Loyalist College Paramedic students placed third at the eighth Annual Skills Competition sponsored by the Durham Paramedic Association in Oshawa in April. Tara Leppan and Colleen McCann were the members of the bronze medal team. Dave Ansley and Lee Dennique also represented Loyalist in the competition. There were 31 teams entered in the competition, 18 of which were from colleges. The competition consisted of skill stations, scenarios and written testing. Contestants’ knowledge was challenged in areas ranging from control of mass casualty incidents to cardiac arrest.
“It was an honour and a privilege to represent Loyalist College at the Durham Paramedic Competition,” said Colleen McCann. “Becoming a paramedic has been a life-long dream of mine. Our faculty Kelly Sheppard, Lisa McVety and Jayson Hess went above and beyond to prepare us for the competition, providing us with the skills and confidence to succeed. It was a very exciting and proud moment to place in the top three of this national competition. The Loyalist Paramedic program is wonderful, with teachers who are passionate about teaching.”
“It is a very challenging competition and both of our teams did a great job and made us all very proud,” said Maureen Piercy, Loyalist College President. “The Durham Paramedic Association initiated this competition eight years ago and since it began Loyalist has been awarded three gold medals, four silver and two bronze. This is definitely a testimony to the quality of our program. Our professors are experienced and skilled in the paramedic field and their abilities as exceptional instructors are evident in the calibre of the students who successfully complete this rigorous program.”
“We were competing against 31 student teams from 18 colleges,” commented Tom Malloy, Dean of Skills Training, Access and Continuing Education. “Many students are drawn to Loyalist’s Paramedic program for the convenience of being able to complete their courses on a part-time basis while continuing to work in their regular jobs. Once enrolled in the program, they discover that convenience is only one of its many great aspects. The professors are skilled and experienced and, perhaps more importantly, they have proven repeatedly that they are exceptional at imparting their knowledge to the students.”
The Loyalist College Paramedic program is offered at the Bancroft Campus on a part-time basis. For more information about this and other Bancroft Campus programs call (613) 332-1743.
Media Contact: Marilyn Warren, Communications, Loyalist College (613) 969-1913 ext. 2332; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Malloy, (613) 332-1743, ext. 2223