Community Paramedics: ‘I don’t know what we’d do without them’
The Community Paramedic Program has been a godsend for many residents in the StormontDundas-Glengarry and Cornwall.
“The paramedics are wonderful to us,” said Eva Mahoney. “I don’t know what we’d do without them,” added Ms. Mahoney, who receives a visit from community paramedics once a month.
She was one of 30 clients who enjoyed a first-ever community Christmas party held at the Paramedic Services headquarters in Cornwall.
“This has warmed my heart,” Community Paramedic Liz Hill told clients and their families. “I care for you so much. You’ve become part of my family.”
“The idea is to spread Christmas cheer to clients we serve throughout the year,” said Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services Chief Bill Lister. “It’s brought our staff lots of joy, too, to host this event.”
Clients were bused in from across Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.
“This was truly an inter-departmental initiative,” observed Mr. Lister, noting the contributions of Cornwall Transit and Social & Housing Services made the event possible.
Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services staff also donated their time. Paramedics chatted with clients, who enjoyed lunch, Christmas carols, and a gift from Santa. The Community Paramedic Program provides at-home care to select residents in the community, with a focus on seniors and patients living with chronic conditions. Community Paramedics monitor independence and overall health of residents, with the goal of reducing hospital readmissions and transports to emergency departments.
VISION FUND: The Maxville Lions Club makes a $500 donation to the Lions International eyewear project. Shown are Alexandria Lion Marc Leblanc (left) and Maxville Lion George Currier.