Congratulations Daphne Dupuis, you’re an amazing young woman!

Vimy Foundation
Photo credit: Vimy Foundation

We received word today that a local graduating student from Superior Heights Collegiate & Vocational School, Daphne Dupuis, is one of only 20 recipients selected across Canada to receive the 2020 Vimy Pilgrimage Award handed out by the Vimy Foundation.

“The Vimy Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the 2020 Vimy Pilgrimage Award, sponsored by Scotiabank. This award recognizes the actions of young people who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to volunteer work through positive contributions, notable deeds, or bravery that benefits their peers, school, community, province, or country.”, states the foundation. “We are so thankful to everyone who applied and appreciate your dedication to community service and your interest in Canadian history.”

The Vimy Pilgrimage Award consists of a fully funded week-long educational program in Belgium and France to study Canada’s tremendous First World War effort. The program, scheduled for April 2–10, 2020 features daily visits to important First World War sites including museums, cemeteries, and historic battlefields, as well as participation in the Vimy Day commemoration ceremony at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.

The Vimy Pilgrimage Award is generously supported by lead sponsor Scotiabank who is proud to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their infinite potential. The Award is also sponsored by Air Canada, “The First World War is an important, strategic moment in Canadian history and Air Canada is proud to support our youth and tomorrow’s leaders by sponsoring the 2020 Vimy Pilgrimage Award, allowing 20 exceptional teenagers from across Canada to learn and remember.”

If this young woman’s name sounds familiar, you may recall that last fall Daphne teamed up with Francine Floreani, the owner of Our Driving school, to encourage other teens and young adults to register to become organ donors when receiving or renewing their driver’s licences. Francine donated an Apple watch as a prize for a draw to be held on February 15th where students of Our Driving School who sign up through or at Service Ontario will be entered for their chance to win. In recognition of her efforts, Daphne was 1 of 12 recipients of the 2019 Ontario Junior Citizen Award from the Ontario Community Newspapers Association.

Daphne Dupuis and Mya St. JeanDaphne, along with fellow student Mya St. Jean, also took 3rd place intermediate for their project “Thermodynamic Power Saver: A Drain Water Heat Recovery System” back in 2018 in the Rotary Science Fair Algoma and were also two of five local students returning home winners from the Canada Wide Science Fair in Regina (2017) for their outstanding project “Powered by Mud: Microbial Fuel Cells”.

Congratulations Daphne and thanks for for being such a great inspiration both in our Community and beyond!


Editors Notes: The original story has been edited to point out that the draw for the Apple Watch at Our Driving School has been extended from December 31, 2019 to February 15th, 2020. In addition, it was also brought to our attention that Daphne was 1 of 12 youth selected to receive the 2019 Ontario Junior Citizen Award for her efforts to raise awareness about organ donation.