OSWEGO, NY – 2014 marks the 30th year the Zonta Club of Oswego has presented the Amelia Earhart Woman of Achievement Award to a woman who has dedicated herself to making a difference in her community and serving as a role model to other women.
Earhart began her career as a social worker and a member of Zonta before she made history flying across the Atlantic Ocean.
On this special anniversary of the award, it is befitting that this year’s recipient, Diane Cooper-Currier, is also a social worker and a prominent leader in the health and human services sector in Oswego County.
As the executive director of Oswego County Opportunities, Cooper-Currier is a passionate advocate for fighting poverty in all its forms and inspires compassion for those most in need in our community.
On September 26 Cooper-Currier will receive the honor at the 30th Amelia Earhart dinner to be held at The American Foundry.
Cooper-Currier has worked in the human services field for more than 30 years. She began her career as a counselor in a therapeutic wilderness program for troubled young women in Virginia.
Since then, she has held a variety of direct care, supervisory and administrative positions in the human services field leading to her current position as executive director for Oswego County Opportunities, a 550 plus employee health and human service agency.
In addition to her work in health and human services, she has conducted professional training on leadership and organizational development topics at a local, state and national level. She is active in the local community and is a member of the H. Lee White Museum Board of Trustees (secretary), the Oswego County Child Advocacy Foundation, Inc. Board, The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce Board (second vice president), The Work Force Development Board, Oswego County Child Protection Council (chair), The Oswego County Federal Credit Union Supervisory Committee (chair), NYS Community Action Association Board and is a member of the Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club.
Throughout the years, she has received local and state recognition for her commitment to the community and serving those in need with the most recent distinction being the Oswego County Community Leadership Award from Leadership Oswego County in 2011.
She holds a BA in Criminology from the University of Maryland and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Syracuse University.
She lives in Scriba with her husband, Dale, and is an avid SU basketball fan and she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family and a good laugh.
“The Amelia Earhart Woman of Achievement Award is the highlight of our year. We look forward to being able to celebrate an individual whose work makes people’s lives better, stronger and more meaningful,” said Sarah Irland, president of the Zonta Club of Oswego. “Diane’s strong commitment to empowerment and self-sufficiency captures the essence of Zonta’s dedication to advancing the status of women and reflects Amelia Earhart’s efforts to encourage women to hold professions that were not traditionally held by women. It is a universal theme in human services work to give people the power and tools they need to be successful.”
In keeping with Zonta’s mission of education and empowerment, the Amelia Earhart dinner funds three college scholarships that are awarded annually by the Zonta Club of Oswego.
The Oswego Zonta Club is offering opportunities to sponsor the Amelia Earhart Dinner and support Cooper-Currier’s nomination.
Tickets for the diner are also available.
Further information about the dinner can be found on the Zonta Club of Oswego’s Facebook page or by contacting Inga Back at 315-343-8733 or [email protected]