Secondary school students demonstrate CPR skills

Secondary school students demonstrate CPR skills

VICTORIA, B.C., 22/11/07

Secondary school students joined Health Minister George Abbott and Education Minister and Deputy Premier Shirley Bond at the B.C. legislature today to demonstrate the life-saving skill of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The ministers participated in the demonstration as part of November’s CPR Awareness Month to remind British Columbians of the importance of learning CPR.

“Learning how to perform CPR takes little time and could help someone you love during an emergency,” said Abbott. “I am proud to see the BC Ambulance Service partner with the ACT Foundation to provide life-saving education to British Columbia’s youth.”

Cardiovascular disease is the second leading cause of death and accounts for more than one-fifth of all deaths in B.C. A cardiac arrest victim is four times more likely to survive if CPR is administered while waiting for further medical care.

“CPR training saves lives,” said Bond. “The BC Ambulance Service is committed to working with health partners to give every Grade 9 and 10 student in this province the opportunity to learn vital CPR skills by 2010.”

The BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) has been working with the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation, a national charitable organization dedicated to school-based CPR, and the Ambulance Paramedics of BC Union to provide free CPR training to secondary school students across the province.

“We see the value of CPR every day and have more and more evidence that demonstrates that good CPR works,” said Dr. Jim Christenson, vice-president of medical programs for the BCAS. “Even with the best technology, medical expertise and timely deployment of first responders, the best chance for someone in cardiac arrest is still to have a bystander perform CPR until paramedics can provide professional CPR and defibrillation.”

“There is no limit to how many students this program can reach,” said ACT Foundation executive director Sandra Clarke. “We’ll continue expanding the program across the province until all youth are equipped with the knowledge and skills to save a life as a normal part of their secondary school education.”

In April 2005, the BC Ambulance Service, ACT Foundation and Ambulance Paramedics Union launched the program where paramedic instructors volunteer to train teachers to teach CPR to their students. To date, 400 teachers in 100 schools throughout the province have received the skills needed to empower and teach approximately 20,000 secondary school students CPR each year.

For more information on CPR and CPR courses, please visit the BCAS website at www.health.gov.bc.ca/bcas.

CPR program launched in Trois-Rivières high schools

CPR program launched in Trois-Rivières high schools

TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QC, 21/11/07

Today, the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation, in partnership with the Quebec Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sport, Ministry of Health and Social Services, and TransCanada Corporation, as the lead community partner, is launching the ACT High School CPR Program in Trois-Rivières. The launch will take place at 10:10 a.m. at Collège de l’Horizon, 275, rue Montplaisir in Trois-Rivières.

The launch of the ACT High School CPR Program in Trois-Rivières will empower more than 1,200 students from 5 local high schools empowered to save a life through CPR training. The schools span the Commission scolaire du Chemin-du-Roy. The communities reached through this implementation include Trois-Rivières and Louiseville.

The ACT High School CPR Program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support. The lead community-level partner playing a key role in bringing the program to Trois-Rivières is TransCanada Corporation. “The health and safety of the public and our employees is one of TransCanada’s top priorities,” says Brian McConaghy, vice-president, TransCanada Community, Safety and Environment. “Because TransCanada does business in the local area, we seized the opportunity to help these young students gain the ability to make a serious contribution to the health and safety of others in their community.”

The Government of Quebec is a provincial partner of the ACT High School CPR Program, through support from the Ministry of Education, Recreation, and Sports, and the Ministry of Health and Social Services. “I am pleased to support the implementation in Québec of the High School CPR Training Program established by the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation of Canada,” says Philippe Couillard, Minister of Health and Social Services. “At a time when cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death, it is encouraging to know that more and more Québec residents will receive basic training in how to react in situations that could otherwise prove fatal.” Also supporting the program at the provincial level are Sun Life Financial and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. National partners are AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, Pfizer Canada and sanofi-aventis.

“We are thrilled with the support of ACT’s partners,” says ACT Foundation Executive Director Sandra Clarke. “Without them, the Trois-Rivières program would not be possible.”

Thanks to the support of ACT’s partners in Trois-Rivières, 180 CPR training mannequins have been donated to the 5 area high schools and 20 physical education teachers have been trained as CPR Instructors.

