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President: Rodney Gaudet, ACP, MFS

Rodney Gaudet grew up in rural P.E.I. His father was a volunteer firefighter for 25 years so Rodney was always around the Fire hall. When he turned 20, he joined the Volunteer fire department. Quickly he realized he knew he wanted to help people in need. He got interested in the medical side of the fire department and applied to the Primary Care Paramedicine program at Holland College and started his studies in 2006. He started working for Island EMS upon graduation and applied to do his Advanced Care Paramedicine program, which he graduated in 2008. In the summer of 2010, personal reasons took him to St. John’s, NL, where he worked with Eastern Health. Then in 2013, he got a job on the Flight team in St. John’s, where he currently works. He is also a Lieutenant with the Torbay Volunteer Fire Department.

Vice President: Josh Fisher, ACP, MFS

Josh Fisher began his career in Paramedicine in 2004. He received a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services through Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. His first job was with an ambulance company specializing in long distance road transfers from rural areas to tertiary hospitals. He also spent time in the Sun Coast of Florida as an ALS and Critical Care Paramedic. He also served as a Medical Communications Officer and Quality Assurance Officer during his time in Florida.

Josh moved to St. John’s for family reasons in 2010 and began working with Eastern Health. He has held positions as Advanced Care Paramedic, Medical Flight Specialist, Quality & Learning Facilitator with Provincial Medical Oversight, and an educator for various industry training and certification programs. Josh also serves on several national committees including the COPR National Exam Item Development Group and the National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) Review EMR Working Group. He looks forward to pushing for positive change to the Paramedicine landscape of Newfoundland & Labrador.

Secretary: Zack Parrell, ACP

Zack Parrell is an Advanced Care Paramedic from St. John’s, NL. Prior to beginning a career in Paramedicine he completed a Fire Rescue program from the Marine Institute Safety and Emergency Response Training Centre in Stephenville, NL. Zack then completed his Primary Care Paramedic at College of the North Atlantic in 2009. In 2013, he continued his education and graduated the Advanced Care Paramedic program from Holland College, PEI. He has a varied background and has worked for industrial, private and hospital based ambulance services around NL. He is currently working as an Advanced Care Paramedic and Emergency Medical Dispatcher with Eastern Health in St. John’s, NL.

Zack also spends a large amount of time volunteering for various organizations. He is currently the Divisional Superintendent for the St. John’s Medical First Responder Division of St. John Ambulance and serves as a volunteer firefighter in the Town of Portugal Cove – St. Philip’s. He has a keen interest in education and is an instructor in various courses such as First Aid, Emergency Medical Responder – Ambulance, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and Basic Life Support. He currently also plays a role in his services Peer Support Team and Honour Guard. Since 2016, he has also had a seat on the Paramedicine Advisory Committee for the College of the North Atlantic. Zack is looking forward to serving as Secretary of the PANL Executive, and believes we have a tremendous opportunity for positive change in EMS in NL and is dedicated to working hard to make things better not only for ourselves, but also the people who depend on us each and every day.

Treasurer: Donovan Hann, PCP, EMD

Donovan Hann grew up in Central Newfoundland in a small community. He started his career in Paramedicine as an Emergency Medical Responder in 2003 with the private sector in rural Newfoundland. In 2004 he attended the Primary Care Paramedic Program in St. John’s. In 2005, he left for Alberta to work in the Oil and Gas Sands. Shortly after He spent 3 years in the mines in the Great White North before moving home. For the past 9 years, he has worked with Eastern Health as a Primary Care Paramedic and currently works full time as Medical Communication Officer in the Medical Communication Center St. John’s.

In his free time, he enjoys camping, making wine, skiing, and hiking with his two dogs. Donovan plays a big part in the social club at Eastern Health Paramedicine and Medical Transport Department and looks forward to working with everyone though PANL.

Eastern Representative: Derrick Keating, PCP

Derrick Keating grew up in Rural Newfoundland. He began his 17-year career as an EMR for six years before going on to complete his Primary Care Paramedic training at the College of the North Atlantic Prince Philip Drive Campus.
He supports his community as an active volunteer firefighter for Marystown for the past 22 years and has completed NFPA 1001 firefighter certification and has other certifications and complete a great deal of other training has held officer and executive positions throughout his tenure. Derrick also was on the Board of Directors with the local MADD chapter for the past 3 years. In his spare time, he enjoys being an active amateur radio operator.

Central Representative: Adam Fisher, ACP

Adam started his career in 2003 through Programs in Paramedicine in St. John’s. Upon completion, he began his passion in Central Newfoundland with a private ambulance service. Four years later, he relocated and began a new adventure with Central Health in Grand Falls-Windsor.
After starting a family and working as a PCP for almost 10 years, he decided to continue his education with Medavie HealthEd in Nova Scotia. After patiently waiting for the expansion of ACPs, he finally began working in that capacity with Central Health in September of 2018. Adam is thoroughly involved in EMS QI and MCI readiness for Central Health helping improve pre-hospital medicine in Central Newfoundland. He is very excited to be a part of the growing change of Paramedicine in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Western Representative: Justin Heuving, ACP

Justin grew up in the Niagara region of Ontario and graduated from the Primary Care Paramedic program at Niagara College in 2008. He decided to start his EMS career in Western Newfoundland and has been working and living in the region ever since. Justin previously served in the Canadian Army Reserve starting in 2005 and retired in 2010 so he could concentrate on furthering his Paramedic education and career.
Justin worked as a PCP at Reliable Ambulance in Corner Brook in 2008 and 2009, and at the Rufus Guinchard Health Centre in Port Saunders in 2010. It was there Justin decided to continue his education, and enrolled in the ACP distributed learning program at Holland College, PEI. Justin then returned to Corner Brook in late 2010 to work as a PCP at the Western Memorial Regional Hospital, where he remains today. Justin graduated from Holland College and became an Advanced Care Paramedic in 2013, and has been enjoying his role at WMRH providing pre-hospital and in-hospital patient care, as well as Evaluation and Quality Assurance.
Justin loves spending his free time on the multitude of outdoor activities Newfoundland’s spectacular west coast has to offer. He is looking forward to serving as the Western Representative on the PANL Executive, and hopes that his varied experience (urban/rural, private/public, pre-hospital/E.R.) will help him to represent the needs of all EMS Practitioners in the Western region as we work to modernize the EMS system and improve the care we provide to our patients.

Labrador Representative: Drake Logan, PCP

Born in Nova Scotia, Drake spent the first part of his life growing up in CFB Greenwood before moving to Newfoundland for post-secondary. Unsure of where to get his foot in the door in the healthcare field, Drake chose paramedicine. He was in the first intake of the new two-year program at the CNA Bay St. George campus.

After graduating in 2016 Drake moved to St John’s where he worked in private service in rural areas around the Avalon Peninsula. Wanting to advance his career into a hospital based setting, Drake started with Labrador Grenfell Health in January 2018. Providing pre/in-hospital care to the people in Happy Valley – Goose Bay, North West River, & Sheshatshiu. In his downtime Drake practices Moksha yoga, volunteers with Canadian Blood Services, and occasionally travels the world.

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