Douglas Bird, BApB, ACP
Director of Education
Originally certified as a First Aid Instructor at age 18, Doug has lived a life committed to public service, first as a volunteer with the St. John Ambulance and later as a paramedic. He has worked with Don in the Ministry of Health BTLS training teams. He has also been an instructor with the York and Durham Regions' Paramedic Base Hospitals. Currently, he is a Quality & Development Facilitator with Region of Durham Paramedic Services.
Doug is a member of the National Association of EMS Educators and has completed their level 2 Instructor's certification.
He is an Instructor for The Canadian Red Cross, The Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation and an Instructor Trainer with the Emergency Care & Safety Institute.
St. john Ambulance Letter of Commendation
St. John ambulance Long Service Medal with second award
EMS Exemplary Service Medal with second award
Ontario Auxiliary Police Long Service Medal with second award
Durham Region COA's Award for Public Service
Durham Region Paramedic Association's Murray Charland Award for Public Service
Donald Edwards, BSc, AEMT-P, PCP
Originally certified as a Paramedic in New York state in 1981, Don worked out of Greater Buffalo for several years before coming home to Ontario. He began teaching almost immediately after becoming licensed at Niagara Community College in Sanborn, NY.
As part of a Ministry of Health mobile instruction team, he taught Basic Trauma Life Support, to paramedics all over south central Ontario. Don went on to found his own special events EMS company, Medstat, and successfully ran that until his first retirement. We were lucky to get Don to come out of retirement and into the classroom.
Don is a member of the National Society of EMS Instructor/Coordinators and the National Society of EMT-Paramedics.
Lead Instructor, Wilderness Programs
Andre has 30 years experience instructing. He has taught survival training, map & compass, escape & evasion training and field craft for the Canadian Armed Forces. He is certified by Heart & Stroke as an Instructor for First Aid & CPR. Full time consultant / trainer for the Infrastructure Heath & Safety Association. Member/ Leader / trainer for Scouts Canada continuously since 1971.
He is also certified as an instructor through the Emergency Care & Safety Institute and the Canadian Red Cross. He is well known for his Wilderness First Aid courses.
Gonzalo Rocha, EMT-P, ACP
Hailing from the great state of Texas, Gonzo has over 25 years EMS experience under his belt. He has experience as both as a ground and air paramedic. In 2015, he received an award for being the Paramedic with the most cardiac calls in Durham Region.
He is an Instructor certified through Heart & Stroke, Canadian Red Cross, and the Emergency Care & Safety Institute.
Instructor & Sales Representative
Brock is an Advanced Care Paramedic with over 10 years experience.
He is, currently, taking the Adult Education Program at Durham College
Along with Director of Education, Douglas BIrd, he is the co-inventor of the R.O.M.A. The Rapid Oral Airway Measuring Adjunct
Instructor, Pet First Aid
Karen's multifaceted experience with animals makes her an ideal addition to out team.
Her experience includes,
- Animal Care Specialist Diploma, Universal Career Institute
- Animal Care , Durham College
- Certified Canine Massage Therapist
- K-9 Security Obedience and Dog Handling Program Level 1 & 2, High Risk Sites, and Specialized K9 dogs
- Teaching animal husbandry in elementary schools
Patricia (Patty) Battle
Lead Instructor, Child Programs (Manitoba)
A graduate of the Durham College, Early Childhood Education Program, Patty has vast experience teaching ECE.
Amy Thornton, RECE
Lead Instructor, Child Programs (Ontario)
A graduate of the Durham College Early Childhood Education program, Amy is a member of the Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators.
A graduate of Sir Sanford Fleming college, Rachel keeps the paper work straight and is our first contact on the phone.