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Don Smith
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Posted on Thursday, May 01, 2003 - 03:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

News Release
April 25, 2003
ERNIE EVES GOVERNMENT SALUTES SARS VOLUNTEERS DURING NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK


TORONTO - The commitment of the hundreds of Ontarians who have supported the efforts to contain the SARS outbreak is a fine example of the value of voluntarism, said Citizenship Minister Carl DeFaria, kicking off National Volunteer Week in Ontario, April 27 to May 3.

"Voluntarism is a precious resource that contributes to the well-being of all Ontario communities," said DeFaria. "Nowhere is that more evident than in the devotion of the large number of volunteers who have stepped forward to deal with the recent SARS outbreak in Toronto."

Volunteers from the Canadian Red Cross, St. John Ambulance and the Salvation Army and other local organizations are at the forefront of the 500-plus contingent of volunteers who have become the lifeline for individuals who are under quarantine, providing food and medical supplies and nearly 5,000 Health Kits put together by Toronto Public Health.

Their stories are personal and from the heart. Like Red Cross volunteer Dominic Salvatore, who booked time off work to help out, and then returned to his workplace only to face fear from co-workers who "don't even want to come near me because they think I have SARS." Laura Byers, who normally handles Red Cross public relations, now drives volunteers to quarantined patients' homes. Gurmeet Bambrah, who immigrated from Kenya last year, and today delivers packages to quarantine patients, says of her volunteer activity: "If you just sit back and do nothing to help contain this, it will eventually come back to you. I see it more as a public duty than anything else."

"We would not have been as effective in containing this outbreak without the on-going work of our volunteers," said DeFaria. "I believe we should salute their selfless acts of courage during this National Volunteer Week, and indeed, every day of the year. Ontario is a far better place because of the commitment and hard work of our volunteers."
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SARS/Conference - Letter from the President


I know that this letter will be a sincere disappointment to many - but your Board of Directors [ relying on recommendations from the Conference Committee and other authorities ] has decided to postpone the May 2003 Conference at Humber College.

This was not an easy decision to make - but, I believe, the correct one. We care for our own volunteers and staff - and could not deny the possibility of some SARS related problem perhaps surfacing in our close and direct assembling together at the college.

And we care for our stakeholders and communities. Over the past few weeks dedicated St. John teams have been handling in an exemplary manner front line work re the SARS impact. Just imagine the outfall if for some reason our conference participants had to be quarantined.

I certainly have great trouble with the hype that is being generated in some quarters re the SARS problems - our medical and related authorities are doing fine work as to containment, etc. and should be highly commended for it - but let's not push the boundaries when we don't have to !

As I indicated above the decision is to postpone - so watch your mail following on the Conference Committee's meeting next week and their recommendations to the Ontario Board.

Sincerely to all in St. John and - although I will deal with more detailed comments at a later time - many thanks to all those members of St. John who responded so quickly and so professionally in the emergency teams at the beginning of the SARS problems.

Roger A. Lindsay
President, Ontario Council
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St. John Ambulance and the Duke Of Edinburgh's Award Pprogram


St. John Ambulance has for a number of years worked in partnership with the DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD PROGRAM to provide enhanced development and achievement opportunities for youth, including St. John Ambulance youth and
young adult members.

Attached is an INVITATION to attend a DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD INFORMATION WORKSHOP for adults who are interested in helping YOUTH (Parents, Community Leaders, Teachers, Guidance Counsellors, Law Enforcement Officers, DND Cadet, Scout/Guide Leaders, St. John Ambulance Youth Leaders , Youth Workers and Outdoor and Recreation Leaders).

This free Information Workshop will be held Saturday May 10, 2003, 10.15 am to 1.00 pm at the Brantford Visitor's & Tourism Centre in Brantford, Ontario, 399 Wayne Gretzky Parkway, Brantford, Ontario N3R 8B4.

If you are interested, please contact Jaime Samples at 905.526.0067 or email at jaime@albanesebranding.com to confirm your attendance, and if you are from St. John Ambulance, please advise Brian Cole 1.800.268.7581 ext. 243, email: bcole@on.sja.ca that you will be attending.

You�ll see how easy it can be for you to get involved!

Brian Cole
Provincial Manager, Community Services
St. John Ambulance, Council for Ontario
46 Wellesley Street East
Toronto, ON M4Y 1G5
Tel. 416.923.8411 or 1.800.268.7581 ext.243
Fax. 416.923.4856
email: bcole@on.sja.ca
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International Internship Program for young adults (18-30)


The following information was shared with me by Volunteer Canada. Please forward to members within your Council.

TakingITGlobal is pleased to inform Canadian members of details of our exciting International Internship Program:

We are now calling for applicants for five TakingITGlobal internships funded by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. The internships provide an incredible opportunity for young Canadians (aged 18-30) to gain experience towards a career in international relations and development, working in key positions within high-profile initiatives.

