The Eric Poliak Award

HISTORY

The Eric Poliak Award represents AmSoc’s highest honor and was founded in memory of Eric Poliak, a past governor and president of the American Society (AmSoc), community member, and friend. After Mr. Poliak’s untimely death in May 1984, the Board of Governors established this tribute to be given annually to an American citizen in the São Paulo community who has unselfishly contributed his or her time and effort for the good of the entire community.

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Nominations for this award are submitted annually, during the month of March, by the AmSoc membership. All nominations are sent to the office staff and distributed to the selection committee at least 1 week before the meeting. The recipient must be an American but doesn’t need to be a member of AmSoc. A special committee, comprised of AmSoc executive committee members and previous award winners, chooses the final recipient.

The award is presented at the AmSoc Annual General Meeting in April.

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2022 Eric Poliak Award Recipient - Natalie Dane Della Rosa 

Natalie Della Rosa

Each year the American Society of São Paulo (AmSoc) honors an individual who has volunteered selflessly to the community, whose dedication and actions have made a real difference.

Past Recipients 2022 - 1985

2022

Natalie Della Rosa

2021

Kristy Miranda

2020

No Award due to Covid-19

2019

Ruth Hollard

2018

Christina & Ricardo Zuniga

2017

Richard Wegman

2016

Judy Zanchi

2015

Kelly Maurice

2014

T. David Warren

2013

Eileen Tasso

2012

Marlene Rubeiz

2010

Sister Angela Mary

2009

Theresa Mary White

2008

Sonya Querido

2007

Bert Frost

2006

Susan Banman Sileci

2005

Alan Blau

2004

Mark Abrams

2003

Deborah Riveros

2002

Jean Smith

2001

Father Thomas Brown

2000

Marilyn Mangels

2000

Delora B. Tuthill

1999

Jane Hayes

1998

Jo Ann Ivy

1997

Eric Street

1996

José M. Arana

1995

Cathy Koepke

1994

Lynne S. Couri

1993

Steve Hanson

1992

R. Christopher Lund

1991

Alonzo B. Shattuck

1990

John E. Burns

1989

Carmen Kennedy Lund

1988

Anne F. Pereira

1987

Frances Van de Putte

1986

David E. Ivy

1985

Mary Clifford Poor