Dean Duperron and his wife Sherri are active philanthropists and no strangers to community service. If you ask, chances are the Duperrons will give.
Fabian Dawson, the former deputy editor of The Province approached Duperron in 2010 to see if he would help create a legacy project for the newspaper’s award winning series called Operation Phoenix.
Without hesitation he offered up dozens of educational seats to the Downtown Community Court aimed at giving offenders a hand up and out of the destructive cycle of crime and drug addiction by offering them a chance to go back to school. His move triggered similar action by the Vancouver Community College and Outward Bound Canada. Judge Thomas Gove has then decided to launch the pilot program with 14 seats.
“In spite of many social and health problems, most of the individuals who came before the Downtown Community Court did want to make a change in their lives,” said Gove. “Some of these folks would benefit from learning a trade that would lead to good employment,” he said. “Others would benefit from simply expanding their knowledge of the world around them.”
“We believe in a justice where once the individual admits he has done something wrong, he takes on the responsibility of changing and works to repay the community,” said Duperron.