Deeply connected with TakingITGlobal's own mission and programs, positions this year focus on strategic opportunities supporting young people in realizing their potential as agents of change.

The internships on offer by TakingITGlobal include:
  • Acting as Youth Liaison at the Secretariat of the upcoming United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), in Geneva Switzerland.
  • Managing a mini-campaign around young people, ICT entrepreneurship, and employment issues based out of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions in Brussels, Belgium.
  • Helping coordinate and strengthen youth involvement in the United Nations, based out of the Global Youth Action Network in New York, USA and working closely with the UN Youth Unit and the Conference of NGOs.
  • Working in the Sao Paolo, Brazil office of the Global Youth Action Network, managing editorial and outreach for regional Spanish/Portuguese youth portal, while also connecting local organizations into global programs.
  • Based at our own office in Toronto, Canada, envisaging and project managing thematic networks for youth on international development issues, especially the environment and health.

More information is available at http://interns.takingitglobal.org/

Please share this information with anyone who may be interested!

Best Regards,

TakingITGlobal
http://www.takingitglobal.org/

Don Lapierre
St. John Ambulance Saint-Jean
National Manager, Community Services
National Office
1900 City Park Drive, Suite 400
Ottawa, ON, K1J 1A3
(613) 236-1283, ext./poste 263
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St. John Ambulance
National Headquarters
Situation Report � 15
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome


13 April 2003
1300hr [EDT]


01. Effective 1300 (EST) on Sunday 13 April 2003, the St. John Ambulance Ontario EOC will stand-down its active operations and revert to a monitoring status. Command and control functions will be turned over to community St. John Ambulance Branches where SARS related activities continue to operate. After the above date and time, the Ontario Provincial Emergency Planning Officer can be accessed (24/7) at 888-249-8531 (note correction from yesterday�s report).

02. St. John Ambulance National Headquarters continues to work collaboratively with Health Canada in the identification of St. John Ambulance personnel who would be available to work as Data Collection Clerks at Pearson International Airport and at Vancouver International Airport.

This is the final St. John Ambulance Situation Report with reference to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. Should St. John Ambulance assets be re-deployed, additional reports will be issued.

Additional information may be obtained, or additional service requests may be made, by contacting the St. John Ambulance National Planning Officer at opscen@sja.ca or (24/7) at 416-608-0089.

Wm. Alexander
National Planning Officer
St. John Ambulance
National Headquarters
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IMMEDIATE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Data Collection Clerk (DCC)
Department: Health Canada
Location: Pearson International Airport (Toronto, Ontario)


Official Memo with additional details - PDF

St. John Ambulance nationally is facilitating the recruitment of potential candidates from Community Services (the Brigade) for paid data collection (screening) clerk positions with Health Canada at Pearson International Airport in Toronto - primarily in response to the SARS outbreak.

It is Health Canada's intention to have these positions in place by next Wednesday (April 16, 2003). Our understanding is that the positions are for a period of up to 6 months. Further details regarding the positions are attached.

Interested candidates should forward their resumes immediately via email or fax to:

William Alexander
National Emergency Planning Officer
St. John Ambulance National Headquarters
Email: balexander@sja.ca
Fax: 905-830-1495
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St. John Ambulance
National Headquarters
Situation Report � 14
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome


12 April 2003
1915hr [EDT]


01. St. John Ambulance, Ontario Council, Emergency Operations Centre remains activated. This centre may be accessed at (800) 268-7581 ext. 245 and at opscen@on.sja.ca

Effective 1900 (EST) on Sunday 13 April 2003, this EOC will stand-down its active operations and revert to a monitoring status. Command and control functions will be turned over to community St. John Ambulance Branches where SARS related activities continue to operate. After the above date and time, the Ontario Provincial Emergency Planning Officer can be accessed (24/7) at 888-249-8593.

02. St. John Ambulance volunteers continue to work in cooperation with the Canadian Red Cross and Salvation Army in the delivery of isolation kits to quarantined households in the City of Toronto, York Region, Durham Region, and Simcoe County. It is anticipated that this service will be terminated, in most locations, as of Monday 14 April. St. John Ambulance assets will remain available, however, should there be a need to re-institute delivery of isolation kits.

03. St. John Ambulance volunteers continue to be deployed to provide precautionary SARS screening at the Ontario Emergency Measures Operations Centre in Toronto, Guelph General Hospital, Stratford General Hospital, and at the Oshawa Community Health Centre. This service is no longer being provided by St. John Ambulance volunteers at the Toronto EMS Headquarters.

04. St. John Ambulance National Headquarters continues to work collaboratively with Health Canada in the identification of St. John Ambulance personnel who would be available to work as Data Collection Clerks at Pearson International Airport and at Vancouver International Airport.

Additional information may be obtained, or additional service requests may be made, by contacting the St. John Ambulance National Planning Officer at opscen@sja.ca or (24/7) at 416-608-0089.

