Brandon: A story of caring

Fanshawe's story began in 1967. Today, it is one of Ontario's largest colleges offering diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs to 43,000 students each year.

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Brandon: A story of caring

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Fanshawe's story began in 1967. Today, it is one of Ontario's largest colleges offering diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs to 43,000 students each year.

In an emergency, every second counts. It’s an adrenaline rush that Brandon Doneff thrives on. As a critical care flight paramedic working for Ornge air ambulance, Brandon literally can’t get any higher in his profession. A graduate of Fanshawe’s Nursing and Paramedic programs, he is part of an elite four-member team flying at 300 miles-per-hour to save lives throughout the province.

Some people fear the unknown; Brandon embraces it. “You never know what you’re going to get on a call,” he says from Ornge’s hangar at the London International Airport. To date, Brandon says the highlights of his career have been delivering a premature baby and saving the life of a 17-year-old girl who was seriously injured in a car crash and clinging to life when Brandon and his team arrived on scene. It’s a job for an adventurous spirit. “I’m not the type of person to stand on the shore,” he says. “I always swim out to the boat.”

Brandon knew he wanted a career helping people. He became interested in the medical profession while researching a heart condition he was diagnosed with as a teenager that has since been resolved. It was during one of the many visits to the London Health Sciences Centre as a patient that he saw a medical transport helicopter land. “I remember turning to my mom and saying that’s what I want to do when I grow up.”

That 17-year-old, and the countless others he has helped over the years, is certainly glad he did.

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