Dodge City native and Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George has received the Jasper G. Chen See Volunteer Leadership Award from the Richard J. Caron Foundation. The award recognizes individuals who have provided exceptional volunteer leadership in addiction treatment through board membership and philanthropy.
The award is presented annually at the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers Annual Leadership Conference, which was held on May 16 in Chandler, Ariz.
“I am humbled by this recognition,” George said. “From personal experience, I know the tremendous pain that addiction can inflict on individuals, and their families and friends. I feel blessed to be able to help those in need. It’s been a major focus of my life to provide support for those struggling to beat their addictions.”
George was a member of the Kansas House of Representatives from 2004-2010 and was confirmed as Commerce Secretary in February 2011. He has participated in many national efforts to help curb the growing problem of addiction. George and his wife, Lori, have three children, Thomas, Anna and Maris.
George has served on the Valley Hope Association Board of Directors for more than 10 years, the past two as board chairman. Valley Hope is a national leader in providing treatment for those suffering from alcoholism and other addictions. Valley Hope was started in Norton, Kan., almost 44 years ago and has locations in seven states.
“It is an honor to serve on the board of Valley Hope,” George said. “To be part of an organization that has stayed true to its mission of, ‘Helping those suffering from the disease of addictions, one person at a time,’ is an overwhelming feeling. To be a part of an organization that every day, 24/7, is saving lives is a privilege.”
The Jasper G. Chen See Award is named for the doctor that served as a member and president of the Richard J. Caron Foundation Board of Directors. Chen See is recognized from transitioning the foundation from a family cause to a nationally recognized leader in the field of addiction treatment.