RBC Commits $36,000 to Help ACT Foundation Bring Defibrillator Program to Prince George School District Secondary Schools

Over 1,000 students to be empowered to save lives each year!

Prince George, BC, June 21, 2012

Today, 32 teachers from School District #57 (Prince George) will be trained to empower their students with Automated External Defibrillator (AED) skills as an enhancement to the ACT High School CPR Program. This training, to be held at Prince George Secondary School, will result in more than 1,000 students trained annually by their teachers to use these lifesaving skills.

Thanks to a donation of $36,000 from the RBC Foundation, public secondary schools in School District #57 (Prince George) will each receive defibrillator training mannequins, training units, as well as an AED for inschool cardiac arrest emergencies. “At RBC we believe the health and wellness of local communities is of vital importance,” said Sean Kehler, VP Commercial Financial Services, RBC Prince George. “We are proud to be a long-time supporter of ACT Foundation and thrilled to be bringing CPR and AED training to Prince George high schools.”

Teachers from College Heights, DP Todd, Duchess Park, Kelly Road, Mackenzie, and Prince George Secondary Schools will participate in today’s workshop to be trained as instructors for their students. An additional eight (8) teachers from McBride and Valemount Secondary Schools will receive training during a second workshop to be held on Friday, June 22, 2012.

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing CPR and defibrillator training programs in all Canadian high schools. To date, the ACT High School CPR Program has been established in 220 public standard secondary schools throughout British Columbia and approximately 235,000 students have already been empowered to save lives with CPR.

The ACT Foundation is working with the Emergency and Health Services Commission to enhance the CPR program with defibrillator training and AEDs for public secondary schools throughout British Columbia. ACT’s health partners who are committed to bringing the AED program to these schools, and to all high schools across Canada, are AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada, and Sanofi.

Today’s teacher training is being provided by British Columbia Ambulance Service paramedics and CPR instructors Laine Smith, Patti Thompson, and Steve Dalla Lana, who are volunteering their time to teach the
workshop. With eight in 10 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring at home, 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 RBC’s support for this program,” said Sandra Clarke, the ACT Foundation’s Executive Director. “With their support, we can enhance the CPR program in Prince George school district public secondary schools with the addition of the defibrillator 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 1,600 high schools nation-wide, empowering more than 1.8 million youth to save lives.

Program Numbers in School District #57 (Prince George)

This partnership between the ACT Foundation and RBC will allow the eight (8) public secondary schools in School District #57 (Prince George) to receive:
6 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) [2 of the schools already own AEDs];
24 AED training units;
24 AED training mannequins;
40 teachers trained as CPR and AED instructors for their students; and
Over 1,000 students will learn CPR and AED skills each year.

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing the CPR and AED program in all 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, AED training units, and AED unitsthat 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 health partners who are committed to bringing the program to British Columbia and to all high schools across Canada are AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada, and Sanofi.

CPR Flash Mob Sees Students Demonstrate Lifesaving Skills to Fellow Students

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO

Over 120 students have organized a CPR flash mob for 1,600 students at Our Lady of  Mount Carmel Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario (3700 Trelawny Circle, Mississauga ON, L5N 5J7),  Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The day will begin with 120 students demonstrating their lifesaving skills on the football field at 10 a.m.

The CPR flash mob, organized by healthcare teacher Taylor Farquharson and her students, is a unique and creative way to raise awareness of the importance of CPR and to demonstrate to students and the community how easy it is to learn this lifesaving skill.

The ACT Foundation is proud to support Our Lady of Mount Carmel in helping make this innovation possible by providing CPR mannequins and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) training units for this event.

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization dedicated to establishing free CPR and defibrillation training in every Canadian high school. To date, and with the support of its national health partners AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada, and Sanofi, ACT has established the CPR program in 1,600 high schools across Canada, and more than 1.8 million youth have been empowered to save lives. In Toronto, ACT has set up the CPR program in 120 high schools and 275,000 students have been trained to date, with 26,000 more students trained by their teachers every year.

The Foundation’s work is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support. ACT raises funds for CPR mannequins and AED training units for schools and guides them in setting up a
program that schools themselves maintain over the long-term.

Ms. Farquharson and her students’ inspired CPR flash mob idea displays the imaginative and novel ways in which teachers and students can build upon the resources that ACT gives them when establishing a foundation for CPR training in schools. The ACT Foundation helped set up the CPR program at Our Lady of Mount Carmel by donating a class-set of CPR mannequins and AED training units. The flash mob is a testament to Ms. Farquharson’s dedication and ingenuity as she expands the program to as many students as possible.

Canada: A World Model for High School CPR and Defibrillator Training

OTTAWA, ONTARIO

(Marketwire – Feb. 1, 2012)

February is Heart Month and tens of thousands of youth across the country are being empowered with the skills and knowledge to save lives with CPR.

The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation, a charitable foundation, is setting up CPR and defibrillator training in high schools across Canada. Over 1.8 million students have been trained by their teachers, making Canada a world leader in high school CPR.

Program Snapshot:

-1,600 high schools -300,000 students trained each year -4,500 teachers trained as CPR instructors to date -45,000 durable mannequins donated to date -1.8 million students trained to date

As a result of the training, students from across the country are stepping up in the face of emergencies. Many are saving lives. These are just a few of their stories:

-19 year old Samantha saved her friend’s life after he suddenly collapsed from cardiac arrest.
-Tanner was working at a school coop placement when his boss went into cardiac arrest. Tanner was quick to react and save his life.
-Jenysse was at work when a stranger out for a motorcycle ride decided to stop at the gas station. He collapsed and she saved his life.

To learn more about the ACT Foundation and to read about the many student rescues from across Canada, visit www.actfoundation.ca. Please contact ACT for interviews with rescuers or survivors.

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization dedicated to establishing CPR as a mandatory program in every Canadian high school. The ACT Foundation raises funds to donate mannequins, defibrillator training units, defibrillators for schools, train teachers as instructors for their students, donate manuals and resources to schools, and guide schools in program set-up. ACT’s health partners who are committed to bringing the program to all high schools are AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada and Sanofi.