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April 7, 2010
Toronto EMS and Scouts Canada celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 1st Downsview Medical Venturers and Rovers partnership
City of Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Chief Bruce Farr will co-host an anniversary celebration with Scouts Canada this evening as Scouts Canada and Toronto EMS celebrate their milestone 10th anniversary of collaboration.

Rick Blakely, Scouts Canada’s Council Commissioner for the Greater Toronto Region, and John Plumadore, Scouts Canada’s Director of Membership and Diversity in the Central Ontario Administrative Centre, will join Chief Farr and about 100 invited guests.

Date: Wednesday, April 7
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Toronto EMS headquarters, 4330 Dufferin St. (ground floor atrium)

Scouts Canada Medical Venturers and Rovers is a co-educational program for boys and young men ranging in age from 15 to 17 (Venturers) and 18 to 25 (Rovers). The 1st Downsview Medical Venturers and Rovers program with City of Toronto EMS is the longest running and largest "themed" medical scouting program in eastern Canada. The 10th anniversary milestone is the first of its kind in this region.

Opening remarks will be followed by an official signing of a memorandum of understanding between Scouts Canada and the City of Toronto in continuing the successful partnership. A 10th-anniversary cake will then be cut and served. Photo opportunities and interviews may be arranged after the formal remarks are complete.

The Medical Venturer/Rover-Toronto EMS partnership is a themed program providing youth with exposure to the medical field as a potential career path. Past participants in this program have pursued studies and later careers in paramedicine and other medical fields. More than 200 youth have participated in the program over the last 10 years.

More information about the program can be found at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and livability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact: Dave Ralph, Manager Community Safeguard Services, EMS, 416-392-2197,



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