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Oswego Zonta Honors Cooper-Currier

OSWEGO, NY – On September 26, the Zonta Club of Oswego honored Diane Cooper-Currier, executive director of Oswego County Opportunities,  with its prestigious Amelia Earhart Woman of Achievement Award.

Event co-chair Kristine Bushey noted how special the evening was.

Diane Cooper-Currier (center) poses with six past Ameilia Earhart Woman of Achievement awardees. From left: Mary Shanley (2005), Mercedes Niess (2001), Peg McKinstry (2006), Cooper-Currier, Mary Ciappa (2011), Janette Resnick (1995) and Kathleen Fenlon (2008).
Diane Cooper-Currier (center) poses with six past Ameilia Earhart Woman of Achievement awardees. From left: Mary Shanley (2005), Mercedes Niess (2001), Peg McKinstry (2006), Cooper-Currier, Mary Ciappa (2011), Janette Resnick (1995) and Kathleen Fenlon (2008).

“This dinner is our spotlight event for the Zonta Club of Oswego. We relish the opportunity to pay tribute to a woman who works so hard to improve the lives of families in our community,” she said.

In a program featuring representatives from the offices of Senator Patty Ritchie, Assemblyman Will Barclay and Congressman Dan Maffei, as well as Mayor Tom Gillen and Dale Currier, many comparisons were made between Cooper-Currier and Amelia Earhart who both started off as social workers and went on to be leaders and inspirational figures.

Also present at the annual dinner, which was held at the American Foundry, were OCO staff and board members, six past Amelia Earhart award winners, friends, family and many community members.

Other special guests included Zonta District 2 Governor Candace Edwards and county legislators Marie Schadt and Amy Tressider.

In receiving her award, Cooper-Currier spoke about poverty and the effects it can have on people.

She also spoke about her drive to help guide people in the process of transforming their lives.

But for her, the award was more about those around her.

“This award is not about me. It is about the 550 employees who work for OCO and serve those who are impoverished in the community,” Cooper-Currier said.

Zonta would like to thank event sponsors whose generous contributions support Zonta’s scholarship program.

Each year, three college scholarships are awarded that assist recipients in achieving their career goals through higher education.

A special thank you goes out to platinum sponsor NBT Bank who has supported the event for the past four years.

Other sponsors include: Gold Sponsors Novelis, SUNY Oswego Office of Business & Community Relations and the Shineman Foundation; Silver Sponsors Oswego Health, Sugar Scanlon Funeral Home and Sutton Real Estate Company, LLC:  Bronze Sponsors; Bosco & Geers, Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home, DuFore’s for Diamonds, Fulton Savings Bank, Operation Oswego County, Oswego County Federal Credit Union, Pathfinder Bank, Reynolds & McGowan, PLLC, Riverview Wellness Center and the H. Lee White Maritime Museum.

For more information about the Zonta Club of Oswego, visit its Facebook page.