Quebec government makes High School CPR mandatory – 500,000 students already trained

Montreal, Quebec – Congratulations to Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, who announced that CPR training will be mandatory for all secondary 3 students throughout Quebec.

The ACT Foundation has been working in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports, the Ministry of Health and Social Services, and medical directors around the province since 2006 to set up the CPR training program in all public high schools. This began with an initial commitment from the Health Minister at the time, Dr. Philippe Couillard.

Since that time the ACT Foundation has set up the CPR program in 400 public high schools while urging the Quebec government to make CPR training mandatory at the provincial level to ensure the long-term life of the program.

More than 1,600 teachers have been trained as instructors and these teachers have trained over 500,000 secondary students to date, with 68,000 more trained each year. Many lives have already been saved as a result of this lifesaving program (see link for many rescue stories).

The ACT Foundation is the charitable organization that is establishing the high school CPR program throughout Quebec and across Canada. ACT, with the support of its national health partners, AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada and Amgen Canada, and its community partners have donated more than 11,000 CPR training mannequins to Quebec schools.

With eight in 10 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring at home or in public places, empowering youth with CPR training as part of their secondary school education will dramatically increase citizen CPR response rates over the long term and help save many lives.

“We are thrilled that CPR will be mandatory in high schools,” says Sandra Clarke, the ACT Foundation’s Executive Director. “This will ensure the training that we have established in schools through the province will continue over the long term. Students will bring their lifesaving skills to their current and future families, building stronger communities and saving lives.”

The ACT Foundation’s next milestone is working with high schools to add the defibrillator training to the CPR program.

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing the free CPR and AED program in Canadian high schools. The program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support. ACT’s Health partners who are committed to bringing the program to Quebec and across Canada are AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada. To date, the ACT Foundation has set up the CPR Program in more than 1,790 high schools nation-wide, empowering more than 3.9 million youth to save lives.

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For more information:

Carole Nadeau
Project Manager (Quebec)
Fondation ACT
Tel.(direct line): 450-587-5141
Toll free (message): 800-465-5553
cnadeau@actfoundation.ca
www.actfoundation.ca

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150 Rescue Stories in celebration of Canada 150 – CPR saves lives!

Ottawa, Ontario – November 1, 2017 – The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation kicks off CPR month by showcasing 150 Rescue Stories in celebration of Canada 150!

More than 3.9 million young Canadians have been trained in CPR at school and many lives have been saved.

The ACT Foundation is the charitable organization that is establishing free CPR and defibrillator training programs in high schools across Canada with the support of its national health partners AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada.

Every year, 350,000 more students are being trained in CPR by their teachers, and many lives are being saved like:

  • Lane, a 40-year-old father who suffered a cardiac arrest on a busy street and was saved by Dylan, a student who learned CPR in school;
  • Levi, a teen saved by two teens who were out for a jog that day. All three learned CPR at school;
  • Geoff, who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and was saved by his daughter Alexandria thanks to the CPR she learned in school; and
  • Five-year-old Madeleine who was saved with CPR by her sister, Lydia.

Visit ACT’s Rescue Stories page to read more about these and other stories where students and teachers from coast-to-coast confidently took charge and helped save parents, grandparents, friends and strangers. They were saved from heart attacks, sudden cardiac arrests, strokes and choking; asthmatic, diabetic, drowning emergencies and more.
Follow ACT’s Twitter account, where more rescue stories and CPR month updates will be posted in November.

About the ACT Foundation

ACT is the national charitable Foundation that is establishing free CPR and AED (automatic external defibrillator) programs in Canadian high schools. ACT finds local partners who donate the mannequins and AED training units that schools need to set up the program. High school teachers then teach CPR and how to use an AED to their students as a regular part of the curriculum, reaching all youth prior to graduation. ACT’s national health partners, committed to bringing the program to schools across Canada are AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada

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For further information, please contact:

ACT Foundation:

Polina Tarasenko
Communications Coordinator
comms@actfoundation.ca
Telephone: 613-729-3455
Toll free: 800-465-9111
www.actfoundation.ca

Twitter.com/actfoundation
Instagram.com/theactfoundation
Facebook/theactfoundation
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More than 200 students and community members in First Nation Communities of Whitedog and Grassy Narrows to be empowered with lifesaving skills

Ottawa, ON – October 24, 2017 – The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation and lead community partner Hydro One are launching student and community training in CPR and defibrillation in the communities of Whitedog and Grassy Narrows. This initiative will see more than 200 students and community members empowered with essential lifesaving skills.
The media are invited to the event at 9:30 am at Mizhakiiwetung Memorial School, Whitedog, ON P0X 1P0 on October 24, 2017 and Sakatcheway Anishinabe School, 1 Education Drive, Grassy Narrows, ON, P0X1B0 on October 25, 2017.

