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Comp Laude® Award Winner

All of you know that I respect and admire volunteerism and community service. As a practicing dentist my father pursued charity and volunteerism with professional vengeance. He was instrumental in establishing a volunteer dental service in Mexico when I was growing up, recruiting dentists from all over California to donate their services, and even secured the importation of dental equipment into the country using the time honored "mordita" tradition. Even after retirement my father continued to exemplify selflessness by volunteering his time and money to local police departments, and received several awards through the years recognizing his efforts - in fact he was even memorialized post mortem by the Oceanside Police Department for his contributions. I told my dad once that, "when I grow up I want to be a philanthropist." I am far from growing up, but I hope to achieve that goal before I die.

Making people's lives better is what workers' compensation is about. A work injury can be devastating not only to the worker, but the worker's family. There is a group that seeks to make a difference, through donations and volunteers, in the lives of the children affected by their wage-earner's work injury. This group exemplifies what is right with our industry - people seeking to elevate humanity and give back to those who have given so much of themselves.

It is with great pleasure that I present Kids Chance with the WorkCompCentral top Comp Laude award for 2015.

~David DePaolo