ACT Foundation enhancing high school CPR training with opioid awareness and overdose response training

(Ottawa, ON, March 29, 2021) The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation announced today it is enhancing the ACT High School CPR and AED Program with an Opioids Overdose Response Training Module.

Support through a contribution from Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP) will enable the ACT Foundation to expand its Ottawa pilot of the opioids awareness and response training to hundreds of high schools across Canada, empowering thousands of students every year.

The ACT High School CPR and AED Program is well established in high schools across the country. Enhancing the program with opioids awareness and response training is a natural next step in equipping youth to respond to life threatening emergencies they may encounter. Knowing the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose and how to respond can help save lives.

The opioids module will follow ACT’s CPR program delivery model. High school teachers will be trained to teach students to recognize the signs of an opioids overdose, the importance of calling 911 quickly, and how to respond with the use of Naloxone nasal spray, and perform CPR when necessary.

“ACT has successfully delivered the High School CPR and AED Program in high schools across Canada. It is a natural progression to add opioid overdose response training,” says Dr. Justin Maloney, National Medical Director and Chair, ACT Foundation. “We want to empower students and teachers by adding to their lifesaving toolbox.”

“We are really pleased to receive support from Health Canada, enabling the ACT Foundation to expand the opioids overdose response training to thousands of young Canadians through the school program,” says Sandra Clarke, the ACT Foundation’s Executive Director. “This is what ACT does. We empower high school students to save lives.”

The ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization establishing free CPR and AED training 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 deliver the program. High school teachers are trained to then teach lifesaving skills to their students as a regular part of the curriculum, reaching all youth prior to graduation. The ACT High School CPR and AED Program is made possible with the support of its national partners AstraZeneca Canada and Amgen Canada. The ACT Foundation gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Health Canada for the ACT Opioid Overdose Response Training implementation.

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For more information about the ACT Foundation and the ACT Opioid Overdose Response Training contact:

Cristiane Doherty
Communications Manager
The ACT Foundation
cdoherty@actfoundation.ca
Cell: 613-799-9277

Fraser-Cascade Students Learn to Save Lives

Hope, BC, June 19, 2017 – Today, teachers from the School District No. 78 Fraser-Cascade 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 Agassiz Elementary-Secondary School and Hope Secondary School 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 secondary schools throughout BC and across Canada. ACT is working in partnership with British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) paramedics and staff, RBC, AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada to bring this program to the two 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 Paramedic Paul Linza, who is volunteering their time to teach the workshop.

“At RBC, we believe the health and wellness of local communities is of vital importance,” says Carmen Ryujin, RBC Manger of Donations, Royal Bank of Canada. “We are proud to be long-time supporters of the ACT Foundation and thrilled to be the community partner bringing CPR and AED training to School District No. 78 Fraser-Cascade secondary schools.”

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 secondary 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 236 public standard secondary schools throughout British Columbia and more than 415,000 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,” says Sandra Clarke, the ACT Foundation’s Executive Director. “With it, we can implement the CPR and AED Program in the communities of Agassiz and Hope. 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 1,755 secondary schools nation-wide, empowering more than 3.6 million youth to save lives.

School District No. 78 Fraser-Cascade Snapshot:

• 2 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
• 6 defibrillator training mannequins donated
• 6 defibrillator training units donated
• Communities to receive the program are: Agassiz and Hope
• Participating Schools: Agassiz Elementary-Secondary School and Hope Secondary School

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing the free CPR and AED program in Canadian secondary 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, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada.

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For further information, please contact:

Jennifer Edwards
Operations Manager
ACT Foundation
act@actfoundation.ca
Tel: 613-729-3455
Toll: 800-465-9111
actfoundation.ca
twitter.com/actfoundation
instagram.com/theactfoundation
facebook.com/theactfoundation
youtube.com/theactfoundation

North Okanagan and Shuswap Students Learn to Save Lives

Salmon Arm, BC, May 19, 2017 – Today, teachers from the School District No. 83 North Okanagan-Shuswap 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 500 students from A.L. Fortune, Eagle River, Pleasant Valley, and Salmon Arm 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 secondary schools throughout BC and across Canada. ACT is working in partnership with British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) paramedics and staff, RBC, AstraZeneca Canada, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada to bring this program to the four 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 Karly Jones, Southern Interior and Cariboo Fraser, and BCEHS Education Officer Colin Fitzpatrick, Kootenay and South Okanagan, who are volunteering their time to teach the workshop.

