Let us welcome Alissa Bremmer as the newest addition to our John Ross Paramedic Mentor Award winners circle.
Here is some of what Alissa's nominator had to say about her:
- "Alissa allows me to be an ACP and make decisions on my own." - "She allows each student and new recruit to become their own practitioner." - "It is not above her to say that she made a mistake and has learned from it."
Congratulations, Alissa. You are a testament to leadership, advocation, and unity. Keep up the good work!
2019 Student Award: Leah Fanning, ACP Student
Leah Fanning epitomizes the very essence of the Paramedic Pay it Forward Student Award.
Have a look a what her nominator shared with our team:
- "Leah’s contribution to health and wellness education was providing and administering a lesson plan involving learning that focused on developing teamwork, communication, and athletic performance within her ACP class."
- "Outside of NAIT, Leah has shown interest in improving the education, health, and safety of future generations by volunteering her limited free time to reach out to high school students through the Party Program."
- " Her compassion, selflessness, and constant drive to achieve excellence make Leah an outstanding advocate for EMS."
- "In class, Leah has volunteered to assist a student with disabilities by taking notes, mentoring and incorporating them in the class so that they feel included, welcome, and is successful for the duration of their ACP program."
Leah, thank you. The future is bright for you, and paramedicine will be brighter because of you.
2018 Student Award: Kris Porlier, ACP
Here's what his nominators had to say:
"...is a devoted husband and father, advanced care paramedic student, program manager, volunteer board member, and peer mentor."
"...active board member with the Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation. A foundation dedicated to removing the stigma associated with domestic violence through community engagement, awareness, prevention and education and empowering individuals and families to live a life free of violence."
"Kris teaches first aid and mental health first aid courses at no to low cost for youth groups and community groups around Edmonton."
"...Kris explained that he was the training Warrant Officer and downplayed his part in the exercises planning and coordination...I also saw how the other soldiers looked up to him and looked to him for advice...He is also a part of the group in northern Alberta that assists wounded soldiers get the resources that they need and helps them in navigating benefits. "
(Nomination letters by Anne-Marie A. and Stacey S.)
2017 Mentor Award: Vincent Daze, ACP
“Vincent is literally one of the best paramedics that I know. He is amazingly smart, but also knows how to practically apply it. He always remains calm and methodical. Vincent is a caring individual who always puts his patients first. Vincent has always stepped for volunteering opportunities. He is so engaging with the public, always finding an opportunity to educate them about EMS…he is also the most patient teacher that I have ever met…He is kind and gentle, but confident…He is also a huge advocate for students and their learning.”
(Nomination letter by Brandie Thomas)
2017 Student Award: Heather Cook, ACP Student
"In the time that I have had the privilege to know Heather, I can proudly say that I have come to know her as an extremely dedicated practitioner and student. Heather has a long demonstrated history of being a strong patient advocate and I absolutely believe that she truly embodies the highest standards of our profession... Heather has stepped forward on multiple occasions to provide support for practitioners in deep crisis... t is also of note that Heather has managed to do these things as well as begin her pursuit of her ACP while she is raising her children... I simply can't imagine an individual who better exemplifies the qualities of leadership, advocation and unity more so than Heather, nor can I imagine one more deserving for her many contributions to our profession and both its present and future members."
(Nomination letter by Nate Pike)
2016 Mentor Award: Leslie Farnham, PCP
"Leslie deserves this award for so many reasons. She has dedicated much of her life to the betterment of EMS... She is a leader everyday in how she carries herself, and how she treats people. She makes people want to be better... Shortly after she started working for pParkland Ambulance Authority, she recognized the need to create a CISM team, which she did - and has continued to lead to this day... She is a fierce advocate for increased mental health awareness and support for first responders... She is regarded as approachable, kind, respectful, trusted , and caring... She strives for excellence, consistency, and accountability and expects the same out of her colleagues."
2016 Student Award: Andre Devore, ACP
During Andre's two years of Paramedic School, he established himself as a leader with a "leave no-one behind" attitude, both in and out of the classroom. This was demonstrated by a number of initiatives he spearheaded. One of which included a campaign of fundraising efforts to aid the family of Mark Manns, our fellow practitioner who lost his life while travelling to work. This initiative parlayed into the development of the Alberta Chapter of a Paramedic charity we now know as the Help Fund. Because of Andre's vision, compassion and drive to unify and support our profession, the Help Fund was also able to provide over $18,000 to the family of Paramedic Greg Turner, who sadly also lost his life. It is our honour to have Andre as a recipient of this peer nominated award.
2014 Student Award: Dan Neels, ACP
Dan Neels is the epitome of Leadership, Advocation and Unity. He is a student, husband, father, business owner and class president of his Lakeland paramedic class of 2014. He treats all he meets with respect and equality, and has generosity pouring out of him. His contribution to his community and profession does not end with his ability to serve as a paramedic. He has also created an initiative that will create wheelchair accessibility for community playgrounds. It is our privilege to award Dan Neels as a recipient of the Paramedic Pay it Forward Award.
2014 Student Award: Glen Rea, ACP
Glen Rea is being recognized for his drive ambition to go above and beyond in pursuit of his education. He is also actively pursing implementation of am emergency shelter in the city of Spruce Grove. He is an asset to our profession and we are proud to introduce Glen Rea as a recipient for the Paramedic Pay it Forward Award.
2013 Student Award: Lakeland Graduate, ACP
The second Paramedic Pay it Forward Award was presented to a member of the Lakeland College graduating paramedic class of 2013. Congratulations to the recipient.
2012 Student Award: Lakeland Graduate, ACP
The very first Paramedic Pay it Forward Award was presented to a member of the Lakeland College graduating paramedic class of 2012. Congratulations to the recipient.