To date, the ACT High School CPR Program has been implemented in 160 Quebec high schools and approximately 60,000 students have been empowered to save lives. The ACT Foundation’s goal in Quebec is to expand the CPR Program to an additional 400 schools. To help make this possible, ACT has secured a commitment of $600,000 from the Quebec government through its public / private funding partnership.

Research indicates citizen CPR response can improve the survival rate for victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest by almost fourfold. With eight in 10 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.

About the ACT Foundation
The ACT Foundation is an award-winning, national charitable organization dedicated to promoting health and empowering Canadians to save lives. ACT is driving a national campaign to establish CPR as a mandatory program in every Canadian high school. ACT raises funds for CPR mannequins for schools and guides schools in program set up. The Foundation has already established the CPR program in over 1,000 high schools across Canada and more than 900,000 youth have been trained to date. The Foundation and its core partners are winners of Imagine Canada’s “New Spirit of Community Partnership” Award. Core partners are companies in the research-based pharmaceutical industry: AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, Pfizer Canada and sanofi-aventis. They provide ACT’s sustaining funding and are committed to the Foundation’s national goal of promoting health and empowering youth to save lives. For more information visit: www.actfoundation.ca.

ACT Foundation and FirstOntario Credit Union partner to bring lifesaving CPR training to Hamilton youth

ACT Foundation and FirstOntario Credit Union partner to bring lifesaving CPR training to Hamilton youth

HAMILTON, ON, 13/11/07

The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation is pleased to announce that FirstOntario Credit Union is partnering with ACT to bring lifesaving CPR training to youth in Hamilton high schools.

FirstOntario is donating nearly $44,000 as the lead community partner supporting implementation of the ACT High School CPR Program in all Hamilton-area schools. Thanks to this support, over 6,600 local youth from nearly 30 schools will be empowered with the skills and knowledge to save a life each year. The program will officially kick off in the city’s schools in early 2008.

“We are thrilled with FirstOntario’s support as a lead community partner,” says ACT Foundation Executive Director Sandra Clarke. “Without their important contribution, the program in Hamilton would not be possible.”

The ACT High School Program is driven by a strong community-based model of partnerships and support. ACT fundraises at the community level to donate the mannequins, the training for teachers to become CPR instructors for their students, and the curriculum resources schools need to set up the program. FirstOntario Credit Union is playing a key role in this area.

“FirstOntario is honoured to be the lead community partner with The ACT Foundation of Canada for the next three years,” commented Lloyd Smith, Interim President and CEO. “We believe in supporting our community and continual learning is one of our core values as an organization. We’re proud to be working together with ACT to make a difference in the lives of Hamilton area youth with such an important life-saving skill.”

The ACT Foundation’s goal in Ontario is to set up the lifesaving CPR program in every high school. To help make this possible, ACT has secured a provincial-level commitment from the Government of Ontario to enable the Foundation to seek matching funds for program resources at the community level through a public / private funding partnership. Also supporting the program at the provincial level are Hydro One, Shoppers Drug Mart and The Ontario Trillium Foundation. National partners are AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, Pfizer Canada, and sanofi-aventis.

To date, the ACT High School CPR Program has been set up in over 500 Ontario high schools and over 750,000 Ontario students have been empowered to save lives.

Research indicates citizen CPR response can improve survival rate for victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest by almost fourfold. 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.

About the ACT Foundation
The ACT Foundation is a national, award-winning charitable organization dedicated to promoting health and empowering Canadians to save lives. ACT is driving a national campaign to establish CPR as a mandatory program in every Canadian high school. ACT raises funds for CPR mannequins for schools and guides schools in program set up. To date over 900,000 youth have been trained in more than 1,000 high schools across Canada. For more information visit:www.actfoundation.ca.

About FirstOntario Credit Union
In business since 1939, FirstOntario Credit Union is a community based credit union with 17 branches serving 11 communities within Greater Hamilton, the Niagara Region and Southwestern Ontario. Like banks, FirstOntario offers a full package of products and services. Profits are reinvested back to Members and in to the communities in which we operate. This is one of our co-operative principles and one of the key differences between banks and credit unions.

Membership is open to anyone living or working in the areas in which the credit union operates. The company serves over 67,000 Members and has over $1.1 billion in assets under administration.

