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News Release - Manitoba

February 27, 2018


Fifteen Manitobans will serve on a transitional council that will guide implementation of a college of paramedics, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.

“This is an important day for the profession of paramedics in Manitoba,” said Goertzen.  “Paramedics are a critical part of our health-care system and the move toward self-regulation recognizes both this importance and the fact that they are professionals who are continuing to improve their skills and their service to Manitobans.”

The minister noted the council will also be responsible for recruiting the first registrar/executive director.

Membership on the council will include emergency medical responders, primary care paramedics, advanced care paramedics and firefighter/paramedics, as well as public representatives.  Members were selected to represent the northern and rural parts of the province, as well as Winnipeg.

Appointments to the council include:
•    as public representatives:
­    John Wade, former deputy minister of health, past chair of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority board from Winnipeg (as chair) and physician;
­    Madeleine Baril, interim dean of the school of nursing and health studies at Université de St. Boniface from Winnipeg;
­    Jean E. Cox, a former assistant deputy minister of health from Winnipeg;
­    David Driedger, CEO of HavenGroup, the HavenGroup Foundation and Steinbach Housing Inc. from Steinbach; and
­    Jeffrey McConnell, a lawyer with 30 years’ experience and current mayor of Virden.
•    as corporate representatives:
­    Leah Braun, an emergency medical services superintendent for Southern Health-Santé Sud from Portage la Prairie;
­    Brenna Eastman, a paramedic working as a regional quality officer for Northern Regional Health  Authority from Creighton, Sask.;
    Christine Greer,  an emergency medical dispatcher with the Manitoba Medical Transportation Co-ordination Centre from The Pas;
­    Bryan Jacobsen, an educator for Prairie Mountain Health’s Emergency Medical Service Program from Dauphin;
­    Karen Martin, a paramedic for Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service from La Salle;
­    Marilyn McNeill, a paramedic with 15 years’ experience from Pinawa;
­    Sarah Peto, a firefighter/paramedic with Brandon Fire and Emergency Services from Brandon;
­    Cameron Ritzer, an emergency medical services regional manager with the Northern Regional Health Authority from The Pas;
­    Tom Wallace, the deputy chief of support service for Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service from Winnipeg; and
­    Ryan Youngson, a firefighter/paramedic for Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service from Winnipeg.

“With today’s announcement, we are one step closer to seeing our throne speech commitment to paramedic self-regulation in Manitoba become a reality,” Goertzen said.  “I would like to thank those involved in this process for their participation and feedback as we work toward the creation of a college of paramedics.”

The Regulated Health Professions Act will bring all regulated health professions under one umbrella piece of legislation.  The act sets out a new way of regulating who does what in the provision of health services, based on the concept of regulating specific health procedures.

To read the May 2017 report on paramedic self-regulation, visit

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