Usher married the late Henry Charles Usher, a famous sportsman and credit union pioneer of his time, with whom she had 12 children, according to the San Pedro Sun. In 1944, Holy Rosary Credit Union opened with Usher working as a clerk before being named CEO in 1956.
“Her dedication to serving the community and the development of the credit union era in Belize saw her earning numerous awards and accolades, such as the Golden Eagle Award from the Belize Credit Union League,” the San Pedro Sun reported. “One of her greatest contributions was to have government introduce the legislation to establish a league for credit unions.”
Usher also served in government, becoming the Cabinet Minister for Health and Cooperatives from 1979 to 1984, and as the president of the Senate from 1989 to 1993.
“During her birthday last year, Usher expressed how blessed she felt to have celebrated her 100th birthday,” the San Pedro News added. “She described herself as a humble person and admitted that her job as CEO was stressful at times, but she was happy to have very good people around her that could carry on her legacy at HRCU, the largest credit union in the country and among the largest in the Caribbean region. Usher advised people to think positive and to avoid being around negative people and prophets of doom and gloom.”