Teens chose to save lives instead of sleeping in

Teens chose to save lives instead of sleeping in

POINTE-CLAIRE, QC, 09/11/07

In a lifesaving new twist on “bring your child to work”, tomorrow Pfizer Canada is empowering 20 youths, 16 of which are its employees’ children, to save lives through CPR training. The training is an extension of the company’s employee CPR training program, launched last spring with help from the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation, as part of its internal health and well-being program. CPR training is directly linked to Pfizer’s strategic imperatives and commitment to the health and well-being of families.

“The children who will be trained on Saturday range in age from nine to 16,” says Stephanie Speth, employee of Pfizer Canada who was trained as a CPR Instructor through the employee program, along with 11 colleagues. “We have done many CPR training sessions at Pfizer, but this is the first time that I will be training my colleagues’ children,” added Speth. Trainers like Stephanie now spearhead the rollout of CPR education to head office and field staff. Some are also extending CPR training into the community; bringing CPR to their families, friends, and neighbours and helping teachers teach the ACT High School CPR Program in local schools.

The ACT Foundation is an award-winning, national charitable organization dedicated to establishing CPR as a mandatory program in every Canadian high school. Since 2000, Pfizer Canada has been an active national-level partner of the Foundation and its mission to promote health and empower Canadians to save lives through the ACT High School CPR Program. Both the employee CPR training program and the idea for employees to then teach CPR to their children are firsts among ACT’s partners.

“Pfizer Canada is playing a lead role in bringing the ACT High School CPR Program to schools throughout Canada, and we’re excited to say is now also a driving force in taking CPR beyond the classroom walls,” says ACT Foundation Executive Director Sandra Clarke. “We are absolutely thrilled with the company’s innovative efforts to bring this lifesaving training into the office, into the home, and into the community.”

About the ACT Foundation
The ACT Foundation is a national, award-winning charitable organization dedicated to promoting health and empowering Canadians to save lives. ACT is driving a national campaign to establish CPR as a mandatory program in every Canadian high school. ACT raises funds for CPR mannequins for schools and guides schools in program set up. Over 900,000 students from more than 1,000 schools have been empowered to save lives through the CPR Program to date. The Foundation and its core partners are winners of Imagine Canada’s “New Spirit of Community Partnership” Award. Core partners are companies in the research-based pharmaceutical industry: AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, Pfizer Canada, and sanofi-aventis. They provide ACT’s sustaining funding and are committed to the Foundation’s national goal of promoting health and empowering Canadians to save lives. For more information visit: www.actfoundation.ca.

Thunder Bay students to be empowered to save lives

Thunder Bay students to be empowered to save lives

THUNDER BAY, ON, 21/09/07

Today, the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation, in partnership with TransCanada Corporation, and the Government of Ontario and other key provincial partners (Hydro One, Shoppers Drug Mart and The Ontario Trillium Foundation), is launching the ACT High School CPR Program in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The launch will take place at 10:00 a.m. at Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational Institute, 130 W. Churchill Drive. Schools from the Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales, Lakehead District School Board and Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board are embracing this award-winning program.

One thousand seven hundred (1,700) Grade 9 students from seven high schools will now be empowered to save lives every year. Seventeen physical education teachers have been trained as CPR instructors and will train their students using the nearly 200 mannequins that have been donated to their schools. The students will then take their life-saving skills to the local community.

The ACT Foundation is a national charitable organization dedicated to establishing CPR as a mandatory program in every Canadian high school. The ACT High School CPR Program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support. Through this model, ACT raises funds for CPR mannequins for schools and guides schools in program set up. The lead community partner in Thunder Bay is TransCanada Corporation. The company is playing a key role in helping to bring the CPR Program to this community. The print partner for ACT’s High School CPR Student Manuals in Thunder Bay is The Chronicle Journal.

“The health and safety of the public and our employees is one of TransCanada’s top priorities,” says Brian McConaghy, vice-president, TransCanada Community, Safety and Environment. “Because TransCanada does business in the local area, we seized the opportunity to help these young students gain the ability to make a serious contribution to the health and safety of others in their community.”

Research indicates citizen CPR response can improve survival rate for victims by almost fourfold. 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.

“We have a highly skilled group of professional paramedics who responded to 134 of these types of events in 2006 and in less then 10 per cent of cases was CPR being done,” says Wayne Gates, Acting Manager, Quality Assurance and Training, Superior North Emergency Medical Services. “By having high school students take this vital and lifesaving training, they can now make a difference and help save a life. Superior North EMS is honoured to be partnered with ACT to help deliver this CPR program.”

