Former Advocates director lauded for leadership role

A Craig woman and former advocate for survivors of domestic violence has been presented with an award.

Pat Tessmer is the former executive director of Advocates-Crisis Support Services in Craig.

On June 24 in Fort Collins, the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence awarded Tessmer, who served Advocates for nearly 20 years, with the Heroic Leadership Purple Ribbon Award.

The award is given rarely and reserved for those who have shown a commitment to helping improve lives for those who have experienced domestic violence through many years, according to a news release.

"I was really deeply moved and profoundly humbled," Tessmer said Monday night. "I've been really fortunate, really blessed to have worked with so many wonderful and exceptional women over the years. It was pretty humbling."

Tessmer traveled around the state helping other organizations that lend aid to surviving women, according to the news release, but her major accomplishment was her success in securing grants in order to open a shelter for women in Moffat County.

Tessmer worked for Advocates from 1990 until earlier this year. She will soon be moving to Denver.

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