Labrador North Teachers & Students to Learn CPR

Nain and Natuashish, Newfoundland and Labrador – This week Nain and Natuashish teachers 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.

The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation is the charitable organization that is establishing free CPR and defibrillator training programs in high schools across Canada. The Foundation promotes awareness and education on the prevention of emergencies, health and safety, and community response to save lives. The program also has a strong health promotion component, encouraging youth to adopt healthy lifestyle habits from a young age.

ACT is working in partnership with lead community partner, Vale, and health partners AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada, and Sanofi Canada to bring this lifesaving program to the communities of Nain and Natuashish.

Thanks to the support of ACT’s partners, two Labrador North high schools, Jens Haven Memorial School in Nain, and Mushuau Innu Natuashish School in Natuashish are receiving training mannequins, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training units, curriculum materials, program set-up and an AED for on-site cardiac arrest emergencies.

The teacher training workshops are being provided by instructors from First Aid Plus. In Natuashish, teachers will be trained at the Mushuau Innu Natuashish School on October 26, 2016. In Nain, teachers will be trained at the Jens Haven Memorial School on October 28, 2016. In addition to the high school program, teachers and school staff will be trained in CPR and how to use a defibrillator in both, Nain and Natuashish.

“Vale is pleased to be supporting ACT in the delivery of this vital training to teachers in the schools in Nain and Natuashish,” said Peter Langlois, General Manager of Vale’s operations in Labrador.

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.

“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 1,740 high schools across Canada and approximately 3.2 million students have already been empowered to save lives with CPR.

“We are thrilled with the support of our partners,” says Sandra Clarke, the ACT Foundation’s Executive Director. “With it, we can empower Nain and Natuashish youth, as well as extend these essential lifesaving skills to all school staff, ensuring that the entire community can benefit from this initiative.”

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is creating a culture of lifesaving by establishing the CPR and AED program in all 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 are trained as instructors to 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 national health partners, committed to bringing the program to schools across Canada are AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada and Sanofi Canada. To date, the ACT Foundation has set up the CPR Program in more than 1,740 high schools nation-wide, empowering more than 3.2 million youth to save lives.


For further information, please contact:

Nives Scott
Communications Coordinator
ACT Foundation
Tel: 613-729-3455
Toll: 800-465-9111

Local RCMP officer establishes lifesaving CPR program in remote Labrador community

Constable Peter MacIntyre is ensuring all high school students in his community know how to react…

Thanks to the leadership of RCMP Constable Peter MacIntyre, all high school students in the remote community of Mary’s Harbour, Labrador, are being empowered to save lives.

Like many remote Canadian communities, medical facilities are scarce in the community of Mary’s Harbour, and the nearest ambulance is stationed 50 kilometres away. Local health services consist of one small medical clinic with two nurses on call. So when Constable MacIntyre saw an opportunity to fill this need by training high school students to react in emergencies, he jumped at the chance.

“Coming from a family that has lost people to heart attack, I see firsthand how under-prepared we are as a society to try and help save our friends and loved ones,” said MacIntyre.

MacIntyre recognized the RCMP was in a great position to help the local school coordinate with a CPR trainer to set up the ACT High School CPR Program.

Through a basic Internet search, MacIntyre discovered the ACT Foundation, and approached the national charitable organization to join its campaign to establish CPR in every Canadian high school. He requested resources that would allow him to bring the program to St. Mary’s All Grade School students at no cost to the school.

CPR trainer Ted Rumbolt volunteered to teach the program to every student in Grade 9 through 12, and he said the program was received very well.

“The students were very interested and involved in the material,” says Rumbolt.
But Constable MacIntyre didn’t stop there.

After seeing the success in the program at St. Mary’s All Grade, he worked with ACT to extend the lifesaving program to two more schools in his jurisdiction: DC Young and St Lewis Academy.

More than 100 high school students are being trained each year.

“The CPR trained citizen becomes the critical first link in the emergency response system when an emergency occurs,” said Sandra Clarke, Executive Director of the ACT Foundation.

“With the leadership that Constable MacIntyre, his detachment, and Ted Rumbolt have shown, these CPR trained students can now make the difference between life and death,” she added.

RCMP officers who would like to follow MacIntyre’s lead should visit call the ACT Foundation at 1-800-465-9111.

The ACT High School CPR Program was made possible thanks to the generous support of ACT’s core partners, 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.

The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation is an award-winning, national charitable organization dedicated to establishing CPR in high schools across Canada. ACT raises funds to donate mannequins, teacher training, manuals and other materials to schools and guides schools in program set-up and long-term sustainability. Teachers teach CPR to their students as a regular part of the curriculum. More than 1.4 million youth have been trained in CPR through this lifesaving program to date.

Newfoundland & Labrador Update

The ACT Foundation established the High School CPR Program in Labrador in 2008. 60 Labrador youth are trained by their teachers every year.