Giraffe Heroes Database
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Entries beginning with "P"

Packard, Gordon

Gordon Packard and Nancy Bissell of Tucson AZ overcame enormous community opposition to provide food and shelter for the city's homeless. In addition to the endless unpaid hours they spend in working with the homeless, the couple also take time to educate the public on the issue of homelessness.

  • poverty
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Arizona
Home when commended: North America, US, Arizona
Home now: North America, US, Arizona
Gender: M (male)
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Page, Dana

Dana Page, Angie Camacho, Paloma Camacho, Sarah Cardona, Fernando Becerra, Annette Martinez, Horacio Romero, Rosalinda Ugalde, Raul Velasquez and Alejandro Velasquez are leaders of Earth Niños at the Humphreys School in East Los Angeles. Giving up endless hours of their own time and braving the ridicule of other kids, these 6th-graders planted more than 100 trees at their school and at Occidental College, beautified their neighborhood by planting flowers, picked up tons of litter on their school grounds and around the neighborhood, and led Los Angeles' Unified School District in starting an aluminum recycling project.

  • environment
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, California
Home when commended: North America, US, California
Home now: North America, US, California
Gender: F (female)
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Paiakan, Paulinho

Paulino Paiakan of Para, Brazil has continually put his life at risk to speak out on behalf of his endangered people's ancient way of life. With fellow tribesman Kube-I Kaiapo, Paiakan brought international attention and support to Kaiapo tribe members charged by the Brazilian government with "interfering in the country's internal affairs" because they spoke out against a dam that would flood their ancestral homelands.

  • community development
  • environment
Giraffe work location(s): South America, Brazil; North America, US, Florida; Washington DC
Home when commended: South America, Brazil
Home now: South America, Brazil
Gender: M (male)
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Palit, Helen VerDuin

Helen VerDuin Palit started collecting excess food from restaurants in New Haven, Connecticut, and delivering it to needy people in soup kitchens. Soon thereafter, she moved to New York and established City Harvest, coordinating the redistribution of food from hundreds of sources to feed thousands of people. The program has since expanded to over a hundred cities across the United States and Canada.

  • poverty
Giraffe work location(s): Global
Home when commended: North America, US, New York
Home now: North America, US, Florida
Gender: F (female)
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Palmer, Lee

Fifth-grade students Janine Givens and Lee Palmer of Andover, Massachusetts, were caught in the biography section of their town’s public library and were dispatched in disgrace to the children’s room. They really wanted to read serious biographies so they challenged the library’s right to deny children access to these books.

  • youth issues
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Massachusetts
Home when commended: North America, US, Massachusetts
Home now: North America, US, Massachusetts
Gender: F (female)
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Paren, Unga

Unga Paren, Mutan Tu'o, Andy Mutang, Thom Henley and Bruno Manser are fighting to preserve the rainforest in which the Penan and Kelabit hunter-gatherers have always lived. When Paren and his allies were unable to stop clear-cutters with nonviolent road blockades and petitions to the government, the tribesmen overcame their fears of leaving their world for the first time, slipped past authorities, and embarked on an international campaign to tell the world their story.

  • civil liberties
  • environment
  • ethnicity/minorities
Giraffe work location(s): Asia, Borneo
Home when commended: Asia, Borneo
Home now: Asia, Malaysia
Gender: M (male)
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Parker, Alice

Alice Parker of Trenton NJ has devoted her life to helping the homeless and hungry, starting Trenton's first soup kitchen and a homeless shelter for women and children. Known as the "Angel of Trenton," Parker herself sleeps at a shelter where almost all the guests are addicts.

  • poverty
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, New Jersey
Home when commended: North America, US, New Jersey
Home now: North America, US, Pennsylvania
Gender: F (female)
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Parker, Dave

Rev. Dave Parker, Bob Drake, and other volunteers of Keystone Enterprises helped turn their high-unemployment mining community from a passive mindset into the excitement and dignity of entrepreneurship. Keystone members create employment opportunities for themselves and show others how to do the same.
  • business/workplace issues
  • community development
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, West Virginia
Home when commended: North America, US, West Virginia
Home now: North America, US, West Virginia
Gender: M (male)
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Parker, Jon

Jon Parker of Boston MA, a former drug addict, founded the National AIDS Brigade. He and his fellow Brigaders defy Massachusetts law to distribute clean needles and AIDS prevention kits to drug addicts, spending their own money to fund the program, and returning to the work after each arrest. (See also Joe McGrath and Karen Nevins.)

