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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.

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Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

Past Winners

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!

2023

Isabel Franco

2019

Ruth Hollard

2015

Kelly Maurice

2011

Not Awarded

2007

Bert Frost

2003

Deborah Riveros

2000

Delora B. Tuthill

1996

José M. Arana

1992

R. Christopher Lund

1988

Anne F. Pereira

2022

Patricia C. Campbell

2018

Christina & Ricardo Zuniga

2014

T. David Warren

2010

Sister Angela Mary

2006

Susan Banman Sileci

2002

Jean Smith

1999

Jane Hayes

1995

Cathy Koepke

1991

Alonzo B. Shattuck

1987

Frances Van de Putte

2021

Natalie Della Rosa

2017

Richard Wegman

2013

Eileen Tasso

2009

Theresa Mary White

2005

Alan Blau

2001

Father Thomas Brown

1998

Jo Ann Ivy

1994

Lynne S. Couri

1990

John E. Burns

1986

David E. Ivy

2020

Kristy Miranda

2016

Judy Zanchi

2012

Marlene Rubeiz

2008

Sonya Querido

2004

Mark Abrams

2000

Marilyn Mangels

1997

Eric Street

1993

Steve Hanson

1989

Carmen Kennedy Lund

1985

Mary Clifford Poor

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