Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists

Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists

June 13, 2008 10:25 ET

Radiological (X-Ray) Technologists Serving in Afghanistan Honored by Their National Professional Association

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 13, 2008) -

Editors Note: Three (3) photos for this release will be available via Marketwire on the picture wire of The Canadian Press.

During the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT), the President's Award was conferred to radiological technologists, both civilian and members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have served, are currently serving or will be deployed to serve in Afghanistan.

The CAMRT President's Award is selected by the President to recognize outstanding services to the profession or the Association. It is usually conferred to an individual or a group of individuals who have been of great assistance to the President, to the association or to the profession. Melanie Hilkewich, 2007 President of the CAMRT, chose to recognize these individuals who, in the performance of their daily duties, are an inspiration to members of their profession and their professional association.

In her presentation of the President's Award, Melanie Hilkewich described the work environment and stated "While this describes most work environments for MRTs, these particular technologists work in a more dangerous environment. Most of the time, they perform diagnostic imaging procedures in extreme trauma situations, where most patients are in a life-and-death situation. They work in a remote location and cannot go home to their families and friends after their shift. Their opinion and expertise is recognized and valued by other health care providers within their unit in an inter-professional setting."

"These radiological (x-ray) technologists have a strong commitment to their profession. They have the skills, the knowledge and the judgment to perform their tasks as technologists; they have the confidence, personal integrity and strength of character to work with their team in extreme conditions to deliver diagnostic imaging services to their patients. They demonstrate commitment and a sense of duty to their profession, their unit and their country" added Mrs. Hilkewich.

The CAMRT acknowledged that the following individuals represent the quality of Canadian medical radiation technologists in Canada and CAMRT is very proud to have them as members.

Below are the medical radiation technologists who were present to receive
the award (see photos)

Master Warrant Officer John Lowther
Primary Reserve Med Rad Tech Gagetown (from Exeter, ON)

Warrant Officer Colin Graham
Regional Med Rad Tech Eastern Region (from Southampton, ON)

Warrant Officer Jean-Yves Gagnon
Regional Med Rad Tech Central Region (from Montreal, QC)

Warrant Officer Kevin Berry
Regional Med Rad Tech Western Region (from Belleville, ON)

Sergeant Craig Harvey
Chief Med Rad Tech Halifax (from Gimli, MB)

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jennifer Lindhorst
Chief Med Rad Tech Gagetown (from Cambridge, ON)

Sergeant Eugene Mikhailenko
Chief Med Rad Tech Edmonton (home town not known)

Master Corporal David Decaire
Med Rad Tech Esquimault (from Kingston, ON)

Master Corporal Francois Theriault
Med Rad Tech Ottawa (from Ste Foy, QC)

Master Corporal Edmund Tucker
Med Rad Tech Halifax (from Montreal, QC)

Master Corporal Leah Bellemare
Med Rad Tech Gagetown (from Norway House, MB)

Sergeant (Retired) Michele Brooks
Retired from CF in 2007 (home town not known)

Absent due to being deployed (or away)

Sergeant David Mann
Chief Med Rad Tech Ottawa (from St Catherine's, ON)

Sergeant Annie Tremblay
Chief Med Rad Tech Valcartier (from Chicoutimi, QC)

Sergeant Marie Cronin
Chief Med Rad Tech Esquimault (from Oshawa, ON)

Sergeant Abraham Bruhns
Med Rad Tech 1 Canadian Field Hospital (St. Catherine's, ON)

Master Corporal Nancy McNeil
Med Rad Tech Halifax (from Come By Chance, NF)

Master Corporal Caroline Turcotte
Med Rad Tech Valcartier (from Levis, QC)

Master Corporal Mouloud Mansouri
Med Rad Tech Valcartier (home town not known)

Corporal Dan Beauchamp
Med Rad Tech Halifax (from Toronto, ON)

Noteable Mention was made to the following civilians medical radiation
technologists who have been or/will be deployed:

Mr.Ray Daly
Ottawa - deployed 6 months Aug 07 - Feb 08 (from Hull, QC)

Mr. Joel Lafleur
Ottawa - deployed 2 months Sep - Nov 07 (from Sudbury, ON)

Mrs. Francine Fournier
Quebec - deployed 2 months Nov 07 - Jan 08 (from Montreal, QC)

Sarah Groleau
Ottawa - deployed 2 months 01 Apr - 17 May 08 (from Sudbury, ON

Jacques Savoie
Quebec - deployed 3 months 08 Jun - 31 Aug 08 (Campbelltown, NB)

Jeanne Beaudry
Ottawa - preparing to deploy Fall 2008 roto #6 (from Sturgeon Falls, ON)

Matt O'Connell
Brockville - preparing to deploy Fall/Winter 2008 roto #6 (fMontreal, QC)

Tania Block
Calgary US Tech - preparing to deploy Spring 09 roto #6 (Calgary, AB

Also present for the Award were Deputy Surgeon General - Captain Navy Hans Jung; Medical Branch Chief Warrant Officer - Chief Warrant Officer David Horlick; Master Warrant Officer Rick Vey, Radiology Trade Advisor; and Lieutenant Commander Jim Ethier, Radiology Technical Officer.

The Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists CCAMRT) is the national certifying body for radiological technologists, radiation therapists, nuclear medicine technologists and magnetic resonance technologists. The CAMRT is also the national professional association that represents and promotes the medical radiation technology profession, offers quality professional development opportunities, manages professional practice issues and promotes exemplary professional standards of practice, conduct and performance. Founded in 1942 by a coalition of provincial associations, the CAMRT today represents over 12,000 members.


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