“At RBC, we believe the health and wellness of local communities is of vital importance,” says Benton Summerfeldt, RBC Assistant Branch Manager, Royal Bank of Canada. “We are proud to be long-time supporters of the ACT Foundation and thrilled to be the community partner bringing CPR and AED training to School District No. 83 North Okanagan Shuswap secondary schools.”

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 secondary school education will help increase citizen CPR response rates over the long term.

“We are proud to be a national partner with the ACT Foundation—helping students not only to learn life-saving skills and embrace responsibility, but also enhancing their understanding of the science behind CPR,” says Dr. Clive Ward-Able, Executive Medical Director at Amgen Canada. “We strongly believe in encouraging and inspiring young talent and in helping students reach their potential.”

To date, the ACT High School CPR Program has been established in 236 public standard secondary schools throughout British Columbia and more than 415,000 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,” says Sandra Clarke, the ACT Foundation’s Executive Director. “With it, we can implement the CPR and AED Program in the communities of Armstrong, Enderby, Salmon Arm, and Sicamous. 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 1,755 secondary schools nation-wide, empowering more than 3.6 million youth to save lives.

School District No. 83 North Okanagan-Shuswap Snapshot:

•4 secondary schools to implement the CPR and AED Training Program
•500 students will now be trained in both CPR and how to use a defibrillator each year
•24 defibrillator training mannequins donated
•11 defibrillator training units donated
•Communities to receive the program are: Armstrong, Enderby, Salmon Arm, and Sicamous
•Participating Schools: A.L. Fortune Secondary School, Eagle River Secondary School, Pleasant Valley Secondary School, and Salmon Arm Secondary School

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing the free CPR and AED program in Canadian secondary 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, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada.

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For further information, please contact:

Jennifer Edwards
Operations Manager
ACT Foundation
act@actfoundation.ca
Tel: 613-729-3455
Toll: 800-465-9111
actfoundation.ca
twitter.com/actfoundation
instagram.com/theactfoundation
facebook.com/theactfoundation
youtube.com/theactfoundation

Port Alberni and Ucluelet Students Learn to Save Lives

Port Alberni, BC, May 15, 2017 – Today, teachers from School District No. 70 Alberni 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 more than 250 students from Alberni District and Ucluelet 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, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada to bring this program to the two 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’ Paramedic, Kim McKeown, who is volunteering her time to teach the workshop.

“At RBC, we believe the health and wellness of local communities is of vital importance,” says Tyler Robinson RBC Branch Manager, Royal Bank of Canada. “We are proud to be long-time supporters of the ACT Foundation and thrilled to be the community partner bringing CPR and AED training to School District No. 70 Alberni secondary schools.”

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 236 public standard secondary schools throughout British Columbia and more than 415,000 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,” says Sandra Clarke, the ACT Foundation’s Executive Director. “With it, we can implement the CPR and AED Program in the communities of Port Alberni and Ucluelet. 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 1,755 high schools nation-wide, empowering more than 3.6 million youth to save lives.

School District No. 70 Alberni Snapshot:

• 2 secondary schools to implement the CPR and AED Training Program
• More than 250 students will now be trained in both CPR and how to use a defibrillator each year
• 19 defibrillator training mannequins donated
• 6 defibrillator training units donated
• Communities to receive the program are: Port Alberni and Ucluelet
• Participating Schools: Alberni District Secondary School and Ucluelet Secondary School

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, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada.