The ACT Foundation is the charitable organization that is establishing CPR and defibrillator training programs in high schools throughout Ontario and across Canada.
ACT is working in partnership with the Kenora Chiefs Advisory, lead community partner Hydro One, and health partners, AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada, to bring this program to the communities of Whitedog and Grassy Narrows. This initiative will see each school receives CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) training mannequins and AED training units.

“Hydro One proudly supports the ACT Foundation’s CPR training because we believe that safety should always come first,” said Derek Chum, Vice President, Indigenous Relations, Hydro One. “Whether at home, school or work, this curriculum will empower students with the skills and knowledge to save lives.”
“Seeing the expansion of ACT to more schools across Canada is a source of great pride for Sanofi Canada, a founding partner in the program,” says Niven Al-Khoury, President and CEO of Sanofi Canada.

Thanks to our partners:
• More than 200 students and community members to be trained in CPR and how to use a defibrillator
• 56 mannequins to be donated
• 8 defibrillator training units to be donated

With eight in 10 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring at home or in public places, empowering youth with CPR training as part of their high school education will help increase citizen CPR response rates over the long term.

Early CPR combined with early defibrillation can increase the chance of survival for cardiac arrest victims by up to 75% according to Heart and Stroke Foundation.

“We are thrilled with the support of our partners,” says Sandra Clarke, the ACT Foundation’s Executive Director. “Thanks to them, we are able to bring this lifesaving program to Whitedog and Grassy Narrows, ensuring all youth will be trained. Students and community members will bring their lifesaving skills to current and future families, building stronger communities and saving lives. Consult the link to many rescue stories.”

To date, the ACT Foundation has set up the CPR Program in more than 1,790 high schools nation-wide, empowering more than 3.9 million youth to save lives.

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing the free CPR and AED program in Canadian high schools. The program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support, whereby ACT finds local partners who donate the mannequins and AED training units that schools need to set up the program. High school teachers then teach CPR and how to use a defibrillator to their students as a regular part of the curriculum, reaching all youth prior to graduation. ACT’s partners committed to bringing the program to Ontario are provincial partners, the Government of Ontario and Hydro One, and health partners, AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada.

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For further information, please contact:

Jennifer Edwards
Operations Manager
ACT Foundation
act@actfoundation.ca
Tel: 613-286-5260
Toll: 800-465-9111
www.actfoundation.ca

Twitter.com/actfoundation
Instagram.com/theactfoundation
Faceboook/theactfoundation
YouTube.com/theactfoundation

Fraser-Cascade Students Learn to Save Lives

Hope, BC, June 19, 2017 – Today, teachers from the School District No. 78 Fraser-Cascade will be trained as instructors to empower students with CPR and defibrillator skills, as well as heart health knowledge, through the award-winning ACT High School CPR and Defibrillator Training Program. This training will result in 120 students from Agassiz Elementary-Secondary School and Hope Secondary School graduating with the skills and the knowledge to save lives.

The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation is the charitable organization that is establishing free CPR and defibrillator training programs in secondary schools throughout BC and across Canada. ACT is working in partnership with British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) paramedics and staff, RBC, AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada to bring this program to the two secondary schools.

Thanks to the support of our partners, the secondary schools are receiving training mannequins, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training units, curriculum materials and program set-up. Today’s teacher training is being provided by BCEHS Paramedic Paul Linza, who is volunteering their time to teach the workshop.

“At RBC, we believe the health and wellness of local communities is of vital importance,” says Carmen Ryujin, RBC Manger of Donations, Royal Bank of Canada. “We are proud to be long-time supporters of the ACT Foundation and thrilled to be the community partner bringing CPR and AED training to School District No. 78 Fraser-Cascade secondary schools.”

