Pete Saunders Wins Duperreault Scholarship

August 14, 2014

The Duperreault Fellowship, a fund designed to enhance the professional capabilities of individuals working in substance abuse prevention and treatment programmes in Bermuda, has revealed that Mr. Pete Saunders has been chosen by the Fellowship to receive a $15,000 grant for doctoral studies in Human Development.

Mr. Saunders was recognized as a Duperreault Fellow at a luncheon hosted today [Aug 14] at ACE Bermuda. He will receive $15,000 a year for three years.

A spokesperson said, “Mr. Saunders holds a M. Sc., summa cum laude, in Human Services from Capella University. He will begin his studies this fall at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California.

“Mr. Saunders, who was presented with his award by Nancy and Brian Duperreault, will continue serving the Bermuda community once he completes his doctoral studies.

“He will apply coaching and other transformative learning methods to support individuals in recovery to produce extraordinary results and breakthroughs in their lives – relationships, careers, and/or businesses – while advancing their recovery from addiction.”

“Pete was the unanimous choice of our scholarship committee,” said Duperreault Fellowship Chair Katherine Watson.

Left to right: Nancy Duperreault, Annesa Saunders, Dakari Saunders, Pete Saunders, and Brian Duperreault [photo courtesy Antoine Hunt]

Pete Saunders Duperreault Fellow

“His complete and unwavering commitment to bettering the lives of those suffering the effects of substance abuse, his sterling academic record, his volunteerism with local charities, including Impact Mentoring and The Family Centre, and his impeccable credentials made him an outstanding candidate for The Duperreault Fellowship.”

“The Duperreault Fellowship was established in 2004 with a $500,000 donation from Nancy and Brian Duperreault and a $1 million gift from The ACE Foundation in honour of Mr Duperreault’s leadership at the ACE Group of Companies. Since its establishment, The Duperreault Fellowship has supported the professional development of eight therapists, administrators, and clinicians providing services in Bermuda.”

“In the decade since The Duperreault Fellowship was founded, substance abuse has not loosened its grip on our community,” said Mrs. Watson. “There isn’t a family or organisation in Bermuda who hasn’t in some way been impacted by someone’s abuse of alcohol and drugs.

“However, the pool of professionals trained to address the issue has grown, as has Bermuda’s ability to find effective and lasting solutions to this scourge on our island.

“We are indebted to Nancy and Brian Duperreault, and to The ACE Foundation, for establishing a vehicle that guarantees support to qualified individuals committed to addressing this complex problem.”

For more information about The Duperreault Fellowship, please visit online or email

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  1. The Underground Movement says:

    Wish the young Man Well.
    Just wish there were more like him.- but you will be suprise how many decent ambitious young man are out there.