Instructor of the Month
Wilf Boychuck - Prince Albert Instructor
“It’s very simple, as long as you know how"
By: Kelly Pollock
Wilf Boychuk is a St. John Ambulance Saskatchewan instructor with 43 years of service as a First Aid / CPR Instructor at the Prince Albert Training Centre. Kelly Pollock, Prince Albert Training Centre Manager, interviewed Wilf about his time as an instructor with St. John.
Wilf is proud to have been a part of the St. John Ambulance Instructing team for those years and yet is very humble about his contributions to our organization.
Wilf began with SJA as an instructor in 1969 under the mentorship of John Beauchamps at Hudson Bay Mining & Smelting Company. He received his initial instructor status through St. John Manitoba Council and six years later certified with St. John Saskatchewan Council. For 33 years, Wilf worked as a safety technician and taught fellow employees at the mining company. Wilf also instructed CPR/ First Aid for Northlands College and various other community groups.
During his time as an instructor he lived in Creighton where he raised a family of four daughters, served on town council for 31 years and was Mayor for nine of those years. Upon retirement from City Council in 2004, Wilf moved to Hudson Bay. He remains certified as an instructor with SJA, but is contemplating retirement.
When asked about the positive impact that instructing first aid courses has had on his life, Wilf warmly sighed and reflected:
“I really enjoy instructing… because over the years I have met so many good people during classes. Many people have come back and told their stories of how and what they learn in class has helped them to save someone’s life. I am thankful for the opportunities I have had while mining, being a part of the instructional team for first aid competitions and mock disasters come to mind. These experiences have provided me with additional knowledge and skills that assisted me as an instructor. But, most of all, I loved to do anything that would help to contribute to saving a life – my motto when teaching throughout my career was it’s very simple, as long as you know how."
Wilf has been a champion for St. John Ambulance. He has consistently applied the principles of respect and integrity to everyone he has encountered during his time with St. John Ambulance.
St John Ambulance thanks Wilf, for 44 years of outstanding service and making a real tangible difference in people’s lives.