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.
Pam is a certified recovery mentor with a passion for prevention and currently serves as the Executive Director of Community Living Above in West Linn, Oregon. Community Living Above works to support youth and families, with substance use prevention education, access to support resources, and peer-to-peer encouragement.
Over the years Pam has been a contributor and prevention resource for online prevention and recovery sites and has shared her personal experience in recovery and as a prevention leader on blogs and through speaking engagements. Her passion for prevention/awareness education led her to get involved with local, state, and national groups supporting prevention, awareness, and recovery. She is a member of the Clackamas County Prevention Coalition the Mental Health and Addiction Council.
She has been honored at the local, state, and national levels for her work in prevention awareness and supports. She was awarded Volunteer of the Year in the West Linn Wilsonville School district for her work with youth to engage, empower, and educate them on drug/alcohol prevention and recently won the Freedom Award, an honor given to those who help battle the stigma of addiction by sharing their story of recovery and giving back to the community in a meaningful way.
Pam’s impact on the prevention and awareness landscape in Oregon has also taken her to the national level, where she is part of Facing Addiction with NCADD’s (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence), action and affiliate networks.
Community Living Above was selected for Facing Addiction’s Pilot Project, making it one of just 15 cities to be selected by the national nonprofit — the project works to reform the public response to “face addiction” in communities via a grassroots-driven strategy.
Most recently Pam co-founded the Oregon Recovery High School Initiative, a diverse coalition of recovery advocates, educators, health system professionals and business leaders committed to launching the first recovery high school in Oregon for students impacted by substance use disorders. Pam feels this is her highest recovery calling thus far. Her mess is now her message and redemption is the blessing.