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Honour 150 Recipient

Denise Dupuis

Winnipeg
Love and sharing with her extended volunteer family at Centre Flavie-Laurent
Written by Red River College student: Rosanna Hempel
Donation made to Centre Flavie-Laurent
After retiring from Canada Post in June of 2008, Denise Dupuis didn’t wait long to throw herself into a new project. In July that year, she began lending her time to Centre Flavie-Laurent in St. Boniface — an organization dedicated to supporting impoverished and vulnerable people.

Dupuis knew she’d found her “place” after volunteering for only a few months. She’s lent countless hours to the organization, going above and beyond for clients, volunteers, donors, and staff members.

Dupuis coordinates a tight-knit group of roughly 60 active volunteers who are like “one big family.” She’s the first to arrive early in the morning, stays well into the afternoon, and also often comes in on the weekend.

According to Gilbert Vielfaure, Executive Director of Centre Flavie-Laurent, who nominated Dupuis, “there is no one more dedicated to the centre’s mission than Dupuis, who says her love is contagious and inspiring to those around her.”

“It gives you a joy of living, and you’re helping people, and in return, they’re helping you because they’re giving you a purpose,” said Dupuis. “Volunteering is a way of enjoying life.”

Dupuis, the ninth of 13 children, learned to love and share at a young age, said Lise Hamelin, who has volunteered under Dupuis’s direction for many years. Hamelin said Dupuis’s an example of what makes us proud to be Manitoban.
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