130 Magdalen Islands students to receive lifesaving CPR and defibrillator training every year

Magdalen Islands, Quebec – 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 save lives. The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation and partners officially launched the ACT High School CPR and Defibrillator Training Program in Eastern Shores School Board and la Commission scolaire des Îles.

Through this initiative, 130 students from Eastern Shores School Board’s Grosse Ile School, and la Commission scolaire des Îles’ la Polyvalente des Îles school will graduate every year with the lifesaving CPR skills and knowledge on how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

The ACT Foundation is the charitable organization that is establishing free CPR and defibrillator training programs in secondary schools throughout Quebec and across Canada. ACT is working in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports and the Ministry of Health and Social Services, with local support from Germain Chevarie, MNA for Îles-de-la-Madeleine, as well as health partners AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada to bring this program to the Magdalen Islands high schools.

This program was also made possible thanks to our Magdalen Islands community partners, listed in alphabetical order : À Marée Basse, Ambulance Leblanc, Autobus Les Sillons, Caisse populaire Havre-aux-Maisons, Caisse populaire des Ramées, Coopérative des Pêcheurs de Cap Dauphin, Du Coeur aux Soins, Fruits de Mer Madeleine, Gestion CTMA, IGA Coop de Fatima, IGA Coop de la Vernière, IGA Coop Havre-aux-Maisons, Mines Seleine, Pascan Aviation.

Funding will see participating secondary schools receive training equipment to enable teachers to train students. This includes Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training units, AED training mannequins, and program set-up that will see all students graduate with the skills and knowledge to save lives.

“I am very pleased to contribute to the success and the realisation of such an important program. Magdalen Islands students are now better equipped to respond to emergency situations, and that in itself will only make them better citizens,” declares Mr. Germain Chevarie, MNA, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, National Assembly.

“The Polyvalente des Îles students who are benefiting from this training and the equipment available to them, may one day need to save a life. What a great training for them! We’d like to thank the generous partners,” say Brigitte Aucoin, Executive Director, Commission scolaire des Îles, and Karen Renaud, principal, École Polyvalente des Îles.

“Great initiative by the ACT Foundation! We are indebted to community partners for supporting this initiative financially. Working together, we can make a difference for our students,” says Hugh Wood, Principal, Grosse Ile School.

To date, the ACT High School CPR Program has been established in 190 Quebec high schools and more than 500 000 students have already been empowered to save lives with CPR.

“As a founding partner of the ACT Foundation and a longstanding employer of the city of Laval, we are proud to make an additional financial contribution to the Foundation, so that local high school students learn the critical skills and know-how to save lives,” says Niven Al-Khoury, General Manager, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Care, Sanofi Canada. ”For Sanofi, providing local youth with lifesaving skills is a natural fit with our long cardiovascular heritage and we stand firmly behind the organization’s lifesaving training programs that ensure students are trained and empowered to use CPR and AEDs.”

“We are thrilled with the support from our partners. With it, we can enhance the CPR program in the two Magdalen Islands high schools», says Sandra Clarke, the ACT Foundation’s Executive Director.

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 Quebec are the Government of Quebec, and our national health partners, AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada. To date, the ACT Foundation has set up the CPR Program in more than 1,755 high schools nation-wide, empowering more than 3.6 million youth to save lives.

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Pour plus d’information:

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
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1,800 students to receive lifesaving CPR and defibrillator training

Richmond, BC 09:30 a.m. – Today, the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation and partners will launch the ACT High School CPR and Defibrillator Training Program in the 10 Richmond public standard secondary schools. More than 1,800 Richmond students will be empowered by their teachers with essential lifesaving skills every year. The media event is being held at the H.J. Cambie Secondary School, 4151 Jacombs Road, Richmond, BC, V6V 1N7.

The 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 its provincial partner BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) paramedics and staff, lead community partner, TELUS Vancouver Community Board, and health partners AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada, and Sanofi Canada to bring this program to the secondary schools in Richmond.

“This training is a protective factor for our community. This will undoubtedly save lives by giving teachers all the tools and training they need to pass along to their students. Thank you to all who make the delivery of this program possible,” says Hon. Linda Reid, Speaker and MLA for Richmond East.
Funding will see participating secondary schools receive training equipment to enable teachers to train students. This includes Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training units, AED training mannequins, and program set-up that will see all students graduate with the skills and knowledge to save lives.

