Although she’s only been at Parkland Ambulance for less than two years, Eden Shirley has already become a role model for others.
“I think Eden is a fantastic person,” director of public affairs Lyle Karasiuk said.
“Her enthusiasm, her strong worth ethic, her commitment to our volunteer spirit are strong attributes that the staff found in recognizing her as rookie of the year … We’re very proud to have her.
Shirley, 22, originally from Carrot River, did her emergency medical technician (EMT) practicum at Parkland Ambulance, where she made such a good impression that she was hired upon completion.
“It’s a very rewarding job,” Shirley said. “You see a lot of people in very vulnerable states and you’re always the first person there if something happens, and you’re a relief to them when you get there.”
In addition to her hard work on the front line, Shirley has proven a valuable participant of Parkland Ambulance’s volunteer efforts.
Last year, she was the lead organizer of the Party Program, a presentation that takes place at the hospital to help prevent alcohol and risk-taking behaviour in youth.
I think Eden is a fantastic person ... Her enthusiasm, her strong worth ethic, her commitment to our volunteer spirit are strong attributes that the staff found in recognizing her as rookie of the year … We’re very proud to have her. - Parkland Ambulance director of public affairs Lyle Karasiuk
Last month, she helped head the Operation Christmas Child project, which saw shoeboxes of goodies donated toward children in developing countries.
“We’ve got many employees, all of them doing fantastic work, doing fantastic jobs,” Karasiuk said.
“Then there are special people like Eden who take on special projects, and want to take on leadership roles … and that’s remarkable for someone so new to our organization.
“We hope that Eden carries on for many more years, and continues to model that behaviour. And people look to Eden and say, ‘If she can do it, why can’t I?’”
Shirley plans on moving up in her career by taking advanced care paramedic training in Regina within the next couple years.
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