We are happy to share the good news that Dr. Maja Trochimczyk, Senior Director of Planning and Research at Phoenix Houses of California received a medal for the promotion of culture from the government of Poland. Dr. Trochimczyk has been a valued member of the Senior Management Team in California, where for the past five years she has overseen all program planning and proposal writing for government contracts, including awards from federal, state, city, and county agencies.
The award ceremony was held on March 15, 2013, at the Residence of Poland in Pacific Palisades, CA. During the event, Consul General of the Republic of Poland, Hon. Joanna Kozinska Frybes gave medals to 20 past presidents and board members of the Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club. The unusually high number of distinctions recognized the unique role that the Club has played in the promotion of Polish culture in Southern California since its creation in 1971. The founder and first president of the Club, Leonidas Dudarew-Ossetynski (1910-1989), an actor, director and writer, received the Knight Cross of Polonia Restituta. Other honorees were: Dr. Franciszka Tuszynska, Jerzy Gassowski, Wanda Baran, Stefanie Powers, Stefan Wenta, Tadeusz Bocianski, Vitold and Zofia Tchaikovsky, Edward & Maria Pilatowicz, Tadeusz Podkanski, Jolanta Zych, Krystyna Kuszta, Krystyna Okuniewski, Danuta Zuchowski, Andrzej Maleski, Dorota Olszewska, and Elzbieta Kanska.
Dr. Trochimczyk served as the president of the Modjeska Club in 2010-2012 and organized numerous events, featuring historian Norman Davies, politicians Adam Michnik, Leszek Balcerowicz, and Konstanty Gebert, and many actors, poets, writers, and musicians. She also established the annual Modjeska Prizes that were awarded to actors Jan Nowicki, Anna Dymna, Marian Dziedziel, and Barbara Krafftowna. Dr. Trochimczyk previously received a series of commendations from the City and County of Los Angeles for her 15 years of volunteering and promoting culture as a poet and Polish-American community activist.
Dr Trochimczyk holds a Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and two M.A. degrees from Poland – from the University of Warsaw and the F. Chopin University of Music, Warsaw. She is the author of four books of music history, four books of poetry, and numerous other publications – studies, essays, book chapters, dictionary entries, CD liner notes, reviews, and poems. A member of American College of Healthcare Executives, she also serves on the Boards of the Polish American Historical Association and the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Los Angeles Chapter. Dr. Trochimczyk has 16 years of grant-writing and fund-raising experience at institutions such as the University of Southern California, Catholic Charities, St. Francis Medical Center, The Midnight Mission, and other organizations.
The Modjeska Club is named after a famous Polish actress, Helena Modjeska (known in Poland as Helena Modrzejewska, 1840-1909) who emigrated from Poland to California in the 1870s, settled on a ranch in Anaheim Hills (in Modjeska Canyon), and travelled around the U.S. performing in Shakespeare and other plays in a highly successful career. Her life was commemorated in Susan Sontag’s novel, In America, while her tours gave rise to many places and things named after Modjeska – including Modjeska Canyon where Modjeska’s Historic Home is located, as well as Modjeska Peak, several Modjeska Theaters, and even the “Modjeska” candy, invented in Kansas in 1889 and produced until today.
Phoenix House’s staff has many interests and volunteers in various fields of cultural and social activities. We appreciate the role of culture and all forms of artistic expression among our staff and the importance of the arts in the life of recovery of our clients after treatment. Our facilities feature such activities as music composition, poetry and creative writing, Aztec dancing, yoga, sports and equestrian therapy. For more information about Phoenix House services in California or to refer a loved one to treatment, please call 1 888 671 9392.