Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada Safety Training
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Gary Taylor

Gary Taylor

Gary has over 35 years of Paramedicine experience, having worked for The City of Calgary for 30 years, before joining Alberta Health Services as part of a provincial amalgamation of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in 2009. Gary’s EMS experience is extensive, as he worked as an Acting Superintendent of Staffing, Operations, and Communications.

In the last 7 years, Gary wanted to offer something in return to the younger generation entering the EMS field. He became very well-known and respected as a Clinical Educator for the province, running the specialized simulation labs that were used for the training and testing of practitioners.

Although Gary is now retired on Vancouver Island, he has maintained his clinical status as an Advanced Care Paramedic in B.C., and as an EMT-P in Alberta. He is also a certified Heart and Stroke Foundation Instructor and is looking forward to teaching their accredited courses.

Petra Taylor

Petra Taylor

Petra entered the EMS profession at a late stage in her life, becoming a full-time EMT-P with the City of Calgary while still raising a family. After working for 5 years in the field, she accepted a position as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of EMS. While learning about the management and business side of the profession, Petra embarked on a journey to further her education, obtaining a Masters of Arts in Leadership degree from Royal Roads University (RRU).

In 2009, when the province took over the responsibility for EMS, Petra decided to put into practice many of the leadership theories that she had learned at RRU, and accepted a position as a Supervisor of Operations. The last 5 years of her career were very rewarding as she enjoyed interacting with her team of practitioners and fellow Supervisors.

Petra is now retired on Vancouver Island, but has maintained her clinical status as an Advanced Care Paramedic in B.C., and as an EMT-P in Alberta. She is also a certified Heart and Stroke Foundation Instructor and is excited to teach their accredited courses to other healthcare providers and the general public.

  • "Gary and Petra are excellent teachers and make the CPR process easier to understand."

    ~ Lindsey B., RN

  • "Good DVD presentation and mannequins. I also liked the flexibility of adapting to what we already know."

    ~ Vera L., M.D.

  • "Enjoyed the one on one teaching, instructor participation and open and honest feedback. Really great course, great instructors, will recommend!"

    ~ Lisa D., RN

  • "Gary and Petra offer demonstrations and feedback during practice sessions, nice to have instructors with real life experience and scenarios."

    ~ Kylie C., RN

  • "Gary and Petra take all participants' experience into consideration to improve efficacy/efficiency of training. Instructors were friendly and upbeat."

    ~ Naomi O., RN

  • "I would recommend this course, happy that it came to us (where we live). Very convenient and great for health care providers!"

    ~ Kelly C., RN

  • "I would recommend the course to others as the teachers were very well educated and very patient. Excellent and very friendly!"

    ~ Tenille L., RN

  • "Awesome instructors, very comfortable learning environment. Great course, I would definitely come again."

    ~ Olivia R., EMT-A

  • "Easy to schedule, great location, great instructors, and great class size."

    ~ Nancy J., RN

  • "The course was to the point with adequate practice opportunities, the video added interest, and I loved the hands-on with the AED. I would absolutely recommend the course to others as it was excellent, and the instructors had a great sense of humour."

    ~ Leanne M., RN

  • "The course was clear and concise, the best health care provider course ever. I would definitely recommend the course to others as the instructors were very skilled and experienced with a great sense of humour."

    ~ Eileen D., SORT Clinician

  • "I loved the clicking dummies, the course was comprehensive but the instructors were able to go through it at a good pace."

    ~ Megan S., RN

  • "Because of the professional interactions and experience of the instructors, I would absolutely recommend this course to others. It was well-organized, they kept on track, and the set-up and take-down were well done."

    ~ Brenda L., Professor of Nursing

  • "Very knowledgeable instrutors, the videos were helpful, and there was a lot of hands-on practice."

    ~ Sandy A., Professor of Nursing

  • "Ease of registration process, prompt reply after registration, excellent video, clear instructions and demos, comprehensive course and fun."

    ~ Nona B., RN

  • "Ability to hear real life stories and to discuss variations in techniques over the years. I would absolutely recommend this course to others as the instructors were personable and it was a fun learning environment."

    ~ Pat M.., Instructor BSN Program VIU