Celebrating Guelph and Wellington County’s paramedics

Guelph, Ont., September 6, 2017 – The Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service (GWPS) is hosting its fourth annual celebration and awards dinner on Thursday, September 7.

The event, hosted at the River Run Centre, is an opportunity for the City of Guelph and Wellington County to recognize and celebrate the work that is done by paramedics locally.

The GWPS will present certificates to Michelle Gow (paramedic field superintendent), Joanne Osborne (advanced care county paramedic), and Mike VanderMeulen (paramedic field superintendent)—this year’s recipients of the Governor General Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal. The trio will be honoured with medals in Ottawa on September 28.

Twenty-nine paramedics will also receive pins that recognize their years of service to the community. 

Members of the GWPS Ride for Heart bike team, who raise funds throughout the year to purchase AEDS (automatic external defibrillators), will present defibrillators to Jean Little Public School and the Guelph Public Library. The bike team and library will also announce a joint fundraising initiative to raise funds to purchase additional AEDs for the community.


Celebration and awards dinner


Leanne Piper, Acting Mayor, City of Guelph
Dennis Lever, Warden, Wellington County
Colleen Clack, DCAO Public Services, City of Guelph
Andy MacDonald, General Manager, Emergency Services
Stephen Dewar, Chief, Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service
John Osborne, Chief, Guelph Fire Department
GWPS Advanced Care and Primary Care Paramedics
Heather Davis, Principal, Jean Little Public School
Steven Kraft, CEO, Guelph Public Library


River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich Street, Guelph


Thursday, September 7
Dinner 6 p.m.
Opening ceremony 7 p.m. (speeches/awards presentation)

For more information

Leanne Swantko
Deputy Chief
Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service
Emergency Services
519-822-1260 extension 2105
[email protected]