PARAMEDIC RECOGNITION RECIPIENTS
|Kelly Williams -Prince Edward Island||2017 PAC Paramedic of the Year||Sponsored by Kid Co|
|Kelly Williams will be celebrating her 21st year in paramedicine this year. She was one of the first female paramedics in PEI, and started at a time when women were not allowed to drive the ambulance. While she may have “paved the way” as a role model for future female paramedics, her competence, skill, compassion and dedication to the profession serve as a role model for all. Kelly is a lab facilitator at Holland College with the Paramedicine Program and conducts educational in-services for Island EMS. Both duties are done by Kelly with learning and respect for her fellow Paramedics and paramedic students in mind. She was one of the first trained to work in the Collaborative Emergency Centre (CEC) model at Western Hospital, and now trains Advanced Care Paramedics who want to broaden their knowledge base and work in a different clinical setting. Kelly is also a firefighter, and instructor with the Prince Edward Island Fire Fighters Association (PEIFFA). Kelly is very well known throughout her community as a Paramedic, Firefighter, town councillor and is a very well respected member of the Prince Edward Island Paramedic Association. Her peers know Kelly’s coffee pot is always on and her door is always open for anyone who needs an ear to listen, always there to support her friends and peers in good times and bad. To her students, Kelly is always a welcome site. The Paramedic of the Year award recognizes a field active, frontline paramedic who has made a recent, considerable contribution to the paramedic profession. More specifically; Exceptional service that highlights and raises the profile of paramedics or paramedicine on a regional, national or international level. Exceptional service to the paramedic profession in Canada. Such as, advancing paramedic profession, enhancing paramedic wellness, promoting the legacy of Canadian paramedic history, or memory of past or fallen Canadian paramedics. Exceptional service of a paramedic during a major crisis or critical event of regional, national or international significance.|
|Steven Mills – British Columbia||2017 PAC Award of Excellence for Education and Training||Sponsored by Kid Co|
|Steven Mills is currently the Advanced Care Paramedic program manager for the Justice Institute of BC. Steven was a practicing paramedic with the BC ambulance Service for 16 years, and has received a bachelor and two Master’s degrees. Steven joined JIBC’s Paramedic Academy as faculty in 2006 and has held positions as Regional Training Coordinator, Primary Care Paramedic Program Manager and Practice Education Manager. Through these roles, Steven led a successful program redesign, aligning the PCP Program with national standards. Through his participation in larger education projects, such as working with the Department of National Defense, Search and Rescue Technician Medical Training program, along with clients in Hong Kong and Singapore, he has strengthened the Canadian Paramedics profile nationally and internationally, while building key relationships for education and expanded scopes of practice for future practitioners. Steven’s current role has seen the ACP program undergo significant changes and will continue to do so through the implementation of the new National Occupational Competencies and progress towards a Paramedic degree program. The Award of Excellence for Education and Training recognizes those who have made an outstanding contribution to training and education in the field of paramedicine. For example; Identifying and successfully addressing a long-standing training or educational need or deficiency. Consistently exceeding standards for the delivery and/or development of paramedic training programs. Establishing a new or innovative program or delivery model to enhance the delivery of paramedic education.|
|Dr. Aaron Sibley – Prince Edward Island||2017 PAC Award of Excellence for Innovation and Research||Sponsored by Med Three Insurance|
|Dr. Aaron Sibley is an emergency physician at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Prince Edward Island who is recognized for his contribution to medical education, disaster medicine and evidence-based practice in prehospital medicine. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University and Associate Medical Director of Paramedic Programs at both Holland College and the University of PEI and is an Emergency Medical Specialist with the Canadian Forces. In collaboration with the Dalhousie University Department of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Sibley established the PEI Emergency Medicine Research Group (PEIEMRG). Its members include physicians, nurses and paramedics, with interests in prehospital care, disaster medicine, and medical education. Dr. Sibley has published many research papers on prehospital care topics in journals such as the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, Journal of Emergency Medical Service, and Air Medical Journal. Dr. Sibley volunteers his time to educate paramedics on research during the annual Paramedic Association of PEI Paramedic Symposium. The Award of Excellence for Innovation and Research recognizes those who have made an outstanding contribution in the field of research, innovation or have solved a problem or successfully leveraged an opportunity that has served to enhance the field of paramedicine, EMS systems, paramedic safety, or to expand the use of paramedics into non-traditional roles. “Research” may include the natural and applied sciences, social sciences, humanities, or a related discipline. “Innovation” may involve technology or equipment, but may also include innovative approaches or techniques|
