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Sister Peter Claver Humanitarian Award

Meet Sister Peter Claver

Sister Peter Claver was a humanitarian in every sense of the word. Her leadership in health care was her avenue to serve, with compassion and humility, to better the lives of others.

Watch this video to learn more about this amazing leader, who for 33 years was an inspiration to her staff at Sacred Heart, and the Spokane community.

Nominations are In!

See the list of nominees below

The Sister Peter Claver Humanitarian Award is presented each year to a person who exemplifies the mission, commitment and personal qualities of Sister Peter Claver.

From 1964 to 1987, she was at the helm of Sacred Heart Medical Center, during a time when the hospital became the largest medical center in the Northwest. Her compassion for those who suffer—whether in body, mind or spirit—truly led her work, and as you can imagine, her desk light burned late into the night.

She took particular care to walk the halls of her beloved hospital daily, looking after her staff and the patients and families they served.

Nominees uphold Sister Peter Claver's dedication to enriching the lives of others, particularly the poor and vulnerable. Many of our past award recipients have made a difference by dedicating themselves to creating safer neighborhoods; providing medical or social services; providing outreach to underserved populations; working daily on behalf of children who live in poverty or are abused; or spiritually enriching or inspiring the lives of others.

The winner will be announced at a special dinner and awards ceremony, October 8 at the Spokane Club, beginning at 5:30 pm; admission is $50. Call Public Relations for tickets: (509) 474-3081.

Recognize an extraordinary individual whose faith and good works contributed to the betterment of our Spokane, WA community with the Sister Peter Claver Humanitarian Award.

Definition of Humanitarian

  • Having concern for, or helping to improve the welfare of people.
  • Pertaining to the saving of human lives or to the alleviation of suffering.
  • A person actively engaged in promoting human welfare and social reforms.

Honored Humanitarians

Kelly Aldrich

Mentoring students at local elementary schools, helping newly relocated refugees, sending care packages to military troops, or baking a birthday cake for a foster kid; these are just a few of the ways Kelly Aldrich gives back to the Spokane community. As a foster parent, she is prepared to open her home at any moment to children in crisis. Through her multiple volunteer roles, Kelly is making the world a better place.

Rusty Barnett

As the director of Hope House – a downtown shelter for homeless women – Rusty is a tireless advocate for women who find themselves at the door of despair. In addition to helping them connect with community programs and housing opportunities, her compassion is a boost to their self-worth. Rusty’s work has led to expanded programs, respite services, access to medical care, and an environment where homeless women can feel safe and valued.

Becky Doughty

Becky saw a huge need among area homeless men and women: they needed a safe, clean, comfortable place to recover once they were discharged from the hospital. She founded and serves as director of the Inland Northwest Transitional Care Program to fill that gap. Becky’s dedication has provided dignity to our most vulnerable population and makes it possible for them to heal.

Dr. Hal & Sandy Goldberg

Dr. Hal and Sandy Goldberg are champions for providing cardiac care for residents of countries like Rwanda, where suffering, displacement and genocide has been rampant. Every year, they raise funds for and develop teams of volunteers to treat patients who suffer from rheumatic heart disease and who otherwise would go without. Through Healing Hearts Northwest, they are changing the lives of this population.

Edmund Gray, MD

A longtime physician in Stevens County, Dr. Gray’s impact is wide. He created the Northeast Tri-county Health District and, with 52 years of service, he is the longest standing health officer in Washington. His commitment to increased immunizations and improved public health, as well as his leadership role in forming the Washington Basic Health Plan, has improved countless lives.

Kristine Ruggles

Serving as the executive director of Christ Clinic & Christ Kitchen, Kristine believes that spiritual, mental and physical health is interrelated. She has helped to build a ministry where people’s bodies and souls are healed. Her efforts have greatly increased the organization’s capacity to improve health care access to the vulnerable, and to provide employment opportunities and training for many in need.

Michele Sakurai

Michele’s tireless efforts on behalf of the Stevens County Hunger Coalition brought together the various food banks in Stevens County, which formerly competed against each other. The results have brought an increase of funding and support for the coalition through 2016. Michele exhibits compassion for all and lives a life of service to the poor and vulnerable.