As part of the Canadian Honours Programme, the Governor General makes available Exemplary Service Medals for EMS professionals. The Award was created in 1994 and is available to eligible members of the pre-hospital emergency medical service who have served for at least twenty years in a meritorious manner. It recognizes those professionals who have performed their duties in an exemplary manner, characterized by the highest standards of good conduct, industry and efficiency. To qualify, at least ten of these years of service must have been street level duty involving potential risk to the individual.
During the period being considered, the nominee must be employed by an Ontario Paramedic Service or Emergency Medical Service provider. The Paramedic Service Chief, or designate, must approve any award nomination for it to be considered. Where the Chief is nominated the senior municipal official must approve the nomination. As prescribed by the Regulations governing these awards, nominations may only be submitted by the nominee’s management staff. The nominee must have at least 20 years of exemplary service in Canadian EMS, at least 10 years of which must have been in a position of risk. All nominees are required to be free of significant discipline, for actions which include but are not limited to violations of patient care standards, patient confidentiality, or Criminal Code offences. By submitting the nomination, the nominator certifies that these conditions have been met and that the Nominee is in every way deserving of the Award.
As in the past the OAPC will cover the cost of one (1) complimentary gala banquet ticket per successful nominee. We recommend where possible this complimentary ticket be utilized for a significant other or partner to the nominee. We encourage the service or employer to cover the gala ticket cost for the nominee. It is; however, a choice for the service or employer regarding how this complimentary ticket is allocated.
Number of Awards Presented Annually:
No Limit. Presented only when richly deserved.
Nominations for the Exemplary Service Medal open in October of each year and close January 31st.
Nomination and Selection Process:
The completed Ontario Information Form for each nominee, along with the completed Chancellery nomination form for the service or employer, are to be completed and submitted to the Provincial Honours and Awards Chair. Access to the forms, and to the guidelines for nomination and eligibility, are available at 2018 EMS Exemplary Service Medal Nomination Guide.
All nominations are reviewed and considered by the OAPC Honours and Awards Committee prior to submission to the Chancellery. Only those deemed worthy of the Award are submitted as recommendations for award to the Chancellery.
Initial award of the Medal is presented during the annual general meeting of OAPC, held in the fall of each year. As occurred in 2017 the OAPC will be pleased to cover the cost of one (1) complimentary gala banquet ticket per successful nominee.
The award of subsequent bars is arranged at special event later in the fall to recognize nominees with 30, 40 or 50 years service in an appropriate manner.
Information on nominating worthy candidates for either award can be obtained by contacting the Provincial Honours and Awards Chairperson, Mike Sanderson (email@example.com).
Nomination information should be sent via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information should be sent to:
Chief, Hamilton Paramedic Service
1227 Stone Church Road East
Hamilton, Ontario, L8W 2C6
Office: 905-546-2424 Ext 7741