CADT CEO Receives State Leadership Award

The first Gary Olson
Leadership Award honors its namesake

DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH) presented a new award at this year’s 44th Annual MARRCH Conference held in St. Paul last week.

MARRCH President Karen Edens announced that the Gary Olson Leadership Award has been created and will be presented to an individual who “demonstrates a long-term vision for the chemical dependency treatment field and acts in a manner that inspires others to carry out our mission.”

The first recipient of the award was honored at the conference—the award’s namesake, Gary Olson, CEO of the Center for Alcohol & Drug Treatment (CADT) in Duluth.

Olson was honored for his distinguished 40+ year career in the chemical dependency field, as well as his advocacy for enlightened public policy regarding chemical dependency.

He was a co-founder of MARRCH in the 1990’s, served as past president for two terms, was a pioneer in the field of working with homeless alcoholics, and was a driving force behind organizations such as State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS), a national organization representing state associations from around the country; Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC), serving as an advisory board member; and the National Institute of Addiction Treatment (NIAT).

Olson was surprised by both the new award and being its first recipient. “I’m surprised and truly honored,” he said, “And I am excited that in the future this award will recognize emerging as well as established leaders in our field.”

The Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment is a non-profit community agency founded in 1961 that provides treatment and recovery services for people with chemical use addictions and the problems associated with drug and alcohol abuse and gambling problems. Its programs include residential inpatient treatment; outpatient treatment; a detoxification facility; DWI programs and medically assisted recovery; and long-term residential programs and aftercare.

Gary Olson, CADT chief executive officer
Tina Silverness, CADT chief operating officer
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