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 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.