The Province of British Columbia has officially declared June 19-25 as St. John Ambulance Week in honour of the charitable organization’s dedication to providing first aid and healthcare services for over a century in both Canada and B.C.
The proclamation notes the organization’s many contributions to the health and safety of B.C.’s communities in 2015, including more than 200,000 hours of unpaid public service, and training over 82,000 British Columbians in first aid and CPR.
As the country’s leading first aid and safety charity, St. John Ambulance remains committed to its community services – services that are only made possible through training and product purchases, and donations.
“St. John Ambulance has so much history – both abroad and in the local community. Being able to contribute is what makes a big difference for me,” said Albert Ma, a medical first responder with St. John Ambulance. “Plus, I’ve met so many great people as a volunteer.”
“We have volunteers with professional skills – and a lot of heart – who serve the public,” said Karen MacPherson, CEO of St. John Ambulance (B.C. and Yukon). “It’s a privilege to be part of this group, and to have the responsibility of bringing the richness, the professionalism, the caring, and the heart to our communities. I’m so very proud to be part of this organization.”
“St. John Ambulance, one of the oldest humanitarian organizations in the world, continues to evolve and add services that improve health, safety, and quality of life,” said Lieut. Gov. Judith Guichon.