“The TELUS Vancouver Community Board is proud to give where we live by supporting this initiative to ensure our next generation of young adults gain critical life-saving skills, which will help build stronger, healthier communities,” says Josh Blair, Vice-Chair of the TELUS Vancouver Community Board and Chief Corporate Officer, TELUS.
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 228 public standard secondary schools throughout British Columbia and approximately 370,000 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,” said Sandra Clarke, the ACT Foundation’s Executive Director. “With it, we can enhance the CPR program in Richmond secondary schools with the addition of the defibrillator training component. 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 1,740 high schools nation-wide, empowering more than 3.2 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. 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, Pfizer Canada, and Sanofi 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

Labrador North Teachers & Students to Learn CPR

Nain and Natuashish, Newfoundland and Labrador – This week Nain and Natuashish teachers 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.

The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation is the charitable organization that is establishing free CPR and defibrillator training programs in high schools across Canada. The Foundation promotes awareness and education on the prevention of emergencies, health and safety, and community response to save lives. The program also has a strong health promotion component, encouraging youth to adopt healthy lifestyle habits from a young age.

ACT is working in partnership with lead community partner, Vale, and health partners AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada, and Sanofi Canada to bring this lifesaving program to the communities of Nain and Natuashish.

Thanks to the support of ACT’s partners, two Labrador North high schools, Jens Haven Memorial School in Nain, and Mushuau Innu Natuashish School in Natuashish are receiving training mannequins, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training units, curriculum materials, program set-up and an AED for on-site cardiac arrest emergencies.

The teacher training workshops are being provided by instructors from First Aid Plus. In Natuashish, teachers will be trained at the Mushuau Innu Natuashish School on October 26, 2016. In Nain, teachers will be trained at the Jens Haven Memorial School on October 28, 2016. In addition to the high school program, teachers and school staff will be trained in CPR and how to use a defibrillator in both, Nain and Natuashish.

“Vale is pleased to be supporting ACT in the delivery of this vital training to teachers in the schools in Nain and Natuashish,” said Peter Langlois, General Manager of Vale’s operations in Labrador.

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

“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 1,740 high schools across Canada and approximately 3.2 million students have already been empowered to save lives with CPR.

“We are thrilled with the support of our partners,” says Sandra Clarke, the ACT Foundation’s Executive Director. “With it, we can empower Nain and Natuashish youth, as well as extend these essential lifesaving skills to all school staff, ensuring that the entire community can benefit from this initiative.”

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is creating a culture of lifesaving by establishing the CPR and AED program in all 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 are trained as instructors to 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 national health partners, committed to bringing the program to schools across Canada are AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada and Sanofi Canada. To date, the ACT Foundation has set up the CPR Program in more than 1,740 high schools nation-wide, empowering more than 3.2 million youth to save lives.

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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

Laval High Schools to receive CPR and Automated External Defibrillator Training

Laval High Schools to receive CPR and Automated External Defibrillator Training
Sanofi Canada celebrates World Heart Day by Investing in Laval Youth

Laval, QC, September 29, 2016 – The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation is pleased to announce that students from the Commission scolaire de Laval and the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board will benefit from lifesaving CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training, thanks to an additional donation from its national partner, Sanofi Canada, made on World Heart Day.

The donation is a boost for the Laval component of the ACT Foundation’s CPR secondary school program in Quebec, which is made possible through the support of both, health partners and the Government of Quebec. With Sanofi’s support, the Foundation’s lead Laval community partner, more than 2,500 students from the Commission scolaire de Laval and the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board will graduate every year with the lifesaving CPR skills and knowledge on how to use an AED.

Funding will see all public high schools (with sec. III, IV, and V) receive training equipment, including AED training units and training mannequins, as well as teacher training as Instructors to enable teachers to train all students with the skills and knowledge to save lives.

“As a founding partner of the ACT Foundation and a longstanding employer in the city of Laval, we are proud to make an additional financial contribution to the Foundation, so that local high school students learn the lifesaving skills of CPR and are trained to use AEDs. Sanofi has a long heritage in cardiovascular care and this is one way for us to give back to the community where we operate and where many of our employees live,” says Niven Al-Khoury, General Manager, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Care and Canada Country Chair, Sanofi.”

