Humber Grad wins at 2019 Premier's Awards

Peter F. Dundas, a graduate of Humber College’s Ambulance and Emergency Care program (1981), was awarded a 2019 Premier’s Award in the Health Sciences category.

The award was also presented to Conestoga graduate Kevin King, who was coincidentally hired by Dundas for his first job as a paramedic.

Peter F. Dundas is Chief of Peel Regional Paramedic Services in Ontario. For almost 40 years, he has forged a distinguished career from front-line paramedic to senior leader. He leads a team of 650 health professionals that serves 1.4 million people and responds to over 150,000 calls a year. 

His leadership has resulted in new initiatives to improve patient outcomes, such as drone delivery of automatic defibrillators in rural communities and enhancing engagement with communities that lack access to primary health care.

“It’s an honour to be recognized for the work my team and I do to take care of people. It’s a privilege to serve and give back to my community,” said Dundas. “Humber College helped me to develop the professional and communications skills for my job that I’ve put into practice throughout my career. Now I have the opportunity to pass those skills along to new graduates and young paramedics who serve their community every day.”

Premier’s Awards celebrate the achievements of Ontario college graduates in the province and throughout the world. Humber graduates were nominated in seven categories: Business, Community Services, Creative Arts and Design, Health Sciences, Recent Graduate, Technology and Apprenticeship. This is the second year in a row that a Humber graduate has been recognized in the Health Sciences category.

“We are proud of all of our alumni and how they are using their career-focused education to help and shape our communities,” said Chris Whitaker, president, Humber College. “Peter Dundas has inspired many young paramedics and touched the lives of thousands in their time of greatest need. The entire Humber community congratulates him on this award.”

This marks the 14th time a Humber grad has won this prestigious award. Recipients also receive a $5,000 bursary in their name to support current students at the college for a list of all Humber alumni nominated for the 2019 Premier’s Award visit here.

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