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Vince Savoia, MSM

Awards, Honours, and Projects


  • Recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal - Civilian Division, Canada

  • I am 1 of 150 Canadians recognized as a Difference Maker by the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health as a champion for mental health awareness in the public safety sector

  • Recipient of an Honourary Bachelors Degree in Applied Studies from Humber College Institute of Technology and Applied Learning.

  • Nominee for the Premier's Award for Outstanding Ontario College Graduates

  • Keynote Speaker, Heroes Are Human 2014 Canadian Tour visiting forty-seven Canadian cities

  • Recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award Intercultural Dialogue Institute

  • Featured in "A Quiet Courage: Inspiring Stories From All of Us". Author, Paula Todd

  • Featured in "The Price We Pay: Stories of Adversity, Heroism, and Healing".
    Author: Janice Landry

  • Featured in "The Other Side of the Hero" documentary

  • Featured in the "After the Sirens" documentary

  • Vaughan Business Achievement Award: Charity of the year

  • Recipient of the Victorian Ambulance Recognition Award for introducing MANERS Psychological First Aid to Canada

  • International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Crisis Response Leadership Award

  • Member, York Region Critical Incident Stress Team

  • Member, Toronto Paramedic Services Peer Support Team

  • Founder of the First Responders Trauma Prevention and Recovery Certificate program at Simon Fraser University

  • Member of the Canadian Standards Association Psychological Health and Safety for the Paramedic Community committee

  • Advisor to Peer Support Accreditation and Certification Canada

  • Developed evidence-informed 2-day curriculum for MANERS Psychological
    First Aid

  • Developed evidence-informed Trauma Mitigation and Peer Support training program

  • Developed evidence-informed peer-team selection process

  • Consultant to "The Other Side of the Hero" documentary

  • Founder of Common Threads Annual Educational Conferences specifically designed for public safety and military personnel

  • Founder of a national Scholarship program

  • Founder of a national Support and Family Assistance Program

  • Founder of the 2014 Heroes Are Human PTSD Canada Tour

  • Catalyst for " A Preliminary Inventory of Critical Incident Trauma Intervention Capabilities within the Province of Ontario" in partnership with Emergency Management Ontario and York University

  • Catalyst for Mental Health Research in collaboration with Toronto Paramedic Services, Mt. Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine

  • Catalyst for the Mental Health Support Fund in partnership with
    Wounded Warriors Canada

  • Catalyst for recording and reporting public safety and military suicide
    rates in Canada

  • Catalyst for establishing a national Mental Health Referral program

  • Catalyst for "You Are Not Alone" Suicide awareness campaign

  • Catalyst for "Define a Hero" awareness campaign

  • Catalyst for "A Typical Night" awareness campaign"

  • Catalyst for "Kids" awareness campaign

  • Catalyst for "Hands" awareness campaign

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What people are saying


Vince has an extraordinary passion for helping others. Having the ability to say that I know Vince and have worked with him in any aspect is truly an honour and privilege.

Recently, Vince and his team undertook an immense and rewarding task to bring awareness and education to Canada's emergency responders through the Heroes are Human PTSD Awareness Tour. This tour has brought insight and attention to an injury that occurs to our emergency responders from professionals in the services and beyond.

As Vince blazes the trails to awareness and education of our emergency responders, I am hopeful to be a small part of the great work that he continues to do!

FIre Chief Michael Seth

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

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