Island paramedics recognized for exemplary service

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Minister Robert Henderson (left), Lieutenant Governor Antoinette Perry, Terrance MacPherson, Darcy Clinton

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Prince Edward Island paramedics recognized with the Governor General’s Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal during a ceremony at Government House.

The exemplary service medals recognize those persons in high-risk professions who have dedicated themselves to preserving Canada’s public safety through long and outstanding service.  The awards are national in scope and are part of the Canadian honours system.

“Medavie Health Services is incredibly proud of the well-deserved recognition these paramedics are receiving today,” said Erik Sande, president of Medavie Health Services. “As part of Island EMS, each of them has dedicated their career to helping Prince Edward Islanders when they need it most. I would like to congratulate all our medal recipients and thank them for the unwavering commitment to care that they demonstrate on a daily basis.”

The medal presentation ceremony held last evening marks the first time in the history of paramedic profession on Prince Edward Island that the Governor General’s Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal has been awarded. The province’s Lieutenant Governor Antoinette Perry presented a medal to each of the following 34 paramedics:

  • Michael Doucette, Charlottetown
  • Ronald Blue, Cardigan
  • Gerard Burt, Kensington
  • Steven Burt, Kensington
  • David Cahill, Alberton
  • Blaine Carragher, O’Leary
  • Lori Clow, Kinkora
  • Tracy Fall, Stratford
  • Kent Gallant, Cavendish
  • Claude Gavin, Miscouche
  • Stacey Grant, Cornwall
  • Andrew Harvey, Kinkora
  • Brent MacDonald, Alliston
  • Heather McDougall, Argyle Shore
  • Michael MacKenzie, Cornwall
  • Phillip Pollard, Argyle Shore
  • Annie MacPhee, Tyron
  • Terrance MacPherson, Charlottetown
  • Wilfred O’Brien, Souris
  • Preston Rayner, Cornwall
  • Daniel Smith, Charlottetown
  • John Steele, Summerside
  • Allison Sweet, O’Leary
  • Jamie Thompson, Summerside
  • Christopher Landry, Stratford
  • Brian Thomson, Stratford
  • Brent Nicholson, Cornwall
  • George Carragher, Stratford
  • Scott O’Niell, Summerside
  • Cameron Ross, Souris
  • Bruce Gallant, Alberton
  • Jeff Waring, Cherry Hill
  • Donald Hunter, Summerside
  • Kelly Williams, Alberton

“The paramedic profession has evolved significantly over the past 20 years, with more than 160 licensed paramedics now providing services across Prince Edward Island,” said Health and Wellness Minister Robert Henderson. “The contributions of Island paramedics to emergency health services in our province, and to the lives of everyone they care for, are significant and inspiring. On behalf of all Islanders, I thank and congratulate all medal recipients on this well-deserved recognition.”

The Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal was created in 1994, part of a national recognition program for people in high-risk jobs that enhance Canada’s public safety. Police, firefighters, corrections officers, Coast Guard members and peace officers are also eligible for exemplary service medals.

Paramedics are nominated by their peers or the public, and recipients must have demonstrated exemplary service for at least 20 years, including 10 years in an emergency medical services position that could put them at risk.

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Tim Winchester
Communications I Medavie Heath Services

Amanda Hamel
Health PEI



About Medavie Health Services

Medavie Health Services, a primary health care solutions organization, manages a number of subsidiary companies in the fields of pre-hospital emergency medical services (EMS), mobile integrated health, telehealth medical communications, public safety delivery and clinical training. Medavie Health Services is currently contracted to provide EMS services in six Canadian provinces, making it the largest private provider of EMS management services in Canada. It is also a key Primary Care Paramedic training partner of the Department of National Defence for the Canadian Armed Forces.

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As a not-for-profit company, Medavie is proud to commit an annual social dividend to the Medavie Health Foundation in support of child and youth mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder, and type 2 diabetes.

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