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.

Students in All York Region High Schools to Receive Lifesaving Training!

YORK REGION, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – June 26, 2012) – Today, the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, and supporting partners is launching the ACT High School CPR and Defibrillator Training Program in all high schools in York Region. The event will take place at 11:00 a.m. at Bill Crothers Secondary School, 44 Main Street, Unionville, ON, L3R 2E4.

YORK REGION, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – June 26, 2012) – Today, the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, and supporting partners is launching the ACT High School CPR and Defibrillator Training Program in all high schools in York Region. The event will take place at 11:00 a.m. at Bill Crothers Secondary School, 44 Main Street, Unionville, ON, L3R 2E4.

This program will see approximately 14,000 high school students from 48 high schools in the York Region District School Board and the York Catholic District School Board empowered to save lives each year. Two hundred and fifty (250) teachers will be trained as CPR and defibrillator instructors for their students, and over 1,700 durable mannequins and 244 defibrillator training units are being donated to schools.

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing CPR and defibrillator training programs in all Canadian high schools. ACT’s health partners, AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada, and Sanofi are committed to bringing the program to the York Region and to all high schools across Canada.

The ACT High School CPR and Defibrillator Training Program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support. ACT raises funds for training mannequins and defibrillator training units for all high schools and guides schools in program set-up.

ACT’s provincial partners are The Ontario Trillium Foundation and Hydro One. York Region community partners are TransCanada Corporation, IBM Canada Ltd., Molise Kleinburg Estates, Nashville Developments Inc. (TACC Developments, Arista Homes, Fieldgate Homes, Paradise Homes), the Regional Municipality of York and York EMS.

Eight in 10 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur at home. 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.

“I am a long-time advocate of citizen CPR and defibrillation training,” says Dr. Dave Williams. “From my university student days as a CPR Instructor, to leading the implementation of an AED program at NASA and taking the first defibrillator into space as an astronaut, I am very proud as President and CEO of Southlake Regional Health Centre to play a key role in supporting this exciting program for our schools and youth.”

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

To date, the ACT Foundation has set up the High School CPR Program in more than 1,600 schools nation-wide, empowering more than 1.8 million youth to save lives.

About the ACT Foundation

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 Foundation has set up the ACT High School CPR Program in more than 1,600 schools nation-wide, empowering more than 1.8 million youth to save lives. The program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support. ACT’s health partners who are committed to bringing the program to all high schools across Canada include AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada, and Sanofi.