Nominations being accepted for the 2017 Isabel P. Ruiz Humanitarian Award
Fri, Nov 3rd
The Isabel P. Ruiz Humanitarian Award annually recognizes and rewards a local individual (male or female) for outstanding efforts in advocacy and caring for local people in San Luis Obispo County. This award is designed to honor the dedication and commitment to caring about people exhibited by the late Isabel P. Ruiz. Mrs. Ruiz came to America in 1973 as a medical doctor (OB/GYN) trained in her native Peru. She worked and helped local people with accessing and utilizing the health care system. She was a role model for the Latino community as well as for women. In everything she did, she worked to overcome barriers, improve the system of care for all, and advocate for the rights of the under-represented. Her philosophy was to “be the bridge” whenever opportunities arise to help an individual become more self-sufficient.
Mrs. Ruiz’s approach was to think outside the box, be open to new ideas and risk, identify solutions, take action for long term impact, educate those in power about the issues and potential solutions, support her colleagues in trying new strategies, and serve as a mentor-recognizing the potential of others and foster their growth to succeed.
This award is designed to encourage those who follow in Mrs. Ruiz’s footsteps to remain committed to community organizing and advocacy to improve the lives of everyone in San Luis Obispo County.
- Resident (male or female) of San Luis Obispo County
- Demonstrated selfless desire to help others
- Demonstrated community leadership in San Luis Obispo County
- Demonstrated steady, ongoing advocacy to create change
- Demonstrated ability to influence others to create change