Wm. Alexander
National Planning Officer
St. John Ambulance
National Headquarters
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SARS / SJA Update


There is now a light at the end of the tunnel. The emergency phase of the operation has been completed and we are now entering the recovery phase.

The Provincial EOC has committed our members assistance until Sunday evening, April 13th and we will honor those commitments. As of Sunday April 13th, 2003 at 19:00, the Provincial EOC will be stood down, with the capability
of re-opening if required. The Provincial Emergency Planning Officer will, as usual, continue to be available 24/7 via the SJA emergency pager at 1.888.249.8531.

The hospitals have now been advised by the government to use their own staff and volunteers for screening. Even so, in the last 48 hours there has been increased contact in local areas by hospitals and nursing homes asking if St. John would be prepared to participate in medical screening.

As these requests are of an assistance nature and not an emergency response capacity, it is at the discretion of the District/Branch if you wish to engage in screening or continued kit deliveries, and what financial compensation you wish to negotiate/agree on with the requesting facility.

The following are guidelines to consider if you are approached to engage volunteers locally in medical screening at hospitals and nursing homes:
  • Establish what type of role they are requesting i.e. medical sars screening as opposed to security guard or other.
  • Have them provide you with a reasonable assessment of the location needs, number of volunteers required, the times the volunteers are required and the number of days required.
  • Established if they are providing a donation or fee for the service being provided and if the volunteers will be given reasonable breaks, meals, etc.
  • Ensure that the facility will provide all appropriate personal protective equipment and in sufficient quantities.


As previously communicated to you:

What is expected of our volunteers when medically screening for SARS?

While there are minor variances in both process and the screening tool, essentially our volunteers would be positioned near the entrance of health care facilities with personal protective equipment (e.g. mask) and will be
asking staff, visitors and walk-in patients a series of questions:

These questions relate to the person experiencing symptoms associated with SARS (e.g. muscle aches, severe fatigue, headache, cough, shortness of breath)

There are also questions associated with the person's contact with SARS patients, hospitals, overseas, etc.

The volunteer will ask about the person's body temperature and in most cases will use a thermometer to assess the person's temperature.

Finally, based on spelled out criteria, the volunteer will make an assessment as to whether the person being questioned passes or fails the
evaluation. If they pass they are permitted to enter the facility. If they fail, then they are restricted from entry.

The person will be asked to sign a form whether they pass or fail.

We trust this will assist you to make an informed decision about engaging your volunteers.

More information will be forthcoming regardng the resolution/reconcilation of expenses etc.

I also want to mention that our volunteers have done a tremendous job over the past couple of weeks and we will be looking at ways to formally recognize their contribution.

Thanks,
Carmie McCormack, Provincial Emergency Planning Officer
St. John Ambulance, Council for Ontario
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St. John Ambulance
National Headquarters
Situation Report � 09
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome


06 April 2003
1830hr [EDT]


01. St. John Ambulance, Ontario Council, Emergency Operations Centre remains activated. This centre may be accessed at (800) 268-7581 ext. 245 and at opscen@on.sja.ca In addition, the St. John Ambulance Provincial (Ontario) Duty Officer may be reached at (24/7) 888-249-8531. SARS screening process remains in place for all staff and visitors entering Ontario (SJA) Provincial Headquarters.

02. St. John Ambulance volunteers continue to work in cooperation with the Canadian Red Cross and Salvation Army in the delivery of isolation kits to quarantined households in the City of Toronto, York Region, and Simcoe County. Over the past twenty-four hours, the need for this service continues to steadily increase and it is anticipated that deliveries will start in Durham Region on Monday 07 April.

03. St. John Ambulance has stood-down its transfer of non-SARS patients at this time. St. John Ambulance vehicles and crews remain on (24/7) standby and are readily available.

In follow-up to yesterday�s Situation Report, all involved St. John Ambulance volunteers have been contacted over the past twenty-four hours with regard to their possible attendance at Scarborough Centenary Hospital in Toronto. It has been determined that no breach in personal protective equipment protocol occurred and, therefore, no further action is required.

04. St. John Ambulance volunteers have stood-down from the provision of precautionary SARS screening at hospitals in Toronto. Volunteers remain available for re-deployment to this task, should the need arise.

St. John Ambulance volunteers continue to be deployed to provide precautionary SARS screening at the Ontario Emergency Measures Operations Centre in Toronto, at the Toronto EMS Headquarters, and at one hospital in Guelph, Ontario.

Additional information may be obtained, or additional service requests may be made, by contacting the St. John Ambulance National Planning Officer at opscen@sja.ca or (24/7) at 416-608-0089.

