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Paramedic Services Chiefs of Saskatchewan – ON2021

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Saskatchewan Paramedics Honoured

Saskatchewan ground EMS serves the Province with 105 ambulance services, over 250 ambulance units, over 2,200 licensed professionals and they cover a geographical land base of 650,000 square kms and serve a population of 1.2 million residents.  These dedicated practitioners respond to over 130,000 calls a year on average (and closer to 150,000 calls during COVID).

Each year, an Emergency Medical Services Provincial Awards Ceremony is held at Government House in Regina to honour recipients of the Governor General of Canada Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Services Medal (and Bars), and recipients of the Paramedic Services Chiefs of Saskatchewan (PSCS) Star of Life Medal. 

The Governor General EMS Exemplary Services Medal is Canada’s highest EMS honour.  The Medal is honoured in recognition of 20 years of loyal and exemplary service in responding to prehospital emergencies in Canada.  The First Bar is awarded in recognition of 30 years of loyal and exemplary service in responding to prehospital emergencies and the Second Bar is awarded in recognition of 40 years of loyal and exemplary service in responding to prehospital emergencies.

The Paramedic Services Chiefs of Saskatchewan Star of Life Medal is awarded in recognition for outstanding achievements, dedication or leadership in EMS.  The Star of Life can be awarded for acts of bravery, heroism or above and beyond the call of duty. 

Governor General of Canada EMS Exemplary Service Medal

Congratulations to the following recipients who received their medals and certificates in 2020 and 2021. Due to the global pandemic medals and certificates were presented for both 2020 and 2021 this past September.

2021 Recipients

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2021 Governor General of Canada EMS Exemplary Service Medal Recipients and PSCS Star of Life Recipient – Back row: Vicki Kaltenborn, Makenzie Mydonic Chernoff, Ken Thompson, Joseph Trotter, Colin Giesbrecht, Scott Revenko, Guy Van Buekenhout, and Jeff Jackson. Front row: Emcee Lyle Karasiuk, Mike Dansereau, Jamie Appel, His Honour Russ Mirasty, Her Honour Donna Mirasty, Dave Manley, Jackie Zilkie, and David Zilkie.

2021 Governor General of Canada
EMS Exemplary Service Medal Recipients

  • Jamie Appel – Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina EMS
  • Mike Dansereau – Parkland Ambulance Care Ltd. (Prince Albert)
  • Colin Giesbrecht – Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina EMS
  • Jeff Jackson – Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina EMS
  • Dave Manley – Saskatchewan Health Authority, Consul EMS
  • Ryan Morissette – Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina EMS
  • Brent Rathy – Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina EMS
  • Scott Revenko – Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina EMS
  • Ken Thompson – Duck Mountain Ambulance Care Ltd. (Kamsack)
  • Joseph Trotter – Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina EMS
  • Jason Williams – Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina EMS

2021 Governor General of Canada
EMS Exemplary Service Medal
First Bar Recipients

  • Vicki Kaltenborn – WestMed Paramedics Inc., (St. Walburg)
  • Grant Perrin – Saskatchewan Health Authority, Maple Creek EMS
  • Guy Van Buekenhout – Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina EMS
  • David Zilkie – Saskatchewan Health Authority, Consul EMS
  • Jackie Zilkie – Saskatchewan Health Authority, Consul EMS

2020 Recipients

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2020 Governor General of Canada EMS Exemplary Service Medal Recipients – Back Row: Gerald Schriemer, David Reed, Jeff Maxin, Clayton Leduc, Paul Hills, Allison Irvine, Gerry Adair, and Carla Roy.  Front row: Emcee Lyle Karasiuk, His Honour Russ Mirasty, Her Honour Donna Mirasty, and PSCS President Steven Skoworodko.

2020 Governor General of Canada EMS Exemplary Service Medal Recipients

  • Patricia Adair – Saskatchewan Health Authority, Maryfield EMS (posthumously)
  • Paul Hills – Medavie Health Services West (Saskatoon)
  • Allison Irvine – First Responder (Shellbrook)
  • Clayton Leduc – Hutch Ambulance Moosomin Inc.
  • Jeff Maxin – Medavie Health Services West (Saskatoon)
  • Carla Roy – Medavie Health Services West (Saskatoon)
  • Colleen Therres – Melfort Ambulance Care

2020 Governor General of Canada
EMS Exemplary Service Medal
First Bar Recipients

  • David Reed – Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina EMS

2020 Governor General of Canada
EMS Exemplary Service Medal – Second Bar Recipients

  • Martin Bowman – Medvie Health Services West (Saskatoon)
  • Gerald Schriemer – Medavie Health Services West (Saskatoon)

Paramedic Services Chiefs of Saskatchewan Star of Life Medal

Congratulations to the following recipients who received their medals and certificates in 2020 and 2021. Due to the global pandemic medals and certificates were presented for both 2020 and 2021 this past September.

