Patricia Joas   2002 UNB President's Medal Recipient

Pat Joas has spent nearly 30 years selling and promoting books. For the past 17 years, the University of New Brunswick has been fortunate to experience firsthand her passion and love for books.

This passion is evident when one first steps into the UNB Saint John bookstore. Pat has created an environment where everyone feels welcome. Pat and the bookstore staff are always friendly and anxious to please. The Report of the Bookstore Advisory Committee dated November 27, 1998, exemplifies how Pat has helped create the Saint John bookstore and establish a strong relationship with the academic community.

Pat began her university bookstore career in Fredericton in 1984. In 1988, she was appointed the manager of the bookstore at UNB Saint John. At that time, the bookstore sales amounted to approximately $600,000. Under Pat's stewardship, sales now exceed $2 million.

Managing a university bookstore is a challenge at the best of times. Over the past 17 years, Pat has dealt with every challenge with professionalism and her ever-present positive attitude. The bookstores on both campuses recently went through an extensive performance review. Throughout this entire process, Pat and her staff conducted themselves with the highest degree of integrity and professionalism.

In particular, Pat is a strong supporter of independent booksellers, and the Saint John community continues to support this philosophy. One of Pat's missions was to enhance the University's profile in the greater Saint John public. She has accomplished this through partnership with the Lorenzo Reading Series. The Saint John bookstore has been instrumental in bringing over 130 Canadian authors to UNB Saint John, providing an invaluable experience for students, faculty and staff. These readings have also given authors, both established and emerging, much needed exposure. Pat is particularly proud of this accomplishment, and it highlights her dedication to have as many people as possible love reading as she does.

It would be remiss not to mention that Pat has dedicated herself not only to the University, but also to her family. She and her husband Edward, like most parents today, have had to become experts in time management. Pat also volunteers her time as treasurer for the Saint John Chapter of the Tourette Syndrome Association of Canada, which has special meaning for both Pat and Edward.

Ms. Pat Joas has demonstrated outstanding service over the span of her career at the University of New Brunswick, and is a most deserving recipient of a 2002 President's Medal.