2016 Recipient: Carolyn D’Luz
Carolyn earned her bachelor’s degree in horticulture and agronomy from the University of New Hampshire. She has worked as the coordinator of Academic Support Services at JSC since 2002. She attributes her success in Academic Support to the support she receives from her supervisor and co-workers. She treats students as she would like to be treated, with an open heart and mind and without judging or influencing their decisions, allowing them space to grow. From 2009 to 2012, she also worked as a Volunteer Community Organizer, establishing and managing the Johnson Summer Farmers’ Market and a Buyers’ Club with Black River Produce, and facilitating a USDA grant for a grocery store feasibility study that resulted in the opening of a grocery store in downtown Johnson. Since 2013, she has worked on multiple local advocacy projects. Her many interests come from a motivation toward independence and self-reliance, which has led her toward regular self-assessment, participation in herbal medicine workshops, flower and vegetable gardening, rainwater collection systems, and small animal husbandry.