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For further information, please contact:

Jennifer Edwards
Operations Manager
ACT Foundation
act@actfoundation.ca
Tel: 613-729-3455
Toll: 800-465-9111
actfoundation.ca
twitter.com/actfoundation
instagram.com/theactfoundation
facebook.com/theactfoundation
youtube.com/theactfoundation

Cranbrook, Invermere, and Kimberley Students Learn to Save Lives

Cranbrook, BC, May 10, 2017 – Today, teachers from school districts No. 5 Southeast Kootenay and No. 6 Rocky Mountain 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 more than 400 students from School District No. 5’s Mount Baker Secondary School, and from School District No. 6’s David Thompson and Selkirk 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, Sanofi Canada, and Amgen Canada to bring this program to the three 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’ Paramedic, Kim McKeown, who is volunteering her time to teach the workshop.

“At RBC, we believe the health and wellness of local communities is of vital importance,” says Graham Longpre, RBC Branch Manager, Royal Bank of Canada. “We are proud to be long-time supporters of the ACT Foundation and thrilled to be the community partner bringing CPR and AED training to School District No. 5 Southeast Kootenay and School District No. 6 Rocky Mountain secondary schools.”

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.

“We are proud to be a national partner with the ACT Foundation—helping students not only to learn life-saving skills and embrace responsibility, but also enhancing their understanding of the science behind CPR,” says Dr. Clive Ward-Able, Executive Medical Director at Amgen Canada. “We strongly believe in encouraging and inspiring young talent and in helping students reach their potential.”

To date, the ACT High School CPR Program has been established in 236 public standard secondary schools throughout British Columbia and more than 415,000 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,” says Sandra Clarke, the ACT Foundation’s Executive Director. “With it, we can implement the CPR and AED Program in the communities of Cranbrook, Invermere, and Kimberley. 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 1,755 high schools nation-wide, empowering more than 3.6 million youth to save lives.

School District #5 Southeast Kootenay and SD #6 Rocky Mountain Snapshot:

• 3 secondary schools to implement the CPR and AED Program
• More than 400 students will now be trained in both CPR and how to use a defibrillator each year
• 37 defibrillator training mannequins donated
• 11 defibrillator training units donated
• Communities to receive the program are: Cranbrook, Invermere, and Kimberley
• Participating Schools from School District No. 5 Southeast Kootenay: Mount Baker Secondary School
• Participating Schools from School District No. 6 Rocky Mountain: David Thompson Secondary School
and Selkirk Secondary School

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, 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.twitter.com/actfoundation
www.instagram.com/theactfoundation
www.youtube.com/theactfoundation
www.facebook/theactfoundation

Teacher saves child’s life

One winter evening, Sarah, a teacher at Burnett Secondary School, was working at her second job. “I’ve been a waitress for almost ten years. That day I received my very first 100% tip,” she says. The reason being: she saved a life.

Sarah’s first table of the night was a party of seven. One of the children was in the middle of a bite, when he started coughing. Sarah looked over and saw the little boy jump up from his seat and grab on to his collar. “Next thing I know, he starts choking,” remembers Sarah.

Quickly, she placed her tray down and walked over to the table. “I looked at the dad and saw a look of horror on his face that I will never forget,” she says. “His look gave me the permission to take over and help,” she adds.

Pulling the chair out of the way, she grabbed the boy and leaned him forward on her arm. “I started giving him back blows,” Sarah recalls. “My only hope was that everything we had learned in our CPR class a few months before was really going to work.” After the fifth blow, the boy’s body suddenly relaxed. Sarah looked at his face and realized that he was able to breathe again.

The relieved parents thanked Sarah for saving their son’s life. “I felt thankful that I received the training and that I knew what to do,” says Sarah.

“Being CPR trained is vital,” she adds. “I never thought I was going to have to use the skills I learned, but you never know when you may need them.”

The ACT High School CPR and AED Program was set up in Burnett Secondary School in Richmond, BC thanks to the support of community partner, TELUS Vancouver Community Board, provincial partner, BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) paramedics and staff, and ACT’s 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 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.

