Join St. John Ambulance In Their 125th Year Of Saving Lives At Work, Home And Play

    OTTAWA, Jan. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - St. John Ambulance volunteers and staff are
rolling out red carpets, in communities across Canada, to celebrate 125 years
of providing top quality first aid training to Canadians. To mark this
extraordinary milestone, St. John Ambulance is recognizing special volunteers;
hosting special events; publishing a commemorative book "The Maple Leaf and
the White Cross - A History of St. John Ambulance and the Most Venerable Order
of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in Canada"; and, has recently
published a national first aid product catalogue containing health and safety
products for families, sport enthusiasts and the workplace.
    "We know that emergencies can happen anywhere and anytime," says John
Mah, Chancellor, St. John Ambulance. "Therefore we are challenging Canadians
to make first aid training their number one New Year's resolution so that they
are trained and ready to help save a life."
    St. John Ambulance has been ensuring the health, safety and quality of
life for Canadians since 1883. Each year more than 6,000 St. John Ambulance
first aid instructors train over half a million Canadians. First aid courses
include Standard First Aid and Emergency First Aid, and incorporate training
in Emergency Scene Management, Shock, Choking, CPR, Severe Bleeding and much
more. Please visit for a complete listing of first aid courses and
products, along with information about St. John Ambulance.

    125 years in a minute
    Since our beginnings, St. John Ambulance has continued to evolve to meet
the needs of Canadians through a broad range of health programs and community
services. In 1883, Quebec City was the first Canadian branch to teach first
aid courses; shortly thereafter, courses were offered in Kingston, Ontario. In
the next 10 years, St. John Ambulance grew to be a truly national health and
safety organization. By 1892, it had 12 branches teaching first aid and
offering a proud tradition of volunteer work from coast-to-coast. At the very
core of the 125 year success of St. John Ambulance is the unwavering
commitment of exceptional volunteers. Since 1912 in Canada, thousands of
volunteers have received the Order of St. John - one of the five national
Orders of Canada.

    Quick Facts
    -   Established in 1883 in Canada
    -   Member of one of the world's oldest humanitarian organizations - the
        Order of St. John
    -   Serving communities across Canada - e.g. medical first response
        services, therapy dog services, youth services program, emergency
        preparedness program
    -   25,000 volunteers provide two million volunteer hours annually
    -   6,000 certified instructors
    -   Provides first aid and CPR training programs that contain the latest
        protocols and meet provincial and federal workplace regulations
    -   Trains more than 550,000 Canadians in first aid and CPR each year
    -   Markets a complete range of high quality first aid kits and supplies
        for use at work, home and play
    -   Supports humanitarian relief efforts across Canada and around the

For further information:

For further information: Jennifer Lavoie, Phone: (613) 236-1283 x228,
Cell: (613) 859-9000,,

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