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Community of Practice Forum

Date: 2024-02-03

Sharing Strategies on How to Protect and Improve Paramedic Wellness

The Forum's purpose is to provide a space for Paramedic Wellness Coordinators and Peer /support Team Leaders etc., representing Paramedic Services from around the province, to network and communicate with each other. The goal is to share strategies on how to protect and improve paramedic wellness at the individual, service, and system levels. 

Date: April 23, 2024, 8:00-4:00

Location: York Region’s Community Safety Village, (Bruce Mills Conservation Area), 3291 Stouffville Rd, Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON L4A 7X5

Agenda (subject to change)

8:00 Doors open - Coffee

8:45 - Opening: Chris Spearen, Chief, York Paramedic Services - Topic: Disparities in Mental Health Support in Ontario Paramedic Services

9:00 - Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lorraine Smith-McDonald, St. Stephens College/University of Alberta. Topic: Moral Injury, what is it, why does it matter, what can we do about it?

9:50 Coffee Break - Vendors

10:15 - Speakers Call

10:20 -10:55 Dawn Clinch, PSHSA. Paramedic Risk Assessment and Root Cause Analysis.

11:00 - 11:20 Marian Morgan, York Paramedic Services Paramedic Wellness Program (Urban perspective)

11:25 - 11:45 Jessica Robb, Grey County Paramedic Wellness Program (Rural perspective)

11:50 - 12:25 Plenary Speaker: Dr. Lewell, ORNGE, London Health Sciences. Strategies for Paramedic Wellness

12:25 - 2:00 Lunch (Included) - up to 15 Wellness Vendors located in three classrooms. Visit and chat.

2:00 Round table discussions - Chaired by Mayram Traub, Psychological Wellness Facilitator, Niagara EMS. Topic:  Wellness actions to improve paramedic wellness at the individual, service, and system level

3:30 Round table summaries (Results to be presented to the Ministry of Health Paramedic Mental Health Committee by Chief Spearen)

3:50 Closing Remarks

Click here to purchase tickets and vendor tables, or to sponsor the event.


We have been able to negotiate Government of Ontario rates at:

Holiday Inn Express (an IHG Hotel), 205 Eric Smith Way, Aurora ON. (located about 10 mins away from the venue)

Please use the link below to take advantage of the reduced rate, use and share the link below.

Ontario Paramedic Services Reservation Booking Link - Holiday Inn Express & Suites Aurora

Another option is to call the hotel directly and mention that they are booking with the Government of Ontario Rate.

Hotel Contact Information is:

Hotel Phone: (905) 418-8000

Thanks to our sponsors:

Vendor Market:

  • REBOOT Recovery
  • Boots on the Ground
  • Wounded Warriors
  • Frontline Forward
  • Love Your Life to Death
  • In Time Counselling and Consulting Services
  • North City Insurance Brokers
  • Rampart Corp.



Ontario Paramedic Association

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    Toronto ON M5G 1Z3

  • 1-888-OPA-LINE

  • mail@OntarioParamedic.ca