Saving Lives and Serving Community: Exemplary British Columbians recognized in St. John Ambulance Ceremony

    VICTORIA, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - Volunteers with a commitment to emergency
response and public health in British Columbia are being recognized in a
special ceremony being held in Victoria on Saturday.
    The honours come during a time when volunteerism is being held up in
communities across the province as a crucial part of the framework for public
    Those being honoured include: an Abbotsford man who spent countless hours
working on an Emergency Social Services Plan for his community; a Penticton
volunteer and first aid instructor who was instrumental in starting that
community's Therapy Dog program; and the operations coordinator for St. John
Ambulance at General Motors Place in Vancouver, which has become a showcase
for the organization's first aid and patient care efforts during special
    The formal ceremony takes place at Government House at 2 p.m. on
Saturday, September 27, 2008. The volunteers will be invested into the Order
of St. John and be presented with the insignia of the grade in the Order they
have achieved through service to their fellow Canadians.
    The Honourable Steven Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and
Vice-Prior of the Order in B.C will preside at the event.
    "The work of these volunteers across the province is truly admirable,"
says the Lieutenant Governor. "The work that includes youth and relief
programs as well as disaster support and a wealth of other services is the
outward expression of the humane doctrine on which the Order of St. John was
founded more than a thousand years ago."
    More than 1,935 volunteers offer their time and skills throughout B.C.
communities by providing and teaching first aid, running youth programs,
assisting at community events, and visiting the elderly and shut-ins.
    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)

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