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I started off in Antigonish and surrounding areas,” Vasil said, noting she worked full time in her hometown for a period, as well as neighbouring Port Hawkesbury.
“I have worked all over Nova Scotia. I have worked on the offshore of Cape Breton, down the Gulf of Mexico, up in the Northwest Territories and over in western Africa.”
About three years ago, Vasil and her fianc moved to Canada’s smallest province.
“I went to Holland College for my advanced care paramedicine, which is an upgrade from my primary care,” she noted.
The seeds for her career were planted at a young age.
“I have always wanted to help people and I grew up with a first responder in my family; my stepfather is a paramedic for 25 years, so I guess you could say that I followed in his footsteps,” Vasil said.
She agreed her field is one that is changing constantly.
“It has definitely changed; it has gone from a first responder, CPR role to a mobile ICU, basically,” Vasil said. “There’s so many things that we can do now; we, basically, bring the hospital to you, as opposed to bringing you to the hospital.
“Just in the past 10 years, I have seen a huge expanded scope in all levels of paramedicine from primary care right up to advance care,” she added.
It is understatement to say that Vasil keeps busy.
Vasil is also lead editor of the association’s newsletter, along with overseer of a merchandisestore.
“I am also the lead of the mental health committee,” Vasil noted.
She also organizes the paramedics’ symposium, which will become an annual event.
“I have also started a first responders’ mental health education day here,” Vasil said.
She drew inspiration from John Garth MacDonald, an Antigonish native and founder of Helping the Helpers, an annual
post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) awareness and education day.
“I wanted to start educating other paramedics about mental health and what we could further do,” Vasil said, noting MacDonald
was her first supervisor after graduating.
MacDonald was a keynote speaker for the first Breaking Barriers First Responder Mental Health Education Day in Charlottetown.