The ACT Foundation is the charitable organization that is establishing free CPR and defibrillator training programs in high schools throughout Quebec and across Canada. ACT is working in partnership Sanofi Canada as a lead community partner for Laval to bring this program to all nine (9) Laval high schools: Centre de qualification professionnelle et d’entrepreneuriat de Laval, École secondaire Curé-Antoine-Labelle, École secondaire Georges-Vanier, École secondaire Horizon-Jeunesse, École d’éducation internationale de Laval, École secondaire Leblanc, École secondaire Mont-de-LaSalle; École secondaire Saint-Maxime, and Laval Senior Academy.

For Louise Lortie, President of the Commission scolaire de Laval, the massive launch of this program in Laval high schools is not just an added value for the students, but also for the entire community. “Our schools are in the heart of Laval neighborhoods and they serve as a gathering place, for students, as well as for citizens. Our facilities and our equipment are readily available to the community. CPR and AED training, as well as the access to the medical equipment will enable us to save lives while contributing to the well-being of our community.”

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

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

“We are thrilled with Sanofi’s support,” says Sandra Clarke, the ACT Foundation’s Executive Director. “With it, we can enhance the CPR program in Laval high schools with AED training, which is especially timely with AEDs becoming more available in public places. These are lifesaving skills that students will be able to bring to their current and future families and communities.”

To date, the ACT Foundation, with the support of its health partners, and in partnership with the Government of Quebec, has set up the CPR Program in 400 high schools across the province and more than 440,000 students have already been empowered to save lives with CPR. ACT is now enhancing the program with AED training for youth.

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is creating a culture of lifesaving by establishing the CPR and AED program in all 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 who are committed to bringing the program to Quebec are the Government of Quebec, and our national health partners, AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada and Sanofi Canada. To date, the ACT Foundation has set up the CPR Program in more than 1,700 high schools nation-wide, empowering more than 3.2 million youth to save lives.

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For further information, please contact:

ACT Foundation:
Nives Scott
Communications Coordinator
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

Sanofi Canada:
Catherine Cunningham
Head of Communications, Canada
catherine.cunningham@sanofi.com
Tel: 514-956-6120
http://www.sanofi.ca/
@SanofiCanada
youtube.com/user/sanoficanada

Nelson House Teachers and School Staff Learn to Save Lives

Nelson House, MB 10:00 a.m. – More than 35 teachers and staff members of Nisichawayasihk Neyo Ohtinwak Collegiate (NNOC) have being empowered with CPR and first aid skills as part of a professional development initiative. They are now ready to bring these essential lifesaving skills and invaluable knowledge to their school and community. The training event was held at the Valer-Vale Education and Training Centre on September 22 2016.

The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation is working in partnership with lead community partner Vale to bring this community training to Nelson House. This initiative is an extension of the ACT High School CPR and Defibrillator Training Program where NNOC teachers train all Grade 9 students in CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

The ACT Foundation is the charitable organization that is establishing free CPR and defibrillator training programs in high schools across Canada. The Foundation promotes awareness and education on the prevention of emergencies, health and safety, and community response.

“This initiative will strengthen the health of our community by giving our teachers the skills and knowledge to save lives,” says NNOC Principal, Natalie Tays.

“The most important work that we do every day is to apply the distinctive actions of SafeProduction—plan, accept, care and lead—in order to manage risk to as low as reasonable achievable. We utilize controls and tools to achieve our goal of zero harm, but if something were to occur, we rely on our training. The ACT Foundation also provides the tools and training necessary to manage risk and save lives, which is why Vale is proud to support this vital initiative,”  says Mark Scott, Vice President, Manitoba Operations, Vale.

With eight in 10 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring at home or in public places, empowering all community members with CPR and AED training will dramatically increase citizen CPR response rates and save lives.

To date, the ACT High School CPR Program has been established in 1,740 high schools across Canada and approximately 3.2 million students have already been empowered to save lives with CPR.

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

“Thanks to ACT’s lead community partner Vale, we are able to train Nelson House teachers and staff members with lifesaving skills that they’ll be able to use to play an integral part in their community,” says Sandra Clarke, the ACT Foundation’s Executive Director.

About the ACT Foundation
The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing the 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 national health partners who are committed to bringing the program across Canada are AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada, and Sanofi Canada. Many rescues have already occurred thanks to the high school program as highlighted in the powerful 3-minute video (see link: http://youtu.be/IWTSXcx2lpI).

