Roger Duncalfe, an advanced care paramedic with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) in Melville, is the winner of the Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) Paramedic of the Year award. The award recognizes a frontline paramedic who has made a recent, considerable contribution to the paramedic profession. PAC is a voluntary professional organization of paramedicine practitioners.
Roger Duncalfe (centre) receives his award from the Paramedic Association of Canada on April 28.
PAC described Duncalfe as well mannered, personable, and willing to take time to enrich the lives of others. He is seen as a leader, role model, educator and mentor. In addition to his work as an advance care paramedic, he serves as a corporal with the Canadian Forces 16 Field Ambulance. Duncalfe balances working as a civilian paramedic with active military duty by taking most of his vacation time to participate in military training and exercises. Last year, he deployed to Ukraine as part of Operation UNIFIER, the Canadian Armed Forces mission to provide military training for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. PAC notes that Duncalfe is the type of professional who embodies excellence in both his practice and his life.
“I would like to congratulate Roger for this achievement,” said Rod MacKenzie, executive director of Provincial Services and Community Care for the Saskatchewan Health Authority. “Being recognized at a national level is further proof that members of our Saskatchewan health care team demonstrate our values as a patient first organization.”
Anthony Huckabay, SHA regional manager of Emergency Medical Services for the area including Melville, Ituna, Esterhazy and Langenburg, describes Duncalfe as someone who is known for helping team members in the emergency department and on the front line, who never hesitates to go the extra mile. “He is very integrative and active in the hospital setting,” said Huckabay. “All of our employees are incredible but Roger, he really sets the bar high. He deserves to be recognized for that.”
To be considered for an award, paramedics must be nominated by three separate individuals who know and work with them. Duncalfe received his award in Ottawa on April 28.
“I was very surprised when I received a call from PAC telling me I won the Paramedic of the Year award. I was not even aware of the nomination,” he said. “As paramedics, we don’t typically like the spotlight on us. However, I’m very honoured to receive this award and to be recognized at a national level like this.”
Note: Portions of his bio came from the
Paramedic Association of Canada.