|Clarke McGuire – British Columbia||2017 PAC Award of Excellence for Leadership and Community Builder||Sponsored by Paramedic Association of Canada|
|Clarke McGuire is a retired Advanced Life Support Paramedic with the British Columbia Ambulance Service. Throughout his 39 year career and continuing into his retirement, Clarke’s drive has improved the profile of Canadian paramedics at home and on the world stage. From simple projects like a locally renowned Christmas light display and poppy drives, to having the building code changed to require elevators that fit stretchers and writing provincial MCI plans, Clarke has consistently improved the profile of paramedics in his home community. Clarke has participated in over a dozen paramedic competitions in Australia, Canada and most commonly the Rallye Rejvis in the Czech Republic, where he is heavily involved in planning, writing scenarios, and as an international judge. As the manager for Team Canada, Clarke has taken teams from both British Columbia and Ontario to competitions and has consistently had teams stand on the podium demonstrating to all that Canadian paramedics compete on the world stage. Clarke has received many accolades and awards, including the EMS Exemplary Service Medal and a Commendation of Bravery from the RCMP. The Award for Leadership and Community Builder recognizes those who have distinguished themselves as leaders or outstanding advocates for the field of paramedicine; regionally, nationally, or internationally. For example, this may include, but may not necessarily be limited to: Exemplary management and the ability to motivate, resulting in significant enhancements within a paramedic focused unit, group, or organization. Displaying outstanding leadership during a major crisis or unexpected event. Advocating a change, or successfully implementing a new initiative or policy, which has resulted in the enhancement of paramedic practice or response. Inspiring or instilling a culture of excellence within the paramedic field, which has led to enhanced practice, safety and effectiveness. Achieving excellence in the development and delivery of health prevention programs, or similar initiatives aimed at promoting public safety and reducing the need for EMS services. Champions a cause that advances the profile of the paramedic profession through partnerships with other allied responders and organizations. Leadership that advances the use of paramedics in non-traditional roles.|
The Paramedic Association of Canada held its annual Awards Ceremony on April 28th at the Delta City Centre in Ottawa. The four recipients of the PAC Awards of Excellence we on hand to receive their awards. The recipients received both the award trophy and the PAC President’s Award Commendation, a pin which can be worn on their uniform in recognition of the award. We congratulate all the recipients and recognize their outstanding contributions to the Paramedic profession, the patients and communities they serve:
|Roger Duncalfe – Saskatchewan||2018 PAC Paramedic of the Year||Sponsored by Crestline Coach|
Roger Duncalfe is an Advanced Care Paramedic working for the Saskatchewan Health Authority in Melville, Saskatchewan, a “small town” service where paramedics are integrated closely with the hospital. Both in an ambulance and at the hospital Roger is seen as a leader, educator and mentor within his community. Mr. Duncalfe also serves as a Corporal with the Canadian Forces 16 Field Ambulance. Roger balances working as a civilian paramedic with active military duty by taking most of his vacation time to participate in military training and exercises. Last year he deployed to Ukraine with ROTO III of OP UNIFER. Roger is the type of professional that embodies excellence in his practice as well as in life. He is well mannered, personable, and willing to take time to enrich the lives of others in any way he can. His approach to medicine and patient care serves as a role model for the many soldiers, paramedics, nurses, and physicians who know him.
The Paramedic of the Year award recognizes a field active, frontline paramedic who has made a recent, considerable contribution to the paramedic profession. More specifically;
Exceptional service that highlights and raises the profile of paramedics or paramedicine on a regional, national or international level.
|Kathy Reid-Soucy – Alberta||2018 PAC Award of Excellence in Education and Training||Sponsored by Jones & Bartlett Learning|
Kathy Reid-Soucy is the Chair of the Allied Health Programs at Northern Lakes College, Alberta where she manages and provides leadership to all levels of paramedic programs. Ms. Reid-Soucy has spent her entire career in rural Alberta. Her vision to expand paramedic education in rural Alberta is directly related to her own experiences. Recognizing the barriers that exist for rural paramedics to advance their careers, Kathy’s strives to provide access to paramedic education for all students without the need to move to an urban center to attend a paramedic program. Kathy is committed to ensure students in her programs are prepared for the progression towards a paramedic degree credentialing. Kathy is herself a life-long learner constantly advancing her own education recently completing a Masters of Nursing with an education focus.
