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Erika Andrusiak

Erika Andrusiak

  • Owner
  • Durham First Aid Inc.
  • Category : Training
  • City : Oshawa
585 Wentworth St. East, Unit #35
Oshawa,  Ontario
L1H 3V8


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I started my first aid instructional journey like many as a Lifeguard and Swim Instructor when I was 16 years old. I loved working in the Parks and Recreational Department of the City of Toronto. From there I attended the University of Waterloo and earned by degree in Urban Planning. It was a fabulous and interesting field of study. After graduating I worked as a Planner for 8 years. During that time I also volunteered with Girl Guides of Canada organizing large scale events, and taught First Aid and CPR/AED courses for the Durham Branch of the Canadian Red Cross. In my volunteer and part time work experiences I realized that I was not in the right career and when a permanent part time job of First Aid Coordinator at the Durham Branch became available in 2012 I jumped on it. In just 4 years in that position I assisted with growing from training only 600 people a year to 2700 a year! The Red Cross then restructured and come 2018 would no longer be offering courses directly to the public, but would operate solly under a training partner model. Which means that continuing to do what I loved doing, I had to go out on my own. And here I am, owner of Durham First Aid Inc. a training partner of the Canadian Red Cross, with a training centre in Oshawa, 15 amazing instructors who work with us, I couldn't ask for anything more. I love what I do, and take pride in our courses, instructor development and experience that people obtain when they attend courses at Durham First Aid Inc.


After having two children and seeing a co-worker get injured at work I decided it was important for me to know how to help people in their time of need. By training in First Aid & CPR, I now have the peace of mind to know if one of my children are choking or fall and hurt themselves I can step up and take care of them. I started this company so that I could share this feeling of peace of mind with others.