Ceremony in Vancouver showcases emergency response and community health efforts of 500-plus St. John Ambulance Volunteers

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - The crucial life-saving and community health
efforts of Lower Mainland volunteers for St. John Ambulance will be celebrated
this weekend at a special ceremony in Vancouver.
    The Lower Mainland Annual Inspection, an event that is steeped in history
and tradition, will recognize hundreds of volunteers for their achievements in
2007 and 2008. The event takes place on Sunday, October 26, at 2:30 pm, at the
Seaforth Armoury on 1650 Burrard Street in Vancouver. This event is open to
the public.
    A highlight at this year's event is the major awards component - being
presented to volunteers in areas such as lifesaving, as well as hours of
service. A senior volunteer, who has reached an impressive 25,000 hours of
voluntary community service, will also be honoured.
    "This is a great opportunity to gather 500-plus local volunteer members -
including medical emergency responders and youth volunteers - in a
non-emergency event," said Bunny Burritt, St. John Ambulance's Director of
Community Services. "It's truly a showcase of our people, who have championed
the mandate of St. John Ambulance and done exceptional things throughout the
year. The Lower Mainland Annual Inspection is a proud moment for St. John
Ambulance, and underscores the time and energy that community members expend
to make this organization tick," she said.
    More than 1,935 St. John Ambulance volunteers offer their time and skills
throughout B.C. communities. For more than a century, they have been on the
scene at sports venues, festivals, concerts, exhibitions, parades and other
events, where they've stood ready to immediately provide first aid to the sick
or injured. Thousands of hours of community service are rendered by members
each year.
    2008 marks the 125th anniversary of St. John Ambulance in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Dave Frank, Director of Marketing and Public
Relations, St. John Ambulance, British Columbia and Yukon Council, 6111 Cambie
Street, Vancouver, B.C., V5Z 3B2, Telephone: (604) 321-2652, Fax: (604)
321-5316, Dave.Frank@bc.sja.ca

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