Eric Poliak Award
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.
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.
Recipient for 2022
Patricia Christiani Campbell
Mrs. Patricia Christiani Campbell has been a serial volunteer since her middle school years in California, where she worked on literacy projects with children in her school district. This early experience ignited a passion for making positive changes in her community that has continued throughout her life.
During her high school years, she was part of the Associated Student Body, which provided her with many volunteering opportunities. Right after graduation, before heading to UCSD, Patricia spent her summer vacation volunteering for the Chief of the United Nations in Lima, Peru. While in college, she volunteered at the Make-a-Wish Foundation in San Diego, helping to fundraise and make dreams come true for children facing serious illnesses.
As a registered Doula, Patricia volunteered for one year at the public maternity hospital Amparo Maternal in São Paulo, where she welcomed countless babies into the world and provided care for new mothers.
As a board member of the American Society in São Paulo, Patricia has held various positions, starting as the Community Action Chair and eventually becoming President in 2020. Her leadership was instrumental in restructuring the AmSoc bylaws to switch to Civil Society Organization (CSO) status, making it easier to raise funds and give back to the community.
As President of AmSoc, Patricia has motivated the organization to become even stronger and helped forge connections within the membership to create a more close-knit community. She also had the vision to reach out to new communities in need especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. For example, in 2021, she spearheaded a massive campaign to show appreciation for the hospital care workers at Campo Limpo Public Hospital as well as raising funds to provide much-needed equipment for the neurosurgery room.
Patricia's tireless efforts and leadership have made her a builder, motivator, and visionary for both the American Society and the São Paulo community at large. It is with great honor that the Erik Poliak Award for 2022 was presented to Patricia Christiani Campbell.
Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
Congratulations to all of the previous winners of the Eric Poliak Award! Their dedication and selflessness have made a tremendous impact on the São Paulo community, and have truly exemplified the values that this award represents. Their tireless efforts to improve the lives of those around them have not gone unnoticed, and each and every one of them is a true inspiration to us all.
Through their volunteer work and community involvement, they have made a lasting contribution to the city of São Paulo, and their generosity and kindness have touched the lives of countless individuals. The Eric Poliak Award is a testament to hard work and dedication, and it is a well-deserved honor for all those that received it.
Congratulations once again, and thank you for your commitment to making the world a better place!
Patricia C. Campbell
Christina & Ricardo Zuniga
T. David Warren
Sister Angela Mary
Susan Banman Sileci
Alonzo B. Shattuck
Frances Van de Putte
Natalie Della Rosa
Theresa Mary White
Father Thomas Brown
Jo Ann Ivy
Lynne S. Couri
John E. Burns
David E. Ivy
Carmen Kennedy Lund
Mary Clifford Poor
Delora B. Tuthill
José M. Arana
R. Christopher Lund
Anne F. Pereira