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 an extraordinary person whose faith and good works inspire their colleagues, friends or families, and enrich the lives of others—especially the poor and vulnerable.
From 1964 to 1987, Sister Peter Claver 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.
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 6 at the Spokane Club, beginning at 5:30 pm; admission is $50. Call for tickets: (509) 474-3081.
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.
2015 Sister Peter Claver Humanitarian Award Nominees
After a career as a hematologist and oncologist in Spokane, Dr. Joan Craig did not choose a quiet retirement. While on the back of an elephant in 1997 crossing the Salween River in Burma, she had a vision that became Alternatives for Burmese Children, an organization to improve the futures of displaced children by funding educational materials, teacher subsidies, and nutritional supplements to enhance learning.
Nearly 105,000 meals are served annually to the senior citizens of Spokane through Meals on Wheels and Mollie’s efforts go beyond just meals. Through Mid-City Concerns, she has helped build a community to promote advocacy, education and recreation services for area seniors. Mollie’s compassion, care and respect for the elderly has resulted in a valuable resource for our community.
Hal & Sandy Goldberg
Since 2009, Healing Hearts Northwest has provided lifesaving cardiovascular surgeries on some of Rwanda’s most vulnerable people. Beyond surgery, they seek to educate the local Rwandan medical professionals, empowering them to provide better cardiac care. In a country where suffering and genocide have forever changed the face of a nation, Hal and Sandy’s work is giving health and hope to patients who would otherwise have none.
Known for his ability to align independent organizations and create collaborated community resources, Garman has played a key role in many of Spokane’s best achievements in our local healthcare industry. Garman has been a passionate champion for medical education and contributed toward nearly every initiative that has created a measurable impact in our region.
Described as a “valuable civic asset to Spokane,” Marilee has never wavered in her commitment to comforting the afflicted. Under her leadership, Volunteers of America has tackled some of the greatest challenges in our social and health system, and created lasting solutions. Whether the issue is homelessness, behavioral health, or education, Marilee is undaunted.
Joe and Polly Schindler
The loss of their seven-year-old daughter inspired Joe and Polly to create the Anna Schindler Foundation. They provide financial support to oncology families during childhood illness. Joe and Polly’s generosity has had an impact on countless lives, but perhaps none as much as Blake, the foster child they adopted who was fighting the same cancer that claimed Anna. Other parents are encouraged by their mentorship.
After serving 20 years as the administrator for the Northeast Tri-County Health District, Mary went on to serve 15 more years at the State level as the Secretary of Health. Under her leadership, significant changes and improvements were seen in smoking and vaccination rates. Through her exhaustive history of public service, she remains grounded and dedicated to her local community in Eastern Washington.
Advocating for the vulnerable and marginalized, Brenda is as comfortable in the pulpit and board room as she is in encouraging victims of domestic violence. At Transitions, a center for homeless women, Brenda’s compassion and respect are matched by her efforts for positive change. Her dedication to social justice includes teaching others to advocate for racial equality, empowerment, and meeting society’s most basic needs.