Who We Are

Who is PAPEI?

The Paramedic Association of PEI (PAPEI) is lead by a passionate group of like-minded professionals who work to promote and advance the practice of paramedicine on Prince Edward Island. PAPEI is an independent voice of the paramedicine profession on the island and serves to clarify and expand our roles as clinicians and first responders. From defining our place within the health care continuum, to providing educational and social opportunities to explore the way we practice, PAPEI supports and advocates for its membership and the people we serve.

Listed below are the people who make up our Board of Directors and it's trustees.


The Executive

President - Ryan O'Meara

Ryan O'Meara is a licensed Advanced Care Paramedic working with Island EMS out of Summerside, PEI. He followed in his father's footsteps by becoming an Army Reservist and a Firefighter but not before completing his Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Mary's University. After completing his initial EMS training, he switched from the Infantry into the Medical Branch while working as a Firefighter for the Department of National Defence in Wainwright for 6 yrs. During that time he spent 14 months attached to 1 Field Ambulance in preparation for the Task Force 1-08 (Roto 5) 7-month deployment to Afghanistan as a Role 1 Medical Technician (armoured ambulance and dismounted). Partway through his Advanced Care Paramedic course he accepted a position as the Community Education Leader for the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) Air Ambulance in Edmonton, spending 4 years there before moving back to the East coast. He's experienced paramedicine in clinical, prehospital, industrial, and military environments.

Vice President - Matt Stryde

Born March 10 1990, Matt Stryde grew up in Sunnyside, NL, and studied at Memorial University before enrolling in the Army Reserves as a Supply Technician. While in the reserves, he was accepted in the PCP program at College of the North Atlantic in St John's, NL. After graduation, he began work at Moore's Ambulance Service In Bay Roberts, NL, a rural service covering multiple small communities. While working in Bay Roberts, Matt also became a Saint John Ambulance first aid instructor, and was involved in teaching CPR, first aid, and Advanced Medical First Responder courses to local fire departments as well as the general public. In 2014, Matt took on another challenge, and moved to Charlottetown to take the Advanced Care Paramedic Program at Holland College. Since Graduation, Matt has worked as an ACP for Island EMS. He is also currently a memeber of PEI Ground Search and Rescue, where he helps provide first aid training to GSAR members.

Treasurer - Chelsea Mclean

Chelsea McLean was born and raised in Nova Scotia, where she studied Microbiology at Dalhousie, before moving to PEI and continuing her studies in Biology and Psychology at UPEI. She worked at as pharmacy technician and resident care worker before attending the Primary Care Paramedicine course at Holland College. Chelsea graduated the PCP program in 2016 and began working for Island EMS in June of the same year. Chelsea is thrilled to be a member of the PAPEI board and is looking forward to contributing to their great projects and initiatives over the next two years.

Secretary - Collin Dares

Collin came to PEI from South Shore, NS in 2009 to follow his dream of becoming a paramedic. He has been practicing with Island EMS since 2010 and returned to Holland College to study ACP in 2012. Collin is always seeking out new opportunities to learn and grow – personally and professionally. This self-concept has seen him through his experience as a CEC paramedic, Holland College lab facilitator, PEP appraiser, through the BSc Paramedicine program at UPEI, and most recently as a member of the EMS Board of PEI. Outside of his commitment to lifelong learning and paramedicine, his passions include traveling, music, food and nature - just as long as he's living outside of his comfort zone.

Education Representative - Holly Noel

Holly Noël was born in Nanaimo BC, but moved to Belfast PEI at a young age where she still resides with her husband and 3 children. Beginning her healthcare career as a Resident Care Worker and working in long term care and geriatrics, Holly believed herself capable of more, and so she completely immersed herself in paramedicine studies. Having graduated in 2011 from Holland College, she became a PCP and began her career with Island EMS, then continued on her education journey and graduated from ACP school in 2014. She initially served the association as the Eastern Representative, but quickly moved to education when the position became vacant. She co-organizes the annual PAPEI paramedic symposium, which is one of the largest in Canada. She has chaired, arranged, raised funding for and actively participated in PAPEI education sessions. In 2018, Holly was nominated for the PAC Award for Excellence in Education. She routinely meets with her other provincial counterparts to engage in discussion on the further development of paramedic education and professional and patient advocacy. Currently working out of Montague in eastern PEI when not directly engaged in emergency health services activities, she can be found hiking in the woods or in her garden.

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Area Representatives

Island Representative - Tara Hasey

Tara (Vasil) Hasey moved to Charlottetown from Antigonish, NS in 2013. She graduated as a PCP from the Maritime School of Paramedicine in 2005, and then as an ACP from Holland College in 2014. Her career has been diverse having worked in ground ambulance across NS and PEI, the offshore oil industry in the Northwest Territories, Gulf of Mexico and Western Africa. Tara has been a certified Advanced Medical Dispatcher since 2005 and works as a Public Safety Communications Officer at Medacom Atlantic. She is a first responder mental health advocate, with her certifications in Road to Mental Readiness, Critical Incident Stress Management, and Applied Suicide Intervention Training. She volunteers on the IEMS PEER Support team and is a co-chair of the Wings of Change PEI Chapter. Tara has been volunteering with PAPEI for over two years as a valued member as Treasurer and Eastern Representative but also as co-coordinator of the Annual Symposium and lead coordinator of the Breaking Barriers: First Responder Mental Health Symposium. In 2017, Tara was voted by her peers as the PAPEI Paramedic of the Year. In her spare time, she volunteers for the IWK, loves hiking, snowshoeing, camping, and hanging out with her husband and their fur babies.

Eastern Representative - Alice Rice

Alice Rice was born and raised in Cardigan, PEI - where she still resides. Alice Graduated from Montague Regional High School then went on to Holland College where she completed a diploma in Sport and Recreation then a diploma for Correctional Officer.  She worked at the Provincial Correctional Center in PEI as a Correctional Officer for almost 8 years. Alice then returned to Holland College and completed both her PCP and ACP training. Alice is now a full time Advanced Care Paramedic with Island EMS out of Montague base. Alice likes to play sports in her free time, hang out with family and friends and travel the globe...

Central Representative - Kyna McInnis

Born in Charlottetown P.E.I, Kyna moved away when she was a child, calling Nova Scotia and Newfoundland home for most of her life. She is a licensed PCP working in Charlottetown with Island EMS. Kyna originally started her career as a Registered Dietitian, earning both a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and a diploma in Integrated Dietetic Internship from St.Francis Xavier University. After several years of working in dietetics she felt a calling to a different career path and completed her diploma in Primary Care Paramedicine in 2013 from Holland College. She has served as an occupational health and safety representative for Island EMS and has contributed to nutrition education within the workplace. Kyna is passionate about EMS and is currently completing her Advanced Care Paramedicine training through the Holland College distributed learning program.

West-Prince Representative - Garrett Tanton

Born in PEI, Garrett spent the first part of his life growing up in Charlottetown before moving to Summerside. Garrett wanted a medical career and has a hard time staying in one place for to long leading him into choosing a career in Paramedicine. He attended the PCP program at Holland College in 2014. After graduating in 2016 Garrett moved to Antigonish Nova Scotia where he worked as a paramedic for EHS. In summer 2017 Garrett got a job with Island EMS where he currently works today as a PCP. In his downtime Garrett enjoys playing video games, cooking, and trying out new hobbies.

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East-Prince Representative - Tyler Graves
Trustees - Ellen Rice & Billie McQuaid

Photo credit: Samantha Kennedy

Updated: March 7 2020

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 Address. 40 Enman Crescent Charlottetown, PE C1E 1E6

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