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Banff Wilderness Care Conference May 29-30 2016

FLASH GIVEAWAY!!! The folks at the Banff Wilderness Care Conference have generously donated 2 tickets for us to award to one deserving EMS student! 

Enter to win by commenting on our Facebook post about the conference. Click here, or on the flyer below for details and to enter.

Deadline is April 15, 2016.


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Our mission is to support the vision of a strong and unified healthcare profession through the delivery of the “Paramedic Pay it Forward Award” to paramedic students.  We strive to inspire leadership, advocation and unity; from our profession and for our profession.


Why Paramedics?

 

Paramedics are health professionals who provide specialized out-of-hospital health care to the community. In addition, they are frontline health professionals, providing lifesaving medical interventions to the sick, while ensuring their condition is stabilized during transport to hospital. While Paramedics are often thought to attend incidents such as motor vehicle accidents and severe trauma, they may also be found working in facilities such as industrial settings, medical clinics and hospitals.

Due to the unique nature of the work that is undertaken by Paramedics, they are often confronted with stressful and complex situations, and work under dynamic and potentially adverse conditions. Paramedics are often thought to see the community at their worst, and in their greatest time of need. This challenging and unique environment makes the role of a Paramedic both fulfilling and rewarding.

Paramedic students have a unique educational journey - the profession uses a laddering concept or style that takes a student through the journey as an EMR, and EMT before being able to attend school to become a Paramedic. 

Paramedic education involves an additional 24 months of full-time studies. These students work over one thousand hours of unpaid practicums, drive thousands of kilometers to practicum sites, and spend thousands of hours away from their families. Once they achieve success in writing the provincial examination, they can now help others as an Emergency Medical Technologist-Paramedic (EMT-P). 

The Paramedic Pay it Forward Award was initially established in support of Paramedic students, and with your help we may continue recognize these students for their commitment to healthcare. Due to the overwhelming support we have received, we have been able to grow and offer additional awards and recognitions to our professions finest. the the Please join us in support and acknowledge our Paramedics as they continue to serve our communities .

 
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Organization Conception

Where we started

The Paramedic Pay it Forward Award is a grass-roots movement that was started by EMS practitioners, for EMS practitioners in 2012. 

As class president, Melissa Ade was responsible for organizing graduation fundraising for her class graduation celebration.  From this, there was a small surplus of money that needed to be allocated.  Nearing the end of her studies, Melissa was also very familiar with the lack of scholarships, awards or bursaries available to Paramedic students.  Seeing the need for professional recognition and support for future Paramedics, she proposed the idea of using these excess funds to "pay it forward" to one of her classmates. With overwhelming support and generosity, the graduating class of 2012 agreed to award the funds to a deserving classmate. The first award was presented at the 2012 graduation celebration.

From this single idea, the generosity of peers and colleagues, and the overwhelming support of many, we have established The Paramedic Pay it Forward Award not-for-profit organization.  

Those involved in the organizations creation and success have invested interest in acknowledging those who represent our professions future.

 

Paramedic Pay it Forward Student Award

Our initial student award is the the first and only award of its kind; it offers a dynamic opportunity to engage and support our professions students as they journey through their education. This peer nominated award allows our profession to nominate an exceptional student for their contributions to our profession.  The recipient of this award exemplifies the qualities that act as a cornerstone for our organization: Leadership, advocation, and unity.  To date we have awarded 5 amazing individuals. 

 

John Ross Paramedic Mentor Award

During 2015, the Paramedic Pay it Forward Award team were creating a new award that would recognize mentors in the paramedic profession. We felt it was our duty to award practitioners, regardless of their titles, that epitomize excellence in mentoring EMS professionals.

One of our fellow colleagues, John Ross, believed in the Paramedic Pay it Forward Award vision.  John was incredibly passionate and dedicated to Paramedicine as a frontline practitioner, supervisor and manager.  On November 7, 2015, John Ross passed away after a battle with cancer. In lieu of flowers and gifts, his specific wish was for all donations to be made to the Paramedic Pay it Forward Award. John did not know about the new award we were establishing. We felt it was of the utmost importance to have his mentoring legacy live on through the naming of our mentor award as the 'John Ross Paramedic Mentor Award'.

Paramedic Pay it Forward Student Award - Nomination Criteria

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THIS AWARD?

 

This is a peer nominated award that recognizes amazing practitioners that positively impact our profession.  The nominee must be a paramedic student studying in Alberta who is in good academic standing that models professionalism, leadership, advocation and unity.

Do they go above and beyond for all patients? Do they constantly seek out opportunities for growth? Do they participate in community events and awareness? Have they started initiatives in the community, workplace or school?

