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OPA Board of Directors

Provincial Officers

Provincial Directors

Interim Provincial Directors

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Honourary Officers

  • None at this time

Ashleigh Hewer, President

As an Advanced Care Paramedic with the Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ashleigh has been actively involved in multiple projects since she started her career in 2003.

Ashleigh is very focused on patient advocacy and furthering the paramedic profession. She is experienced in instructor training, peer mentoring, medical education content development and BLS/ALS preceptorship.

As the past Executive Secretary of the Ontario Paramedic Association and present Vice-President of the Professional Paramedic Association of Ottawa, Ashleigh's passion for the profession will serve her well in her new role as OPA Provincial President!

Darryl Wilton, Vice-President

Darryl was elected to the OPA Board in 2014 and fulfilled the portfolio of Technology and Innovation for 1 year.

He brings 21 of experience in chapter development and growth. He's a staunch advocate for Paramedic Self- Regulation and professional advancement.

Darryl has been the elected president of the Professional Paramedic Association of Ottawa for more than 10 years.

While in the workplace, Darryl is also a Superintendent of Operations for Ottawa Paramedic Service and currently resides on the Board of Directors for the Civic Institute of Professional Personnel.

Joel D'Eath, Treasurer

Joel is an Advanced Care Paramedic with 15 years experience working in the Region of Peel. During the course of his career, Joel has developed interests that range from disaster management and business continuity, to technology implementation within paramedic services.

As a Paramedic, Joel is an advocate for the advancement of the profession and a proponent of Paramedic self-regulation. Joel also serves as the paramedic representative on the eACR implementation team for his service, and has managed several social media paramedic advocacy initiatives since 2011.

Along with his regular duties as a paramedic, Joel is also the recently elected Vice President of the Peel Paramedic Association. Joel's first role with the OPA was the Director of Technology & Innovation.

Autumn Belnap, Executive Secretary

Autumn began her career in 2007 and has not stopped moving forward ever since.

Having served 4 of her years as a Paramedic in the Province of Alberta, Autumn has seen first hand how important and beneficial Self-Regulation is and believes that it is essential in the advancement of Paramedicine within Ontario.

In addition to working on the road full time as an Advanced Care Paramedic with Hastings County, Autumn brings with her over 7 years experience as an instructor in various courses related to the field of Paramedicine.

Autumn is a passionate and creative individual who is looking forward to helping make an impact and taking part in the growth of our profession. In doing so, Autumn also represented the OPA on a National TV Commercial and she was featured on Aspirin packaging for over 1000 pharmacies across Canada.

Vacant, Director of Membership Services

The Ontario Paramedic Association is currently searching for a full member to fill the role of Interim Director.

Steve Annett, Director of Government Relations 

Helping others has always been the true vector which guided Steve to train and serve community as a Paramedic and then further his career as an Advanced Care Paramedic. Steve is honoured to admit he has been able to learn much throughout his career from the many great Paramedics he has been surrounded by.  

Steve is an avid supporter of the Professional development of Paramedicine and is excited about the amazing opportunities open to the advancement of Paramedicine.   

Steve brings over two decades of experience as a Paramedic and a decade serving on the Toronto Paramedic Association Board of Directors which he hopes will bring benefit to his role serving on the Ontario Paramedic Association Board of Directors.

Vacant, Director of Technology

The Ontario Paramedic Association is currently searching for a full member to fill the role of Interim Director.

Mary Osinga, Director of Education

Mary was elected back to the Board of the OPA in 2014.

Being a past Director and President, Mary brings with her extensive experience and knowledge of the OPA.

Mary is currently a CCP (F)  with a Master's Degree and a Professor of the Paramedic Program at Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario.

Mary will be heading up the research and education portfolios with the OPA bringing unique educational opportunities to Association members during her tenure.

Scott Stephens, Director of Conferences

Scott Stephens has been a Paramedic in the Ottawa area for the last 20 years.  He has been involved in the PPAO for the past 15 years, having served as President, Vice President, and currently advises the board as an Honourary Officer. He is also involved in the HELP Fund.  

Scott is a strong supporter of peer support and mental health initiatives in particular providing a family support system.    

Scott has been involved in multiple OPA Paramedicine Expo and Conferences.  He looks forward to improving, expanding and creating a financially viable future for the conference to facilitate Paramedics from across Ontario to gather and exchange ideas and information.

Vacant, Director of Corporate Sponsorship

The Ontario Paramedic Association is currently searching for a full member to fill the role of Interim Director.