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May 14, 2003
Media Advisory: Gender equity for women achieved in Toronto EMS paramedic graduating class
Emergency Medical Services - A class of 73 Paramedics from diverse personal
and professional backgrounds will be joining Toronto Emergency Medical
Services' paramedic workforce. Tonight's Graduation Ceremony for Level I
Paramedics marks the first time ever that the number of women graduates exceeds
the number of men.

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2003
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: North York City Centre, Councillors Chambers
5100 Yonge Street, Toronto.

Toronto EMS is very proud of the high education levels and the diversity of the
2003 Graduating Class of Level I Paramedics. Thirty-nine of the 73 graduates
(53 percent) are women. Currently, thirty percent of the 900 paramedics on duty
are women. Thirty-one of the graduates brought university degrees with them
before starting their two-year college program in paramedicine.

"Paramedicine attracts smart, committed people who care deeply about their
communities. The training they get at college and from Toronto EMS Education
helps them to deal with the stressful situations they face in their day-to-day
work on the road," said Bruce K. Farr, Acting Chief/General Manager of Toronto
EMS. "We're very proud of the accomplished group of women and men who are
joining our service today, and we're especially proud that our efforts to
recruit more women into our workforce are succeeding."

Media Contact
Larry Roberts
Media Relations, Toronto EMS



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