Saturday June 23, 2007 11:00 - 11:25 am
War Memorial, Wellington and Elgin Streets
OTTAWA, June 22 /CNW/ - Tomorrow, St. John honours volunteers who served
overseas during World Wars I and II, as well as the Korean War. Four Voluntary
Aids Detachments [VADs] who served overseas, Constance Hutcheon, Ontario, Joan
Nolan, Saskatchewan, Thais Nolmes, Ontario and Harriet [Hallie] Sloan,
Manitoba will be in attendance.
This ceremony also serves to remind Canadians that even today, many men
and women serving in areas of conflict, as members of the Canadian Forces,
received their first aid training from St. John Ambulance.
The first group of 100 St. John volunteers proceeded overseas to London,
England early in 1944. These young women left their homes and families behind
in Canada, some for the first time, to serve as nurse's aides, ambulance
drivers and welfare workers. In 1945, another 120 Canadian volunteers went
overseas. They provided much-needed first aid and medical support services for
wounded soldiers and civilians, in England and France.
St. John Ambulance in Canada is:
- Member of one of the world's oldest humanitarian organizations - the
Order of St. John
- Established in 1883 in Canada. 2008 is the 125th Anniversary!
- Serves communities across Canada
- 22,000 volunteers provide more than two million volunteer hours,
- 6,000 certified instructors
- Provides first aid and CPR training programs that contain the latest
protocols and meet provincial and federal regulations
- Trains more than 570,000 Canadians in first aid and CPR each year!
For further information:
For further information: Jennifer Lavoie, Director of Communications,
National, (613) 236-1283 ext 228, (613) 859-9000 cell, www.sja.ca/newsroom