Kincardine woman wins award
of merit for work with therapy
dog program

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Kathryn Soloduka of Kincardine has received an award of merit, presented to her by the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.  

The ceremony took place Saturday, June 1, at Queen's Park in Toronto, as part of the St. John Ambulance Investiture.  

Soloduka has been involved with the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program since its inception in Ontario in 1992.  She and her dog, "Jake," began visiting retirement homes and special needs facilities in the Toronto area until moving to Tiverton in 2002.  

Kathryn Soloduka (R) of Kincardine receives her award of merit from the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario at a ceremony June 1 at Queen's Park in Toronto
photo courtesy of Doreen Soloduka  

By then, Therapy Dog No. 2, "Jessie" came on the scene. Their placement was Malcolm Place where residents enjoyed weekly visits from Soloduka and "Jessie."

In 2012, Soloduka moved to Kincardine and shortly thereafter, had to say goodbye to her beloved 15-year-old "Jessie."

Malcolm Place has been anxiously waiting to greet Soloduka and Therapy Dog No. 3 as soon as "Shylah" is trained and ready for this assignment.  

For further information on the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program, visit the website: grey.bruce@on.sja.ca or call Kaye Parker at 519-881-4140.

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