One of the many unique aspects of this award is the diversity it allows in recognition of these amazing and dynamic people.

The award is $1000.00 and is dispersed to one Alberta paramedic student annually. Nominate one of your peers today, with our nomination form. We look forward to reading about the nominee!

2016: All submissions must be received by April 30, 2016. The recipient will be selected by June 1, 2016. Nominations for the 2017 award will begin September 1, 2016.

John Ross Paramedic Mentor Award - Nomination Criteria

Who is eligible for this award?

 

This is a peer nominated award that recognizes practitioners that positively impact our profession in their role as mentors. The nominee must be a registered practitioner within Alberta (EMR, EMT-A, or EMT-P).

Tell us in your own words what makes the nominee an outstanding mentor. Why do you consider them your mentor? What qualities make them an outstanding mentor? How do they support you as you grow within the profession? What does the term mentor mean to you? What defines outstanding mentorship in prehospital care? How does this person epitomize excellence in mentorship within the paramedic profession?

One of the many unique aspects of this award is the diversity it allows in recognition of these amazing and dynamic people.

The award is $500.00 and is dispersed to one Alberta practitioner. Nominate one of your peers today, with our nomination form. We look forward to reading about the nominee!

2016: All submissions must be received by May 31, 2016. The recipient will be selected by June 15, 2016. Nominations for the 2017 award will begin September 1, 2016.


 
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Mission Statement

 

The mission of the Paramedic Pay it Forward Award is to inspire leadership, advocation and unity; from our profession and for our profession.

Vision Statement

 

The Paramedic Pay it Forward Award supports the vision of a strong and unified health care profession. Historically, the Paramedic Pay it Forward Award was a financial award granted to one Advanced Care Paramedic student annually in Alberta. We now also award Paramedic Mentors for their contibution to our profession.

This award has touched the lives of five student practitioners thus far. The Mentor Award was created in September 2015, and the first recipent will be chosen in Spring 2016. We are a registered as Not-For-Profit organization in Alberta.

Values

 

The Paramedic Pay it Forward Award is a registered charity that values professional unity and growth in support our students and practitioners.

We are an organization created and managed by EMS professionals. We believe it is our duty to contribute to the advancement of our profession and acknowledge those with the same ideals; we recognize and honour those who model professional leadership, integrity, advocacy and passion.

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Nomination Forms

Please select the appropriate nomination form below.


Paramedic Pay it Forward Student Award

 

John Ross Paramedic Mentor Award

Current Recipient

Andre Devore

2015: Andre Devore   | Awarded June 25, 2015

Andre Devore is a final year Paramedic student studying at S.A.I.T., and is the epitome of what the Paramedic Pay it Forward Award represents and aims to inspire; leadership, advocation and unity.

During Andre's two years of Paramedic school, he established himself as a leader with a "leave no one behind" attitude.  He created study groups and study guides for himself and his peers, organized an ACP study guide to share with his classmates to help with success at their provincial exams, and would often act as a liaison for communication between the student body and school.

While working through the financial struggles most students would face, Andre took it upon himself to fund a project to raise money for the family of one of our lost comrades.  Andre organized, fund-raised and sold t-shirts with 100% of the profits ($1,000) going to the family of EMT-A Mark Manns.  This initiative parlayed into the development of the Alberta Chapter of the paramedic charity we know as the Help Fund.  Because of Andre's initiative, compassion, and drive for unifying our profession, the Help fund was also able to provide over $18,000 to the family of Paramedic Greg Turner.

Prior to Andre entering Paramedic school, he was compelled by an idea to create a place were practitioners could go and professionally discuss and share ideas, knowledge, questions, and concerns.  This spurred the development of an Alberta Paramedic forum, a platform where our community of professionals could assemble and unify in conversation.  During Andre's two years of Advanced Care Paramedic school, this forum evolved and Andre assembled a team that could help achieve his vision.  Thus the Alberta Paramedic Association was born with a mission to advance our profession through education, public relations, advocacy, and research.

All of these accomplishments and gifts to our profession started with a single idea.  Thomas Edison has said, "the value of an idea lies in the using of it". This is what sets Andre apart.  He not only has great big and progressive ideas, he uses them; and we all stand to benefit. Thank you Andre, keep up the good work.

To view some of the work Andre and his team have achieved, please visit the Alberta Paramedic Association website to learn more about their mission, current progress and vision for Alberta.

Past Recipients

Meet the Team


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Connect with our Team!

MELISSA ADE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EMT-P

Jarrett Chisholm, President, EMT-P

Ritchie Wall, Organization Manager, EMT-P

Cheryl Cameron, Donor Relations Manager, BA, EMT-P