COPR Awards of Excellence

The Awards of Excellence are presented to candidates who receive the highest score on the respective Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) and Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) COPR Entry to Practice Examinations.
In 2018, there were 133 ACP and 778 PCP candidates who wrote the COPR Examinations.

Jenelle Paluk: Recipient of COPR’s ACP Award of Excellence for 2018

Jenelle achieved the highest mark on COPR’s ACP Entry to Practice Examination with a score of 750 out of a possible 800 points.

Jenelle’s Story

“Jenelle was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she currently resides.

Just over 10 years ago, Jenelle undertook her PCP training at Criticare, while considering the possibility of going to medical school. The PCP program was eight (8) months long. Jenelle thought it would be a good way to test if she enjoyed being in healthcare. Once she completed the program and began working, Jenelle knew it wasn’t just a job – “it was what I was meant to do”.

Jenelle completed her ACP training through the training academy at the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service. It was a 3-year program that allowed students to continue to work full time while completing their studies and clinical practicum in the hospitals and on ambulances in Winnipeg. It was Jenelle’s dream from the first day of being a PCP to become an ACP. She graduated at the top of her class, won an award for scientific merit in research, and was selected as class valedictorian.

Jenelle is proud to serve her city with the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS), where she has been a paramedic for almost 8 years. She is part of the Peer Support and Wellness team, as well as the Medical Advisory Committee. Prior to her time with the WFPS, she worked in rural Manitoba for 2 years, and volunteered with the local Fire department.

This is how Jenelle got into EMS, but what keeps her here is her passion for the profession and providing the highest quality of care to her patients. Jenelle loves being a paramedic, because it allows her to care for people one-on-one and give them as much of her time as they require. She loves the daily challenges, and the autonomy in decision making her job allows. To quote Jenelle; “Being a paramedic has taught me how to be patient, how to be assertive, and that helping someone isn’t always based on medical skills – it is often times just being kind and listening to what your patient has to say”.”

COPR’s PCP Award of Excellence for 2018

The recipient of the 2018 PCP Award of Excellence is a graduate from the College of the North Atlantic in Newfoundland and Labrador, scoring 750 out of 800 points on the PCP Entry to Practice Examination.   That individual has respectfully requested his/her name not be published.

Award Recipients:

  • 2018
  • ACP – Jenelle Paluk, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Training Academy, Manitoba
  • PCP – Name not disclosed, College of North Atlantic, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • 2017
  • ACP – Seth Helm, Sask Polytechnic, Saskatchewan
  • PCP – Taralynn Stephens, Red River College, Manitoba
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