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Greater Sudbury

Greater Sudbury Paramedics Honoured with Exemplary Service Medals

Released Friday, Oct 11, 2013

For Immediate Release 
Friday, October 11, 2013

Greater Sudbury Paramedics Honoured with Exemplary Service Medals

The City of Greater Sudbury is pleased to congratulate two local paramedics for recently being awarded with the Governor General’s Exemplary Service Medal, recognizing over 20 years of meritorious service in the field of pre-hospital emergency medical service. Advanced Care Paramedic Joan Desabrais and Advanced Care Paramedic Claude Ferguson were presented with their medals by Major General Richard Rohmer at the recent Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (OAPC) Annual General Meeting.

“To be recognized in this way is a huge accomplishment for any paramedic,” said Tim Beadman, Chief of Emergency Services. “The Exemplary Service Medal honours those who have performed their duties in an exemplary manner, characterized by the highest standards of good conduct, industry and efficiency. I’m very proud of Joan and Claude for their commitment to emergency care and their years of outstanding service to this community.”

Joan Desabrais, a graduate of Cambrian College, began work as a Primary Care Paramedic in 1981. She went on to attend the first Ontario Pre-Hospital Advanced Life Support (OPALS) sponsored Advanced Care Paramedic class, graduating in 1997 as the first female Advanced Care Paramedic in Sudbury.  Throughout her career, Desabrais has committed herself to pre-hospital care through working with the Base Hospital, helping with the recertification and audit processes as well as in a full time capacity as the Primary Care Paramedic and Advanced Care Paramedic Co-ordinator.  Desabrais has mentored many students over the years and has also spent time teaching the Advanced Care Paramedic program at Cambrian College.  On her off time, she sings with the Nickel City Sound, a competitive 50 member women’s acapella barbershop chorus.

Claude Ferguson has been a full time front line Paramedic since July of 1987.  Ferguson was trained as an Advanced Care Paramedic in the first OPALS class for Sudbury in 1997.  He has been an active College Professor for the past 18 years, teaching at both College Boreal and Cambrian College.  Ferguson is the longest serving relief Platoon Superintendent with close to 12 years experience.  In 2012, during Emergency Medical Services Week, Ferguson was awarded the Annual Leonce Seguin Memorial Award.

The Governor General awards the Exemplary Service Medal for Emergency Medical Services professionals through its Canadian Honours System.  The medal is available to eligible professionals who have provided pre-hospital emergency medical service for at least 20 years.  To qualify, those nominated must have served at least 10 years on street level duty, placing their own lives and safety at risk to protect others.

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Advanced Care Paramedic Joan Desabrais (right) receiving the Governor General's Exemplary Service Medal from Major General Richard Rohmer (left) at the OAPC Annual General Meeting.


 

Advanced Care Paramedic Claude Ferguson (right) receiving the Governor General's Exemplary Service Medal from Major General Richard Rohmer (left) at the OAPC Annual General Meeting.