Congratulations to Steven Skoworodko, President of the Paramedic Services Chiefs of Saskatchewan, on receiving the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee medal in Regina on September 1 was the announcement shared on social media. Wakaw’s Steve Skoworodko received one of the first 70 medals presented, and one of the 7,000 medals to be presented this year. The citizens of Wakaw quickly added their approval for the award when the Paramedic Services Chiefs of Saskatchewan shared the award on their Facebook page. Steve is not one to blow his own horn, and quietly dismisses personal recognition as is evidenced by his response to the congratulatory messages posted online, “Very honored to be recognized for work all paramedics do in this great province.” However, it would be remis to not share with our readers other recognition Steve has received which further shows that the term ‘well deserved’ truly fits. Six years ago in 2015, the Wakaw Recorder reported that Steve received the first annual Michael Dutchak Leadership Award. Steve was nominated by his peers for this award which always speaks volumes more than simply meeting a specified criterion. Some of the criteria for that award included commitment to the Emergency Medical Profession, leadership within the field of Emergency Medical Services and the community, province or country and upholding the values of integrity, passion and honesty. Steve, along with his wife Michelle, are the Owner/Operators of Wakaw and District EMS Ltd. which they bought from Dr. Cenaiko in 1996. An Advanced Care Paramedic, Steve also received the Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal in 2021. The Protective Services Medal honours personnel with 25 years or more of exemplary service in Saskatchewan in a variety of protective services fields. The 2021 recipients also included members of police, fire, federal and provincial corrections, border services, RCMP, the Canadian Armed Forces, mobile crisis and family violence outreach services. Recipients receive a circular medal surmounted by St. Edward's Crown and a certificate signed by the Lieutenant Governor, Premier and Provincial Secretary. The medal bears the motto Qui civitatem tuentur (who guard the citizenry).
Steve is the current president of PSCS which is a member-based association representative of Paramedic Service Providers (Ambulance/EMS). He is also an active member of the Wakaw Lions Club and was mayor of Wakaw prior to stepping down this spring. Again, congratulations Steve for this well-deserved award.
Carol Baldwin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wakaw Recorder