Peel Regional Paramedic Services - Exemplary Service Medals
Regional Council received a presentation by Peter Dundas, Chief and Director, Peel Regional Paramedic Services, recognizing Paramedics who received Exemplary Service Medals in 2011.
Every year, the Governor General’s Emergency Medical Services - Exemplary Service Medal is presented to paramedic professionals who have a minimum of 20 years of exemplary service in this high-risk profession, with at least 10 years of that service performed on the frontlines and contributing to the health and safety of the community
Peel Paramedics Audra Cole, Roland Garbe, Keith Young and Deputy-Chief Ben Addley were the recipients of this year’s special recognition by the Governor General for their exemplary service as long-serving paramedics.
Regional Council received a presentation honouring the recipients of the Paul Schram Memorial Award for the Emergency Communicator of the year. The Award is named in memory of the late Paul Schram, who was instrumental in developing the 9-1-1 service in the Region of Peel.
This award is presented to Emergency Communicators who display their commitment, outstanding dedication, professionalism and achievement to helping Peel residents during emergency situations.
R. Kent Gillespie, Commissioner of Employee and Business Services and Carroll Francis, 9-1-1 Advisory Group and Supervisor of Service Delivery, presented this prestigious award to Tanya Rourke from Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services, Karen Ballentyne from Ambulance Communications, and Rita Poetzsch from Peel Regional Police.
Chapelview Affordable Housing Development – Award and Certification
Regional Council received a presentation by Janet Menard, Commissioner of Human Services presenting the Canada Green Building Council - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Award and Certification as well as the Ontario Non Profit Housing Providers Association - Going Green Award for the Chapelview Affordable Housing Development.
Chapelview is a 16-storey building located in downtown Brampton featuring 200 units to accommodate seniors and singles. It is expected to achieve 50 per cent energy savings and 46 per cent indoor water savings compared with a conventional multi-unit residential building.
The building is the first affordable housing project in the world to receive the New Construction, Platinum level LEED certification by the Canada Green Building Council for its innovative environmental design features.
The project was funded by an unprecedented partnership between the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the City of Brampton, the Region of Peel and Martinway Contracting Ltd.
Regional Council proclaimed the week of December 12 to 16 as 9-1-1 Awareness Week. Peel Regional 9-1-1 service was introduced in 1988. Since that time, millions of callers have obtained assistance from Police, Paramedics and Fire services. For the year 2011, 353,749 calls for assistance were made to the 9-1-1 centre.
Despite the tremendous success of the service, only 45 per cent of all 9-1-1 calls received represent valid requests for emergency assistance. The other calls received are either erroneous calls, non emergency or prank calls.
Reinvestment of Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) Surpluses
Regional Council received a report regarding the reinvestment of WSIB surpluses. In 2008, a surplus of $2.8 million was identified in respect of funds reserved for WSIB.
$1.4 million was authorized by Council to fund wellness and safety initiatives. Investment was keyed to the areas of Long Term Care and Paramedics, in which the physical demands of core work processes are known to be high. In 2007, these two areas accounted for 58 per cent of lost time injuries while only making up 28 per cent of the Region’s workforce.
The following is the authorized application of funds:
$590,000 - Long Term Care: To improve the ceiling lift capacity in Long Term Care (LTC) homes, analyze LTC work processes and provide enhanced training to staff required to lift and transfer patients.
$210,000 – Paramedics: To introduce equipment to enable the safe transfer of large or obese (bariatric) patients, identify processes to avoid musculoskeletal disease (MSD) injuries and to provide training to staff and supervisors on traumatic occupational stress and compassion fatigue.
$133,000 - Wellness: To undertake ergonomic assessments and training and develop healthy workplace programs promoting mental health.
The balance of the investment was targeted towards Peel Regional Police (PRP). To this end $467,000 was managed by PRP as approved by the Police Service Board.