With eight in 10 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring at home or in public places, empowering youth with CPR training as part of their secondary school education will help increase citizen CPR response rates over the long term.

“As a founding partner of the ACT Foundation, we have proudly watched this program expand to communities from coast to coast. Not only are youth learning critical skills that stay with them for a lifetime, they also gain an appreciation of the science behind the techniques and, in some cases, go on to pursue careers in such areas as nursing, medicine, and emergency services,” says Ed Dybka, President and CEO, AstraZeneca Canada.

To date, the ACT High School CPR Program has been established in 236 public standard secondary schools throughout British Columbia and more than 415,000 students have already been empowered to save lives with CPR.

“Our front-line paramedics and dispatchers know bystander CPR saves lives. That’s why we’re so invested in helping to prepare future generations on how to help someone suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest,” says BCEHS Vice-President Medical Programs, Dr. William Dick. “Every year, through the ACT Foundation’s CPR and AED program approximately 44,000 BC students gain the information, skills, and confidence to help save lives. These skills will assist them to help others throughout the rest of their lives.”

Early CPR combined with early defibrillation can increase the chance of survival for cardiac arrest victims by up to 75% according to Heart and Stroke Foundation.

“We are thrilled with the support from our partners,” says Sandra Clarke, the ACT Foundation’s Executive Director. “With it, we can implement the CPR and AED Program in the communities of Agassiz and Hope. These are lifesaving skills that students will be able to bring to their current and future families and communities.”

To date, the ACT Foundation has set up the ACT High School CPR Program in more than 1,755 secondary schools nation-wide, empowering more than 3.6 million youth to save lives.

School District No. 78 Fraser-Cascade Snapshot:

• 2 secondary schools to implement the CPR and AED Training Program
• 120 students will now be trained in both CPR and how to use a defibrillator each year
• 6 defibrillator training mannequins donated
• 6 defibrillator training units donated
• Communities to receive the program are: Agassiz and Hope
• Participating Schools: Agassiz Elementary-Secondary School and Hope Secondary School

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing the free CPR and AED program in Canadian secondary schools. The program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support, whereby ACT finds local partners who donate the mannequins and AED training units that schools need to set up the program. Secondary school teachers then teach CPR and how to use a defibrillator to their students as a regular part of the curriculum, reaching all youth prior to graduation. ACT’s partners who are committed to bringing the program to British Columbia are BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) and our national health partners, AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada.

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For further information, please contact:

Jennifer Edwards
Operations Manager
ACT Foundation
act@actfoundation.ca
Tel: 613-729-3455
Toll: 800-465-9111
actfoundation.ca
twitter.com/actfoundation
instagram.com/theactfoundation
facebook.com/theactfoundation
youtube.com/theactfoundation

North Okanagan and Shuswap Students Learn to Save Lives

Salmon Arm, BC, May 19, 2017 – Today, teachers from the School District No. 83 North Okanagan-Shuswap will be trained as instructors to empower students with CPR and defibrillator skills, as well as heart health knowledge, through the award-winning ACT High School CPR and Defibrillator Training Program. This training will result in 500 students from A.L. Fortune, Eagle River, Pleasant Valley, and Salmon Arm secondary schools graduating with the skills and the knowledge to save lives.

The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation is the charitable organization that is establishing free CPR and defibrillator training programs in secondary schools throughout BC and across Canada. ACT is working in partnership with British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) paramedics and staff, RBC, AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada to bring this program to the four secondary schools.

Thanks to the support of our partners, the secondary schools are receiving training mannequins, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training units, curriculum materials and program set-up. Today’s teacher training is being provided by BCEHS Education Officer Karly Jones, Southern Interior and Cariboo Fraser, and BCEHS Education Officer Colin Fitzpatrick, Kootenay and South Okanagan, who are volunteering their time to teach the workshop.

“At RBC, we believe the health and wellness of local communities is of vital importance,” says Benton Summerfeldt, RBC Assistant Branch Manager, Royal Bank of Canada. “We are proud to be long-time supporters of the ACT Foundation and thrilled to be the community partner bringing CPR and AED training to School District No. 83 North Okanagan Shuswap secondary schools.”

