De Paul Treatment Centers’ 19th Annual Freedom Awards luncheon brings together a diverse audience of community members, businesses, elected officials, and non-profits to talk about addiction, celebrate recovery, and support De Paul’s treatment programs for individuals with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. The event recognizes prominent community members who support and work toward ending the stigma of addiction. De Paul’s 2018 award recipients are:
Samuel C. Wheeler Freedom Award
Pam Pearce, Oregon Recovery High School Initiative
Pam Pearce is a wife, mother, community leader and a person living in long-term recovery. Currently, in her 23rd year of recovery, she takes advantage of every opportunity to share her passion for the gifts and hope recovery has given her. Most recently Pam co-founded the Oregon Recovery High School Initiative.
The Samuel C. Wheeler Freedom Award honors those who help battle the stigma of addiction by sharing their story of recovery and giving back to the community in meaningful ways.
Spirit of Recovery – Advocacy Award
Monta Knudson, Bridges to Change
Throughout his career, Monta has worked in many different capacities to ensure that individuals have the tools to be successful in recovery including treatment, housing, mentorship, job development and community support. As the Executive Director for Bridges to Change, Monta is passionate about making services accessible to those in need.
The Advocacy Award honors those who help foster healthy communities by demonstrating outspoken support for addiction treatment access and quality.
19th Annual Freedom Awards Luncheon
Wednesday, September 26, 2018