It was a huge honour to receive an Appreciation Award from the Ontario Paramedic Association during the Paramedicine Expo and Conference. I am very thankful to Darryl Wilton, who nominated me for the award.
The evening was very touching. Some standout moments were the entertainment from the Paramedic pipe band and dancers, along with the tolling of the bell in recognition for all those who lost their lives over the last year.
As a City Councillor, I consider the safety of my residents to be one of my highest priorities. Over the past few years, I have worked closely with Emergency and Protective Services and council colleagues to increase the number of Paramedics within the City of Ottawa. Adding these paramedics has help provide faster response times across the city and especially in the rural wards.
I have also worked on a project to ensure all the Royal Canadian Legions in Ottawa, not already equipped with the AED heart defibrillators, will have one provided by Ottawa Paramedic Services. Our veterans risked their lives to protect us, and we felt it was important to protect them by having access to these live saving devices. I will continue to work with Ottawa’s Emergency and Protective Services and champion the real heroes, Ontario Paramedics. Everyday these brave men and women put their lives at risk by responding to emergency calls and saving lives. I can’t thank you all enough for your dedication, service and sacrifice.