Haida Gwaii Teacher saves student from choking

It was an exciting day before Christmas break at Queen Charlotte Secondary School. Emmy, food and nutrition class teacher was getting ingredients at the pantry next to the school’s kitchen to make gingerbread houses with her class.

“I just finished training my students in CPR that week,” says Emmy. “As I was walking back to the kitchen, I noticed a student who wasn’t part of my class following me, her hands clutching her neck.”

Emmy quickly realized the young girl was choking. “She looked scared. I asked her if she could breathe and she nodded no.”

Immediately, Emmy asked a couple of her own students to go call the emergency services as she proceeded with abdominal thrusts on the young girl. After the fifth thrust, the young girl started to breathe again.

“It was very surreal. I was completely on auto-pilot,” recalls Emmy who was trained as an ACT High School CPR and AED instructor a couple of months prior. She’s demonstrated the Obstructed Airway Manoeuvre at least a dozen of times in front of her class the week leading to the incident.

“Practicing CPR gives you confidence, which makes all the difference. If I had not received the ACT training, and if I had not delivered the course to my class, I would have not known what to do,” she shares.
The ACT High School CPR and AED Program was set up in Queen Charlotte Secondary School in Haida Gwaii, thanks to the support of community partner, RBC, provincial partner, BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) paramedics and staff, and 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.

1,000 students to receive lifesaving CPR and defibrillator training

Maple Ridge, BC 9:00 a.m. – Today, the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation and partners will launch the ACT High School CPR and Defibrillator Training Program in the six public secondary schools of School District No. 42 Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows. More than 1,000 students from the communities of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows will be empowered by their teachers with essential lifesaving skills every year. The media event is being held at the Thomas Haney Secondary School, 23000 116 Ave, Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 0T8.

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, RBC, and health partners AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada, and Sanofi Canada to bring this program to the secondary schools in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

“It is well known that patient survival is greatly enhanced with CPR and the use of a defibrillator, so it is vital that bystanders know what to do in the event of an emergency,’ said Maple-Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton. “We owe a great deal to the efforts of the ACT Foundation to provide students with the skills and knowledge to perform a life-saving response.”

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.

“At RBC, we believe the health and wellness of local communities is of vital importance,” says Jennifer Cabeldu, Manager, Donations, Brand & Communications, BC Region, RBC, Royal Bank of Canada. “We are proud to be long-time supporters of the ACT Foundation and thrilled to be the community partner bringing CPR and AED training to School District No. 42 Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows secondary schools.”

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.

“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 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,” says Sandra Clarke, the ACT Foundation’s Executive Director. “With it, we can enhance the CPR program in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District 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

500 students to receive lifesaving CPR and defibrillator training

November 28, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

500 students to receive lifesaving CPR and defibrillator training

Comox, BC 10:00 a.m. – Today, the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation and partners will launch the ACT High School CPR and Defibrillator Training Program in the three public secondary schools of School District No. 71 Comox Valley. More than 500 students from the communities of Comox and Courtenay will be empowered by their teachers with essential lifesaving skills every year. The media event is being held at the Highland Secondary School, 750 Pritchard Rd, Comox, BC, V9M 3S8.

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, RBC, and health partners AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada, and Sanofi Canada to bring this program to the Comox and Courtenay secondary schools.

“With an AED there is better chance of saving the life of someone experiencing cardiac arrest. Training our young people to properly respond to these emergencies is a significant step in making our communities safer places, and I’m glad we are getting so many students to participate in this program,” says Don McRae, MLA for Comox Valley.

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.

“At RBC, we believe the health and wellness of local communities is of vital importance,” says Colleen Sawyer, Branch Manager, Comox Valley, Royal Bank of Canada. “We are proud to be long-time supporters of the ACT Foundation and thrilled to be the community partner bringing CPR and AED training to School District No. 71 Comox Valley secondary schools.”

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,” says Sandra Clarke, the ACT Foundation’s Executive Director. “With it, we can enhance the CPR program in the Comox Valley School District 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

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