I wanted to take a moment to share some important diversity initiatives being pursued by Ottawa Paramedic Services (OPS).
The Diversity Champion Program aims to:
- Support the current diversity existing within the OPS.
- Engage and build relationships with diverse communities in Ottawa, allowing OPS to learn how we can better meet their unique needs and to educate them on our needs from them.
- Improve diversity through recruitment and retention strategies to help ensure that the OPS is diverse and representative of the community we serve.
In addition to the program, Paramedic Awareness Week (P.A.W.) Camp is one of the projects of OPS that focuses on targeted recruitment of diverse Ottawa applicants in order to bridge the gap and create harmony between various ethnic groups, as well as to promote careers in paramedicine, communications, special operations and technical services to under-represented demographics in the workforce. In 2015, the camp saw a representation of over 15 different ethnic groups such as youth from the Aboriginal, Inuit and Muslim cultures, as well as youth with visible minorities, GLBT, and People living in poverty that came together as one team to learn about paramedicine in our community.
This free, week-long camp, geared toward youth aged 13-17, allows the Paramedic Service to immerse the diverse candidates in all four career streams with the end goal of increasing enrollment in Paramedic Colleges, direct applications for Communication Officer and Logistics positions and increasing the diversity in the Ottawa Paramedic Service and volunteer partnership with Scouts Canada, Medical Venturers .
The event takes place July 23-27th from 9-4 each day at OPS headquarters (2465 Don Reid Drive). To register or for more information, please email Kyle or Lindsay PawCamp-SSTP@ottawa.ca.