Ontario celebrates Paramedic Services Week 2024 with a call to “help us, help you”

In honour of the nearly 11,000 dedicated paramedics in Ontario, Paramedic Services Week 2024 will kick off on Sunday. This year’s theme is “Help Us, Help You” and was selected given the current challenges on the healthcare system. It will focus on educating the public about the different ways paramedics help beyond emergency response and to consider other programs and services before calling 911. “Paramedics support their communities in a myriad of ways and play a vital role in the broader...

“Meet the most interesting Canadian”: Paying tribute to OAPC’s Honorary Chief Emeritus, the incredible Honorary Lieutenant General Richard Rohmer on his 100th birthday

By OAPC President Michael Sanderson Today we wish a very happy centennial birthday to the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chief’s Honorary Chief Emeritus, Honorary Lieutenant General Richard Rohmer.  Born in my favourite city, Hamilton, we have had the privilege of having HLGen Rohmer as OAPC’s Honorary Chief for more than 20 years. During this time, he has presented thousands of Governor General Emergency Medical Service Exemplary Service Medals and Bars on our behalf.  For those of us fortunate to have met HLGen...

65 Ontario paramedics recognized for excellence

Yesterday, 65 Ontario paramedics received their Governor General Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal bars for providing exemplary emergency medical services for 30, 40 and 50 years. Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Sylvie Jones presented the First, Second or Third Bars to these long-serving, deserving paramedics. The late Governor General of Canada, Romeo LeBlanc, created the Medal in 1994 as part of the Canadian Honours System. This recognition recognizes paramedics who have provided the highest standard of care and conduct. To...

166 Ontario paramedics receive exemplary service medals

On Thursday, September 28, the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (OAPC) awarded 166 paramedics the Governor General’s Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal. These paramedics come from 38 of the province's 56 paramedic services. “On behalf of Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, the Governor General of Canada, the OAPC is honoured to present the medal to so many dedicated paramedics in Ontario,” said OAPC President, Chief Michael Sanderson. “Paramedics in Ontario have demonstrated every day the caring and compassion they...

Exceptional individuals recognized for outstanding contributions to paramedicine

[gallery size="medium" link="file" ids="16548,16549,16550"] At our annual Honours and Awards Dinner and Ceremony held at Blue Mountain on September 28, 2023, we were pleased to hand out three special awards to deserving recipients. The awards included the OAPC Humanitarian Award, the Richard J. Armstrong Leadership Award for outstanding leadership and the OAPC President's Award for significant contributions to paramedicine in Ontario. The OAPC Humanitarian Award recipient is: Jackie Ussher of Perth County Paramedic Service The Richard J. Armstrong Leadership Award recipient is: Chief Tom Reid of...