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Jun 04, 2024

Gary Staples announced as the new Chief of Dufferin County Paramedic Service

ORANGEVILLE, ON (June 4, 2024) - Headwaters Health Care Centre and Dufferin County are pleased to announce Gary Staples as the new Chief of Dufferin County Paramedic Service (DCPS), effective June 10, 2024.  
Chief Staples has been a member of DCPS for over 23 years initially as an Advanced Care Paramedic. He provided Dufferin County with over 12 years of progressive paramedic leadership experience as Superintendent and for the past seven years as the Deputy Chief, Performance, Quality and Development.
Chief Staples will report jointly to Annette Jones, Vice President, Patient Experience, Health Integration and Chief Nursing Executive at Headwaters Health Care Centre and Sonya Pritchard, Chief Administrative Officer, County of Dufferin.
In this role Chief Staples will lead strategic direction in providing Dufferin County with pre-hospital emergency response, community safety and relations and community paramedicine.
As a proponent of continuous learning, he has completed leadership development and adult teaching programs at Conestoga College and is graduating with a Bachelor of Health Administration from Toronto Metropolitan University, with a major in health services management and minor in economics in early 2025.  
Dufferin County Paramedic Service, a team of 70 paramedics across three stations, has its headquarters located in Orangeville with satellite stations in Shelburne and Grand Valley. It has been a provider of land ambulances for over 50 years serving over 67,000 people across Dufferin County. DCPS is a leader in enhancing its community paramedicine program providing non-emergency community-based health care; working with Headwaters Health Care Centre and other hospitals in the region to support timely access to care and pre-hospital paramedic care.   

“We are thrilled that Chief Staples is taking on the leadership as Chief Dufferin County Paramedic Service. With a profound understanding of our communities and a steadfast commitment to service excellence, under his leadership, we are confident the team will continue to support our communities.” -- Annette Jones, Vice President Patient Experience, Health Integration and Chief Nursing Executive at Headwaters Health Care Centre.
“On behalf of Dufferin County, I wish Chief Staples my sincerest congratulations as he prepares to take on his new role as Chief of Dufferin County Paramedic Service. Having already served our community for more than 23 years in paramedicine – most recently as Deputy Chief, Performance, Quality and Development – I am confident those most in need in Dufferin will be in good hands. We look forward to Chief Staples’ leadership as Dufferin County Paramedic Service continues to provide quality care for all in Dufferin County.” - Sonya Pritchard, Chief Administrative Officer, Dufferin County
Photo Caption:  Chief, Dufferin County Paramedic Service, Gary Staples.

About Dufferin County
The County of Dufferin is an upper-tier municipality that sits on the fringe of the Greater Toronto Area, about 100 kilometres northwest of Toronto. Dufferin is largely a rural county with three urban settlement areas. The region is well known for its rivers, rolling hills and excellent outdoor recreation opportunities. The UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Niagara Escarpment and world-famous Bruce Trail all run through Dufferin offering spectacular vistas and hiking opportunities. Home to over 67,000 residents, Dufferin County boasts fabulous restaurants, shopping and amenities. Connect with the County on Facebook, X, Instagram and LinkedIn and learn more at
About Headwaters Health Care Centre
Headwaters Health Care Centre is an innovative hospital located in Orangeville, Ontario dedicated to quality patient-centred care together with our communities in Dufferin County-Caledon. In addition to providing acute and complex continuing care with a 24/7 Emergency Department, and extensive Ambulatory Care outpatient services, Headwaters is accredited with Exemplary Standing by Accreditation Canada, certified as a Breast Assessment Centre by the Ontario Breast Screening Program, and will be offering MRI services in early 2025. Headwaters is a cornerstone of health and wellness for the communities serving over 140,000 residents. It is one of the area's largest employers with over 800 staff, 200 physicians and six midwives and benefits from the dedication of over 200 volunteers. Headwaters Health Care Centre is the license holder for Dufferin County Paramedic Service.
Learn more at and support the hospital at Headwaters is a proud partner in the Hills of Headwaters Collaborative Ontario Health Team
Media Contacts:
Jennifer Hamilton, Director, Communication & Stakeholder Relations, Headwaters Health Care Centre 519-278-5085
Megan Ball, Communications Manager, County of Dufferin  519-941-2816 Ext. 2513