John Baird, Member of Parliament for Ottawa West ‑ Nepean in a recognition ceremony with Ottawa City Councillor Rick Chiarelli, today presented Ottawa lifeguard Kate Winn with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal to recognize her for her life-saving efforts earlier this summer.
On her very first day working as a lifeguard at Michele Heights Community Centre pool in Ottawa’s west end, Kate Winn discovered a four-year-old boy floating face down in the water without any vital signs. Kate immediately removed the boy from the pool and administered three rounds of CPR before the paramedics arrived. Her quick and decisive actions are credited with saving the youngster’s life.
“The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee provides the unique opportunity to both honour Her Majesty’s 60 years of selfless service to Canada, and to use the occasion to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to our local communities” said Baird. “I’m proud to honour Kate in this way and recognize her for her maturity, responsibility and quick thinking.”
“Here in Ottawa we are lucky to live in such a safe community, but earlier this summer we were reminded that we must all be alert and cautious when outside enjoying our city’s many recreational services” said local Councillor Rick Chiarelli. “We are also lucky to have individuals like Kate Winn who step up to the plate when called upon”.
Kate Winn’s community engagement has previously earned her both the Rotary Club Award for community involvement and the Catholic Student Award presented by the Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa.
Concluded Baird: “Kate is a role model for all young people and a fitting recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.”