Blair Doyle

Region/Area: Nova Scotia

Spoken Languages: English

Areas of Expertise:
  • Core First Aid
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Professional Responder
  • Psychological First Aid

Experience in:
  • Mentoring
  • Supporting
  • Coaching
  • Facilitating
  • Learning Centred Facilitation
  • Other: Outdoor facilitation – AKA animated and interesting around a campfire 😉
Additional Roles with the Canadian Red Cross:
My Red Cross connection began in 1996 when as a paramedic I decided to get my Instructor qualification to train my volunteer search and rescue (SAR) team to buff up their first aid capability. As they were a SAR team, I further realized they needed to know delayed care or wilderness side first aid decision making. From there I connected to the western Red Cross regions to bring their program east to Nova Scotia and ultimately Atlantic Canada. Things grew to becoming an Emergency Medical Responder Instructor Trainer (IT) and Wilderness & Remote First Aid IT. I volunteered on the First Aid Technical Advisory Group (FATAG) from 2010 – 2019 (now called the Canadian Council on First Aid Education - CCFAE) ending as Specialty Chair (Wilderness) and I continue even today to advise as a subject matter expert nationally towards the Wilderness Program, helping bring the Wilderness First Responder Course to fruition. As of late I have been excited to be a Psychological First Aid IT, helping contribute to the much-needed mental health side of Red Cross offerings.   

Personal Message:
I have been privileged to be a Master Instructor Trainer (MIT) since 2014 and enjoy continuing the mission of Red Cross in staying atop of and promoting the best practices in first aid education. The MIT family is truly amazing. I have been fortunate to garner a varied and extensive outdoor professional experience in search and rescue, scuba diving, swift water rescue, and paddling. So, from my perch in Halifax, if I can bring some of that to bear towards our wilderness and other programs, it can only assure betterment of information, wisdom, and authentic practice. I enjoy interaction with Instructor Trainers across the country and growing the brain trust of the Red Cross. The mission is never-ending, true, and impactful.