Wm. Alexander
National Planning Officer
St. John Ambulance
National Headquarters
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St. John Ambulance
National Headquarters
Situation Report � 08
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome


05 April 2003
2030hr [EDT]


01. St. John Ambulance, Ontario Council, Emergency Operations Centre remains activated. This centre may be accessed at (800) 268-7581 ext. 245 and at opscen@on.sja.ca SARS screening process remains in place for all staff and visitors entering Ontario (SJA) Provincial Headquarters.

02. St. John Ambulance volunteers continue to work in cooperation with the Canadian Red Cross and Salvation Army in the delivery of isolation kits to quarantined households in Toronto, York Region, and Simcoe County. Over the past twenty-four hours, the need for this service continues to steadily increase and it is anticipated that deliveries will start in Durham Region on Monday 07 April. Weather and road conditions in Southern Ontario continue to slow the delivery process.

03. St. John Ambulance has stood-down its transfer of non-SARS patients at this time. St. John Ambulance vehicles and crews remain on (24/7) standby and are readily available.

Toronto EMS has contacted St. John Ambulance Toronto EOC and advised that Scarborough Centenary Hospital in Toronto has now been quarantined effective Saturday 05 April. All St. John Ambulance volunteers who were assigned to Patient Transfers and/or to SARS Screening at this site are now being interviewed. Toronto EMS and St. John Ambulance will be contacting these volunteers and asking specific questions as to their use personal protective equipment (PPE). Both St. John Ambulance and Toronto EMS are reviewing Ambulance Call Reports and deployment rosters to ensure that everyone is covered and that those requiring home isolation are identified.

04. St. John Ambulance volunteers have been deployed to provide precautionary SARS screening at hospitals in Toronto and Guelph, Ontario. Additional requests are being processed from Eastern Ontario and the Niagara Region.

St. John Ambulance volunteers continue to be deployed to provide precautionary SARS screening at the Ontario Emergency Measures Operations Centre in Toronto as well as at the Toronto EMS Headquarters.

Additional information may be obtained, or additional service requests may be made, by contacting the St. John Ambulance National Planning Officer at opscen@sja.ca or (24/7) at 416-608-0089.

Wm. Alexander
National Planning Officer
St. John Ambulance
National Headquarters
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St. John Ambulance
National Headquarters
Situation Report � 07
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome


04 April 2003
1700hr [EDT]


01. St. John Ambulance, Ontario Council, Emergency Operations Centre remains activated. This centre may be accessed at (800) 268-7581 ext. 245 and at opscen@on.sja.ca SARS screening process remains in place for all staff and visitors entering Ontario (SJA) Provincial Headquarters.

02. St. John Ambulance volunteers continue to work in cooperation with the Canadian Red Cross and Salvation Army in the delivery of isolation kits to quarantined households in Toronto, York Region, Simcoe County, and Woodstock. Over the past twenty-four hours, the need for this service has steadily increased and it is anticipated that deliveries will start in Durham Region over the weekend. Current road and weather conditions in Southern Ontario have slowed deliveries over the past twenty-four hours.

03. St. John Ambulance has stood-down its transfer of non-SARS patients at this time. St. John Ambulance vehicles and crews remain on (24/7) standby and are readily available.

04. St. John Ambulance volunteers have been deployed to provide precautionary SARS screening at hospitals in Toronto and Guelph, Ontario. Additional requests are being processed from Eastern Ontario and the Niagara Region. Planning meetings indicate that the number of locations requiring this service may increase over the next twenty-four hours.

St. John Ambulance volunteers continue to be deployed to provide precautionary SARS screening at the Ontario Emergency Measures Operations Centre in Toronto as well as at the Toronto EMS Headquarters.

Additional information may be obtained, or additional service requests may be made, by contacting the St. John Ambulance National Planning Officer at opscen@sja.ca or (24/7) at 416-608-0089.

Wm. Alexander
National Planning Officer
St. John Ambulance
National Headquarters
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Ontario Provincial Brigade / Community Services Patient Care Competitions


Due to the involvement of a number of volunteers in the SARS relief, we have made a decision to postpone the Provincial Patient Care Competition on April 6 and reschedule it to Sunday, September 21, 2003. Please share this information with your membership.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Agnes Daniell
Provincial Commissioner
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SARS - SJA Operations

Just to keep you up to date, there is the potential for SJA volunteers in Toronto (and perhaps outside of Toronto) to assist the Canadian Red Cross in Toronto in the distribution of infectious disease kits to quarantined homes within the GTA. Planning for this is still in the preliminary stages and is
being coordinated through Toronto Public Health, Toronto Red Cross and Toronto District SJA.

St. John's lead person assigned to this is at this point Josh Belanger, the Toronto District Emergency Planning Officer (working through his District Commissioner). The Provincial Commissioner, Provincial Emergency Planning Officer and the Community Services Manager are currently monitoring this initiative and its progress from the provincial level, and the PEPO will attempt to keep everyone informed as it progresses.