With eight in 10 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring at home or in public places, empowering youth with CPR training as part of their secondary school education will help increase citizen CPR response rates over the long term.

“We are proud to be a national partner with the ACT Foundation—helping students not only to learn life-saving skills and embrace responsibility, but also enhancing their understanding of the science behind CPR,” says Dr. Clive Ward-Able, Executive Medical Director at Amgen Canada. “We strongly believe in encouraging and inspiring young talent and in helping students reach their potential.”

To date, the ACT High School CPR Program has been established in 236 public standard secondary schools throughout British Columbia and more than 415,000 students have already been empowered to save lives with CPR.

“Our front-line paramedics and dispatchers know bystander CPR saves lives. That’s why we’re so invested in helping to prepare future generations on how to help someone suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest,” says BCEHS Vice-President Medical Programs, Dr. William Dick. “Every year, through the ACT Foundation’s CPR and AED program approximately 44,000 BC students gain the information, skills, and confidence to help save lives. These skills will assist them to help others throughout the rest of their lives.”

Early CPR combined with early defibrillation can increase the chance of survival for cardiac arrest victims by up to 75% according to Heart and Stroke Foundation.

“We are thrilled with the support from our partners,” says Sandra Clarke, the ACT Foundation’s Executive Director. “With it, we can implement the CPR and AED Program in the communities of Armstrong, Enderby, Salmon Arm, and Sicamous. These are lifesaving skills that students will be able to bring to their current and future families and communities.”

To date, the ACT Foundation has set up the ACT High School CPR Program in more than 1,755 secondary schools nation-wide, empowering more than 3.6 million youth to save lives.

School District No. 83 North Okanagan-Shuswap Snapshot:

•4 secondary schools to implement the CPR and AED Training Program
•500 students will now be trained in both CPR and how to use a defibrillator each year
•24 defibrillator training mannequins donated
•11 defibrillator training units donated
•Communities to receive the program are: Armstrong, Enderby, Salmon Arm, and Sicamous
•Participating Schools: A.L. Fortune Secondary School, Eagle River Secondary School, Pleasant Valley Secondary School, and Salmon Arm Secondary School

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing the free CPR and AED program in Canadian secondary schools. The program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support, whereby ACT finds local partners who donate the mannequins and AED training units that schools need to set up the program. Secondary school teachers then teach CPR and how to use a defibrillator to their students as a regular part of the curriculum, reaching all youth prior to graduation. ACT’s partners who are committed to bringing the program to British Columbia are BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) and our national health partners, AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada.

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For further information, please contact:

Jennifer Edwards
Operations Manager
ACT Foundation
act@actfoundation.ca
Tel: 613-729-3455
Toll: 800-465-9111
actfoundation.ca
twitter.com/actfoundation
instagram.com/theactfoundation
facebook.com/theactfoundation
youtube.com/theactfoundation

Port Alberni and Ucluelet Students Learn to Save Lives

Port Alberni, BC, May 15, 2017 – Today, teachers from School District No. 70 Alberni will be trained as instructors to empower students with CPR and defibrillator skills, as well as heart health knowledge, through the award-winning ACT High School CPR and Defibrillator Training Program. This training will result in more than 250 students from Alberni District and Ucluelet secondary schools graduating with the skills and the knowledge to save lives.

The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation is the charitable organization that is establishing free CPR and defibrillator training programs in high schools throughout BC and across Canada. ACT is working in partnership with British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) paramedics and staff, RBC, AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada to bring this program to the two secondary schools.

Thanks to the support of our partners, the secondary schools are receiving training mannequins, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training units, curriculum materials and program set-up. Today’s teacher training is being provided by BCEHS’ Paramedic, Kim McKeown, who is volunteering her time to teach the workshop.

“At RBC, we believe the health and wellness of local communities is of vital importance,” says Tyler Robinson RBC Branch Manager, Royal Bank of Canada. “We are proud to be long-time supporters of the ACT Foundation and thrilled to be the community partner bringing CPR and AED training to School District No. 70 Alberni secondary schools.”

With eight in 10 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring at home or in public places, empowering youth with CPR training as part of their high school education will help increase citizen CPR response rates over the long term.

