Our People in Profile: Paramedic Educator Sean Teed awarded Governor General’s Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Award

Sean Teed
Paramedic Sean Teed was recently recognized with the Governor General’s Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Award

Sean Teed was first drawn to paramedicine 27 years ago while attending St. Mary’s University – he’d see ambulances coming and going from the then-emergency department at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax, and thought it would be a good job. He left university to train as an emergency medical technician (EMT) and he’s never looked back.

On Sept. 23, Sean was awarded a Governor General’s Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Award.

The award “recognizes professionals in the provision of pre-hospital emergency medical services to the public, who have performed their duties in an exemplary manner, characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency.” Recipients must have “completed 20 years of exemplary service, including at least 10 years in the performance of duties involving potential risk.”

The critical care paramedic and newly hired paramedic educator for Nova Scotia Health’s Emergency Program of Care isn’t one to boast about the accomplishments that earned him the award.

“It came as a bit of a surprise to me to be nominated. The award is given to individuals that demonstrate leadership and dedication to the profession. You have to have had some fairly decent accomplishments along the way.”

Sean was nominated by former colleague Patrick Froese, former critical care paramedic.

“We made quite a connection before he left,” said Sean. “We shared the same sort of passion for paramedicine.”

Sean says in some ways, the path to becoming a paramedic educator was unexpected.

“I never really liked education,” he shares. “I always thought you had to be ‘smart’ to be involved in education. It’s not that I’m not smart, it’s just that I learn differently.”

When Sean worked in Ontario working as a flight paramedic, there was an opportunity to take on an educator role. Through this opportunity, he learned that he had both an interest and an aptitude in sharing his knowledge and passion for paramedicine with learners.

“I hate to sound corny but I love to see paramedics put care back into career. I love to see the combination of that emotional connection with the academic connection.”

Sean is excited to see how the role of paramedic specialists working in hospital and emergency departments is evolving and expanding. “I’m excited to help build some sustainability and move paramedicine further even more.”