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Paquette honored as a woman of distinction'

ALBANY Dr. Celine R. Paquette of Champlain has been recognized as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction. Paquette was honored along with 37 other women from across the state at a ceremony in Albany June 3. State Sen. Elizabeth OC. Little commended Paquette for a lifetime of serving others. Celine excels in all she does to the benefit of so many others, said Little. As an educator, administrator, elected official, SUNY trustee and small business owner, Celine has made such a positive difference. In each and every capacity, she has been a great example of achievement, excellence and dedication. I am really grateful to have been chosen for this wonderful honor, said Paquette. I count myself fortunate to have been recognized among the dozens of other women from across the state whose personal and professional contributions are simply inspiring to hear about. Paquettes career began in 1960 as a teacher in the East Greenbush School District where she eventually became a supervisor and administrator. From 1965 to 1987, she was also an adjunct instructor at Russell Sage College, SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Cortland, and the University of Wisconsin at Eau Clair. In 1984, she became principal of Ticonderoga Middle School. In 1987, after 27 years in education, Paquette joined her husband to run a long-time, family-owned insurance agency and served as president. In 1995, she won election to the Clinton County Legislature and became chairman in 2000. Three years late, she was appointed by former Gov. George Pataki to serve on the SUNY Board of Trustees, a post she held eight years. Currently, Paquette is a trustee at St. Michaels College, Colchester, Vt., as well as a commissioner on the Middle States Commission for Higher Education. She is also currently serving as the vice-chair of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission. A major focus for Paquette is the renovation and restoration of an old bank in Champlain to be dedicated as the Samuel de Champlain History Center in 2009. Paquette holds numerous degrees including a bachelors degree of science in nurse-teacher education from SUNY Plattsburgh, a masters degree of science in counseling and a doctorate of education in educational administration from SUNY Albany. Past honors include being named New York State Nurse Teacher of the Year, North Country Big Sister of the Year in 1992 and Distinguished Alumna of SUNY Plattsburgh.

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