WEYBURN - I recently had the opportunity to highlight some amazing emergency services and health care heroes, who serve the Weyburn and area.
It is so important to pay tribute to these dedicated men and women, who sometimes work shifting schedules, and do their best to ensure the health and safety of all community members.
National Nursing Week was celebrated across Canada from May 8 to 14. This year the theme of Nursing Week was: “Our Nurses. Our Future”. I had great contribution from six nurses in our community, who shared why they had chosen nursing as a career, and some of the success stories that they have experienced.
The couple of times I have had to be in the hospital - I have always had very wonderful and supportive nurses at my side. I had a very knowledgeable nurse right before my breast reduction that had experienced the procedure herself, and was able to tell me little tricks and tips that only someone who had experienced it first-hand would be able to offer.
This week is National Police Week, which is observed from May 14 to 20, and this year’s theme is ‘Committed to Serve’. I can testify first-hand to the dedication of the members of the Weyburn Police Service. In the many opportunities I have had to interview a police officer, I am always left grateful for the men and women who have chosen to serve as police in our community.
Upcoming is Paramedic Services Week, which will be celebrated from May 21 to 27. This year the theme is ‘Diversity in Paramedicine: The Patient, The Provider, The Profession.”
I have only required ambulance services once in my life, so luckily I have not required the care and attention of paramedics. I do have family members who have required these services, and am very grateful to the paramedics who were there for my family members in need.
For some of us, we only get a dramatic version of what life might be for our emergency service and health care providers, through televised dramas like ‘True Blue’, ‘9-1-1’, ‘ER’ or ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ to name a few. It is important to remember that televised series might tell a few real stories, but there is some drama and fictionalized stories that are included.
Only our local emergency services and health care heroes can tell their own stories. We should celebrate everything they do for our community, and thank them for their continued service.