  • health/public health/disabilities
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Massachusetts
Home when commended: North America, US, Massachusetts
Home now: North America, US, Massachusetts
Gender: M (male)
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Parry, Danaan

Danaan Parry of Bainbridge Island WA has devoted his life to world peace, working with Muslims and Christians in Pakistan, with Catholics and Protestants in Belfast, and leading "citizen diplomacy" missions to the Soviet Union and to the Middle East. Parry also runs "PeaceTrees,” bringing together kids of different cultures to plant trees.

  • international peace
Giraffe work location(s): Asia, Pakistan; Russia; Europe, England
Home when commended: North America, US, Washington
Home now: North America, US, Washington
Gender: M (male)
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Partain, Mike

Jerry Ensminger, a U.S. Marine, watched his six-year-old daughter die of leukemia. Years later, Mike Partain, the son and grandson of U.S. Marines, developed a rare form of cancer. Both cancers were tied to North Carolina Marine Base Camp Lejeune, where the water has been contaminated for decades, while the base command said nothing to the Marines and their families there. The two men have devoted their lives to challenging the service they've held sacred, demanding the Corps notify the thousands of people endangered, and provide medical care to those who have been sickened.

  • health/public health/disabilities
Giraffe work location(s): North America, U.S., North Carolina
Home when commended: North America, U.S., Florida
Home now: North America, U.S., Florida
Gender: M (male)
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Patterson, Daniel

Dan Patterson of Seattle WA, an Emmy award-winning producer of documentaries for the City, spent four years pursuing a sexual harassment case against his former boss, persevering even though he was shunned at work, lost his job for ten months, and almost lost his home. Patterson says the issue is the misuse of power; he is determined to see that no employees are harassed by their supervisors.

  • civil liberties
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Washington
Home when commended: North America, US, Washington
Home now: North America, US, Washington
Gender: M (male)
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Patterson, Dylan

The Mpolyagiere Foundation’s outreach team--Rose Kawarach, Mary Kyabanagwe, Enoch Magala, Ritah Nassuuna, Dylan Patterson, Bashir Wadeya, and Ronnie Wandera--have worked round the clock in dangerous rural Ugandan villages to launch a community-based campaign to stop the spread of AIDS/HIV. All the Ugandan team members are college grads, choosing to do this work rather than taking their degrees into safe, well-paying city jobs. Dylan Patterson, an undergrad in the US, has served with them, using his savings from summer jobs to get there and help pay for supplies.

  • community development
  • health/public health/disabilities
  • poverty
Giraffe work location(s): Africa, Uganda
Home when commended: Africa, Uganda
Home now: Africa, Uganda, North America, USA
Gender: M (male)
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Paul, Bonnie and David

David and Bonnie Paul both teach at the University of Santa Monica—nice, safe jobs. But in their off hours, the two psychologists go into maximum-security prisons and coach convicts on learning to make the kind of responsible choices that lead to lives that work, so they don't re-offend and return to prison. 

  • education
  • health/public health/disabilities
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, California
Home when commended: North America, US, California
Home now: North America, US, California
Gender: C (couple)
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Paul, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Paul of Boise ID was jeered and called names when she started travelling around in her old pickup to educate Idahoans about the dangers of a proposed plutonium processing plant. For three years she led the Snake River Alliance, challenging the need for the facility, questioning plant safety, and rallying so many people against the project that it was finally killed.

  • environment
  • health/public health/disabilities
  • public safety
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Idaho
Home when commended: North America, US, Idaho
Home now: North America, US, Idaho
Gender: F (female)
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Pavolka, Grant

Grant Pavolka of Everett WA was one of a group of high school students who wrote and put on a play in response to the deaths of two popular classmates. They were met with resistance from their teacher, the administration, and their friends, but these teens persisted. The play was a critical success—but more important to these young performers—the play helped their peers and the entire community deal with their shock and grief. (See also Bridgette MacAfee, Shelley Honingbaum, Kristin Kusnic, Julia Endicott, Cathleen Bakker and Billy Giese.)

  • education
  • youth issues
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Washington
Home when commended: North America, US, Washington
Home now: North America, US, Washington
Gender: M (male)
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