“As a founding partner of the ACT Foundation, we have proudly watched this program expand to communities from coast to coast. Not only are youth learning critical skills that stay with them for a lifetime, they also gain an appreciation of the science behind the techniques and, in some cases, go on to pursue careers in such areas as nursing, medicine, and emergency services,” says Ed Dybka, President and CEO, AstraZeneca Canada.

To date, the ACT High School CPR Program has been established in 236 public standard secondary schools throughout British Columbia and more than 415,000 students have already been empowered to save lives with CPR.

“Our front-line paramedics and dispatchers know bystander CPR saves lives. That’s why we’re so invested in helping to prepare future generations on how to help someone suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest,” says BCEHS Vice-President Medical Programs, Dr. William Dick. “Every year, through the ACT Foundation’s CPR and AED program approximately 44,000 BC students gain the information, skills, and confidence to help save lives. These skills will assist them to help others throughout the rest of their lives.”

Early CPR combined with early defibrillation can increase the chance of survival for cardiac arrest victims by up to 75% according to Heart and Stroke Foundation.

“We are thrilled with the support from our partners,” says Sandra Clarke, the ACT Foundation’s Executive Director. “With it, we can implement the CPR and AED Program in the communities of Port Alberni and Ucluelet. These are lifesaving skills that students will be able to bring to their current and future families and communities.”

To date, the ACT Foundation has set up the ACT High School CPR Program in more than 1,755 high schools nation-wide, empowering more than 3.6 million youth to save lives.

School District No. 70 Alberni Snapshot:

• 2 secondary schools to implement the CPR and AED Training Program
• More than 250 students will now be trained in both CPR and how to use a defibrillator each year
• 19 defibrillator training mannequins donated
• 6 defibrillator training units donated
• Communities to receive the program are: Port Alberni and Ucluelet
• Participating Schools: Alberni District Secondary School and Ucluelet Secondary School

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing the free CPR and AED program in Canadian high schools. The program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support, whereby ACT finds local partners who donate the mannequins and AED training units that schools need to set up the program. Secondary school teachers then teach CPR and how to use a defibrillator to their students as a regular part of the curriculum, reaching all youth prior to graduation. ACT’s partners who are committed to bringing the program to British Columbia are BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) and our national health partners, AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada.

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For further information, please contact:

Jennifer Edwards
Operations Manager
ACT Foundation
act@actfoundation.ca
Tel: 613-729-3455
Toll: 800-465-9111
actfoundation.ca
twitter.com/actfoundation
instagram.com/theactfoundation
facebook.com/theactfoundation
youtube.com/theactfoundation

Cranbrook, Invermere, and Kimberley Students Learn to Save Lives

Cranbrook, BC, May 10, 2017 – Today, teachers from school districts No. 5 Southeast Kootenay and No. 6 Rocky Mountain will be trained as instructors to empower students with CPR and defibrillator skills, as well as heart health knowledge, through the award-winning ACT High School CPR and Defibrillator Training Program. This training will result in more than 400 students from School District No. 5’s Mount Baker Secondary School, and from School District No. 6’s David Thompson and Selkirk secondary schools graduating with the skills and the knowledge to save lives.

The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation is the charitable organization that is establishing free CPR and defibrillator training programs in high schools throughout BC and across Canada. ACT is working in partnership with British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) paramedics and staff, RBC, AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada to bring this program to the three secondary schools.

Thanks to the support of our partners, the secondary schools are receiving training mannequins, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training units, curriculum materials and program set-up. Today’s teacher training is being provided by BCEHS’ Paramedic, Kim McKeown, who is volunteering her time to teach the workshop.

“At RBC, we believe the health and wellness of local communities is of vital importance,” says Graham Longpre, RBC Branch Manager, Royal Bank of Canada. “We are proud to be long-time supporters of the ACT Foundation and thrilled to be the community partner bringing CPR and AED training to School District No. 5 Southeast Kootenay and School District No. 6 Rocky Mountain secondary schools.”

With eight in 10 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring at home or in public places, empowering youth with CPR training as part of their high school education will help increase citizen CPR response rates over the long term.

