St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron is pleased to announce that Carolyn Crowe of Port Huron Township was named the 2012 St. Joseph Mercy Volunteer of the Year. Crowe has been a volunteer at SJMPH since 1987 when she began working on the Octoberfest event. In 1994, Crowe joined the hospital’s Developments Council, which later would become the St. Joseph Mercy Foundation, where she served until 2007. At that time, Crowe was named Fund Development Representative at St. Joseph Mercy while still maintaining a number of volunteer committee memberships. In 2008, Crowe began visiting the hospital in her off-hours with her certified Therapy Dog; and in 2012, Crowe developed, launched and was named Chair of the Heavenly Hounds program. “Carolyn and her dog Toby make regular visits to brighten the days and recovery of hospital patients through the Heavenly Hounds program,” comments her nominator. “She has dedicated the past several years to providing an extra spark in the lives of patients who have the pleasure of a pet visit.” In addition to her personal commitment, Carolyn has also recruited a number of other four-legged volunteers and their owners who visit patients three times each week.