About Vale
Vale Canada Limited is one of Canada’s largest mining companies, with Canadian operations in Sudbury and Port Colborne, Ontario; Thompson, Manitoba and Voisey’s Bay and Long Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador.  Vale’s Base Metals unit, with its headquarters in Toronto, is the world’s second largest nickel producer and a leading producer of copper, platinum group metals and cobalt.  In Canada, Vale has a community investment program that has helped fuel local and national initiatives, impacting the lives of thousands of Canadians. 

Vale Canada Limited is part of Vale (NYSE: VALE), the world’s largest producer of iron ore and pellets.  Vale is also a leading producer of manganese, ferroalloys, thermal and coking coal, and fertilizer nutrients.  Present in 30 countries, Vale employs more than 200,000 people.  For further information, please visit www.vale.com

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For further information, please contact:

Nives Scott Ryan Land
Communications Coordinator Manager, Corporate Affairs
ACT Foundation and Organizational Development
comms@actfoundation.ca Vale Manitoba Operations
Tel: 613-729-3455 ryan.land@vale.com
Toll: 800-465-9111 Tel: 204-778-2326
www.actfoundation.ca
www.youtube.com/theactfoundation
www.facebook/theactfoundation
www.twitter.com/actfoundation

Ashcroft, Clinton, Lytton, and Lillooet Students Learn to Save Lives

Ashcroft, BC, June 27, 2016 – Today, School District No. 74 Gold Trail teachers 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 Program. This training will result in 100 students from the four participating schools, Desert Sands Community School, David Stoddart School, and Kumsheen and Lillooet 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, Interior Savings Credit Union, AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada, and Sanofi Canada to bring this program to Gold Trail 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. All secondary schools will also receive funding for a defibrillator for on-site cardiac arrest emergencies. Today’s teacher training is being provided by BCEHS’ Regional Educational Officer and Paramedic, Karly Jones, who is volunteering her time to teach the workshop.

“Thousands of people pass through the halls of our high schools each week for sports, cultural events, adult education courses, and community events,” says Kathy Conway, President and CEO of Interior Savings. “By empowering our students with these life-saving skills, we are helping to safeguard the health of our communities.”

“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. “ACT’s CPR and AED program is unique to Canada and renders a critical service to our healthcare system and services.”

To date, the ACT High School CPR Program has been established in 228 public standard secondary schools throughout British Columbia and more than 370,000 students have already been empowered to save lives with CPR.

“Each and every year the ACT Foundation’s CPR and AED program will enable approximately 44,000 students to gain the information, skills and confidence to save lives. These skills will assist them to help others throughout the rest of their lifetime. An investment worth our efforts,” says Dr. William Dick, Interim Vice President, Medical Programs of BCEHS.

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. Moreover, early CPR, combined with early defibrillation can increase survival rates for cardiac arrest victims by up to 75%, according to the 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 Ashcroft, Clinton, Lytton, and Lillooet. 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 1,700 high schools nation-wide, empowering more than 3.2 million youth to save lives.

Gold Trail Snapshot:
• 4 secondary schools to implement the CPR and AED Program
• 100 students will now be trained in both CPR and how to use a defibrillator each year
• 5 defibrillator training mannequins donated
• 5 defibrillator training units donated
• Funding for 4 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
• Gold Trail School District communities include: Ashcroft, Clinton, Lytton and Lillooet
• Participating Schools from School District No. 74 Gold Trail include: Desert Sands Community School, David Stoddart School and Kumsheen and Lillooet secondary schools

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing free CPR and AED programs 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, Pfizer Canada and Sanofi Canada.
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For further information, please contact:

Nives Jahibasic
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

Port McNeill and Port Hardy Students Learn to Save Lives

Port McNeill, BC, June 23, 2016 – Today, School District No. 85 Vancouver Island North teachers 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 over 100 students from North Island and Port Hardy 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, AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada, and Sanofi Canada to bring this program to Vancouver Island North 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 and Paramedic, Teresa White, who is volunteering her time to teach the workshop.

“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 228 public standard secondary schools throughout British Columbia and more than 370,000 students have already been empowered to save lives with CPR.

“Each and every year the ACT Foundation’s CPR and AED program will enable approximately 44,000 students to gain the information, skills and confidence to save lives. These skills will assist them to help others throughout the rest of their lifetime. An investment worth our efforts,” says Dr. William Dick, Interim Vice President, Medical Programs of BCEHS.

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. Moreover, early CPR, combined with early defibrillation can increase survival rates for cardiac arrest victims by up to 75%, according to the 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 McNeill and Port Hardy. 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 1,700 high schools nation-wide, empowering more than 3.2 million youth to save lives.