“We are proud to be a national partner with the ACT Foundation—helping students not only to learn life-saving skills and embrace responsibility, but also enhancing their understanding of the science behind CPR,” says Dr. Clive Ward-Able, Executive Medical Director at Amgen Canada. “We strongly believe in encouraging and inspiring young talent and in helping students reach their potential.”

To date, the ACT High School CPR Program has been established in 236 public standard secondary schools throughout British Columbia and more than 415,000 students have already been empowered to save lives with CPR.

“Our front-line paramedics and dispatchers know bystander CPR saves lives. That’s why we’re so invested in helping to prepare future generations on how to help someone suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest,” says BCEHS Vice-President Medical Programs, Dr. William Dick. “Every year, through the ACT Foundation’s CPR and AED program approximately 44,000 BC students gain the information, skills, and confidence to help save lives. These skills will assist them to help others throughout the rest of their lives.”

Early CPR combined with early defibrillation can increase the chance of survival for cardiac arrest victims by up to 75% according to Heart and Stroke Foundation.

“We are thrilled with the support from our partners,” says Sandra Clarke, the ACT Foundation’s Executive Director. “With it, we can implement the CPR and AED Program in the communities of Cranbrook, Invermere, and Kimberley. These are lifesaving skills that students will be able to bring to their current and future families and communities.”

To date, the ACT Foundation has set up the ACT High School CPR Program in more than 1,755 high schools nation-wide, empowering more than 3.6 million youth to save lives.

School District #5 Southeast Kootenay and SD #6 Rocky Mountain Snapshot:

• 3 secondary schools to implement the CPR and AED Program
• More than 400 students will now be trained in both CPR and how to use a defibrillator each year
• 37 defibrillator training mannequins donated
• 11 defibrillator training units donated
• Communities to receive the program are: Cranbrook, Invermere, and Kimberley
• Participating Schools from School District No. 5 Southeast Kootenay: Mount Baker Secondary School
• Participating Schools from School District No. 6 Rocky Mountain: David Thompson Secondary School
and Selkirk Secondary School

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing the free CPR and AED program in Canadian high schools. The program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support, whereby ACT finds local partners who donate the mannequins and AED training units that schools need to set up the program. Secondary school teachers then teach CPR and how to use a defibrillator to their students as a regular part of the curriculum, reaching all youth prior to graduation. ACT’s partners who are committed to bringing the program to British Columbia are BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) and our national health partners, AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada.

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For further information, please contact:

Nives Scott
Communications Coordinator
ACT Foundation
comms@actfoundation.ca
Tel: 613-729-3455
Toll: 800-465-9111
www.actfoundation.ca
www.twitter.com/actfoundation
www.instagram.com/theactfoundation
www.youtube.com/theactfoundation
www.facebook/theactfoundation

7,000 students to receive CPR and defibrillator training every year

April 21, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

7,000 students to receive CPR and defibrillator training every year

Burlington, ON, 11:00 a.m. – The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation and partners are launching ACT’s High School CPR and Defibrillator Training Program in 28 high schools in the Halton Region. This initiative will see more than 7,000 students empowered by their teachers with essential lifesaving skills every year. The media event is being held at Aldershot High School, 50 Fairwood Pl., Burlington, ON, L7T 1E5.

The ACT Foundation is the charitable organization that is establishing CPR and defibrillator training programs in high schools throughout Ontario and across Canada. Mannequins and defibrillator training units are donated to schools and high school teachers are trained as instructors to train all students prior to graduation.

ACT is working in partnership with health partners, AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada, and provincial partners, the Government of Ontario and Hydro One, and many community partners to bring this program to the Halton Region high schools.

“Each year, approximately 7,000 Ontarians will experience cardiac arrest either at home or in public. When used in conjunction with CPR in the first few minutes after a cardiac arrest, defibrillation can dramatically improve cardiac arrest survival rates by more than 50 per cent. Providing youth with the tools and confidence to intervene in a life-saving scenario is an important investment that will benefit us all. I am proud of the ACT Foundation and our government for their commitment to improving the cardiac safety of communities across the province,” says Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and MPP for Burlington.

