June 2003

Liberty Bell Award

The very prestigious “Liberty Bell Award”, we received on June 26th from the State Bar Association of North Dakota. The Liberty Bell Award is the highest award that can be given to someone who is not an attorney, and was given to us on behalf of our human rights work in the Guatemalan prisons.

May 2002

National Ethics Award

The Asociación Nuestros Ahijados program received the National Ethics Award from the Universidad San Carlos, Guatemala’s main national university. Specifically, this award was given by the Education Department of the Universidad in recognition of “…the ethics, morality, education, and administration” of the Asociacion Nuestros Ahijados program.

March 1, 2001

Award and Recognition of Achievement

The Government of The Republic of Guatemala Urban and Rural Development Council presented the Award and Recognition of Achievement for “[Patrick’s] enviable, integrated, and selfless efforts on behalf of the poor of Guatemala.”

December 24, 2000

Human Rights Award

For “creating within Guatemala’s prison system changes which have brought a sense of humanity, dignity, and respect to the care of the prisoners, including the separation of violent and nonviolent prisoners, and the provision of basic services such as food, blankets, and personal health.” La Antigua Guatemala. From the national directors of the National Penitentiary System.

December 24, 2000

Diploma Of Recognition and Human Rights Leadership Award

From the National Penitentiary System for “being a constant force and benefactor who, with a heightened spiritual and social sense promotes, in real-world actions, problem-resolution, and counsel, the improvement of living conditions for the nation’s prisoners.”

July 24, 2000

Outstanding Recognition

Presented in a nationally televised program from Central Park, Antigua, Guatemala for “contributing to the beauty, history, culture, and dignity of the people.” From the Mayor, Municipal Corporation, and People of La Antigua, Guatemala

June 24, 2000

Diploma of Recognition Award

From the National Committee For The Protection of Colonial Antigua for “works that preserve culture and historical importance” in La Antigua, Guatemala.

May 25, 2000

Educators Recognition

From National A.I.D.S. Program, Government of Holland, and European Economic Community.

May 6, 2000

The Karen A Patterson Award

Presented for Community/Organizational Change for “having accomplished significant positive change in an organization and the broader community” at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, USA.

December 12, 1999

Honors Graduation

Master of Nonprofit Management
Regis University
Denver, Colorado, USA

December 12, 1999

Humanitarian Award

Awarded for “bettering the lives of the nation’s prisoners”
from the National Direction of Prisons and Penitentiaries in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

October 8, 1999

Outstanding Alumni Award

Awarded the excellence in Professional and Community leadership at the Minnesota State University – Moorhead, in Fargo, ND, USA

July 24, 1999

Benefactor of the Colonial City of La Antigua Guatemala Municipal Corporation of La Antigua Guatemala.

An extremely rare and special government resolution last presented 450 years ago, and the first nomination of this type ever allowed to a foreigner. “For timeless devotion in helping to educate and better the lives of the people of colonial Antigua and surrounding villages.”

May 5, 1999

Commencement Speaker

At Regis University Spring Graduation in Denver, Colorado, USA

1997-1998

Service To Mankind Award

A Regional Award given by the Sertoma Club International

March 23, 1999

Distinguished Educator

Presented by the Ministry of Education in Antigua, Guatemala.

March 19 1998

Distinguished Service Award/Fargo Jaycees

“For Serving with outstanding leadership, vision and ability” in
Fargo, ND, USA.

March 7, 1998

Humanitarian Educator Award

Presented by the COAIDES Human Rights Group for “high spiritual and humanitarian character in the education of returning refugees” in Boca Costa, Sololá, Guatemala.

February 24, 1998

Valor Commendation Award

Presented by The Giraffe Foundation, “For risk-taking vital to a compassionate, peaceful and just world,” in San Bruno, California, USA.

February 21, 1998

Letter of Commendation

Presented by Governor Ed Schafer “For nomination as Outstanding Young North Dakotan,” in Bismarck, ND, USA.

February 21, 1998

Outstanding Young North Dakotan

“In recognition of your leadership and continuous contribution to the State of North Dakota,” in Fargo, ND, USA.

February 18, 1998

Service to Mankind Award

Presented by the Sertoma Club in Bismarck, ND, USA.

July 6, 1997

Humanitarian Development Award

From the Military Reserves of Guatemala for “developing and promoting social development and encouraging the participation of the military in these changes,” in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

June 18, 1997

Humanitarian Award

Presented by the Sacatepéquez Regional Men’s Prison for “relief of human suffering and misery,” in La Antigua, Guatemala.

June 9, 1997

Commendation and Recognition

Awarded by the North Dakota State Historical Society “in the preservation and interpretation of North Dakota history for present and future generations,” in Bismarck, ND, USA.

January 1, 1994

Tribune Award

Awarded by the Bismarck Tribune, “presented to people who make a difference in their communities,” in Bismarck, ND, USA.

April 20, 1991

Certificate of Completion

Post Graduate Management Series
University of Mary Bismarck, ND, USA

July 10, 1989

Honorable Recognition Award

The San Miguel Escobar Reconstruction Committee
San Miguel Escobar, Guatemala

May 26, 1989

Humanitarian Award

Presented by the Municipal Corporation and People’s Council of Ciudad Vieja for “invaluable efforts in the design and construction of the municipal school,” in Ciudad Vieja, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala.

May 1, 1989

Preservation of Humanity Award

Awarded by the Brotherhood of The Ascension of Ciudad Vieja, Guatemala for “extraordinary work in the design and renovation of the town chapel and colonial cemetery, founded November 22, 1527.”

1988-1990

Distinguished Citizen

Ciudad Vieja, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala

July 15, 1988

Recognition of Appreciation

Recognized by the Municipal Corporation of Ciudad Vieja, Sacatepequez, Guatemala for “his dedicated efforts in developing the infrastructure of the poor zones of the local community.”

October 25, 1987

Advancement of Humanity Recognition

Recognized by the Municipal Corporation of San Lorenzo El Cubo, Guatemala for “invaluable contribution in the design and construction of the town children’s park.”

September 13, 1987

Distinguished Friend and Benefactor

Municipal Corporation and People’s Council of Ciudad Vieja
and San Miguel Escobar, Guatemala.

June 21, 1987

Honorable Benefactor of Merit

San Juan Del Obispo, Guatemala

March 26, 1987

Honorable Recognition Award

Recognized by the Municipality of San Juan Alotenango for “invaluable assistance in the planning and introduction of electrical energy into this municipality.” in San Juan Alotenango, Guatemala.

September 6, 1986

Appreciation Diploma

Appreciated by the Municipality of San Lorenzo El Cubo for “extraordinary work in the leadership, planning and introduction of electrical energy into San Lorenzo El Cubo,” in San Lorenzo El Cubo, Guatemala.

July 15, 1986

Humanitarian Honor of Merit

Municipal Corporation and Neighborhood Planning Committee of Ciudad Vieja, Guatemala.

September 20, 1985

Certificate of Appreciation of Presentation

II Latin-American Seminar On Politics and Community Alternatives For Children and Adolescents at High Risk in Bogotá, Columbia.

August 15, 1985

Founder’s Award

Nuestra Señora de Fátima Group Home for Girls
Antigua, Guatemala