In the meantime each of the District Emergency Planning Officers have been notified by PEPO as to the current status of the initiative.
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Subject: SARS - Declaration of a Provincial Health Emergency

If your Branch or Community Services Units are asked to participate in volunteer emergency response activities related to the Ontario government's declaration of a provincial health emergency (due to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), would you please contact St. John's Provincial Emergency Planning Officer through the emergency pager at: 1.888.249.8531.

Thank you.
Brian Cole, Manager
Community Services
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TO: Districts/Branches/CSUs
FROM: Carmie McCormack, Provincial Emergency Planning Officer


Everyone is aware of the SARS epidemic that is continuing to spread throughout Toronto and outlying areas. As of this date, March 28, 2003, the reported cases are still continuing to increase. Toronto District has taken action to protect their volunteers by suspending all Therapy Dog visits and some CSU functions within the GTA for a two week period, at which time the situation will be re-assessed.

The Ministry of Health is advising that there is now a possibility of infection in the Simcoe, Barrie and Peel Regions. It is suggested that each District/Branch/CSU assess the risks in their respective area and take appropriate protective action for our volunteers, especially those members who have any contact with hospitals.

While this epidemic is very serious in nature, the reported cases, outside of the GTA, are still relatively low. Each Branch/CSU should contact their local Health Department and Emergency Medical Services (if applicable) to assist with assessing risk and to discuss any possible
requirement for St. John Ambulance assistance.

Carmie McCormack, Provincial Emergency Planning Officer
St. John Ambulance, Council for Ontario
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Our St. John Ambulance Ontario Youth Rally is drawing near!


ICE'2003 is looking for those interested in participating in leadership and logistical support roles at this year's Youth Rally! A variety of leadership roles are available: Group Leaders and Assistant Group Leaders (Crusaders aged 16-18), Session Coordinators, Hospitality Staff, Program Staff, Media Staff, Communications, Stores, Logistically Support and much more.

Email Mr. Don Smith if you would like us to consider you for part of our staff or if you would like additional information!

This invitation is open to all members and friends of St. John; whether or not you are currently involved with our Youth Program or even a current member of St. John. This is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your skill and interest in working with us on a short term basis.

Click Here to enter our ICE'03 Discussion Area
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Bursary Deadline Alert!!!
If you are considering sources for bursary money for the upcoming post-secondary school season; don't forget to consider St. John Ambulance and your membership with us as an option. You only have 2 days left to apply! Check out our Bursary Section of CadetsOnline.ca which can be found under Resources.

BURSARY APPLICATION PROCESS

Councils are expected to encourage applications from Brigade and Association members.

Only forms authorized by National Headquarters are to be used in the application process. The forms are provided to Councils annually and are available upon request from the St. John Council in the member�s province or territory of residence. Photocopies and faximiles of these forms will not be acceptable and will disqualify your application.

Completed current application forms must be accompanied by all supporting documents and be received by the appropriate Council office by March 15th.

Using eligibility criteria, bursary applications should be screened initially by a committee established in each Council. This includes short-listing candidates and prioritizing them in order of importance. Councils are encouraged to use the expertise of the appropriate Provincial Officers in the Brigade (e.g. Nursing, Cadet, and Medical).

Bursary applications must be received at National Headquarters by April 15th. Applications received after the closing date may be reviewed at the discretion of the Bursary Committee Chairperson.

Bursary awards are usually granted for a full-time academic year however part-time studies and courses of shorter duration will be considered.
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Suzanne McGlashan joins St. John Ambulance as CEO

04 February 2003 - St. John Ambulance Chairperson Mr. Jeffrey Gilmour today announced the appointment of Ms. Suzanne McGlashan as Chief Executive Officer.

A resident of Ottawa, Suzanne has an extensive and progressive career within the public healthcare and municipal administration sectors. Before heading up her own company, providing strategic/business planning to private and public sector clients Suzanne was CEO of the Ottawa Community Care Access Centre. For 14 years, Suzanne held a variety of positions with the Corporation of the City of Ottawa in Human Resource as well as Corporate and Community Services.

In making the announcement today, Mr. Gilmour said, "Suzanne McGlashan has been recognized for developing client-focused, responsive organizations that operate in a multi-stakeholder environment. She is also known as a visionary leader with a participative management style which is much needed at this point in the evolution of St. John Ambulance."

Beginning 10 February Ms. McGlashan will be working out of the St. John Ambulance National Office located in Ottawa.

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2003 ONTARIO OPEN FIRST AID COMPETITION

The 33rd Annual Ontario First Aid Competition will be held this year at the Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road, Toronto, Ontario, on Saturday, November 1, 2003, commencing at 1:00 p.m.

We would like to extend an invitation to all qualified first aid instructors to consider either volunteering their time for the day to assist as judges for this special event, or perhaps even entering a team in the newly
created Instructor Award category. Attached is additional information.

Interested instructors should immediately contact Wendy Rudnik in the Community Services Department at the St. John Council for Ontario, Tel. 1.800.268.7581, ext. 282, or by email at wrudnik@on.sja.ca.