Vancouver Island North School District Snapshot:
• 2 secondary schools to implement the CPR and AED Program
• Over 100 students will now be trained in both CPR and how to use a defibrillator each year
• 50 training mannequins donated
• 6 defibrillator training units donated
• Communities included: Port McNeill and Port Hardy
• Participating Secondary Schools from School District No. 85 Vancouver Island North:
North Island and Port Hardy secondary schools

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing free CPR and AED programs 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, Pfizer Canada and Sanofi Canada.
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For further information, please contact:

Nives Jahibasic
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

Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge Students Learn to Save Lives

Dawson Creek, BC, June 22, 2016 – Today, School District No. 59 Peace River South teachers 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 over 275 students from the three participating schools, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, and Tumbler Ridge 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, AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada, and Sanofi Canada to bring this program to Peace River South 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’ BC Ambulance Service Paramedic and CPR Instructor, Dawn Reierson, who is volunteering her time to teach the workshop.

“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 228 public standard secondary schools throughout British Columbia and more than 370,000 students have already been empowered to save lives with CPR.

“Each and every year the ACT Foundation’s CPR and AED Program will enable approximately 44,000 students to gain the information, skills and confidence to save lives. These skills will assist them to help others throughout the rest of their lifetime. An investment worth our efforts,” says Dr. William Dick, Interim Vice President, Medical Programs of BCEHS.

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. Moreover, early CPR, combined with early defibrillation can increase survival rates for cardiac arrest victims by up to 75%, according to the 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 Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, and Tumbler Ridge. 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 1,700 high schools nation-wide, empowering more than 3.2 million youth to save lives.

Peace River South Snapshot:
• 3 secondary schools to implement the CPR and AED Program
• 276 students will now be trained in both CPR and how to use a defibrillator each year
• 8 defibrillator training mannequins donated
• 8 defibrillator training units donated
• Peace River South communities include: Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge
• Participating Secondary Schools from School District No. 59 Peace River South: Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge secondary schools

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing free CPR and AED programs 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, Pfizer Canada and Sanofi Canada.
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For further information, please contact:

Nives Jahibasic
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

Elk Valley Students Learn to Save Lives

Sparwood, BC, June 22, 2016 – Today, School District No. 5 Southeast Kootenay teachers 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 the three participating schools, Elkford, Fernie, and Sparwood 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, Pfizer Canada, and Sanofi Canada to bring this program to Southeast Kootenay secondary schools in the Elk Valley.

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.
“At RBC, we believe the health and wellness of local communities is of vital importance,” says Pam Shaw, RBC Royal Bank Regional Vice President, BC Interior. “We are proud to be long-time supporters of The ACT Foundation and thrilled to be one of the community partners bringing CPR and AED training to School District No. 5 Southeast Kootenay Elk Valley secondary schools.”

“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. “ACT’s CPR and AED Program is unique to Canada and renders a critical service to our healthcare system and services.”
To date, the ACT High School CPR Program has been established in 228 public standard secondary schools throughout British Columbia and more than 370,000 students have already been empowered to save lives with CPR.

“Each and every year the ACT Foundation’s CPR and AED program will enable approximately 44,000 students to gain the information, skills and confidence to save lives. These skills will assist them to help others throughout the rest of their lifetime. An investment worth our efforts,” says Dr. William Dick, Interim Vice President, Medical Programs of BCEHS.

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. Moreover, early CPR, combined with early defibrillation can increase survival rates for cardiac arrest victims by up to 75%, according to the 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 Elk Valley. 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 1,700 seconadary schools nation-wide, empowering more than 3.2 million youth to save lives.

Elk Valley Snapshot:
• 3 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
• 45 training mannequins donated
• 6 defibrillator training units donated
• Elk Valley communities include: Elkford, Fernie and Sparwood
• Participating Secondary Schools from School District No. 5 Southeast Kootenay:
Elkford, Fernie and Sparwood secondary schools

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing free CPR and AED programs 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, Pfizer Canada and Sanofi Canada.
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For further information, please contact:

Nives Jahibasic
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

Deux étudiants de la Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île reçoivent le prix de secourisme d’ACT

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Montréal, QC – Deux étudiants de l’école secondaire Pointe-aux-Trembles, Malik Brideau et Jimmy Ouellet, ont reçu récemment le prix de secourisme de la Fondation ACT pour avoir sauvé la vie d’un homme de 47 ans, lors d’un arrêt cardiaque, grâce aux techniques de réanimation cardiorespiratoire (RCR) et de défibrillateur externe automatisé (DEA), apprises au secondaire.

