I am an Advanced Care Paramedic in Ontario, with over 13 years of experience. I possess a Bachelor of Health Science in Paramedicine from Victoria University, for which I received the Outstanding Achievement Award in 2010. Along with being an educator with organizations such as Georgian College, the Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine, and Simon Fraser University, I am an avid writer and have published articles in the Canadian Paramedicine Magazine and the Journal of Emergency Medicine (JEMS).
I was a member of the 1st Place Primary Care Paramedic Team at the Durham National Paramedic Competition in 2004, and am a trainer for the Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) program with the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
I am a passionate mental health advocate as a post traumatic stress injury, addiction and suicide survivor. I endeavour to break down the barriers of mental health stigma by telling the story of my recovery at awareness events, and through this well as by sharing my peer support model, ‘Wings of Change’, across the Country.
I am also proud to have had I voice in the successful implementation of Ontario’s ‘PTSD Bill’, Bill: 163.
I love my career! It’s one of the best professions on earth, but sadly this profession will expose paramedics, as well as all other first responders, healthcare professionals and military members to traumatic events. I hope my blog will educate and help anyone with mental health illnesses (paramedic or not), and encourage them to talk and get help.
Let the journey…continue.