Above: Cheryl Taylor is pictured with Canadian Major General Richard Rohmer who was representing the Governor General, at the AMEMSO annual general meeting where Taylor was recently recognized for her achievements.
Cheryl Taylor, professor and co-ordinator of Niagara College’s Paramedic programs, has been honoured with the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal as conferred by the Association of Municipal Emergency Medical Services of Ontario (AMEMSO).
Taylor was nominated by Niagara EMS for her contributions to the profession and her on-going support in nurturing a strong and valued partnership with NEMS. AMEMSO was formalized as a non-profit corporation in 2002. Previously known as the Ontario EMS Directors and Managers group, the association began in 1998 when municipal representatives recognized the need to meet as a group and develop common strategies for optimizing the transition to municipal control of ambulance service.
The medal recognizes individuals who have performed their duties in an exemplary manner, characterized by the highest standards of good conduct, industry and efficiency. The award was created in 1994 and is available to eligible members of the pre-hospital emergency medical service who have served for at least 20 years in a meritorious manner. It recognizes those professionals who have performed their duties in an exemplary manner, characterized by the highest standards of good conduct, industry and efficiency. To qualify, at least 10 of these years of service must have been street level duty involving potential risk to the individual.
Taylor graduated from Niagara College in 1984 from the Ambulance and Emergency Care program, known now as the Paramedic program. She is entering her 28th year in EMS, with 16 of those years on an ambulance and the last 12 years full-time with Niagara College. She was the first female to complete the Advance Care Paramedic program in Niagara in the mid 90’s, and continues to work part-time as an ACP for Niagara EMS.
Taylor was recently recognized for her achievements at AMEMSO’s annual general meeting in Ottawa.