The Hudson Bay-Porcupine Plain EMS has been recognized for its support of three employees who are members of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve Force.
“It’s important to recognize the incredible support from employers because without it reservists would not be able to balance civilian jobs, families, education and a military career. So with the utmost sincerity, thank you,” Brigadier-General Josée Robidoux, Director General for the Chief of the Reserves and Employer Support, said at an awards event in Saskatoon, on January 15.
Honourable Vaughn Solomon-Schofield, Provincial chair Canadian Forces Liaison Council (left) presents Jody Lundy, Area Manager, Emergency Medical Services – Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan Health Authority, with a certificate in recognition of the Hudson Bay-Porcupine Plain EMS support for employees who are members of the Canadian Forces Reserve Force. Hudson Bay-Porcupine Plain EMS was nominated by Corporal Anna Janzen (at right), a paramedic with Hudson Bay EMS.
The Canadian Armed Forces recognized the Saskatchewan Health Authority, and more specifically Hudson Bay-Porcupine Plain EMS, for their tremendous support to the Reserve Force. Allowing time off for training, operations and military service has allowed Corporals Madeline and Anna Janzen, and Master-Corporal Robert Radke to be outstanding members of the Defence Team. With the support of employers like Hudson Bay EMS in communities across Canada, they are able to deliver on their defence mandate to keep Canada safe and secure at home, and abroad.
“Being a Reservist means in a lot of cases you are a part-time soldier that ends up having to juggle military work with a civilian career,” said Anna Janzen, a Corporal in the Canadian Forces Reserves, and paramedic with Hudson Bay-Porcupine Plain Ems. “My sister, Madeline Janzen, and I have been in the military for more than seven years now, and have experienced a few different jobs and employers outside of the military. Once you’ve had a few different jobs, you end up really appreciating an employer that supports you in your military career.”
Janzen said that the outstanding support is not only from her employer, but also from her coworkers
“They have all given up their own valuable time on many occasions for us to do military training, and we would not have accomplished everything we have in our military careers, thus far without them,” Janzen said. “They have been a crucial part in enabling us to meet our military commitments and we can’t thank them enough for all of their support and time.”
“In my experience as an EMS manager/supervisor, military reservists bring many desirable attributes from their military training to their civilian careers. They have proven to be strong, skilled leaders with a desire to serve our communities and patients. Supporting reservists by allowing flexible scheduling and additional leaves for training, where possible, is in turn benefitting our communities, province and country. In my opinion, it is a win-win partnership,” said Jody Lundy, Area Manager, Emergency Medical Services – Hudson Bay, who received the award on behalf of the SHA.
The award ceremony in Saskatoon is one of a series the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) is holding dedicated to thanking outstanding business and educational institutions who have shown exceptional support to the military by allowing reservists to take a leave of absence for military service. The support comes in many forms, including allowing time off for training and deployment, making academic accommodations for reservist-students and providing financial support while they are away on military duty.
The employer and educator support for reservists across the country has been exceptional, and the CFLC is proud to recognize such a wide range of institutions at these awards ceremonies. As a council dedicated to supporting and advocating for reservists, the CFLC is keen to highlight the importance of reservist support among employers and educational leaders, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to thank the top supporters with these awards.