UTEFR Year-End Awards!

At the end of the 2017-2018 year, we debuted awards to recognize Responders who were extra awesome!

Here are the 2017-2018 categories and winners:

Meritorious Service Award

Awarded to the team who took on the most difficult to handle call of the year on duty and handled it with great valour and professionalism.

Sarah Dhiyaa

Katie Allison

Executive Director Amra (L), Equipment Director and Meritorious Award winner Sarah (R).

Service Dedication Award

Awarded to the Responder who contributed the greatest number of service hours for the year.

Pier Angeli Taruc

Training Excellence Award

Awarded to the Responder who exemplifies the commitment to further developing their skills through having the best workshop attendance of the year.

Peter Tao

Congratulations to you all and thank you for making the club all the more better!

-Henry

UTEFR Elections 2018 – RESULTS

So another year is coming to a close and I feel so… old.. ugh.
But enough griping, here are the result of the election!
Your new 2018-2019 Executive Team is:
 
  • Executive Director: Tijana Despot
  • Internal Director: Pier Angeli Taruc
  • Training Director: Kaylee Leyte
  • Finance Director: Wilson Wu
  • Communications Director: Natalia Dziekonski
Whoaaaaaaaaaa, what a FANTASTIC TEAM!!! I can smell the greatness they’re cooking up already!!! Oh wait, that’s my lunch… oops! But I’m sure you get my point!
There is a vacancy for the position of Equipment Director, and so there will be a decision on how to fill that in the near future. Stay tuned!
 
For everyone who had voted, thank you for your contribution to democracy and giving your say on what you want for next year! 
And for those who did not get elected, we hope you remain with us as a valuable part of our organization!
Congrats again to the winners, you’ll do a fine job!
-Henry

UTEFR Elections 2018 – Nomination Period Extended!

We have received some feedback that the nomination period was too busy of a time for some potential candidates to complete their nomination for elections; ie) term tests, term assignments etc.

So, we have decided to extend the nomination period to the end of Sunday March 18th (11:59 PM)

The positions on the Executive Team are:

  • Executive Director: oversees executive team, maintains external relations and the overall vision for the team.
  • Internal Director: schedules shifts, assessments, and maintains records of responders.
  • Training Director: coordinates and runs semi-weekly team training sessions and certification courses.
  • Finance Director: keeps a records of team finances and handles sponsor relations and funding application.
  • Equipment Director: maintains kits and reserve equipment, and coordinates distribution of team uniforms.
  • Communications Director: maintains the UTEFR website, social media accounts, and promotes UTEFR membership, events and services through information technology.

You will need to submit:

  • Name
  • Position you are running for
  • Year and Program
  • A voter statement: a 100-300 word paragraph on why you are fit for this position. This statement will be shown to members voting at the polls, as well as emailed to all members after the nomination deadline
Eligibility to vote is defined by the constitution to be those who have been involved with the group for at least one month as of the election day. The official election rules may be read in Article 8.c of the constitution attached.

Good luck to all those running , being on the Executive Team is a rewarding experience with lots of opportunities for personal and professional skill development.

-Henry

UTEFR at the IMSSA AWAKE Olympics

On Feb. 24th 2018 we were out at the AWAKE Olympics hosted by the Institute of Medical Sciences Students’ Association in support of Right to Play.

Right to Play is a non-profit organization which aims to teach children around the world valuable life skills through the power of games and sports.

We had a blast running a sports injury activity station in the Olympics themed event emphasizing the role of RICE (Rest, Immobilize, Cold, and Elevate) in the recovery of a musculoskeletal injury.

It was a fun and successful event in support of a great organization, and we thank IMSSA for having us there!

Executive Director Amra (L), Training Assistant Kaylee (R)

 

 

Elections 2018

Whoa, it’s this time again.. where has the time gone??? To ensure a democratic process and prevent a ruthless iron grip on control of the organization we’re holding elections again, yay!

Out with the old and in with the new right? As the legendary Barney Stinson’s one rule says, “New is always better”. True story.

You should have already received an Elections email from the CRO. If you haven’t, send me an email to webmaster@utefr.ca.

Here is the spiel from the CRO:


Hello Everyone, 
 
UTEFR is now accepting nominations for the 2018-2019 executive council. The following positions that are open for nominations are:
 
  • Executive Director: oversees executive team, maintains external relations and the overall vision for the team.
  • Internal Director: schedules shifts, assessments, and maintains records of responders.
  • Training Director: coordinates and runs semi-weekly team training sessions and certification courses.
  • Finance Director: keeps a records of team finances and handles sponsor relations and funding application.
  • Equipment Director: maintains kits and reserve equipment, and coordinates distribution of team uniforms.
  • Communications Director: maintains the UTEFR website, social media accounts, and promotes UTEFR membership, events and services through information technology.
Attached you will find a .pdf copy of the constitution, in which you may review a complete breakdown of each executive member’s role.

To nominate yourself, please reply to this email (cro@utefr.ca) with the following information by March 15th, 2018. Note that you may nominate yourself for more than one position.