The Award of Excellence for Education and Training recognizes those who have made an outstanding contribution to training and education in the field of paramedicine. For example;
Identifying and successfully addressing a long-standing training or educational need or deficiency.
|Olivier Roussin – Quebec||2018 PAC Award of Excellence for Innovation and Research||Sponsored by Paramedic Association of Canada|
Olivier Roussin has been a paramedic leader since 1967. Mr. Roussin began building his reputation with Ambulance Joliette and is currently with Ambulance St Gabriel. Mr. Roussin has a long history of consistently implementing innovative solutions to provide patient care and improve paramedic safety. He is well known as the leader of a paramedic service company offering prehospital services going beyond norms and standards established in the industry. One innovation that Ambulance St Gabriel is proud to have developed is one of the first dedicated bariatric ambulance units, long before bariatric units were common. Mr. Roussin’s consistent early adoption of innovative practices makes him stand out as a leader in the field of paramedicine.
The Award of Excellence for Innovation and Research recognizes those who have made an outstanding contribution in the field of research, innovation or have solved a problem or successfully leveraged an opportunity that has served to enhance the field of paramedicine, EMS systems, paramedic safety, or to expand the use of paramedics into non-traditional roles. “Research” may include the natural and applied sciences, social sciences, humanities, or a related discipline. “Innovation” may involve technology or equipment, but may also include innovative approaches or techniques.
|Alan Batt – Ontario||2018 PAC Award of Excellence for Leadership and Community Building||Sponsored by MEDThree Insurance Group|
Alan Batt is an internationally recognized paramedic leader, educator and researcher whose career spans nine countries on four continents. Alan is actively involved in the education of paramedics of all clinical levels, in both vocational and higher education settings. Alan’s research has produced award-winning clinical and educational studies and he has published and presented these findings internationally. Alan has an extensive resume, his current highlights include Paramedic Professor at Fanshawe College, Adjunct Associate Professor at QC University and Vice President of the Irish College of Paramedics. Alan in involved with several journals including Editor of the Irish Journal of Paramedicine and a member of the editorial board of Canadian Paramedicine. Mr. Batt’s career has built paramedic connections around the world, while championing education and research to advance the field of paramedicine. Alan is currently a PhD candidate at Monash University.
The Award for Leadership and Community Building recognizes those who have distinguished themselves as leaders or outstanding advocates for the field of paramedicine; regionally, nationally, or internationally. For example, this may include, but may not necessarily be limited to:
Exemplary management and the ability to motivate, resulting in significant enhancements within a paramedic focused unit, group, or organization.
The Paramedic Association of Canada presented its annual national awards of excellence at the PACE Gala on September 20th at the beautiful Metropolitan Theater in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The four recipients of the PAC Awards of Excellence received their awards. We congratulate all the recipients and recognize their outstanding contributions to the Paramedic profession, the patients and communities they serve:
|Jason Trask – Saskatchewan||2019 PAC Paramedic of the Year||Sponsored by Crestline Coach|
|Jason Trask is a volunteer and past president of the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics, where Jason was the driving force behind the recognition of a CCP designation and creation of their Member Wellness initiative. Jason currently oversees operations for Saskatoon emergency departments. His inter-professional collaboration and leadership was highlighted when he led the Emergency Department Incident Command Centre during the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus accident. Jason continues his career as a frontline paramedic working part time for STARS.|
|Janel Swain – Nova Scotia||2019 PAC Award of Excellence in Education and Training||Sponsored by Public Safety Group|
|Janel Swain is a creative and effective clinician and educator. She has created a comprehensive elective education program, delivered in local communities, for over 1200 Nova Scotia paramedics. She provides exceptional leadership to her educator network and demonstrates her creativity using engaging activities to develop a true team atmosphere.|
|Matthew Leyenaar – Ontario||2019 PAC Award of Excellence for Innovation and Research||Sponsored by Innovair Medical|
|Matthew Leyenaar Matthew Leyenaar is a community focused paramedic and researcher. He has substantially contributed to the development of the paramedic profession by researching and developing best practices, assessment tools, and strategic planning processes. His research focuses on community paramedicine, and his innovative approach to challenging existing thinking in paramedic service delivery is consistently focused on improving patient care.|
|Eric Glass – Manitoba||2018 PAC Award of Excellence for Leadership and Community Building||Sponsored by MEDThree Insurance Group|
|Eric Glass has dedicated his professional career to advancing the paramedic profession. A Manitoba paramedic since 1992, Eric has been a pillar of professionalism, mentorship, and patient advocacy within the community. He has committed countless hours to many professional associations including Paramedic Association of Manitoba, Paramedic Association of Canada, and Paramedicine Across Canada Expo. Eric’s dedication to the self-regulation of paramedics in Manitoba, we integral to creation of the College of Paramedics of Manitoba. Eric has demonstrated exemplary professionalism throughout his distinguished career.|