HIGH HEELS TO STEEL TOES
My name is Debbie Chéné. I can trace my career aspirations back to my early years as a child in the suburbs of Toronto. Hearing that ambulance go by, I wanted to be a part of helping sick people get better and be that person who responds in life’s most critical moments. I wanted to be a Paramedic.
But sometimes life takes us on an entirely different path due to necessity and practicality. For me, that path took a grand detour and put those thoughts on the back burner. 25 years or so later in the administrative world, with years of office and management experience, I found myself in downtown Calgary, as Executive Assistant to the CEO. Fortunately, this position offered me many advantages and the opportunity to connect with some very inspiring people along the way. It also gave me the tools to face challenges and uncertainties that were ahead. During my career transition from the oil & gas industry, a tragic and unexpected event in my family lit a fire under that old childhood dream and led me down the path to become a paramedic once again.
There it began…heavy books, backpack, and good-bye heels to hello sensible shoes! I decided to follow that old dream and start an entirely new career. Thankfully, my business experience helped me manage this new life of around the clock studying and high stress. I was surrounded by young students having the same aspirations I had at their age. It was so humbling! They taught me how to study again. Most inspiring to me was one young, extremely bright student I met on my first day in medic school named Devan. She taught me how to keep it together in this new age of studying and how to stay focused. At the end of the day, I believe we helped each other forge through those years.
Empowered by my classmates and instructors and my own personal motivation, I am now a registered Primary Care Paramedic. I currently work for Aaron Paramedical Services in Calgary as a PCP and am the owner and trainer of “Debco Safety” teaching on-site CPR and First Aid.
Debco Safety teaches Customized On-site First Aid and CPR
Debco offers a robust program that ensures companies are getting quality training that meets OHS guidelines. With years as a business professional, I understand how important time management is. Our courses are unique, very hands on, with real life scenario practice, keeping everyone engaged in the training.
On-site training is cost effective, allows greater flexibility in group certifications and provides a great team building activity!
Debco Safety is a certified Red Cross Training Partner and Accredited Heart & Stroke Instructor.
All courses meet OHS regulations and provide participants with 1 and 3-year certifications. All equipment including mannequins, training supplies, student booklets and workbooks are included. An agenda that meets your specific company needs, will also be provided.
A Few Testimonials
“We would like to thank Debbie for what I believe as one of the best real life First Aid Training/CPR courses I have ever taken in my 20+ years in the oil and gas sector.”
“Thank you Debbie, for your training expertise! Your course has given us both the basic skills and the confidence to potentially change the outcome of an unfortunate event.” – Catapult Environmental Inc., Trevor T. Befus, Environmental and Regulatory Planner
“What a difference creativity makes! Employees were more engaged in the class and they all walked away feeling like they received quality training.” – Blue-Con Excavating Ltd., Deb Parks, Office Manager
“Deb was able to bring first aid to life with great hands-on exercises!“She added humour and personal experience, making the two days a great investment for us all!” – H2Safety Services Inc., Rob Carter, Training Specialist
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