Terry Duperon, founder of Duperon Corporation — an international manufacturer of wastewater treatment solutions — has been named recipient of the 2023 Robert H. Albert lifetime community service award. It is said to be the highest honour in the annual Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce Awards, the accolade recognises individuals who have exhibited a lifetime of service to both the community and their profession.
Known in the water and wastewater industry for its ability to develop simple solutions for complex treatment issues, the company is currently employing more than 70 individuals since the formal establishment of Duperon Corporation in 1985.
Founder Duperon has started programmes such as Duperon Education, a 20-year old programme inspiring students to pursue their dreams; Dare to Dream, an annual event for teenage students in Saginaw county with entrepreneurial aspirations; One DEGREE Club, a networking group for individuals seeking support; and TLD Holdings, an organisation that supports local businesses and entrepreneurs.
A voice on dyslexia, the founder also serves on the board of Children’s Choice Initiative, an organisation focused on improving the curriculum and literacy rates for all types of learners. He also works with Priscilla Dseagu, a special needs educator in Ghana. Together, they opened the Duperon Learning Centre for Children with Special Needs to provide educational opportunities tailored to each child’s needs.
The award was presented at the Community Leadership Awards luncheon, which was held at Horizons Conference Centre. Terry was accompanied by members of his family, Mark Turpin, president of Duperon Corporation, and community partners he has supported over the years.