Diane Dupuis was named the 2014 VEOP Achiever at the Vermont Educational Opportunity Program's annual conference Oct. 7, held this year at Castleton State College. The VEOP Achiever Award is given each autumn to an educational opportunity program participant who: has successfully completed postsecondary study and received recognition for academic achievement, is a person of high stature within his or her profession, and has made significant civic, community, or professional contributions.
Dupuis has been an important member of the Lyndon State College Upward Bound community for over 10 years -- and began her involvement as a hardworking high school student from Irasburg. Dupuis matriculated to St. Anselm's College in Manchester, N.H. where she thrived despite the challenges which many first generation college bound students face. She graduated in 2008 with bachelor of science degree in Accounting, having made dean's list every semester, and as a Presidential Scholar and a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon the International Economics Honor Society.
After graduation Dupuis began her career at Gallagher, Flynn & Company in Burlington as an audit staff accountant and later made her way back to the Northeast Kingdom in 2010 when she accepted a position as a senior accountant at Jay Peak Resort. She has spent the last four years working towards her career goals, earning her Vermont CPA license, and recently became the director of Finance for Jay Peak and QBurke Resort. Professionally Dupuis has been an Achiever, but she has also given back to her community in many ways over the years.
She returned to Upward Bound in 2006 and 2007 as a summer tutor counselor where she worked with the program as a mentor and math teacher for first generation college bound and modest income students. She was a role model within the program, has offered mentorship to current students and alumni, has volunteered at holiday meetings, and has even donated to the Upward Bound scholarship fund helping program alums currently enrolled in college to buy their textbooks. Dupuis' character and commitment to her local and regional community has been outstanding, and she truly embodies the attributes of the VEOP Achiever.
"As an alumni and former staff member of the Lyndon State College Upward Bound program, I am proud to say that I would not be where I am today in my career without the influences that the Lyndon State College Upward Bound program has had on my life," said Dupuis. "Upward Bound was the support system that my family and I needed to get through the college preparation process. The support offered by the program included high school course recommendations, scholarship assistance, SAT prep, college tours, financial advice, and the list goes on. Upward Bound broadened my horizons and educated me about the various aspects of college. Their recommendations even led me to the college that I ultimately chose to attend, Saint Anselm College. I not only graduated with dean's list honors and a bachelor's degree in Accounting, but I also graduated debt-free.
I redirected my compass back toward the Northeast Kingdom, and accepted a position with Jay Peak Resort. Each and every day since joining the company, I have worked hard to contribute to the resort's mission (as well as my personal mission) to make the Northeast Kingdom a better place, promote job creation and stimulate economic growth. Everything that I have accomplished thus far in my career would not have been possible without the Lyndon State College Upward Bound program and the influences it has had on my life. I continue to keep in touch with the program leaders and strive to give back to the program as much as I can."
Diane is the daughter of Gaetan and Rita Dupuis of Irasburg.