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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the ACT Foundation

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

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For further information, please contact:

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

Ontario student saves father’s life with CPR

It was the middle of the night when Shane, a 17 year old Hamilton student, was awoken by a loud sound. It was his mom screaming out his name. “I knew something was wrong,” says Shane who rushed downstairs to find Tim, his father, unresponsive on the floor.

While his younger brother, Jordan, called 911 and ran to get help from the neighbour, who is also a nurse, Shane quickly jumped in and started CPR. “It was a fight or flight response,” says Shane. “I felt completely level-headed,” he adds.

When the neighbour arrived, she took over compressions while Shane did the breathing. Together, they continued CPR until the paramedics arrived. Tim was defibrillated twice before he was transported by the paramedics.

“At the hospital, I kept pacing around the floor,” remembers Shane. “When the doctor came out after surgery and told me my father was doing well I cried,” he says.

Tim, a healthy 50-year-old, says his owes his life to his son. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for Shane. I am just happy to be able to wake up every morning,” he says.

“Not in a million years did I think I’d ever have to use the CPR I learned in high school. You never think it’s going to happen to you, or someone close to you,” he says about the high school CPR training he received in Sherwood Secondary School.

Shane, who hopes to one day work in the health field, will be taking health and fitness at Mohawk College in the fall. He hopes he can use his father’s story to convince people of the importance of CPR. “I don’t know what I would have done without the training,” he adds.

The ACT High School CPR Program was set up in Hamilton high schools in partnership with lead community partner, First Ontario Credit Union, provincial partners, the Government of Ontario and Hydro One, and health partners, AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada.

The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation is the award-winning, national charitable organization dedicated to establishing free CPR and AED training programs in high schools across Canada. ACT raises funds to donate mannequins and teacher training to schools, and guides schools in program set-up and long-term sustainability. Over 3.6 million youth have been trained in CPR by their teachers through this lifesaving program to date.

Seventeen-year-old helps a stranger in an emergency

On a winter morning, Mariah, 17, her dad, and brother were driving to school in York, Ontario, when they saw a pedestrian slip on ice, hitting his head on the ground. Immediately, they pulled over and got out of the car.

“He was in and out of consciousness at the time and blood was coming out of his ears. We quickly called 911 and put a blanket over him to keep him warm,” says Mariah who remained calm during the incident.

“It wasn’t long until he regained consciousness. He tried getting up, but we explained to him that the paramedics were on their way and that it was important for him not to move,” she adds.

When the ambulance arrived, Mariah helped the paramedics get their tools out of their bag. “I always had an interest in health studies and having these skills makes me want to pursue health sciences as a career choice,” she says.
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“It was a little bit scary being in that situation, but remaining calm and knowing what to do thanks to my CPR classes, gave me an advantage,” shares Mariah, who was trained in CPR by her high school teacher, Ms. Kathryn Dawe.

“As a health and physical education teacher I strongly believe that learning CPR instills confidence when dealing with stressful and life threatening situations. Mariah was clearly able to assess the victim and deliver the appropriate information to the paramedics,” says Ms. Dawe. “Knowing these valuable skills will increase the chances of survival, ensure bystander safety, and create responsible members of the community,” she adds.

The ACT High School CPR and AED program was set up in Thornlea Secondary School in York in partnership with community partners, IBM Canada Ltd, Molise Kleinburg Estates, Nashville Developments Inc., and TransCanada Corporation, provincial partners, the Government of Ontario, and Hydro One, and ACT’s national health partners, AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada and Amgen Canada.

The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation is an award-winning, national charitable organization dedicated to establishing CPR and AED training programs in high schools across Canada. ACT raises funds to donate mannequins and teacher training to schools, and guides schools in program set-up and long-term sustainability. Over 3.6 million youth have been trained in CPR by their teachers through this lifesaving program to date.