Advanced Care Paramedic, County of Hastings
Course Director of Advanced Life Support Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
As an advanced care paramedic, Mark Cameron has devoted his career to saving lives. For rescuing a young girl trapped in farm machinery, Cameron was awarded the Governor General’s Medal of Bravery. As an educator, he has played a key role in the training of Ontario’s advanced care paramedics. Recently, in war-torn Syria, he has put his own life at risk to save the lives of others.
A 1989 graduate from Humber’s Primary Care Paramedic Program, Cameron has practiced as a paramedic in the Peterborough area, and trained most of Ontario’s advanced care paramedics through Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. As an international flight paramedic, he has repatriated sick and injured Canadians from every continent in the world except Antarctica.
When the war began in Syria, Cameron and a colleague, Dr. Jay Dahman, travelled to Syria to see how they could help to save lives of those caught in the violence. Since then they have travelled often to Syria, training Syrian paramedics and providing hands-on emergency care. In addition to this work, they pursue other humanitarian goals in Syria through the Canadian International Medical Relief Agency (CIMRO), such as providing winter clothing for Syrian children.