The ACT Foundation’s goal in Ontario is to expand the CPR Program to every high school throughout the province. To help make this possible, ACT has secured a provincial commitment of $650,000 from the Government of Ontario through its public / private funding partnership. Through this partnership, the Foundation seeks matching funds for program resources at the community level.

“I am extremely pleased with all the hard work and dedication the Advanced Coronary Treatment Foundation has publicized in attempts to promote the health and well-being for citizens all across Ontario,” says Michael Gravelle, Community Leader in Thunder Bay. “CPR training for youth is a wonderful initiative and should be taken into serious consideration by the school boards across Northwestern Ontario.”

The ACT Foundation also receives provincial-level funding for the program from Hydro One, Shoppers Drug Mart, and The Ontario Trillium Foundation, and its national partners are AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, Pfizer Canada and sanofi-aventis.

“We are thrilled with the support of ACT’s partners. Without them, the Thunder Bay program would not be possible,” says ACT Foundation Executive Director Sandra Clarke.

To date, the ACT High School CPR Program is in over 400 Ontario high schools and over 600,000 Ontario students have been trained. Nationally, over 1 million students from over 1,000 schools have been empowered to save lives through the CPR Program.

About the ACT Foundation
The ACT Foundation is a national, award-winning charitable organization dedicated to promoting health and empowering Canadians to save lives. ACT is driving a national campaign to establish CPR as a mandatory program in every Canadian high school. ACT raises funds for CPR mannequins for schools and guides schools in program set up. The Foundation has already established the CPR program in over 1,000 high schools across Canada and over 1 million youth have been trained to date. The Foundation and its core partners are winners of Imagine Canada’s “New Spirit of Community Partnership” Award. Core partners are companies in the research-based pharmaceutical industry: AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, Pfizer Canada and sanofi-aventis. They provide ACT’s sustaining funding and are committed to the Foundation’s national goal of promoting health and empowering Canadians to save lives. For more information visit: www.actfoundation.ca.

ACT Foundation and TransCanada Corporation partner to bring lifesaving CPR training to youth in Ontario and Quebec communities

ACT Foundation and TransCanada Corporation partner to bring lifesaving CPR training to youth in Ontario and Quebec communities

OTTAWA, ON, 17/09/07

The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation is pleased to announce that TransCanada Corporation is partnering with ACT to bring lifesaving CPR training to youth in high schools in Ontario and Quebec.

TransCanada is donating $90,000 as a lead community partner to support implementation of the ACT High School CPR Program in Clarington, Hearst, and Thunder Bay, Ontario and in Louiseville and Trois-Rivières, Quebec. The partnership will see nearly 6,000 Ontario youth and almost 1,500 Quebec youth empowered with the skills and knowledge to save a life each year.

“We are thrilled with TransCanada’s support as a lead community partner,” says ACT Foundation Executive Director Sandra Clarke. “Without their important contribution, the program in these communities would not be possible.”

The ACT High School Program is driven by a strong community-based model of partnerships and support. ACT fundraises at the community level to donate the mannequins, the training for teachers to become CPR instructors for their students, and the curriculum resources schools need to set up the program. TransCanada Corporation is playing a key role in this area.

“The health and safety of the public and our employees is one of TransCanada’s top priorities,” says Brian McConaghy, vice-president, TransCanada Community, Safety and Environment. “Because TransCanada does business in the local area, we seized the opportunity to help these young students gain the ability to make a serious contribution to the health and safety of others in their community.”

Today, ACT and TransCanada are launching the CPR Program in Hearst and surrounding area. This implementation will see over 650 youth trained each year using 205 donated mannequins.

The ACT Foundation’s goal in Ontario and Quebec is to set up the lifesaving CPR program in every high school. To help make this possible, ACT has secured provincial-level commitments from the governments of both provinces to enable the Foundation to seek matching funds for program resources at the community level through a public / private funding partnership. To date, the ACT High School CPR Program is in over 400 Ontario high schools and over 600,000 Ontario students have been empowered to save lives. In Quebec, the program has been brought to nearly 160 schools, reaching over 23,000 youth each year.

Research indicates citizen CPR response can improve survival rate for victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest by almost fourfold. 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.

