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2023 Inductee

Patricia DeDora-St. Germain

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With a background as a licensed social worker, it became evident that Patricia DeDora-St. Germain had the ability to unite diverse people into collective action and civic involvement. As the daughter of two small business owners in Pawtucket (DeDora’s Market) and a graduate of Shea High School, Patricia had a unique understanding of hard work and struggle, and over the years made it her goal to improve, highlight and cheer for Pawtucket. Patricia became a skilled community organizer, working tirelessly to raise the quality of life in Pawtucket and her vigilant advocacy has sought to make a real impact on improving conditions in the city. In 2009, she joined “FACT” (Fairlawn Against Crime Together), and quickly took on the role as president. She has recruited volunteers to work on zoning issues to address plighted properties, held neighborhood clean-ups incorporating students from Nathaniel Greene Elementary, Slater Jr. High & Shea High Schools, and has worked with police and local leaders on neighborhood crime.

Patricia was responsible for profoundly impacting the community and inspiring others to join in and do the same, influencing other citizens to have a more positive and hopeful attitude towards the city. Her efforts include organizing food deliveries for those in need and collecting gloves and coats for the vulnerable.

On the political front, she has worked with the Pawtucket Advisory Commission on Arts & Culture to champion physical improvements at Veterans Park. In 2017, she led the fight in the “Stop the Dump” campaign, aimed at keeping the transfer station out of Fairlawn, determined to hold the city accountable. Her efforts stretched to an international front, making sure the city included Scotland in the “Flag Raisings” at city hall, (being of partial Scottish descent herself). Patricia has dedicated many hours of time and energy to bettering the city of Pawtucket, and has done so with honesty and compassion.

Patricia has proven to be a true community leader who advocates for cleanliness, beauty, and sustainable communities. She truly embodies the spirit of Pawtucket, and the city is fortunate that she has worked so hard on its behalf. She is certainly deserving of this induction into the 2023 Pawtucket Hall of Fame.

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