Nova Scotia paramedics have been awarded the Emergency Medical Services
Exemplary Service Medal for their dedication to the health and safety of all
paramedics have dedicated their careers to providing high-quality care to Nova
Scotians in their time of greatest need, sometimes at their own personal
Arthur J. LeBlanc, who presented the medals, noted the dedication they exemplify
is my great pleasure to invest these members of the Emergency Medical Services
with the Exemplary Service Medal,” said Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc. “Their dedication and
commitment to the people they serve – quite often in the most distressing of
circumstances – is most deserving of this recognition, which I am honoured to
present to them on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.”
paramedics who received the medals are:
- Francine Butts, Chaswood, Halifax Regional Municipality
- Colleen Carey, Hammonds Plains
- Kevin Carey, Hammonds Plains
- Charles Charmichael, Georges River, Cape Breton Regional Municipality
- Joseph Gallant, New Germany, Lunenburg Co.
- Ryan Grist, Dayspring, Lunenburg Co.
- Rhonda Helpard, Steep Creek, Guysborough Co.
- Angela Hickox, Truro
- Greg MacKinnon, Kentville
- Angie Matheson, Port Hastings, Inverness Co.
- John Mosher, Kentville
- Christopher Nordland, Dartmouth
- Donna Reid, Hammonds Plains
- Peter Rose, Dartmouth
- John Rossiter (posthumous)
- Shane Strong, Saint-Anne-Du-Ruisseau, Yarmouth Co.
- Sean Teed, Glen Haven, Halifax Regional Municipality
- Matthew Vaughan, Westville, Pictou Co.
- Mark Walker, Hammonds Plains
- Jim Wells, Brookside, Halifax Regional Municipality
- Kelsey Wells, Brookside, Halifax Regional Municipality
young age, recipient Francine Butts was interested in finding a path to help
support the needs of people in her community. She found that path in
my 23-year career, I have met some of the strongest and bravest people – our
patients and their families. As a paramedic, you can share in life's most
precious and unfair moments all in the same day with people you just met,” she
said. “It certainly takes a special person to be able to do this line of work.
Thanks to the trailblazing men and women that have and continue to wear the
uniform, lead this profession, and be pioneers in clinical care, patient safety
Elizabeth II created the Exemplary Service Medal in 1994. It is part of a
national recognition program for people who work in high-risk jobs that enhance
Canada's public safety.
firefighters, corrections officers, coast guard members and peace officers are
also eligible for exemplary service medals, which are part of the Canadian
Medical Services professionals can be nominated by their peers or the public.
Recipients must have demonstrated exemplary service in their careers for at
least 20 years, including 10 years in an emergency medical services position
that involves potential risk.