Speaker Details

Speaker:Diane Dupuy
Topic:Famous People Players ***

Diane Dupuy, member of the Order of Canada and winner of Ernst & Young (EY) Social Entrepreneur Award, is the founder of the internationally acclaimed Famous PEOPLE Players. “She had everyone on the first word that came out of her mouth! What a story teller! The hour flew by so fast! Everyone gave two standing ovations” Samvhav conference New Delhi India Diane recharges batteries, has everyone reaching for excellence and she will inspire you with her story of perseverance and determination. She has the power to amaze and the power to inspire! Need a team building exercise? Need to reach for EXCELLENCE? Need to be inspired? Need to rebuild your DREAM TEAM? Diane works with your message and incorporates it into her one woman presentation that will have your audience laughing out loud and yes, moved to tears. Everyone must hear her story of the Impossible Dream made POSSIBLE. Diane Dupuy has changed laws for people with DisABILITIES, attitudes and is applauded worldwide for her motivational and energized presentations.

Diane Lynn Dupuy, CM, recipient of the Order of Canada is the President & Founder of the internationally renowned Famous PEOPLE Players, a professional black light theatre troupe consisting mainly of PEOPLE who are developmentally challenged. Diane founded the company in 1974 with the belief that the disabled must be integrated into society. This alone says a lot about the troupe as they continue to perform with excellence from the Great White Way on Broadway to the Great Wall of China. The inspiring story of Famous PEOPLE Players was featured as a CBS Movie-of-the-Week called Special People. Famous PEOPLE Players have appeared on numerous television shows such as Phil Donahue, Good Morning America, Regis and Kathie Lee, Adrienne Clarkson Presents, and the Emmy Award-winning documentary A Little Like Magic, narrated by Ann Margret. Most recently, the company was featured in a one hour special that aired on CBC and A&E Breakfast with the Arts - Black Light Dreams and Aaron Spelling’s television series 7th Heaven. As well, Famous PEOPLE Players created the puppets and performed for Roll Play, a Gemini nominated television series for children. It is currently airing its second season the third was filmed this year. Diane’s work, so extraordinary on both the artistic and humanitarian levels, has led her to be the recipient of many awards. She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1982, and was named Woman of the Year by B’nai B’rith Women in 1981. She received the first Ernest C. Manning Award for Merit in 1984 and was the first Canadian to receive the CBS silver book mark for inspiration at the library of Congress in Washington for the movie Special PEOPLE . She is also the recipient of the Vanier Award and was awarded Honourary degrees from the Universities of Toronto, Windsor, Calgary, Brock and Trent (Peterborough). In 2007, Diane achieved her third year certificate of completion of the Professional Training Program in Advanced Gestalt Leadership. Most recently Diane has received the President’s Award from the Canadian Society for Training & Development as well as the 2009 Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Diane was invited to deliver the keynote address for the SAMBHAV Conference 2010 in India, an international Event for the Development of Physically and Mentally Challenged Artists. In 2012, Diane was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal of Honour. She is the author of five best selling books, Dare to Dream, Throw Your Heart Over The Fence and Daring to Dream. As well, Diane has published her first children’s book, The Little Girl Who Did...WHAT?!!., her favourite book, The Teacher & the Soul and recently published, ‘Cocktails at the Chemo Lounge and Magic of the C’s’ In 2003, Diane was invited by friend Dr. Deepak Chopra to Puerto Rico where she spoke as a panelist, alongside past United States Vice President Al Gore, at the Alliance for New Humanity. This conference fostered Diane’s appreciation for the environment and gave her resources to continue her mission to enhance the environment within each of us. Like the late great Annie Sullivan, Diane Dupuy has used will power and determination to bring out the best in all who join Famous PEOPLE Players. Today she dedicates herself to enriching young people on the path of life, through imagination and entrepreneurship.