« Lorsque j’ai vu Marc par terre sans signes vitaux, j’étais en choc», se souvient Jimmy. « Je voulais fuir rapidement, mais je me suis rappelé de mes cours au secondaire et je savais que je devais lui venir en aide. »

Tandis que Jean-Christophe, le concierge de l’école et entraîneur de leur équipe, courrait chercher le défibrillateur externe automatisé (DEA) de l’école, Jimmy et Malik ont pris la situation en mains et ont commencé la RCR.

« Le DEA était très facile à utiliser, car il nous disait quoi faire» disent les deux gars. « Les instructions de la machine nous ont beaucoup aidé durant le processus», se souvient Malik.

Les deux gars ont continué à suivre les directives de la machine. Ils ont alterné les compressions thoraciques et la défibrillation jusqu’à l’arrivée des ambulanciers et des pompiers.

La semaine suivante, lors de leur pratique de hockey-balle hebdomadaire, Malik et Jimmy ont appris que Marc était en vie et qu’il allait bien.

Bien que Malik considère le DEA comme un instrument indispensable qui sauve des vies, Anne-Marie, la conjointe de Marc, félicite les deux jeunes gars d’avoir sauvé la vie de son mari.

« Les ambulanciers m’ont dit que Jimmy et Malik ont fait le travail nécessaire. Grâce à la formation de RCR d’ACT offerte par leur enseignante Mme. Gagnon, j’ai toujours mon mari à mes côtés sans cela il serait décédé», dit-elle.

« C’est arrivé en un coup de vent, sans que je m’y attende. Le fait d’avoir pris des cours au secondaire m’a donné la confiance de savoir quoi faire. Sans ça, je ne serais pas passé à l’action, » avoue Jimmy.

Les deux étudiants ont été honorés lors du gala de fin d’année de l’école secondaire Pointe-aux-Trembles. Ils ont reçu un certificat des mains du président de la Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île, M. Miville Boudreault, en compagnie de la représentante de la Fondation ACT, Mme Carole Nadeau.
Jimmy et Malik ont reçu leur formation à l’école secondaire Pointe-aux-Trembles par le biais du Programme de RCR et de défibrillation au secondaire d’ACT offert dans quatre écoles de la Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île. La Fondation ACT est en campagne de financement pour compléter le programme dans cette commission scolaire.
La Fondation ACT est l’organisme de bienfaisance national offrant une formation gratuite de RCR comme programme obligatoire dans toutes les écoles secondaires du Québec et de par tout le Canada. Le programme de RCR et de défibrillation au secondaire a été mis sur pied dans 170 écoles secondaires à travers la province du Québec à ce jour, et plus de 440 000 étudiants ont été formés pour sauver des vies grâce à la formation en RCR.

Sachant que huit (8) arrêts cardiaques sur dix (10) surviennent à la maison, ou dans des endroits publics, équiper les jeunes avec la formation en RCR dans le cadre de leur cheminement scolaire au secondaire, aidera à long terme à hausser le taux de pratique de RCR par les citoyens. De plus, selon la Fondation des Maladies du Cœur et de l’AVC, la RCR précoce accompagnée d’une défibrillation hâtive peut accroître jusqu’à 75% les chances de survie d’une personne victime d’arrêt cardiaque.

À propos de la Fondation ACT

La Fondation ACT est un organisme de bienfaisance national ayant pour mission de mettre sur pied le programme de RCR comme programme obligatoire dans toutes les écoles secondaires du Canada. Le programme repose sur le modèle primé de partenariat et de soutien communautaire d’ACT. Les partenaires du domaine de la santé d’ACT qui se sont engagés à offrir le programme à Québec, ainsi qu’à toutes les écoles secondaires du Canada sont AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada et Sanofi Canada. À ce jour, le programme de formation en RCR a été mis sur pied dans plus de 1 740 écoles secondaires de partout au Canada, offrant à 3,2 million de jeunes Canadiens le pouvoir de sauver des vies.

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Pour plus d’information:

Nives Jahibasic
Coordonatrice en communications
Fondation ACT
Courriel : comms@actfoundation.ca
Tél.: 613-729-3455 Sans-frais: 800-465-5553
www.fondationact.ca
facebook.com/theactfoundation
youtube.com/theactfoundation
twitter.com/actfoundation