It's not a punch-a-clock type of award.
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Christine Ward, left and Angela Sereda, sit with Her Honor Vaughn Solomon Schofield after receiving awards at the Saskatchewan Emergency Medical Services Association awards on May 28.
That's how Kyle Sereda, chief of Moose Jaw & District EMS, explained the Governor General of Canada Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal, Angela Sereda was awarded on May 28 at the Saskatchewan Emergency Medical Services Association awards.
"It's going above and beyond and doing things for your local community and Angela's name came forward due to a number of innitiatives that she has taken on in her career," explained Kyle Sereda.
Angela Sereda, who has served as a paramedic for 20 years, was one of 23 paramedics and first responders recognized at the Government House ceremony and was one of two from Moose Jaw.
The second local award winner was Christine Ward who received the Stars of Life Award for her actions on Dec. 19, 2013 at Mosaic Place. On that day, Ward helped to resuscitate a gentleman who collapsed while curling. Ward used an EED to save the man's life, while other bystanders performed CPR."The type of person she is, she went above and beyond," said Sereda. "She wasn't asked to do anything; she just heard what was going on and her instincts kicked in."
Sereda told the Times-Herald that these are elite awards and Angela Sereda and Ward were picked from 2300 emergency practitioners from across Saskatchewan.
On May 30 the Moose Jaw & District EMS held an award ceremony of their own, where they handed out three years of service awards to individuals who have served for five, 15 and 25 years in Moose Jaw. The service award winners were Aaron Ziffle, who has served for five years, Kelvan Clarke, who has served for 15 years and Greg Bishop, who has served for 25 years.
"It's just a recognition of their dedication to paramedic and emergency service," said Sereda. "It's very commendable to have someone like Greg, Kelvan Clarke and Aaron, who've spent that many years within an organization. You can imagine the value they have."
Nathan Frank can be reached at 306-691-1263.