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Point-in-Time Homeless Count

October 25, 2021

Sault Ste. Marie to Participate in the Third Cross-Canada Coordinated Point-in-Time Homeless Count During the week of October 25-29th, The District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board (DSSMSSAB), in partnership with the local Homelessness Prevention Team will conduct the annual Point-in-Time (PiT) Count, a coordinated effort to measure homelessness across Canada. Notable changes have been made to this year’s count in an attempt to capture not only homelessness, but hidden homelessness, sometimes known as “couch-surfing” Throughout this week trained volunteers will count and survey people who are currently staying in shelter, short-term housing, couch-surfing, hospitalized, incarcerated, or without shelter. On October 26th between 12 noon and 4:30 pm, a community count of local unsheltered individuals will be completed…

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Social Services Announces Kate Kirkham as Chief of Paramedic Services

October 21, 2021

The District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board is pleased to announce Kate Kirkham as the new Chief of Paramedic Services. Kirkham has over 24 years experience working with the Paramedic Service, and will make history as the first female Paramedic Chief in Sault Ste. Marie, joining only four others in all of Ontario. Beginning November 1st, Kirkham will oversee all of the operations of the District of Sault Ste. Marie Paramedic Services and lead a team of 70 Paramedics. “Sault Ste. Marie is where I began my career as a paramedic” says Kirkham, “since then, I’ve had the extraordinary privilege of serving our community alongside many amazing paramedics and leaders.  It is truly an honour to accept this…

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KBK’s Memorable Summer!

September 7, 2021

The Kids Being Kids (KBK) program wrapped up another amazing season. There was never any shortage of food thanks to Harvest Algoma’s dedication to providing healthy lunches and snacks through the Every Breakfast Counts initiative. The Second Line KBK had a great summer, enjoying events such as Entomica Insectarium, water fights, and dance parties. The Hamilton Heights children loved playing tennis and making crafts in the park and by the end of the summer, they had a great turnout each week. Rosedale found the key to their success was the practice of using small groups, grouping children with similar interests and allowing these groups to spread out in the different areas. At Adrian Drive, the students’ positive attitudes and interactions…

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NEW!! Employment Pilot Program for Youth with Disabilities

June 25, 2021

Have you ever wished you could… •Become a teacher? •Start your own business? •Work in a library or a hospital or a gym? The possibilities are endless! It might not feel that way if you are young and have a disability – especially if you need a home, or day care for your kids, or help with your mental health. It’s always hard to know how to pursue your dream. But if you are between the ages of 14-29, have a disability and want to explore your job and career options, we can help! Thinking BIG… This project is all about you. One size does not fit all! You have interests, skills and abilities that no one else has. There…

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Paramedic Services Week 2021 – Emergency Preparedness: The First 72 Hours

May 28, 2021

PARAMEDIC SERVICES WEEK 2021 Paramedic as Educator: Citizen Ready Emergency Preparedness The First 72 Hours So, What Can YOU Do? • Prepare, Prepare and PREPARE MORE! Taking steps before an emergency occurs will be the biggest influencing factor in the success of the first 72 hours following emergency or disaster.  Education can be focused to the importance of having to “take care of ourselves and/or family” in these situations and how to PREPARE. If more individuals and families are prepared emergency services will be able to focus on those individuals who have the greatest need. “If you are prepared, that might mean we get to your grandparents, cousins and neighbours more quickly”  It is a hard topic to…

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Paramedic Services Week 2021 – Opioid Overdose

May 27, 2021

PARAMEDIC SERVICES WEEK 2021 Paramedic as Educator: Citizen Ready Opioid Overdose So, What Can YOU Do? Education, Prevention and Early Action (Citizen Ready) will be the biggest influencing factors in addressing many aspects of opioid overdoses (and any addiction). Special attention and efforts to vulnerable populations is crucial if successes are to be gained and impact to a reduction of the increases seen over the years. While this is not a crisis that any one profession or organization can address on its own, each community partner and stakeholder needs to be involved. Pairing up with a local group to find small synergies to contribute toward the goals desired is a simple yet effective start. Many provinces have numerous supports available.…

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Paramedic Services Week 2021 – High Quality CPR

May 26, 2021

Paramedic as Educator: Citizen Ready High Quality, High Performance CPR While Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) has changed many times over the years with new research and technology, the desired outcome from CPR efforts has not. The evolution of CPR has included an increased focus not only on WHAT we are doing or HOW we are doing, but also on the WAY we are doing it to achieve the most effective result. While the mechanics of CPR have remained relatively the same, greater focus is given to ensuring these mechanics are effective and not detrimental to our efforts. The more we know about why we are doing what we are doing or teaching, the greater likelihood these treatments will be successful in…

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Paramedic Services Week 2021 – Controlling the Bleed

May 25, 2021

PARAMEDIC SERVICES WEEK 2021 Paramedic as Educator: Citizen Ready Control the Bleed In as little time as it takes to read this note, someone who is severely bleeding can bleed to death…and that is not a lot of time! With such a (short) time dependent situation as an injury that causes severe bleeding can be, immediate “Citizen Ready” action can definitively make the difference between life and death. The risks increase the longer it takes someone to help – thus highlighting the need for citizens to be aware and trained in what to do to help…quickly! Many national (Stop the Bleed: Save a Life) and international (Stop the Bleed) programs focused on bleeding control exist, most notably one of the…

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Paramedic Services Week 2021 – Activating 911 and Screening

May 23, 2021

PARAMEDIC SERVICES WEEK 2021 Paramedic as Educator: Citizen Ready Activating 9-1-1 and Screening In an emergency, seconds count. When medical emergencies occur, call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number (if different). Trained emergency call takers will confirm your location, assess your situation and provide you with the assistance and information you need so that the most appropriate resources can be sent to you as soon as safely possible. During a health emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic, when you call 9-1-1 a communication specialist (call taker) may ask you (caller) a few unique and more questions than usual. While this might seem unusual and/or unnecessary, it is critically important in ensuring the health and safety of those responding to you,…

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Paramedic Services Week Kicks Off This Sunday

May 22, 2021

PRESS RELEASE PARAMEDIC SERVICES WEEK 2021 KICKS OFF THIS SUNDAY Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the important role Paramedic Services play in keeping communities across Ontario safe and healthy has never been more apparent. Paramedic Services Week 2021, which takes place from May 23 to 29, is an opportunity to recognize the tireless work and dedication of paramedics. As healthcare professionals, paramedic services use techniques and processes that are based on best practice and research. This year’s Paramedic Services Week theme is ‘Paramedic as Educator – Citizen Ready.’ The idea is to educate members of the public on some of the actions they can take before and during an emergency to help paramedics do their job more efficiently and effectively. When…

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