When medics are not on duty saving lives, they often find comfort in music. Many of the paramedics in the Greater Toronto Area moonlight as musicians, and on Sunday March 5, 2017, the inaugural Artists in the Ambulance event showcased local first responders’ musical talents in a spectacular collaborative event. Paramedics from various areas in the Toronto, Halton, Guelph, York and Peel regions gathered at 3030 Dundas St. West to perform in a combination of solo acts, duos and band performances.
2015 marked the Peel Paramedics’ second time marching in the pride parade. Our members and their families showed their support by donning their custom designed t-shirts. This year, all money collected (approximately $2,000) from the sale of their t-shirts will be donated to Casey house, an institution which provides palliative and supportive care for people living with HIV or AIDS.
OPSEU Local 277 knows that patients always benefit from having MORE Paramedics, but in November, patients suffering from prostate cancer benefited from having “MO” Paramedics! Last year our fuzzy upper lips raised $3,200.
Team Captain Josh Pound says, “This is a great initiative. Paramedics in Peel are always so willing to give back, even though we know our wives have had enough by the time December 1st rolls around.”
The Ice Bucket Challenge allowed our Local to not only raise awareness in a “cool” way, but raise money as well.
It also gave our President Dave Wakely a chance to soak the Chief, who was quick to retaliate and return the favour by soaking Dave the very next day.