APL Awarded Peace Region Business Award of Excellence.
Advanced Paramedic Ltd. recognized by PREDA and Northern Lakes College
PEACE RIVER—Advanced Paramedic Ltd. (APL) has been recognized by the Peace Region Economic Development Alliance (PREDA) with the Peace Region Business Award of Excellence at PREDA’s Annual General Meeting on November 2, 2018. APL received the accolade after being nominated by Northern Lakes College. This honour is awarded to businesses that demonstrate a commitment to the community and region via community relations, volunteer involvement and the financial support of community-based activities or groups.
APL CEO Stephen Woodburn is honoured to receive this award.
“We definitely don’t do what we do to be recognized, but it’s an honour to receive this award. It truly is a team effort, and we’ve built an amazing team of professionals who are dedicated to innovation, integrity, compassion and community,” said Woodburn.
Northern Lakes College’s Dean of Health Programs Kathy Reid-Soucy echoes these sentiments.
“I have personally known Stephen for more than 10 years. He is a huge advocate for the paramedic profession,” said Reid-Soucy. “From Northern Lakes College’s perspective as an educator, APL fully supports us and our community by providing us with feedback for new initiatives and ways of improving our programs.”
Earlier this year, APL advocated including an air ambulance practicum component in Northern Lakes College’s Advanced Care Paramedic program and they accommodated many of their students in an Air Ambulance practicum.
“This type of access to learning for our students is invaluable, and the students loved it. APL’s staff is second to none in mentoring our students. In addition, we are working with APL to provide education for their paramedics who work on Aboriginal Reserves in the nursing stations,” said Reid-Soucy.
APL has experienced considerable growth since late 2017, expanding past Peace River and setting up bases to fulfill several long-term government contracts in Grande Prairie, High Level, Fort Vermilion, Cadotte Lake and Fox Lake.
“APL has been exceedingly supportive of our allied health programs over several years,” said Melanie Bekevich-Joos, Northern Lakes College’s Regional Manager of Policy and Planning and External Relations. “They’ve also been exemplary in growing their company, remaining committed to being based in the Peace Country and entering into innovative partnerships to service remote/rural communities.”
Advanced Paramedic Ltd. (APL) was founded in 1999 by CEO Stephen Woodburn. Today, APL provides paramedic services for air, ground, industrial and special events. In addition, APL provides a Non-Emergent Medical Transport (NEMT) service for the Peace River Region that helps elderly and mobility challenged individuals travel anywhere they need to go.
Stephen Woodburn, APL CEO
Kathy Reid-Soucy ACP, MN, RN, Dean, Health Programs, Slave Lake Campus