May 6th Events

The On May 6th there will be hosting an educational symposium and dinner as part of the kick-off to the ride on the 7th. The event is open to everyone, however space is limited. All funds raised from the symposium and dinner will go towards supporting the riders and their crew.


Presented by: The Capital-to-Capital Ride

Price: $10-55(CAD) per person

Date: May 6th, 2016

Venue: The Ottawa Police Association

Dress: Service uniforms or business casual for non-uniformed attendees.

Who Should Attend?

  • Police/EMS/Fire leaders, policy makers, and governing officials.
  • Police/EMS/Fire personnel and association/union representatives.
  • Members of the community who have an interest in first responder mental health including current and former employees of police, EMS, and fire organizations and their families and advocates.

How to register: You can get your tickets by clicking the button below. If you are registered for 4 or more days of the ride please contact Brittany Smith at brittany_smith14(AT) for a promo code to attend for free.

Eventbrite - HEROES ARE HUMAN Capital-to-Capital Symposium and Dinner


Symposium and Dinner Schedule

11:00  Rider registration

12:00 – 12:15 Greetings and Opening Remarks
Darryl Wilton, President of the Ottawa Paramedic Association

12:15 – 12:35 Keeping the Conversation Going
Deputy Chief Randy Papple, Brant County EMS

12:35 – 12:40 Randy Papple Public Service Announcement

12:40 – 13:45 Paramedic Nat’s Journey to Recovery
Paramedic Natalie Harris, County of Simcoe

13:45 – 14:05 – Networking Break

14:05 – 15:10 – Mindfullness & Self Compassion in Trauma: Reset, Recover, and Rebound
Dr Lynette Montiero, Clinical Psychologist, Professor, and co-director of the Ottawa Mindfullness Clinic.

15:10 – 16:00 – Mental Health of Emergency Responders: The Role of the Front Line Supervisor
Acting Superintendent Marc-Antoine Deschamps, Ottawa Paramedic Service

16:00 – 16:15 – Networking Break

16:15 – 16:30 – Living Life to the Max: How Therapy Dogs Make Us Feel Better
Paramedic Tracy Levesque & Therapy Dog Max, Ottawa Paramedic Service

16:30 – 16:45 – Sage Advice: Life with a PTSD Service Dog
Julie Jolicoeur and Service Dog Sage

16:45 – 16:20 – We’re All Human: Lessons Learned Being the Coordinator of a Peer Support Team
Team Lead Lorraine Downey, Ottawa Paramedic Peer Support Team

17:20 – 17:35 – The Call That Changed It All
Paramedic Carly Ring, Ottawa Paramedic Service

17:35 – 18:00 – Networking Break

18:00 – Dinner Served

20:00 – Closing Statements
Paramedic Norm Robillard, Ottawa and Paramedic Ken Martin, Hudson, NY