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Pat Skula - Spirit Award 2013Pat Skula has been a volunteer at St. Joseph’s Hospital for the past nine years. She was on the Board of Directors for St. John Ambulance (SJA) for 20 years before going through training as a handler with SJA’s Therapy Dog Program and just recently stepped down from the Board after 30 years. Pat volunteers at both St. Joseph’s Hospital and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center once a week with her dog Hawk. Pat is very much involved in our community in other capacities. She is a past Administration Officer for SJA’s Brigade and a Medical First Responder. She has been a First Aid and CPR Instructor for SJA, Heart and Stroke and Red Cross as well as a volunteer with Red Cross’ Disaster Relief. She is a volunteer with: the Thunder Bay Kennel Club, Lakehead Search and Rescue (for 30 years) and with the local chapter of the Federation of University Women, supporting the welfare of women and children by assisting with their activities and events. When asked why she volunteers, Pat stated, “I am lucky. I can’t pay back but I can pass forward.” Her contributions and ongoing commitment to the clients of St. Joseph’s Care Group are greatly appreciated.