About the ACT Foundation
The ACT Foundation is a national, award-winning charitable organization dedicated to promoting health and empowering Canadians to save lives. ACT is driving a national campaign to establish CPR as a mandatory program in every Canadian high school. ACT raises funds for CPR mannequins for schools and guides schools in program set up. To date over 1 million youth have been trained in more than 1,000 high schools across Canada. The Foundation and its core partners are winners of Imagine Canada’s “New Spirit of Community Partnership” Award. Core partners are companies in the research-based pharmaceutical industry: AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, Pfizer Canada and sanofi-aventis. They provide ACT’s sustaining funding and are committed to the Foundation’s national goal of promoting health and empowering Canadians to save lives. For more information visit:www.actfoundation.ca.

About TransCanada Corporation
With more than 50 years experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas pipelines, power generation, gas storage facilities, and projects related to oil pipelines and LNG facilities. TransCanada’s network of wholly owned pipelines extends more than 59,000 kilometres (36,500 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is one of the continent’s largest providers of gas storage and related services with approximately 360 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A growing independent power producer, TransCanada owns, or has interests in, approximately 7,700 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada’s common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP.

Students to be empowered to save lives

Students to be empowered to save lives

HEARST, ON, 17/09/07

Today, the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation, in partnership with TransCanada Corporation, and the Government of Ontario and other key provincial partners (Hydro One, Shoppers Drug Mart and The Ontario Trillium Foundation), is launching the ACT High School CPR Program in Hearst, Ontario. The launch will take place at 10:00 a.m. at École secondaire catholique Hearst, 30 10e rue. Schools from the Conseil scolaire catholique des Grandes Rivières, Conseil scolaire de district du Nord-Est de l’Ontario and District School Board Ontario North East are embracing this award-winning program.

Over six hundred and fifty (650) students from 14 schools will now be empowered to save lives every year. Thirty-nine physical education teachers have been trained as CPR instructors and will now train their students using the 205 mannequins donated to their schools. The students in these boards will then take their life-saving skills to their communities, which include: Hearst, Kapuskasing, Mattice, Smooth Rock Falls and Timmins.

The ACT Foundation is a national charitable organization dedicated to establishing CPR as a mandatory program in every Canadian high school. The ACT High School CPR Program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support. Through this model, ACT raises funds for CPR mannequins for schools and guides schools in program set up. The lead community partner in Hearst is TransCanada Corporation. The company is playing a key role in helping to bring the CPR Program to this community. The local print partner Sun Media Inc. Northern Ontario has donated a two year supply of manuals for over 650 students.

“The health and safety of the public and our employees is one of TransCanada’s top priorities,” says Brian McConaghy, vice-president, TransCanada Community, Safety and Environment. “Because TransCanada does business in the local area, we seized the opportunity to help these young students gain the ability to make a serious contribution to the health and safety of others in their community.”

Research indicates citizen CPR response can improve survival rate for victims by almost fourfold. 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.

“CPR saves lives and through our partnership with the ACT Foundation and our North-Eastern Ontario School Boards we hope to deliver CPR training to over 650 students annually within the Cochrane District,” says Steve Trinier, Emergency Medical Services Director for the Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board. “Without question, at some point in the future, one of these students will intervene in an emergency situation and have a profound impact on not only the victims life, but on their own life as well.”

The ACT Foundation’s goal in Ontario is to expand the CPR Program to every high school throughout the province. To help make this possible, ACT has secured a provincial commitment of $650,000 from the Government of Ontario through its public / private funding partnership. Through this partnership, the Foundation seeks matching funds for program resources at the community level.

The ACT Foundation also receives provincial-level funding for the program from Hydro One, Shoppers Drug Mart, and The Ontario Trillium Foundation, and its national partners are AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, Pfizer Canada and sanofi-aventis.

“We are thrilled with the support of ACT’s partners. Without them, this program would not be possible,” says ACT Foundation Executive Director Sandra Clarke.

To date, the ACT High School CPR Program is in over 400 Ontario high schools and over 600,000 Ontario students have been trained. Nationally, over 1 million students from more than 1,000 schools have been empowered to save lives through the CPR Program.

