St. John Ambulance Sarnia - Lambton 
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FACTS ABOUT ST. JOHN AMBULANCE IN CANADA

What is ST. John Ambulance?
St. John Ambulance is a national voluntary agency founded in Canada 115 years ago. Our mission is to enable Canadians to improve their health, safety and quality of life by providing training and community service. St. John Ambulance is a foundation of The Most Venerable Order of Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem - celebrating 900 years of service in 1999. The works of St. John ambulance in Canada is carried out by two distinct yet mutually dependent groups:

  • The Brigade: uniformed volunteers who provide community service such as first aid coverage at public events and community health care services.
  • The Association: a network of medical professionals, program development specialists and instructors who provide health and safety training across Canada and internationally.

We are:
over 25,000 volunteers including:

  • 12,500 uniformed Brigade volunteers with more then 2,200 youth members and 1,900 Therapy Dog members.
  • approximately 7,000 nationally-certified instructors.
  • over 300 permanent staff members across Canada.
  • a Canadian Order headed by the Governor General as Prior, and the Queen as Sovereign Head.

We have:

  • Council or Regional offices in each province, the Territories and the National Capital Region.
  • Special Centres for first aid and CPR training within Air Canada, Canada Post, Canadian Airlines International, Canadian National, Canadian Pacific, Canadian Space Agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade, the Department of National Defence, Eaton's, First Air, the Government of Canada, Northern Telecom, the RCMP and VIA Rail.

We give:

  • over two million hours of voluntary service each year.
  • training in Canadian eye surgical programs for doctors at the St. John Ophthalmic Hospital in Jerusalem -specializing in the research and treatment of eye diseases.
  • funds to endow a bed at the hospital in Jerusalem.
  • first aid advice to Workers' Compensation Boards and Occupational Health and Safety Divisions.
  • annual nursing bursaries to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • lifesaving awards to individuals who save or attempt to save a life.

We support:

  • the national Junior, Cadet and Crusader programs for young people which foster community service.
  • the SMARTRISK Foundation's HEROES program.
  • the Canada Safety Council.

We trained:

  • almost 800,000 Canadians in 1997, including:
    - 445,609 in first aid,
    - 331,318 in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR),
    - and 22,765 in health promotion.

We provide:

  • first aid service by Brigade members wherever crowds gather.
  • a full range of safety-oriented courses - in English, French, Spanish and other languages - designed for people of all ages and walks of life.
  • five levels of CPR training which are taught in accordance with the guidelines of the American Heart Association and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
  • specialized training for people working in industry, high-risk occupations and remote areas as well as coaches and adventure seekers.
  • health promotion courses designed to help individuals stay healthy and happy.
  • community service, including assistance in retirement homes and child care centres, bicycle path patrols, food collection and canteen services.
  • a national Therapy Dog program visiting hospitals and nursing homes.
  • disaster relief in times of emergency and national disaster.

We are proud of:

  • 115 years of teaching health and safety programs in Canada and overseas.
  • "Brining 900 years of Community Service to the New Millennium". In 1999 The Order of St. John will celebrate its 900th Anniversary - a milestone that few organizations in the world will have the opportunity to observe. All Canadians will be asked to join the celebration and assist us in strengthening and building our resources to provide community and youth programs for the new millennium.
  • the commitment our volunteers make to serve their community such as their response to recent disasters including the Red River Flood, the Saguenary River Flood and the ice storm that crippled Quebec and Eastern Ontario.
  • our growing involvement in special programs for child care.
  • our role in research, correlating first aid training to injury reduction - proving that injuries are diminished by 20% and more when safety-oriented first aid is introduced in the workplace.
  • our continuing program of course development, evaluation and revision.
  • our ability to customize courses to suit the individual needs of our clients including our new computer-based training products.
  • our Instructor Cerfification Program.
  • our line of health and safety services and products, adding a feeling of security to home, work and recreational activities.

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