Instructor Trainer 1995–present
I began instructing for the Canadian Red Cross in 1995 and worked as the primary First Aid instructor for the Northern Lights College out of Dawson Creek for many years. In 2008 I started Up-Beat First Aid and Safety Training after recognizing the need for more First Aid providers in the local area.
I am currently a licenced Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) while actively instructing up to OFA Level 3.
I am also very proud to be a Red Cross Instructor Trainer and run the only Instructor Development Centre north of Prince George. I take great pride in developing, mentoring and working with the new and up-and-coming instructors.
First Aid Instructor 1993–present
I first received my Occupational First Aid Level 3 (OFA3) ticket in 1985 (previously known as Industrial First Aid) and have maintained my qualifications for over 34 years! I began a lengthy career with the BC Ambulance Service in 1985 where I worked as an Emergency Medical Assistant (EMA1) until 1997. While working for BCAS I also instructed Survival First Aid throughout the Peace Region under the Northern Lights College. I thoroughly enjoyed the teaching aspect of first aid and decided to become an OFA3 Instructor in 1995. Since then I have taught about ten OFA3 courses per year while also offering OFA1, OFA2 and TE (Transportation Endorsement) as well as several other courses for St. John Ambulance and the Canadian Red Cross.
I have been a member of the Up-Beat First Aid and Safety team since 2017 and teach primarily out of the Chetwynd training center.
I joined the Up-Beat First Aid and Safety team as the Foodsafe Level-1 Instructor. I have instructed the course since 2002, initially through Northern Lights College in the Career and College Preparation Department.
Prior to teaching Food Safe courses I had been the owner/operator of two restaurants: Lily’s Place in Haidi Gwaii from 1998-2001 and the Dawson Creek Airport Café from 2002-2007. In 2008 I decided I was ready for a career change and returned to university to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies. I also received my BC Provincial Instructor diploma from Vancouver Community College.
In my free time I enjoy travelling, playing golf, camping, and spending time with my family, especially my six grandchildren.
Advanced First Aid Instructor
I joined Up-Beat First Aid after working with BC Ambulance Service for the last 12 years. I am a licensed paramedic and I have worked in a number of cities through out BC, I have gained extensive hands-on experience that I can draw on while instructing advanced first aid courses.
I love the challenge of instructing the more advanced Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and First Responder courses that prepare students for a career as a paramedic. It has been a very rewarding and interesting career for me and I enjoy sharing my experiences in the classroom.
When I am not working I love to spend time with my family, travel and explore.
Katrina San Juan
I am a Business Management student at Northern Lights College, and I'll be in my final semester this Fall. I was working in the Finance department in the Philippines before I decided to be an international student at NLC. I joined Upbeat in June 2022, and I am glad to be part of the team.