We look forward to seeing you at the Open.
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From: Joanna Mulvihill

Subject: Canada's Citizenship Week October 13-19, 2003

Good afternoon Everyone

Canada's Citizenship Week is being celebrated October 13 - 19, 2003. Citizenship and Immigration Canada is offering dynamic and fun cross-curricular products for teachers and youth group leaders. A description of the products and an order form is available on this site. The products are free while supplies last.

Would you please ensure that all Youth Leaders are aware of this upcoming event and direct them to the website www.cic.gc.ca/belonging. There is some good material there.
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DID YOU KNOW that as part of the St. John Ambulance insurance package all volunteers are covered under the new �infectious disease� benefit effective June 2003?

With the recent outbreak of SARS in the Toronto area and the involvement of St. John Ambulance volunteers in screening and delivering isolation kits, the issue of proper and adequate insurance coverage for our volunteers has surfaced.

Currently, St. John Ambulance has an accident policy in place to protect volunteers if they are physically injured while on public duty. In addition to this, effective June 6, 2003, all SJA volunteers are covered under the new �infectious disease� benefit as part of this policy. The coverage provided to volunteers while working for or participating in events sponsored by St. John Ambulance is outlined below.

We urge you to seek medical advice if you suspect you have been exposed to an infectious disease. Examples of an infectious disease include, but are not limited to, HIV, Hepatitis, Malaria, Yellow Fever, etc.

If you receive treatment from a doctor within 30 days of an accident or onset of an infectious disease, the costs for the following supplies and services (not covered by your provincial health plan) will be covered up to a $5,000 combined maximum (if incurred within the first 52 weeks):
� Hospital treatment
� Ambulance
� Registered nurse
� Doctor, surgeon, chiropractor, osteopath
� Rental of crutches, medical appliances or hospital type bed
� Prescription drugs
� Splints, trusses and braces
� Physiotherapy when recommended by a physician.

The plan also provides comprehensive coverage for:
� Dismemberment and �loss of use of�
� Accidental dental expenses
� Family transportation
� Home and vehicle alterations
� Rehabilitation benefits
� Permanent and total disability
� Repatriation benefit
� Weekly income as a result of an accident or infectious disease
� Death as a result of an accident or infectious disease - $10,000

For more details, please see the Group Accident Program Brochure available from your Council Office and on the intranet under �Insurance Information�.

DID YOU KNOW - August 2003 - Insurance Coverage Update
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ICE'03 Last Chance CDROM Opportunity


For those that did not have the opportunity, chose not to at the time or wish to own a piece of our weekend dispite not being able to join us; our Souvenir ICE'03 CDROM is still available for purchase...

Orders for our Sounvenir ICE"03 CDROM must be received within the next three weeks (September 5th) in order to be included in the limited run order of this collector CDROM. This time, our Rally CD will contain over 3500 digital images taken during the weekend. It will contain our famous Finale Slideshow which is over 10 minutes in length. Dispite the large number of photos and size of our slideshow, we will attempt to include as many of our PDF SJA resource documents as we can possibly fit on this CD.

If you are wishing to order this CDROM before September 5th, you will need to send a cheque or money order to our Provincial Headquarters (46 Wellesley Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 1G5
) sent to the attention of Wendy Rudnik. You must be sure to include your mailing address as the purchase price includes postal delivery.


ICE'03 Souvenir CDROM Collectable for $6.00
Don't forget your personal copy of our ICE'03 Souvenir CDROM Collectable for $6.00 This price includes postal delivery to your home.

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ICE'03 Stores Items


I thought that I would give those who are attending ICE'03 next week with some heads-up on some of the Stores items that you might be interested in getting your hands on. All of these items are in limited supply and available to you as inventory exists. Sorry when we run out. Our Store will be open on Saturday from 4pm-6pm and during the lunch and dinner periods on Sunday and Monday. Stores will not be open on our last day, Tuesday.


SJA First Aid ItemsSJA SouvenirsSJA Apparel
Disposable Penlight $2.75 SJA Keychain $2 SJA Golf Shirts $21
Paramedic Shears $2.75 SJA Magnets $1.25 SJA Winter Toque $8.50
CPR Pocket Kit $6 SJA Pens $2.25 SJA Wide Brimmed Hat $8.50
First Aid Fanny Pack $12.00 SJA Multi-function tool $8.50 SJA Baseball Cap $8.00
Key Chain Mask $5.50 SJA Water Bottle Holder $9 SJA Rugby Sweatshirt $28
Pocket Mask $1.25 SJA Letter Opener $10.00 SJA T-Shirts $13.00
Wallet First Aid Kit $1.00 SJA Mugs $10.00 SJA Nylon Jacket $64
Stethoscope $8.00 SJA Cool Compass Watch $31 SJA Track Suit $71.50


ICE'03 Souvenir CDROM Collectable for $6.00
Don't forget your personal copy of our ICE'03 Souvenir CDROM Collectable for $6.00 This particular item is available to everyone who is interested in a copy as the production of this item will occur after all orders are made on the weekend. This price includes postal delivery to your home.


