EMS re­sponds to need

Paramedics’ toy drive this satur­day will help to ad­dress need from NeOFacs

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - NEWS - RON GRECH

The paramedics’ an­nual toy drive and “stuff a crib” cam­paign in Tim­mins has been such a suc­cess in past years, the or­ga­niz­ing team has de­cided to hold it at two lo­ca­tions this year.

This satur­day, am­bu­lances and baby cribs will be set up at the en­trance of both Wal­mart and cana­dian Tire.

Vol­un­teer paramedics and mem­bers of cochrane dis­trict so­cial ser­vices ad­min­is­tra­tion board will be on hand, ac­cept­ing do­na­tions of toys that will be placed in the back of the am­bu­lance or items for in­fants such as di­a­pers, wipes or for­mula that will be placed in the crib.

“This is our sev­enth year do­ing this,” said der­rick cremin, com­man­der of cochrane dis­trict emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices.

“Our goal this year is to com­pletely fill an am­bu­lance right to the roof. We’ve never done that be­fore and if the com­mu­nity can come out and sup­port that, that’s what we’re look­ing for­ward to.

“ev­ery­thing col­lected will be go­ing to NeOFacs (North eastern On­tario Fam­ily and chil­dren’s ser­vices) and they will be dis­tribut­ing the toys (to fam­i­lies in need) through­out the dis­trict.”

The items they are col­lect­ing are for chil­dren, rang­ing in age from new­born to early teens.

in past years, the paramedics set up their toy drive out­side Wal­mart.

“This year, we’ve teamed up with both Wal­mart and cana­dian Tire,” said cremin. “We’re go­ing to have ev­ery­body who is vol­un­teer­ing from the dssab and the paramedics there from 8 to 6 p.m. at both lo­ca­tions.”

cremin is op­ti­mistic this goal of fill­ing an am­bu­lance to its roof can be achieved this satur­day.

“The com­mu­nity has been awe­some (dur­ing past cam­paigns). We’ve had tremen­dous sup­port from the com­mu­nity. and of course, this couldn’t be done with­out the vol­un­teers from the dssab and from cochrane dis­trict ems and the sup­port from our com­mu­nity.”

in ad­di­tion to ac­cept­ing in­fant­care items and toys for chil­dren to teens, cremin said they will also be ac­cept­ing cash do­na­tions and even cana­dian Tire money — both of which will go to­wards pur­chas­ing toys.

RON GRECH/THE DAILY PRESS

From left, paramedics Al­lan Rennie and Jor­dan Bérubé, and Cochrane Dis­trict EMS com­man­der Der­rick Cremin will be urg­ing res­i­dents to fill a pair of am­bu­lances and cribs with toys and baby items this Satur­day. An am­bu­lance will be parked out­side Wal­mart and an­other one out­side Cana­dian Tire for the paramedicsí an­nual toy drive and Stuff a Crib cam­paign from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sub­mit­tEd pHOtO

The newly elected trustees for the Dis­trict School Board On­tario North East were sworn-in on Tues­day. Jus­tice Ralph Carr ad­min­is­tered the Dec­la­ra­tion of Of­fice and Oath of Al­le­giance to five newly-elected and six re­turn­ing trustees. The board of trustees also held the chair and vice-chair elec­tion for the 20182019 term. Bob Brush was ac­claimed as board chair, and Den­nis Draves was ac­claimed as vice-chair. Present in the photo, from left, are trustees Val Fuller (Temiskam­ing), Brian Peever (Iroquois Falls/Mathe­son), Howard Archibald (Indige­nous trustee), Tom Hen­der­son (En­gle­hart), Den­nis Draves (Cochrane/ Smooth Rock Falls), Doug Shearer (Temiskam­ing), Steve Me­u­nier (Tim­mins/Foleyet/Gogama) and Bob Brush Tim­mins/Foleyet/Gogama). Not present in the photo are trustees Rose­mary Po­chop­sky (Kirk­land Lake), Cindy Pye Reas­beck (Hearst/Ka­puskas­ing) and Ken Stein­brun­ner (Tim­mins/Foleyet/Gogama).

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