This initiative will see high schools receive training equipment as a result of the Skills4Life Fundraising Campaign which has received the support of many community partners and service clubs. These include lead community partners, AstraZeneca Canada, Amgen Canada, and Boehringer Ingelheim Canada Ltd. Community partners are: Bayer, Halton Hills Hydro Inc., Kiwanis Club of Oakville Inc., Oakville Lions Club, Rotary Club of Acton, Rotary Club of Burlington Central, Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore, Rotary Club of Burlington North, Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar, and Takeda Canada Inc.

“As a founding partner of the ACT Foundation, it’s very exciting to see the launch of this program come to fruition,” says Ed Dybka, President, AstraZeneca Canada. “At AstraZeneca, we’re proud to contribute to our local communities and I’m inspired to stand beside the many other Halton organizations that have played a part in making this day possible. I also thank the Government of Ontario for their support and the ACT Foundation for their leadership and commitment to this life-saving cause.”
Thanks to our partners in the Halton Region:

• 28 high schools to implement the program
• 7,000 students to be trained in CPR and how to use a defibrillator each year by teachers
• More than 700 CPR mannequins to be donated to schools
• More than 85 defibrillator training units to be donated to schools

With eight in 10 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring at home or in public places, empowering youth with CPR training as part of their high school education will help increase citizen CPR response rates over the long term.
“We are thrilled with the support of our partners,” says Sandra Clarke, the ACT Foundation’s Executive Director. “Thanks to them, we are able to bring this lifesaving program to 28 Halton Region high schools, ensuring all youth will be trained. Students will bring their lifesaving skills to current and future families, building stronger communities and saving lives. See link to many rescue stories.”

To date, the ACT Foundation has set up the CPR Program in more than 1,750 high schools nation-wide, empowering more than 3.6 million youth to save lives.

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing the free CPR and AED program in Canadian high schools. The program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support, whereby ACT finds local partners who donate the mannequins and AED training units that schools need to set up the program. High school teachers then teach CPR and how to use a defibrillator to their students as a regular part of the curriculum, reaching all youth prior to graduation. ACT’s partners committed to bringing the program to Ontario are provincial partners, the Government of Ontario and Hydro One, and national health partners, AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada.

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For further information:
Nives Scott
Communications Coordinator
ACT Foundation
comms@actfoundation.ca
Tel: 613-729-3455
Toll: 800-465-9111
www.actfoundation.ca
www.twitter.com/actfoundation
www.instagram.com/theactfoundation
www.youtube.com/theactfoundation
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150 Rescue Stories in Celebration of Canada 150 – CPR Saves Lives!

Ottawa, Ontario, April 6, 2017 – The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation is celebrating Canada 150 by showcasing 150 rescue stories and lives saved across the country as 350,000 high school students learn CPR each year.

The ACT Foundation is the charitable organization that is establishing free CPR and defibrillator training programs in high schools across Canada with the support of its national health partners AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada.

With 3.6 million young Canadians having already been empowered to save lives by their teachers, many lives are being saved like:

• Lane, a 40-year-old father who suffered a cardiac arrest on a busy street and was saved by Dylan, a student who learned CPR in school.
• A Grade 8 student who suffered a cardiac arrest and the entire school community came together to save his life.
• Geoff, who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and was saved by his daughter Alexandria thanks to the CPR she learned in school.
• Five year-old Madeleine who was saved with CPR by her sister, Lydia.

Visit ACT’s Rescue Stories page to read more about these and other stories where students and teachers from coast-to-coast confidently took charge and helped parents, grandparents, friends, and strangers suffering a heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest, stroke, choking, asthmatic, diabetic, drowning emergencies and more.
Follow ACT’s Twitter account, where a new rescue story will be showcased every day.

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing the free CPR and AED program in Canadian high schools. The program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support, whereby ACT finds local partners who donate the mannequins and AED training units that schools need to set up the program. High school teachers then teach CPR and how to use a defibrillator to their students as a regular part of the curriculum, reaching all youth prior to graduation. ACT’s partners committed to bringing the program to schools across Canada are ACT’s national health partners, AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada.

