Rick Boustead from The Toronto Paramedic organization introduced The Children’s Breakfast Clubs to his senior management. He convinced senior management to play a leadership role in helping to establish a breakfast club in the Jane and Falstaff community.
In recognition of their long standing partnership and overall commitment to The Children’s Breakfast Clubs, we felt it only fitting to acknowledge Black members of the Toronto Paramedic and their contribution in building their organization.
We are proud to recognized these five individuals and look forward to working with EMS to ensure that every child starts their day with a hot nutritious meal.
Cheryll Belle was born on the beautiful island of Barbados. Cheryll and her family immigrated to Canada in 1970 when she was a young child. She attended Vaughan Road Collegiate Institute and later Centennial College for her post-secondary education in Accounting and Financial Management.
While attending college, Cheryl worked with the City of Toronto during the summer months and on graduating from college was hired as an Administrative Clerk by the Social Services office. In 1984, Cheryll joined the Accounting department of the Toronto Paramedic Services. She enjoys the challenges and responsibility of her position and encourages others to consider a career in the Toronto Paramedic Services.
Cheryll is an active member of her Church and volunteers working with and taking care of the elderly. She has been married for over 30 years, has two boys and is very committed to her family. An avid sports enthusiast, she was very active in baseball and soccer when her boys were younger. She greets each day with lots of laughter and joy.
Chuck Martin graduated from McMaster University in 1999 with an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology. Chuck then attended the University of Ottawa, graduating in 2001 with a BA in English. Chuck continued his academic success when he graduated from Algonquin College in 2013 with a Diploma in Paramedicine.
Chuck has been a Toronto Paramedic since 2003. From 2009 to 2014, he assumed a leadership role in his work as an Operational Superintendent overseeing a platoon of Paramedics.
In addition to his academic and professional successes, Chuck is an active member of the community. He has participated in various community events including Taste of the Danforth, Canada Day Celebrations and the Jazz Festival. He has organized elementary school presentations to increase familiarity with Paramedics and encourage children to be comfortable with Paramedics and other emergency workers. He also participated in Public Service Announcements to encourage bystander CPR and AED use in sporting facilities and has participated in a campaign to encourage education in youth.
Lawrence Knox is a graduate of Loyalist College. He is a Superintendent with the Toronto Paramedic Services in the Communications Centre where he supervises a team of Emergency Medical Dispatchers. During his time with the service, Lawrence has served as a Dispatcher, Paramedic, Special Projects Supervisor and was involved in education and quality improvement.
Lawrence was the first black to be promoted to the rank of Superintendent in both Operations and Communications. He has been a major contributor to the City of Toronto “Positive Space” program which promotes initiatives for an inclusive environment for LGBTQ employees and ensuring that the Toronto Paramedic Services reflects the community it serves.
Prior to joining the Toronto Paramedic Services, Lawrence spent ten years with the provincial government working for several senior Cabinet Ministers.
Natalie Silverea was born in Edmonton and grew up in Toronto. She is a Toronto Paramedic Services Emergency Medical Dispatcher. Her job is to receive 911 calls requesting Paramedics and to dispatch Paramedics to emergencies. Natalie gives first aid instructions to the caller to provide help until the Paramedics arrive. She is a caring and empathetic individual who handles extremely stressful situations calmly and with professional expertise. Natalie has served proudly in this role for ten years.
Natalie has acted as a Communications Training Officer and is a member of the Service Awards Committee
Natalie, who is the proud mother of two daughters, was named Emergency Medical Dispatcher of the Year in 2012.
Kevin Sam was born and raised in Toronto, went to school in Scarborough, and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Toronto.
While at university, Kevin was a volunteer in Youth in Action, a campus offshoot of Save The Children, where he raised money to build schools for children in developing countries. While volunteering at Sunnybrook Hospital, Kevin took part in ground-breaking research in neuropsychology at UTSC.
Upon graduation from University, Kevin attended Centennial College where he earned his paramedic certification. He has been working with Toronto Paramedic Services since 2013. Kevin feels he has been fortunate to be able to help patients in all walks of life with their emergencies – at times with medications but always with a calming, friendly smile.
Kevin plans to become more involved in his community by giving of his personal time to work with youth in the community and being a positive role model in showing young people that paramedics are reflective of the population they serve. He also hopes to contribute to the ongoing evolution of paramedic practice.
The EMS and its staff played an integral part in making sure that our charity was able to provide breakfast for children, thank you for the continued support.