About the ACT Foundation
The ACT Foundation is a national, award-winning charitable organization dedicated to promoting health and empowering Canadians to save lives. ACT is driving a national campaign to establish CPR as a mandatory program in every Canadian high school. ACT raises funds for CPR mannequins for schools and guides schools in program set up. Over 1 million students from more than 1,000 schools have been empowered to save lives through the CPR Program to date. The Foundation and its core partners are winners of Imagine Canada’s “New Spirit of Community Partnership” Award. Core partners are companies in the research-based pharmaceutical industry: AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, Pfizer Canada and sanofi-aventis. They provide ACT’s sustaining funding and are committed to the Foundation’s national goal of promoting health and empowering Canadians to save lives. For more information visit: www.actfoundation.ca.

North Bay students to be empowered to save lives

North Bay students to be empowered to save lives

NORTH BAY, ON, 18/05/07

Today, the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation, in partnership with the North Bay Professional Paramedics Association (NBPPA), and the Ontario government and other key provincial partners (Hydro One, Shoppers Drug Mart and The Ontario Trillium Foundation), is launching the ACT High School CPR Program in North Bay. The launch will take place at 10:00 a.m. at École secondaire catholique Algonquin, 555 Algonquin Ave. Schools from the Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord, Near North District School Board and Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board are embracing this award-winning program. Seven hundred fifty (750) Grade 9 students from five high schools will be empowered to save lives every year. Seventeen physical education teachers have been trained as CPR instructors and will train their students using the 115 mannequins donated to their schools. The students will then take their life-saving skills to their communities, which include: Mattawa, North Bay, South River and Sturgeon Falls.

“By teaching this program in high schools, we’re spreading the word to even more people,” says Marc Picard, Secretary and Treasurer of the NBPPA, the key community-level partner helping to bring the CPR Program to North Bay. “These students are going to take this information home with them and in the long run, possibly have an impact on their entire family’s health.” EMS Week in Ontario kicks off on Sunday making today’s launch a timely one.

Research indicates citizen CPR response can improve survival rate for victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest by almost fourfold. With eight in 10 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.

“In the immediate North Bay area we have over 50 people per year that unexpectedly collapse and need prompt CPR. These people will have no chance of survival if there is no one trained and willing to immediately respond and utilize their CPR skills,” says Dr. David Henstridge, Medical Director of North Bay General Hospital and Medical Director for the ACT High School CPR Program in the North Bay area. “As a result of the ACT Foundation’s commitment, our participating high school students are now equipped to provide this important life-saving skill.”

The ACT High School CPR Program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support. Funding in North Bay is made possible by the North Bay Professional Paramedics Association and the Ontario government. “Providing local students with practical knowledge on how to save lives will certainly pay big dividends to all residents of Nipissing,” says Monique Smith, Nipissing MPP. “The McGuinty Government is pleased to be a major partner in this initiative.”

Six schools in the North Bay area already offer CPR training to their students. Through support from ACT’s community, provincial and core partners, CPR training will now be extended to all North Bay area schools. Sixteen hundred (1,600) Grade 9 students will be trained in CPR every year.

The ACT Foundation’s goal in Ontario is to expand the CPR program to every high school throughout the province. To help make this possible, ACT has secured a commitment of $650,000 from the Ontario government through its public / private funding partnership. The Foundation seeks matching funds for program resources at the community level. “We are thrilled with the support of ACT’s partners. Without them, the North Bay program would not be possible,” says ACT Foundation Executive Director Sandra Clarke.

To date, the ACT High School CPR Program is in over 400 Ontario high schools and over 600,000 Ontario students have been empowered to save lives.

About the ACT Foundation
The ACT Foundation is a national, award-winning charitable organization dedicated to promoting health and empowering Canadians to save lives. ACT is driving a national campaign to establish CPR as a mandatory program in every Canadian high school. ACT raises funds for CPR mannequins for schools and guides schools in program set up. The Foundation has already established the CPR program in over 900 high schools across Canada and over 900,000 youth have been trained to date. The Foundation and its core partners are winners of Imagine Canada’s “New Spirit of Community Partnership” Award. Core partners are companies in the research-based pharmaceutical industry: AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, Pfizer Canada and sanofi-aventis. They provide ACT’s sustaining funding and are committed to the Foundation’s national goal of promoting health and empowering Canadians to save lives. For more information visit: www.actfoundation.ca.

ACT Foundation paving the way for defibrillator education in Canadian schools

ACT Foundation paving the way for defibrillator education in Canadian schools

OTTAWA, ON, 27/04/07

The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation of Canada is paving the way for defibrillator education in Canadian schools through its pilot project in Ottawa.

