Paramedic Services Week

May 21st to 27th is National Paramedic Services Week.

To celebrate this, MPP Dawn Gallagher Murphy had the opportunity to visit the York Paramedics – Station 16 located here in the riding of Newmarket-Aurora to express her profound gratitude toward our valued first responders.

“Paramedics are part of the foundation that makes up our healthcare system and they are pillars of our community.” says MPP Gallagher Murphy.

Paramedic Services Week is celebrated across Canada from May 21 to 27, 2023. The theme for Paramedic Services Week 2023 is “Diversity in Paramedicine – The Patient. The Provider. The Profession”. This theme recognizes the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion for patients, providers, and the profession of paramedicine.

Since its inauguration in 2015, 74 paramedics have received the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery. This year marks the first year the award has been elevated to a provincial honour medal as the newly named Ontario Medal for Paramedic Bravery.

Any Ontario paramedic is eligible to receive the medal for an act of exceptional courage that has occurred within the last 24 months. The honour can be bestowed posthumously.

There are over 10,500 paramedics currently employed in Ontario, the largest group of paramedics in Canada.

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