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Isabel P. Ruiz Humanitarian Award


Established by the late Bill Broadbent in 2007, the Isabel P. Ruiz Humanitarian Award annually recognizes and rewards a local individual for outstanding efforts in advocacy and caring for local people in San Luis Obispo County. This award is also designed to highlight and 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.

2014 Award Recipient Sjany De Groot

The award was presented to Ms. De Groot by Napoleon Ruiz, Isabel's husband and David Ruiz, Isabel's son.

The Community Foundation presented the 8th Annual Isabel P. Ruiz Humanitarian Award to Sjany De Groot at the De Groot Nursing Home for Children in San Luis Obispo. 

For over 30 years Sjany De Groot has dedicated her life to caring for special needs children, aged 0-5. She provides a unique and loving environment for severely disabled children who have no other options, and dignity to many of these children who are terminally ill.

Many of these children come from homes that that are unable to provide the care they need to be comfortable and safe. Mrs. De Groot has used her personal resources to selflessly provide loving care to these medically fragile children.

She runs and staffs the home, and is a registered nurse. The home is a licensed intermediate care facility for developmentally-disabled children who require intermittent nursing care. 

Her nominator for the award said "Sjany's life story is filled with miracles and blessings, and her compassion is fuled by her resolve to always help the helpless and voiceless in society. She survived the Nazi occupation of Holland. She has vowed and dedicated her life to protecting children. She is a modern saint who deserves this award."

For more information about the Isabel P. Ruiz Humanitarian Award, contact Janice Fong Wolf, Director of Grants and Programs at (805)543-2323 ext. 13. 

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