Ryan Mills was the proud recipient of the inaugural Program Coordinator Award for 2009 – 2010 presented at the UWSA Award Banquet recently. “I appreciate that my efforts over the last number of years have been formally recognized, both internally and externally,” stated Ryan after accepting the award. Mills has volunteered in excess of 2300 documented hours, and hundreds more undocumented hours; responding to an excess of 120 calls for service. In May 2008 he was awarded the “Beyond the Call of Duty” University of Windsor Emergency Response Team/Campus Volunteer EMS Award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution, his dedication to the team and to the field of pre-hospital care as a whole. Ryan was nominated by his peers in 2008, 2009, and 2010 for Responder of the Year award but being a member of the executive board he was ineligible.
In 2006, Ryan joined the University of Windsor Emergency Response Team (UWERT) while in his first year of his B. Sc. Chemistry studies as a volunteer. It was a natural fit for Ryan who has hopes and aspirations of becoming a physician. In April 2007 he was promoted from a “Probationary Member” to “Medical Member”, 2007 to “Crew Chief” and appointed “Executive Assistant” in May 2007. In January 2008 he was promoted to Supervisor, and appointed “Personnel Director in May 2008. During his 5th academic year, as an MBA candidate, he was appointed to Operations Manager where he is responsible for overseeing all physical and human resources of the organization.
An emergency response team is a group of individuals who prepare for and respond to any emergency incident. At any given time there are thousands of students and up to 3,000 staff or faculty on the university campus. WUWERT is a non-profit student volunteer service of the Campus Community Police Department which operates on an on-call basis 24-hours a day, seven days-a-week throughout the academic year. Radio dispatched through campus Security, UWERT will arrive within minutes to provide pre-hospital emergency care and first aid to students, staff, faculty, and visitors on campus.