Ann Kirven Sanders, a Clarendon County resident and retired Director of Clarendon Behavioral Health (formerly Clarendon County Alcohol and Drug Abuse) was awarded the prestigious Order of the Palmetto by Governor Henry McMaster at the Governor’s office on October 8, 2020.
“Mrs. Ann Kirven Sanders has selflessly dedicated herself to assist South Carolinians who struggle with drug and alcohol abuse,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “Through her remarkable record of public service and civic engagement she has created a better South Carolina for us all.” Ann was joined by family, board members, colleagues in the Behavorial Health field and friends for the presentation of this award.
She was nominated for this award by board members who knew what an outstanding job she had done in the alcohol and drug abuse field over the forty-five years she served as Director of the Clarendon County Agency. Ann was a leader in initiating state-wide programs, such as drug court, and getting these programs started in Clarendon County. Mrs. Sanders dedicated her life to serving Clarendon County and South Carolina as she tirelessly sought to improve the lives of individuals and families dealing with issues of drugs, alcohol and related substance abuse problems. She was an innovator who networked with other agencies and constantly sought information on new legislation that would benefit local clients.
When Mrs. Sanders was named Director of the Clarendon program in 1975, she sought the advice of pioneers in the field of substance abuse and worked tirelessly to promote legislation to reduce the impact of substance abuse, including creation of the Alcohol/Drug Safety Action Program for Driving under the Influence, the School Intervention Program, Community and School Based Prevention, Under Age Drinking Prevention and Drug Court
Her compassion and concern for the agency and community have been a blessing for Clarendon County.
Ann and her husband, Sonny Sanders, reside in the Goat Island area of Clarendon County. They also enjoy frequent trips to their mountain retreat in North Carolina.