Halton Paramedic honoured with industry leadership award

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Gary Carr

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In 2006, Gary was elected to the position of Regional Chair at the Regional Municipality of Halton, and was re-elected to the position in 2010. Gary sits on the Standing Committees of Health and Social Services, Administration and Finance, and Planning and Public Works, in addition to a number of Advisory Committees. Gary is also a member of the board for the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, and served on the Halton Regional Police Services Board and Metrolinx.

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Christine Barber, Halton Region Deputy Chief Logistics, Paramedic Services, is the 2014 recipient of the Richard J. Armstrong (RJA) Leadership Award which recognizes her outstanding contributions to paramedic services.

Barber accepted the award, which is presented annually, at the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs Annual Awards Gala on September 25 at the London Convention Centre in London, Ontario.

“The Richard J. Armstrong Leadership Award is given to people who are committed to providing exemplary paramedic services,” said Greg Sage, Chief of Paramedic Services. “I can think of no one more deserving of this award than Christine Barber. Forward thinking, compassionate and a real people person, Christine tackles every challenge, whether professional or personal, with determination. I am very proud that she is a member of the Halton Region Paramedic Services and congratulate her on receiving this prestigious award.”

Ms. Barber worked for 12 years as a front-line paramedic with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in the Peel and York Regions as well as in administrative roles with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care before joining Halton Region Paramedic Services in 2000. She is a CPR instructor and active volunteer participating in numerous medical aid missions. In 2010, she volunteered to go to Haiti on a medical mission for the earthquake disaster relief. She is currently on a one year secondment until December 2014 with Ornge, Ontario’s air ambulance service, as the Manager of the Thunder Bay base.

The Richard J. Armstrong Leadership Award is awarded annually to an individual recognized for both outstanding leadership and significant contributions to Paramedic Services in Ontario. Nominations are evaluated by the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs and are based on various criteria including professionalism, volunteer activities, research involvement, education and leadership.

The RJA Leadership Award was presented for the first time in September 2008

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