Scholarships and Bursaries
Thank you to all those that applied for the 2018 Medavie HealthEd scholarship programs and congratulations to those who won!
The winners of the 2018 Medavie HealthEd Scholarship program are:
- Zach Fitzsimmons was awarded $2000 from the John Rossiter Memorial Scholarship.
- Katherine Houde was awarded $1500 from the John Rossiter Memorial Scholarship.
- Zach Fitzsimmons was awarded $600 from the John Rossiter Memorial Scholarship Leadership Award.
- Katherine Houde was awarded $600 from the John Rossiter Memorial Scholarship Community Award.
- Brittany Follett was awarded $1500 from Medical Mart Atlantic.
- Graeme Cheney was awarded $1500 from the Craig Desjardins Memorial Scholarship.
- Kathryn Wild was awarded $1000 from the Andrea Thompson Memorial Bursary.
- Julie Richard was awarded $1000 from the Michael Edward Steeves Memorial PCP Bursary.
The scholarship application process usually opens in April where candidates are given a month to submit their documents. The committee meets every May to review all applications and submissions. Finalists may be asked to participate in an interview with the scholarship committee to help in making a final decision.
The scholarship committee is made up of the following individuals:
- Dr. Jennifer McVey – Medavie HealthEd Medical Director
- Karen Rossiter – Rossiter Family Representative
- Janel Swain – Emergency Medical Care (EMC) Representative
- Sarah Boudreau – Emergency Medical Care (EMC)
- Shawn Westbury – Island EMS (IEMS) Representative
- John Ferguson, VP Business Development Medavie EMS – Executive Sponsor and Acting Chair
- Lisa Adams – Administrative Support
- Tim Winchester – Communications Advisor
John Rossiter was a dedicated member of the paramedic community who gave as much as he could to the profession while bringing happiness to all of those he encountered along the way. John was a highly respected member of the paramedic community and during Hurricane Juan in 2003, John’s life was cut short in the line of duty. As someone who always went above and beyond to help those in need, the John Rossiter Memorial Scholarships are a way to preserve that legacy and continue helping people today, many years after his untimely passing.
We are pleased to announce the addition of the John Rossiter/Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education awards to this year’s program!
Andrea Lynn Thompson was an advanced air flight paramedic from Amherst, Nova Scotia who worked with EHS in Nova Scotia, and with Thunder Airlines in Ontario where she stayed until her untimely death. Andrea was loved, admired and respected for her knowledge, quest for learning, her ability to share that knowledge but mostly for her caring and loving ways. Andrea’s family were so humbled by the love and support that they received from her Paramedic families in Nova Scotia and Ontario that they chose to establish this bursary as a tangible way to help others – just as Andrea would have wanted.
Medical Mart is an innovative provider of quality medical products in the Canadian healthcare industry and has been providing exceptional service for over 30 years. Medical Mart is a strong supporter of continuing education and has generously provided an annual scholarship to assist Nova Scotia’s paramedics in achieving the educational goals. The Medical Mart Atlantic award is part of the John Rossiter Memorial Scholarship program and utilizes the same application process.
Craig Desjardins was an integral member of the paramedic community. An accomplished educator and respected leader, Craig was a Regional Support Supervisor with the Emergency Health Services Operations Leadership Team, contributing over 17 years of care in the communities he served.
As an Advanced Care Paramedic, a member of the Collaborative Emergency Centre Team, previous Provincial Clinical Development Paramedic and active volunteer in the community, Craig was known for his deep clinical knowledge, gift for teaching and commitment to higher education. The Craig Desjardins Memorial Scholarship will continue to honour his legacy and remind us to always strive to provide the highest level of care to our patients and communities.
Michael Steeves graduated from the Fredericton Campus of Medavie HealthEd, previously known as the Atlantic Paramedic Academy. Mike will continue to be described with many positive adjectives but those that know him, worked with him and were helped by him will always remember him with fondness, laughter and with the biggest smile. Paramedics meet people experiencing some of the worst moments in their lives and sometimes their last. We hope that you can be a little bit of light in their time of need and keep living the legacy Mike left behind.
Essay topics for for the John Rossiter Memorial, Craig Desjardins Memorial, and the Medical Mart Atlantic Scholarships this year include:
- What is empathy? Discuss a time in your life when you were on the giving or receiving end of a decision made with empathy and the impact it had on the situation. Why is empathy important in paramedicine?
- There is an expectation of respect and professionalism that is to be given to paramedics and shown by paramedics in a community. Discuss the impact on the profession when that trust is lost.
- Paramedicine is a very rewarding career but it can also be a high-stress one with significant impacts on mental health. Discuss what being mentally healthy means to you. How do you manage stress to stay on top of your mental health?