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17,000 students to receive CPR and defibrillator training – In Celebration of Heart Month

17,000 students to receive CPR and defibrillator training
In Celebration of Heart Month

Mississauga, ON, 10:00 a.m. – The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation and partners are celebrating Heart Month with the launch of ACT’s High School CPR and Defibrillator Training Program in more than 60 high schools in the Peel Region. This initiative will see more than 17,000 students empowered by their teachers with essential lifesaving skills every year. The media event is being held at Father Michael Goetz Catholic Secondary School, 330 Central Parkway West, Mississauga, ON, L5B 3K6.
The ACT Foundation is the charitable organization that is establishing CPR and defibrillator training programs in high schools throughout Ontario and across Canada. Mannequins are donated to schools and high school teachers are trained as instructors to train all students prior to graduation.

ACT is working in partnership with health partners, AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada, and provincial partners, the Government of Ontario and Hydro One, and many community partners to bring this program to the Peel Region high schools.
“I am so pleased that the ACT Foundation is launching its CPR and Defibrillator Training Program in high schools throughout the Peel region. This program will teach more than 17,000 students how to save a life. I commend the ACT Foundation and partners for launching this life-saving initiative,” says Dipika Damerla, MPP, Mississauga East-Cooksville.

This initiative will see high schools receive training equipment as a result of the Skills4Life Fundraising Campaign which has received the support of many community partners and service clubs. These include lead community partners, AstraZeneca Canada, Amgen Canada, and Boehringer Ingelheim Canada Ltd. Community partners are: BASF Canada Inc., Bayer, Brampton Village Lions Club, EllisDon Corporation, Enersource Corporation, Flower City Kiwanis, Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Kiwanis Club of Mississauga South, Loblaws Companies Ltd., Mississauga Central Lions Club, Mississauga Cooksville Lions Club, Mississauga Erin Mills Lions Club, Optimist Club of Brampton, Rotary Club of Bolton, Rotary Club of Bramalea, Rotary Club of Brampton, Rotary Club of Mississauga, Rotary Club of Mississauga Credit Valley AM, Streetsville Lions Club, and Takeda Canada Inc.

“As a founding partner of the ACT Foundation, it’s very exciting to see the launch of this program come to fruition,” says Ed Dybka, President, AstraZeneca Canada. “At AstraZeneca, we’re proud to contribute to our local communities and I’m inspired to stand beside the many other Peel organizations that have played a part in making this day possible. I also thank the Government of Ontario for their support and the ACT Foundation for their leadership and commitment to this life-saving cause.”
Thanks to our partners in the Peel Region:

• More than 60 high schools to implement the program
• More than 17,000 students to be trained in CPR and how to use a defibrillator each year by teachers
• 1,740 mannequins to be donated to schools
• 232 defibrillator training units to be donated to schools

“Hydro One is proud to be a longstanding supporter of the ACT Foundation’s important work in training high school students in CPR and defibrillation,” says Daniel Levitan, Director, External Relations. “Safety is Hydro One’s first priority and by investing in this program, we are making Ontario’s public spaces safer places to live, work, and play.”

With eight in 10 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring at home or in public places, empowering youth with CPR training as part of their high school education will help increase citizen CPR response rates over the long term.

Early CPR combined with early defibrillation can increase the chance of survival for cardiac arrest victims by up to 75% according to Heart and Stroke Foundation.

“We are thrilled with the support of our partners,” says Sandra Clarke, the ACT Foundation’s Executive Director. “Thanks to them, we are able to bring this lifesaving program to over 60 Peel Region high schools, ensuring all youth will be trained. Students will bring their lifesaving skills to current and future families, building stronger communities and saving lives. See link to many rescue stories.”

To date, the ACT Foundation has set up the CPR Program in more than 1,750 high schools nation-wide, empowering more than 3.6 million youth to save lives.

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing the free CPR and AED program in Canadian high schools. The program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support, whereby ACT finds local partners who donate the mannequins and AED training units that schools need to set up the program. High school teachers then teach CPR and how to use a defibrillator to their students as a regular part of the curriculum, reaching all youth prior to graduation. ACT’s partners committed to bringing the program to Ontario are provincial partners, the Government of Ontario and Hydro One, and health partners, AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada.

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For further information, please contact:

Nives Scott
Communications Coordinator
ACT Foundation
comms@actfoundation.ca
Tel: 613-729-3455
Toll: 800-465-9111
www.actfoundation.ca
www.youtube.com/theactfoundation
www.facebook/theactfoundation
www.twitter.com/actfoundation