-EMS EXEMPLARY SERVICE MEDAL
This Federal Medal is part of the Canadian Honours System. The Medal (pictured left) recognizes Exemplary Service to Canadians over 20 years. Recipients of the Medal may also be nominated to receive a subsequent Bar at 30, 40 and 50 years of continued exemplary service. Presentations take place annually, during or around National Paramedic Services Week in May. The Alberta EMS Awards Committee is responsible for coordinating the ceremony where nominees receive their Medal or subsequent Bars.
Note: Self-nominations are not accepted.
BACKGROUND & ELIGIBILITY
The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Exemplary Service Medal
was created in 1994 on approval of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. The Medal recognizes EMS professionals who have completed over 20 years of exemplary service. First, Second and Third Bars are awarded to Medal recipients with continued exemplary service for each additional 10-year period of 30, 40 or 50 years respectively.
To be eligible for the EMS Exemplary Service Medal, practitioners must have been employed with emergency medical services on or after October 31, 1991, and have completed 20 years of service, including at least 10 years performing duties involving potential risk (frontline emergency response).
The annual nomination deadline is November 30th.
The best nomination packages are prepared by a peer with support and certification provided by the nominee's current senior manager.
Attention: EMS Awards Committee
c/o Alberta College of Paramedics
Ellwood Office Park South
201-1003 Ellwood Road SW
Edmonton, AB T6X 0B3
There are three stages to the approval process. First, the nomination packages are reviewed by the Alberta EMS Awards Committee. Second, the approved nomination packages are forwarded to the National Advisory Committee to be reviewed; approved packages are forwarded to the Chancellery in Ottawa. Nominators will be contacted by the Alberta EMS Awards Committee informing them of the decision. Approved nominees will be invited to the presentation ceremony to receive the Medal.
More information is available about the EMS Exemplary Service Medal on the Governor General of Canada’s website at www.gg.ca. The Alberta EMS Awards Committee has provided links below for information purposes.