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Manveer's decision to become a paramedic

June 22, 2021

Manveer describes how a speaker from the Waterloo Region Association of Professional Paramedics helped her decide to be trained as a paramedic.

by Manveer S.

When I was a student in grade 12, my career decision was between paramedicine and nursing.

The thing that held me back was the unknown of what the program was about, what courses were recommended to take prior, and how the experience felt.

I took Health Care Sciences in my senior year at St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School. We had multiple health care professionals come in and speak on behalf of their career or program. Nathan Hughes of the Waterloo Region Association of Professional Paramedics came to speak about his experience as a paramedic.

Once he spoke, I knew paramedicine was meant for me. Nathan answered all of my questions and made me feel at ease. I was so grateful to have someone from the Region of Waterloo Paramedic Service come to my school, speak and explain what the program at Conestoga was about and their passion for it

I am now close to finishing my first year of the Primary Care Paramedic Program at Conestoga College and could not be happier with my decision. I look forward to seeing where this schooling and career will take me.

Nathan Hughes is one of the volunteers in our Speakers Bureau who is available to share his career story with students.

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