A new national leadership award was presented to former BCEHS paramedic Clarke McGuire at the Paramedic Association of Canada Expo last month.
An advanced life support paramedic in BC for 40 years, McGuire said he was both humbled and exhilarated when told about the decision of the Paramedic Association of Canada to recognize him with the first–ever Award of Excellence for Leadership and Community Builder.
Among those friends congratulating McGuire are Gene Benoit and Ron Van Houghton. These two paramedics who work in Richmond were instrumental in submitting Clarke’s nomination for the award.
“I’ve known Clarke for more than 22 years and his achievements in paramedicine are voluminous,” said Benoit. “He embodies everything that this inaugural PACE award of excellence for leadership and community building is all about.”
“Clarke is an ideal choice for this award, a person who exemplifies leadership and community building in pre-hospital care,” said Van Houten. “I have seen Clarke’s enthusiasm for his chosen profession and his inspiration to others. He’s a leader that inspired a sense of community involvement and a high standard of patient care.”
Among his achievements is McGuire’s leadership of Team BC at the annual Rallye Rejviz International Medical Rescue competitions, not only helping the team win top honours, but also promoting BC and Canada’s paramedicine profession to international audiences.
McGuire is also known as the leading force in important changes made to the provincial and national building code laws that benefit patients today. Those amendments in the 1990s mandated that building elevators be installed that would allow paramedics and their stretchers easier access.
He’s also influenced national safety standards and procedures, educating first responders about the dangers of high voltage electricity in the work place.
“I have a passion for this profession, and many friends who helped me along the way,” McGuire said in an e-mail to BCEHS friends and colleagues.
“To be a paramedic is a noble profession with many risks. I was a lucky one, and I cherish my memories and colleagues.”