Congratulations to Jason Trask of Saskatoon, who has been named the Paramedic Association of Canada’s 2019 Paramedic of the Year.
Jason was the first designated critical care paramedic in Saskatchewan, and has also served as the president of the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics. He is currently the manager of the emergency department at Royal University Hospital (RUH) in Saskatoon.
“Receiving this award is a great honour, recognition of my career so far, and some of the roles I’ve played over the years,” Trask said. “What I love about being a paramedic is having the opportunity to help people and impact their lives, to take away their pain and suffering at a time of need.”
Jason spent many years as an RUH emergency department paramedic and has also worked as a paramedic in the Intensive Care Unit, the Coronary Care Unit and the Progressive Care Unit. He’s been on the code/outreach team at SCH, and still works as a flight paramedic with STARS on the weekends to keep up his skills.
“I’m able to be out in the field and in the hospital,” he said. “My jobs complement each other quite well, and I think give me a good perspective of all aspects of care both before and after a patient reaches the hospital. Flying with STARS has given me knowledge of our rural hospitals in Saskatchewan, which helps me with my day job in the emergency department in Saskatoon. I get to see the excellent care our ground paramedics and rural hospital partners provide with limited resources prior to coming to us at RUH.”
Trask will be presented with his award on September 20 at the Paramedic Association of Canada gala in Winnipeg.