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TONYA Poutry


Company: The Islander
Title: Publisher/Owner
Age: 39

Favorite Part of Job? There are so many amazing things about this job. Ultimately I would say the best part is the opportunity to connect with so many people in our community; sure it can be challenging at times but the rewards from learning and growing as a person from all of my interactions far exceed the challenges.

Most Inspiring Mentor: My father, Ron Papineau would be my most inspiring mentor. He believed that there was nothing he could not achieve if he tried. I myself, believe this and hope to continue to carry his legacy forward.

Favorite Vermont Escape: My favorite Vermont escape is Lake Champlain. From boating and fishing, to photographing this unique and precious resource, Lake Champlain invigorates my spirit and reenergizes my soul.

Favorite Super Hero: My favorite super hero would have to be Mighty Mouse. No matter your size or stature, you can still make a difference in this world.
What is the best career advice you have received? "You will never know you can, if you don't try". Thank you Dad!

What motivated you to live and work in Vermont? The people, scenic views and quality of life are the driving forces of this native Vermonter to stay, work and play in this state.

Career Highlights: Joining The Islander team as the graphic designer, 16 years ago, would be the beginning of my career highlights. Learning the media industry from the ground up including the many job responsibilities such as sales, accounting, management, etc. over the years led me to purchase the newspaper at the end of 2016. Having the support and trust of the previous publisher, George D. Fowler, to continue the legacy of The Islander would be one of my major highlights of this career.

Community Involvement: Currently I am on the North Hero Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, the Islands Ice Fishing Derby Committee and volunteer with many local organizations. I have served as a member of South Hero Rescue and as a firefighter for South Hero Volunteer Fire Department.
The job of The Islander is to serve the community. As the owner and publisher of the weekly newspaper, I take community involvement very seriously.  The Islander's level of community interaction is very high and I believe it is vital not only to the paper but to the success of the community as well.



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