Celine Paquette named Woodmen Citizen of the Year

ALTONA - Celine R. Paquette has been named Citizen of the Year by Woodmen of the World Lodge 462.

Paquette was awarded the recognition at a dinner in her honor March 28 at the Rainbow Wedding and Banquet Hall. Lodge president Linda Gonyo-Horne applauded Paquette for her dedication to the community which has spanned several decades.

"When we look for a Citizen of the Year, we've certainly got many people to choose from," said Gonyo-Horne. "But, the name that kept coming up was Celine Paquette."

Paquette's longtime friend, Mary Ann Sorrell, had the honor of introducing her, giving an overview of Paquette's accomplishments throughout the years. Over time, Paquette has worn many hats, said Sorrell. In her professional life, she has served as an adjunct professor at the State University of New York at Cortland and Plattsburgh, Russell Sage College and the University of Wisconsin at Eau Clair. She was also an administrator at East Greenbush and principal at Ticonderoga Middle School.

In her personal life, Paquette served in various capacities for the Rouses-Point Champlain chapter of Kiwanis Club International, the Joint Council for Economic Opportunity for Clinton and Franklin Counties, and the town of Champlain. If that weren't enough, Sorrell continued, Paquette was also a charter member of the Champlain Emergency Medical Service and served Literacy Volunteers of Clinton County, Champlain Memorial Library, and the local Big Brother-Big Sister Program.

"Celine is a very private person who does a lot of public work," said Sorrell.

In addition to her previous role as head of Paquette Insurance Agency, Paquette was known for her role as Clinton County Area 1 Legislator for more 12 years. She served in that capacity - a role previously held by her late husband, Lawrence Paquette - until her retirement last year.

"As a county legislator, Celine made every effort to attend the town and village meetings," said Sorrell. "She also made sure that someone from this end of the county represented us on the board she made appointments to."

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