Paramedic Nat

A Blog About My Mental Health Journey

Happy New Year First Responders!

‪New Year’s Eve 6 years ago with my student, Virginia ❤️🎆 How has so much time gone by? Wishing all of first responders who are working tonight a safe and vomit-free shift! … Ok, who am I kidding? There’s going to be vomit! 🤷🏻‍♀️#firstresponders #happynewyear2020 ‬

Merry Christmas Eve

Safe Place To Turn

Very grateful to see Wings of Change listed among these amazing resources on a new website ❤️🙏

Call For Award Nominations

Do you know:

1) a MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE in Ontario deserving of the next Paramedic Nat’s Community Hero Award? (Send to


2) a MENTAL HEALTH VOICE (speaker, artist, writer etc.) in Ontario deserving of the first Brainstorm Revolution Award? (Send to

In your email, share the following:

Nominee’s name, address and age.
Organization they belong to (if applicable).

Up to 500 words sharing why they should receive this award.

Deadline is January 20th, 2020.

Winners will be announced at the Paramedic Nat & Brainstorm Revolution Event: AN EVENING OF LAUGHTER AND LOVE. In benefit of RVH’s Mental Health and Addictions Program.

#laughterandlove #brainstormrevolution #paramedicnat

To Clarify… ;)

Are You A County Of Simcoe Paramedic Off With Psychological Trauma And Having Difficulty Getting The Coverage You Are Legislatively Entitled To?

Are you a County of Simcoe paramedic off work because of psychological trauma and are having, or have had, difficulty with any of the following:

-getting your WSIB claim approved;
-complications with a 3rd party LTD or STD insurance company;
-no pay for an extended period of time?

Please call Karen Upshaw at 705-726-9300 (x1238)

I spoke with Karen Upshaw (Manager, Compensation and Benefits) and Jane Sinclair (General Manager, Health and Emergency Services) today, and made them very aware of the difficulties you are having (without sharing any names). They have agreed to look into each case by request of the paramedic.

Before I spoke to them today, they stated that they were both under the impression that NONE of the County of Simcoe paramedics were having any difficulties with the above. Chief Andrew Robert also told me that he was not aware of any issues prior to me contacting him a few months ago about this.

This is very maddening! Either they are lying to me, or there has been ZERO advocacy for these injured paramedics from inside the County.

Where was the advocacy required for these paramedics? Why as a “retired” paramedic, with my last shift being in 2015, am I the one who is bringing this to their attention?

Shame on those who should have been loud voices of advocacy for their injured peers. And PLEASE do not try to tell me that you didn’t know it was happening! I know that you did. And you know who you are.

ALSO! If you have any disability legal questions, I highly recommend lawyer Aaron Waxman

Get Your Tickets For An Evening Of Love And Laughter

Save The Date!

More info to follow shortly! The night will be complete with dinner and a show! And a great room rate. Save the date and we will see you on Valentine’s Day in Barrie <3

Welcome To The World Baby Beckham!

He’s here! I am so excited to share that my grandson, Beckham Adam Don Hogan (7lbs 14oz) has made a safe journey into the world! Mom and baby are doing great!

A huge thank you to all of the amazing hospital staff who made this experience so wonderful for the whole family! And to everyone who has supported Caroline and Dan throughout this journey. Extra big thank you to Jon who doggy-sat all day while Beckham was born.

I am so excited to get to know this precious boy <3 Be prepared for lots of pictures!

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