All of these items are anticipated to be in limited supply at our Stores at ICE'03. All of these prices have Taxes Included and are rounded to the nearest quarter for convenience! So the price you see is the price you pay.

I hope this advanced peek at Stores will help some prepare for their trip. But, please do not bring excessive money or valuables to the Rally. You must secure your personal items and it is better not to bring precious items or excessive money in order to ensure that you don't lose anything. The University, nor the ICE'03 Committee, can be responsible for anything that you leave around. When in doubt, don't bring it! If you have a particular Stores item that you just have to have, you might consider purchasing the item on Saturday and packing it straight away in your room.

See ya at ICE'03!
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ICE'03 Update

For those interested or needing assistance with the directions for getting to the University of Waterloo, the University has a website with all the information you need.


map


Their Directions webpage: http://www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infoipa/howtoreach.html
Their Campus Online Map: http://www.uwaterloo.ca/map/map.html

REGISTRATION of ICE"03 Participants is NOT to begin before 4pm on Saturday August 2nd. People arriving PRIOR to 4pm will be asked to return after 4pm. We do not want people walking within REV - Residence prior to this time as we have a number of setup and logistical needs to address to get ready for your arrival. Please, if you arrive early, stay in the city of Waterloo; or if you must, you may walk in groups on the campus and NOT within REV - Our Residence area.

DINNER on Saturday is provided to all those who register at ICE'03 on Saturday before 6pm. Anyone arriving and registering on Saturday after 6pm will be responsible for their own supper as our cafe facilities will be closing in REV at 6:30pm and our opening cermonies is to begin by 7:30pm outdoors in the Quad of REV.

PARKING is available free of charge to all attending ICE'03. Parking Permit cards can be issued to you at our Registration Desk at REV (Ron Eydt Village - Village 2 - Main Reception). There is a circular driveway in front on main reception that you can use to drop off people and bags; but you cannot park in the circle as it would block all others. Buses should not use this area, but stay on the road leading up to this area.

St. John STORES on Site will be setup and operational during Lunch and Dinner times on Sunday and Monday and during the Registration Period on Saturday. Our onsite St. John Stores will be stocking a variety of St. John Clothing, First Aid Supplies, and SJA souvenirs will be available for purchase. We hope to have an item list on CadetsOnline.ca this weekend for an advanced look and see. Don't forget about your $6.00 Souvenir CDROM of ICE'03, should you wish to receive your own personal copy of all digital photography taken during the weekend.
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First on the Scene at 2010 Olympics


VANCOUVER, July 2 - St. John Ambulance will be the official first aid provider for spectators at all enues of the 2010 Winter Olympics to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia.

St. John Ambulance's highly-trained volunteers are no strangers to high-profile public events. As the official first aid provider for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Syndey, Australia, St. John Volunteers in Ausgralia, including members from Canada, treated over 12,000 people during the 2000 Games. In 1988 more than 2,500 spectators benefited from the services of St. John Ambulance during the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta.

"We are proud and honoured to be part of the Vancouver Olympics," announced Suzanne McGlashan, CEO, St. John Ambulance National Office. "We know that our community services volunteers from across Canada and around the world will 'share the flame' and the pride of contributing to the Olympic effort."
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For immediate information sharing with all Branch and Community Services Volunteers and Staff !


Therapy Dog Update


On the direction of the Provincial Commissioner, the restrictions placed on St. John Ambulance members (primarily Therapy Dog members) visiting hospitals, health and extended care facilities in the Regions of Peel, York, Toronto and Durham will remain in effect until Monday, July 7, 2003.

It is important to reinforce that St. John members visiting outside of the restricted regions must still check with their local public health departments to determine if there are any potential health risks associated with visiting before going into hospitals and/or health/extended care facilities.

It is also important to reinforce that any members feeling ill must avoid St. John related activities, and those experiencing signs/symptoms of SARS should voluntarily isolate themselves and contact their local public health unit or Telehealth Ontario for additional instructions.

If you have any questions regarding the current visiting restrictions please contact Council's Community Services Department at 1.800.268.7581
ext. 243 or 282.

Thank you for your continued assistance, cooperation and understanding.

Brian Cole, Provincial Manager
Community Services, St. John Ambulance - Council for Ontario
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For immediate information sharing with all Branch and Community Services Volunteers and Staff !

On the direction of the Provinicial Commissioner, effective immediately, the restrictions placed on St. John Ambulance members (primarily Therapy Dog members) visiting hospitals, health and extended care facilities will be lifted EXCEPT those visiting in the Regions of Peel, York, Toronto and Durham.

