Paramedics to be honoured at awards dinner on May 29

National Paramedic Services Week is May 24 to 30

Guelph, ON, May 26, 2015 – To celebrate this year’s Paramedic Services Week, May 24 to 30, Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service (GWEMS) is hosting its second annual celebration and awards dinner on Friday, May 29.

During the evening, GWEMS will recognize individuals who have made contributions to the Guelph-Wellington Community Paramedicine Program and present the Volunteer of the Year Award and prestigious Governor General Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal.

Madelyn Richardson, a Grade 6 student at Salem Public School in Elora, will read her winning essay entitled ‘Paramedics: Expanding Care.’ Richardson is the winner of the Paramedic for a Day contest.

This year’s dinner will be followed by a dance fundraiser organized by the GWEMS Royals Ride for Heart Bike team who will participate in the Becel Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart on May 31 to raise funds to purchase Automated External Defibrillators for locations within Guelph and Wellington County.


Celebration and awards dinner


George Bridge, Warden, County of Wellington
Christopher White, Mayor, Guelph Eramosa Township
Phil Allt, Ward 3 Councillor, City of Guelph
Derrick Thomson, Deputy CAO, Public Services, City of Guelph
Shawn Armstrong, General Manager, Emergency Services, City of Guelph
Stephen Dewar, Chief, Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service
GWEMS Advanced Care and Primary Care Paramedics
Recipients of Public Access Defibrillators from the 2014 GWEMS Ride for Heart team


Marden Community Centre, 7368 Wellington County Road 30, Guelph, Ontario


Friday, May 29, 2015
Opening ceremony 6 p.m. (speeches/awards presentation)
Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart Fundraising Dance 8 p.m.

For more information

Leanne Swantko
Deputy Chief
Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service
Emergency Services
519-822-1260 extension 2105