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THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   October 20, 2011  --- Two Superior North EMS paramedics have received Exemplary Service Medals from the Governor General of Canada. The Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal expresses national gratitude for long and commendable service, particularly in fields of endeavor involving potential risk.  The medals were presented to the paramedics by Major General Richard Rohmer, Canada’s most decorated person, at a special ceremony in Collingwood, Ontario, on September 29, 2011.  

Receiving the medals:

Andrew Dillion, Advanced Care ParameStephane Leblancdic (ACP), Thunder Bay.  Andrew has provided moreAndrew Dillon than two decades of excellent front-line patient care starting as a Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) and becoming an ACP in 2007.  Andrew has also contributed to EMS through his union leadership activities, his role as a service instructor in teaching and developing training modules, and through his contributions to Superior North EMS strategic planning just this past year.  Andrew has also contributed to youth in the community, through his coaching and refereeing activities.

Stephane Leblanc, PCP, Greenstone.  Stephane started his career in EMS in 1982 with the Sensenbrenner Hospital based ambulance service in Kapuskasing Ontario.  He worked as an Emergency Medical Attendant until 1986 and then obtained his Advanced Emergency Medical Care Attendant certificate and commenced in a full-time position until 2004. In 2004 he moved to Commercial Aviation as a full-time flight paramedic.  Stephane worked for Commercial Aviation on a part-time basis since 1993. In 2008 Stephane became the Superintendent of the Greenstone Cluster for Superior North EMS, where he currently serves.
The medal is part of Canada’s official awards system which tangibly reflects national gratitude for long and outstanding service.  The requirements for consideration include more than 20 years of service, with at least 10 of those years requiring front-line service involving some personal risk.  The recipient is also required to show that they made a positive impact or contribution to their community.  "These paramedics have contributed to our communities through their efforts at excellent patient care, and by having added impact to the provision of quality patient care of their colleagues", said Norm Gale, Chief of EMS. "Their efforts have been formally recognized on a national level, and we are proud of their contribution to the public", Gale added.

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