Category Archives: GWPS

Celebrating Guelph and Wellington County’s paramedics

September 6, 2017

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… Continue reading Celebrating Guelph and Wellington County’s paramedics


Defibrillator loaner program launches in Guelph

November 24, 2016

Guelph, Ont., November 24, 2016 – Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service is launching a new community program designed to help save lives in Guelph, and Wellington county. You are invited to learn more about the Public Access Defibrillator Loaner program—believed to be the first of its kind in Canada—and watch an automated external defibrillator (AED) demonstration at the launch event on Friday, November 25 at 11 a.m. at City Hall. Research shows that victims of cardiac arrest have the best chance of survival when there is early access to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation. “We believe that providing AEDs at community events—where there is no easy or timely access to a defibrillator—can save lives,” says Stephen Dewar, chief of Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service. What Public Access Defibrillator Loaner… Continue reading Defibrillator loaner program launches in Guelph


Paramedics honoured at annual celebration

September 21, 2016

Public access defibrillators presented to schools, County and City Guelph, Ont., September 21, 2016 – On September 16, the Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service (GWPS) hosted its third annual celebration and awards dinner at Guelph’s River Run Centre. During the evening, GWPS presented a certificate recognizing primary care paramedic Whipper Watson as a recipient of the Governor General Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal. This honour was awarded to Watson for performing his duties to the public in an exemplary manner, characterized by the highest standards of good conduct, industry and efficiency. Watson will receive his medal from Honorary Lieutenant General Richard Rohmer at the Ontario Paramedic Chiefs Association gala being held later this month in Collingwood. Seventeen paramedics were recognized for their years of service to… Continue reading Paramedics honoured at annual celebration


Paramedics to be honoured at awards dinner on September 16

September 13, 2016

Guelph, Ont., September 13, 2016 – The Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service (GWPS) will host its third annual celebration and awards dinner on Friday, September 16. During the evening, GWPS will present a certificate recognizing the recipient of the Governor General Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal. Service pins will be handed out to paramedics to recognize years of service to the community. GWPS will also recognize individuals who have made contributions to the Community Health Assessment Program, part of the Community Paramedicine initiative. In addition, members of the GWPS Ride for Heart bike team will present public access defibrillators to Maryborough Community Centre, University of Guelph, John McCrae Public School, where a student experienced a cardiac arrest last year, and to the City’s Operations department, located… Continue reading Paramedics to be honoured at awards dinner on September 16


Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service receives Service Award for Geriatric Excellence

May 28, 2015

Guelph, ON, May 27, 2015 – Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service (GWEMS) was honoured last Friday evening at the 12th annual Service Awards for Geriatric Excellence. GWEMS took home a Service Award for Geriatric Excellence in the organization category for its Community Paramedicine Program and for demonstrating dedication, leadership and innovation towards care of seniors in the community. Jane McKinnon Wilson, of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Waterloo Wellington Dufferin branch, put forth the nomination and there were five other nominees. “We are honoured to receive a SAGE in recognition of the Community Paramedicine Program. This award highlights our dedication, leadership and innovation in providing the highest quality pre-hospital patient care to our aging population through the integration of medical and social services across Guelph and… Continue reading Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service receives Service Award for Geriatric Excellence