 
  • Name
  • Position you are running for
  • Year and Program
  • A voter statement: a 100-300 word paragraph on why you are fit for this position. This statement will be shown to members voting at the polls, as well as emailed to all members after the nomination deadline
    ​.
​The election will be held via paper ballot at March 22nd, 2018

(location and time to be announced). Alternatively, you may email this address (cro@utefr.ca) an electronic ballot between the nomination deadlines and the midnight of the election day.

 
Eligibility to vote is defined by the constitution to be those who have been involved with the group for at least one month as of the election day. The official election rules may be read in Article 8.c of the constitution attached.
 
Note to all nominations, please ensure you are available in the Summer, as the Transition Meeting between the outcoming and income council will be taken place by then.
 
Thank you everyone, and good luck.
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Serving as your Communications Director has been a pleasure and has made me grow as a person through wading into tasks I had no experience in. And now I do. That’s the dream. And now I challenge you to run for a position so you have an opportunity to grow the club and make it better with a great team – all the while growing as a person yourself. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.
It’s time for new beginnings. Good luck!
-Henry

New Deputy Team Members

After many intense deliberations, we are proud to welcome our new Deputy Team to their new positions!

We have selected not one, but TWO new Training Assistants because they are just that awesome!

Congratulations to Kaylee Leyte and Natalia Dziekonski for making the team!

We have also selected our new Social Coordinator; congratulations to Tijana Despot!

Kaylee and Natalia will assist with preparing and conducting our first aid workshops, helping Megan with content development, teaching and maybe some new training events?????(!!!!)

Tijana will be planning our socials and undertaking initiatives to make the club more fun, inclusive and engaging!

Stay tuned to experience what they’ll be cooking up, and I am sure they will always bring the lamb sauce.

 -Henry

NEW OPPORTUNITY: SOCIAL COORDINATOR

We are looking for a Social Coordinator!

The Social Coordinator will work closely with the Executive Team and primarily be tasked with planning social events and initiatives to foster a greater sense of community.

This is a great opportunity to get more involved in UTEFR and work in a leadership role. You will also work with, and have the support of the Executive Team.

Please refer to the email you have received for a detailed position description and application form.

Applications are due via email by the end of Wednesday November 8th. Please your completed application form and resume to execs@utefr.ca.

-Henry

NEW OPPORTUNITY: TRAINING ASSISTANT!

We are looking for a Training Assistant! As a Training Assistant you will primarily assist Megan, the Training Director with planning and conducting our training workshops.

It is also an opportunity for you to further develop first aid skills as there is a teaching component involved – you will assist workshop participants and answer their questions, and help run scenarios. You will also be leading one workshop per semester! If you are interested in running to be the Training Director for next year, this is the perfect opportunity!

Please refer to the email you have received for a detailed position description and application form.

Applications are due via email by the end of October 16th. Please send them to training@utefr.ca and CC execs@utefr.ca.

-Henry

2017-2018 Executive Election Results

 

The dust has settled and the results are out! There have been a few changes to the dynasty and here is your new executive team for the 2017-2018 academic year!

Executive Director – Amra Das
Internal Director – Laura Best
Training Director – Megan Verrydt
Finance Director – Joseph Choy
Equipment Director – Sarah Dhiyaa

Oh my, what a team! I can’t seem to catch my breath, good job everyone wowee, whew! Getting a little woozy here.. Megan, give me a 5 lpm feed from the tank will you, thanks.

Thanks to everyone who ran, and remember as a member you are always welcome to work with the executive team to realize any ideas or initiatives you have for the club! Just holla!

It’s going to be a great year!

-Henry

MSF Suture Workshop + Social

Big thanks to our wonderful friends at Friends of MSF UofT for holding a fantastic suturing workshop on March 28th for us!

From what I can recall, the gist is:

Using tweezers, open up right flap of skin at the wound, and push needle (fish hook) in with needle driver at a distance of 1 cm.

Open the left flap of skin, and push needle out from underneath, again at a distance of 1 cm. Thread the line through leaving a 1 inch tail.

Gripping the tail in the needle driver, loop the long end of  the line around the driver twice from the front.

Gripping the needle driver and the needle, cross your hands and pull across, as if you are giving yourself a hug. This should slip the loops off the driver and into a knot with the tail. Make sure that the edges of the skin are nice and tightly bound together. First knot completed!

Next, still gripping the tail: loop the long end around the driver once from the back, and now pull your hands apart as if you were Kakarot powering up to fight Vegeta (again). This is now the second knot.

Lastly, repeat the first knot and cut the long end of the line leaving about 1 cm of tail.

Voila, suture, completed! Now move on to the next ones…

*Disclaimer: This is purely based on the recollection of my memory, and I cannot guarantee its accuracy. I should also note that I was a sloppy mess during this workshop. Awks.*

Thanks to our wonderful MSF instructors who came out to us; Yousef, Alisa and Natalie! They are the most patient and friendly instructors ever!

Afterwards we had our semester social; Board Game Buffet! Lots of food, and board game fun! Thanks to everyone who came out to the event!

DRANKS
SNACKS
PIZZAAAAAAAAA!
BOARD GAMES!!!

Stay tuned for upcoming events (Dun worry, I always ensure there are copious amounts of food)!

-Henry