Toronto Paramedic Association Annual Movember Campaign a Great Success in 2021
This fall, Eden Rosenberg and Brian Annett sold Movember hats to contribute to the Toronto Paramedic Movember team. It was a great success and they raised over $12,000
Once again Toronto Paramedics put their lips on the line to promote Men’s Health by way of Movember! They ‘grew’ strong, in an effort to fight Men’s Cancers as well as for Mental Health. Paramedics know 1st hand that mental health is a daily issue in both the patients we are called on to help, as well as our own colleagues in 911. The added campaign of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention is one that blares as loud as our sirens, with everything that is happening in the First Responders community regarding PTSD.
Thank you to everyone who supported our Movember campaign – your support will help so many
Toronto Hosts MOLC Announcement about Community Paramedicine Expansion
The Ontario government is investing $82.5 million to expand the existing Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care program to an additional 22 communities, making it available to all eligible seniors across Ontario. This program, which is fully funded by the provincial government, provides additional care for seniors in the comfort of their own homes before admission into long-term care. The program was piloted across five communities in October 2020 and is currently active in 33 communities. With this expansion, the program will be available to all eligible seniors across Ontario
On October 22nd, 2021 TPA President Brian Annett joined Toronto Chief Paul Raftis, Minister Rod Phillips and Toronto Mayor, John Tory, for the big announcement, as Toronto is one of the 33 communities where the program is currently offered. The Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care program has provided home visits and services to thousands of seniors during the pandemic.
“Toronto has been a proud recipient of funding towards the Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care program and within less than a year we have seen the impact that funding has had on protecting vulnerable seniors in our city,” said Mayor Tory. “Through this funding we have been able to provide care to seniors waiting for a long-term care bed and better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing vaccines for homebound residents. This has been critical in our response to the pandemic and our work to protect all residents from the virus. I want to thank the provincial government for providing funding to Toronto, and in seeing the value of this program has now expanded it to other parts of the province.”
“Toronto Paramedic Services is grateful to the Ontario government and the City of Toronto for their support of the Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care initiative,” said Paul Raftis, Chief of Toronto Paramedic Services. “Today’s announcement by Minister Phillips allows us to build on recent successes and supports the expansion of the vital support that our Community Paramedics provide to help Toronto’s most vulnerable remain safe in their homes.”
TPA part of Firehouse Sub Holiday Toy Drive
This winter, the TPA is very excited to be part of a wonderful Toy Drive initiative put on by Firehouse Subs. Their stores are collecting toys for children who would otherwise not have anything under the tree this Christmas. The TPA will be collecting those toys this week from various Toronto Firehouse Subs locations, and distributing them to families in need
TPA AGM Coming in March 2022
The TPA is planning for our long-awaited AGM for March 2022 – more details will be coming out soon about this important event for all members. At the AGM, we will be updating members on the many great initiatives that we have been hard at work on since the pandemic started. And we will be holding a post AGM Paramedic Appreciation Party – so TPA members won’t want to miss it!
The TPA Board would like to take this time to wish all our members and colleagues in emergency services and health care, a wonderful Holiday Season and All the Best for a Happy and Healthy New Year in 2022!