Congratulations to Pat Shimchick our 2018 Chapter Meritorious Award Winner

Pat has been involved with the CT Chapter for over 12 years volunteering her time to promote the practice of massage therapy on many levels. She owns her own business and when she is not working she is volunteering. Pat is very inspiring, enthusiastic and full of life, with a passion for helping people.

She has volunteered her time to do many things in our chapter. She has been a chapter leader on and off for years in positions such as Education Director, Chapter Delegate, and on the Ambassador and Scholarship committees.  I have been lucky enough to volunteer with her at some of our Sports Team, Community Service Team and Emergency Division Team events, which included the Extreme Home Makeover, the Middletown O&G Plant Explosion, Red Cross drills, Willimantic fire department and the Steeple Chase. She also played a big part in volunteering and organizing events for National Massage Therapy Awareness Week, giving countless chair massages for students and staff at local colleges and universities. She also took on the challenge of organizing local community events, one of which was at her Town Hall, to promote the benefits of massage to the public. Pat has also spent many years working with the No Freeze Homeless Shelter in Willimantic providing chair massage and helping out as needed.

Pat has been an active recruiter of volunteers.  I often wondered how she knew so many therapists … so one day I asked her. She told me that she would come to our Chapter meetings and listen to the new therapists introducing themselves and the town where they lived/worked in. She would then reach out to them, introduce herself, and when there were events in their area she would ask if they would like participate

It is a privilege to know Pat and to have volunteered along side her at many events where she always had a smile and a kind word.  Congratulations again to Pat Shimchick our 2018 Chapter Meritorious winner! Well deserved and a Big Thanks for all that you have done over the years!

Sue Barrett