ACT recently launched the ACT High School Defibrillator Pilot Project – the first of its kind in Canada – when nearly 20 teachers from four Ottawa high schools were trained to teach their students how to save lives with a defibrillator.

The goal of the pilot is to expand students’ CPR training, increasing their ability to respond to cardiac emergencies in public places. Research shows that when early citizen CPR is combined with early defibrillation, the rate of survival for a person experiencing a cardiac arrest almost doubles. “Easy-to-use defibrillators are appearing in many public places,” says Dr. Justin Maloney, an emergency physician and Medical Director for the ACT Foundation. “The schools teach young people to act, to start CPR. Now we want them to grab the defibrillator on the wall and use that too … schools teaching life skills that save lives.”

This project builds on the ACT High School CPR Program, which ACT is expanding across Canada. Over 900,000 youth from over 900 schools have been trained. “The defibrillator pilot will now provide us with a model for adding defibrillator training to the CPR program we’ve already set up in schools across Canada,” says ACT Foundation Executive Director Sandra Clarke.

About the ACT Foundation
The ACT Foundation is an award-winning, national charitable organization dedicated to promoting health and empowering Canadians to save lives. ACT is driving a national campaign to establish CPR as a mandatory program in every Canadian high school. Core partners are companies in the research-based pharmaceutical industry: AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, Pfizer Canada and sanofi-aventis. For more information visit: www.actfoundation.ca.

Teachers learn to teach students how to ‘shock’: Defibrillators go to school

Teachers learn to teach students how to ‘shock’: Defibrillators go to school

OTTAWA, ON, 05/03/07

Today, 19 teachers from four Ottawa high schools will be trained to teach their students how to save lives with a defibrillator, through the ACT High School Defibrillator Pilot Project, the first of its kind in Canada.

Teachers from Glebe Collegiate Institute, Hillcrest High School, Immaculata High School, and St. Mark High School will be trained from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Immaculata High School by the Ottawa Paramedic Service. Through this training, teachers will learn how to instruct students in defibrillation as a part of the CPR training they currently receive in Grade 9.

The goal of the pilot is to expand students’ CPR training, increasing their ability to respond to cardiac emergencies in public places. Research shows that when early citizen CPR is combined with early defibrillation, the rate of survival for a person experiencing a cardiac arrest almost doubles.

“Easy-to-use defibrillators are appearing in many public places,” says Dr. Justin Maloney, an emergency physician and Medical Director for the ACT Foundation. “The schools teach young people to act, to start CPR. Now we want them to grab the defibrillator on the wall and use that too … schools teaching life skills that save lives.”

This project builds on the ACT High School CPR Program, which currently sees over 11,000 Ottawa students from nearly 50 high schools trained in CPR by their teachers as part of their high school education each year. The ACT (Advanced Coronary Treatment) Foundation launched the lifesaving CPR Program as a pilot in Ottawa in 1994 with the support of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa, the Ottawa Citizen, and other community partners. Mannequins were donated to schools and physical education teachers were trained as CPR Instructors for their students. The ACT Foundation has since expanded the Ottawa model to over 900 schools across Canada and over 900,000 youth have been trained in CPR to date. Based upon the successful Ottawa model, CPR has been included in the provincial curricula of Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba.

“We are now taking the next step in Ottawa and enhancing the CPR program for students to include defibrillation,” says ACT Foundation Executive Director Sandra Clarke. “Like the High School CPR Program, this defibrillator pilot project will provide us with a model for schools throughout Ottawa and, indeed, across Canada.”

In addition to today’s teacher training, the ACT High School Defibrillator Pilot Project will see each pilot school receive a defibrillator and training equipment. The pilot is funded through a portion of the proceeds raised through the Maharaja’s Ball, held last October in support of defibrillators for Ottawa.

About the ACT Foundation
The ACT Foundation is an award-winning, national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting health and empowering Canadians to save lives. ACT is driving a national campaign to establish CPR as a mandatory program in every Canadian high school. The Foundation and its core partners are winners of Imagine Canada’s “New Spirit of Community Partnership” Award. Core partners are companies in the research-based pharmaceutical industry: AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, Pfizer Canada and sanofi-aventis. They provide ACT’s sustaining funding and are committed to the Foundation’s national goal of promoting health and empowering youth to save lives. For more information visit: www.actfoundation.ca.