2021 Recipients

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2021 Star of Life Recipient – His Honour Russ Mirasty and Makenzie Mydonic Chernoff.

2021 Star of Life Medal Recipients

  • Makenzie Mydonic Chernoff – Duck Mountain Ambulance Care Ltd. (Kamsack)

2020 Recipients

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2020 PSCS Star of Life Recipients (Individual) – Back row: Patty Coons, Patric Donnelly and Corey McNeice.  Front row: Emcee Lyle Karasiuk, His Honour Russ Mirasty, Her Honour Donna Mirasty, and PSCS President Steven Skoworodko.
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2020 PSCS Star of Life Recipients (Team) – Back row: Megan Koskie, Samantha Hood, Cameron Harrison, Frank Richardson, Frank Munroe, Carah Oftedal, Jim Bandola, and Robyn Bishop. Front row: Emcee Lyle Karasiuk, His Honour Russ Mirasty, Her Honour Donna Mirasty, and PSCS President Steven Skoworodko.
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2020 PSCS Star of Life Recipients (Team) – Back row: Kim Wruck, Chantel Nast, Christine Rochelle, Michele Thomas, Sarah Phurailatpam, Pamela Bueckert, Samantha Bloomfield.  Front row: Emcee Lyle Karasiuk, His Honour Russ Mirasty, Her Honour Donna Mirasty, and PSCS President Steven Skoworodko.

2020 Star of Life Medal Recipients (Individuals)

  • Patty Coons – Saskatchewan Health Authority, Silton EMS
  • Nicholas Hennink – Moose Jaw & District EMS
  • Corey McNeice – Moose Jaw & District EMS
  • Colleen Therres – Melfort Ambulance Care

2020 Star of Life Medal Recipients (Teams)

  • Beauval MVC On Scene Team – Meadow Lake EMS Team –  Jim Bandola, Robyn Bishop, Frank Munroe, Carah Oftedal, and Frank Richardson; Beauval EMS Team – Roslyn Corrigal, Cameron Harrison, and Samantha Hood; Ile-a-la-Crosse EMS Team – Robert Dubrule, Kalvin Jones, Megan Koskie, April Morin, and Ronda Williams
  • Beauval MVC Medavie Communications Team – Jackie Bartel, Pamela Bueckert, Samantha Bloomfield, Lesa Haworth, Angie  Jackson, Lisa Libby, Sandi Morgan, Chantel Nast, Sarah Phurailatpam, Christine Rochelle, Auriel Rose, Michele Thomas, Breanna Willick, and Kim Wruck
  • Medavie Health Services West Response Team – Patric Donnelly and Kirk Zabos

Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal

Congratulations to the following recipients who received their medals and certificates in 2020 and 2021.

2021 Recipients

  • Bill Cook – Duck Mountain Ambulance Care Ltd. (Kamsack)
  • Troy Davies – Medavie Health Services West (Saskatoon)
  • Coralee Dutchak – Parkland Ambulance Care Ltd. (Prince Albert)
  • Kathy Engen – Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina EMS
  • Cory Hartmann – Medavie Health Services West (Saskatoon)
  • Mary Howell – Saskatchewan Health Authority, Consul EMS
  • Vicki Kaltenborn – WestMed Paramedics Inc. (St. Walburg)
  • Brent Rathy – Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina EMS
  • Steven Skoworodko – Wakaw & District EMS
  • Mark Sulymka – Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina EMS
  • Jason Williams – Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina EMS
  • Andrew Williamson – Wakaw & District EMS

2020 Recipients

  • Jim Cheyne – Saskatchewan Health Authority, Biggar EMS
  • Duane Doane – Hutch Ambulance Swift Current
  • Allison Irvine – First Responder (Shellbrook)
  • Darren Russell – Parkland Ambulance Care Ltd. (Prince Albert)
Alejandro Olryd

Alejandro Olryd

Alejandro is a Volunteer TAMP (Basic EMT) in Mexico City with over 15 years in the field. He’s volunteered for organizations such as the Red Cross, has helped with massive incidents such as the earthquake of 2017, and was the Operations Director of Iberomed for nearly three terms. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, playing the guitar, the ukulele and playing Dungeons and Dragons with his geeky friends.

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