St. John members will still be restricted from visiting (as part of their St. John role) hospitals, health and extended care facilities in these identified regions until June 22, 2003 at which time the situation will be reassessed and further notification given.

It is important to reinforce that St. John members visiting outside of the restricted regions must still check with their local public health departments to determine if there are any potential health risks associated with visiting before going into hospitals and/or health/extended care facilities.

It is also important to reinforce that any members feeling ill must avoid St. John related activities, and those experiencing signs/symptoms of SARS should voluntarily isolate themselves and contact their local public health unit or Telehealth Ontario for additional instructions.

If you have any questions regarding the current visiting restrictions please contact Council's Community Services Department at 1.800.268.7581
ext. 243 or 282.

Thank you for your continued assistance, cooperation and understanding.

Brian Cole, Provincial Manager
Community Services, St. John Ambulance - Council for Ontario
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SARS Update from our Provincial Commissioner
May 26, 2003


At the direction of the Provincial Commissioner, St. John Ambulance members are not to engage in any new SARS related volunteer activities without first contacting the Community Services Department (tel. 1.800.268.7581 ext. 243) at the St. John Council for Ontario.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Brian Cole
Provincial Manager, Community Services
St. John Ambulance, Council for Ontario
46 Wellesley Street East
Toronto, ON M4Y 1G5
Tel. 1.800.268.7581 ext. 243
Fax. 416.923.4856
Email. bcole@on.sja.ca
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SARS Update from our Provincial Emergency Management Coordinator
May 20, 2003


On March 26, 2003, the Minister of Health declared a �Provincial Declaration of an Emergency� related to the SARS outbreak. This was the first time in history that the Province of Ontario had ever declared a Provincial Emergency, and St. John Ambulance was involved all the way. St. John Ambulance was advised on March 28th, 2003 that our services would be required to assist Toronto EMS with non-SARS patient transfers. Shortly thereafter, we were requested to assist with SARS isolation kit deliveries to residents in Toronto and York Region, followed by requests for patient screening at several Toronto Hospitals. The Provincial Emergency Operations Centre was activated on March 29, 2003. From March 29, 2003 until April 13, 2003, when the PEOC was closed, over 300 members dedicated in excess of 10,000 volunteer hours. Responders were comprised of Patient Care Members, Therapy Dog Members, Youth Members, Branch staff, Branch volunteers, Instructors and members of the Fellowship.

The Emergency Management Team held a de-briefing on April 26, 2003 and identified our strengths and weaknesses in the field of emergency response. We have subsequently formulated strategic plans for the future growth and continued success of the Emergency Response Services program. Further details will be forthcoming in the very near future.

To our credit, the strengths certainly outweighed the weaknesses. I�m very proud to say that our members showed tireless dedication and commitment when called upon during this emergency. For us to put in over 10,000 volunteer hours over a sixteen-day period is nothing short of miraculous, and I�ve received many accolades from government and non-government agencies. The comments that I�ve received confirm what we, as an organization, already realize. We are professional, dedicated personnel, and no matter what position is held in this organization, we all work as one team in the face of a disaster or emergency. We should all be very proud of the contribution that we make to our communities on a daily basis, and to other communities within the Province when called upon during trying times.

For each member who was involved in the SARS response, my personal deep felt thanks. We are working on a volunteer appreciation initiative from the Province, as further recognition, as your efforts are a testament to both the mission of St. John Ambulance and to volunteerism and community support in general, and you should be proud of the way that you have represented our organization.

Sincerely,

Carmie McCormack
Provincial Emergency Management Coordinator
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HEALTH CANADA STATEMENT ON THE 2003-2004 INFLUENZA SEASON


December 20, 2003 � While the 2004 influenza season arrived earlier than in previous years, and appears to be more severe than the last three seasons, current national and international data indicate that its impact in Canada is still within the expected range.

Influenza seasons vary in severity and generally result in more cases when an influenza A H3N2 virus is circulating, as is the case this year. A/Fujian, a new strain of H3N2 (a type of influenza A) has been documented in many countries, including Canada, so far this year.

On average, 500-1500 deaths per year are reported in Canada due to influenza or pneumonia as a complication of influenza. In addition, many more deaths may occur in people with underlying medical conditions complicated by influenza. Since the start of the current influenza season, Health Canada has learned of two deaths in children with confirmed influenza A infection. Health Canada has also learned of two other child deaths that are suspected to be the result of influenza, but this has not been confirmed.

Many children get the flu every year (up to 25 % in a severe season). However, deaths due to influenza are still very rare in children. To put this in perspective, the numbers of deaths due to influenza in children under the age of 15 reported on death certificates per year in Canada ranges from zero to four, with an average of one death. There are more �influenza-related� deaths caused by underlying conditions complicated by influenza.


What you can do to protect yourself and your children


Canadians should protect themselves and others by:
  • Getting a flu shot;
  • Washing their hands frequently; and
  • Staying home if they are sick.

As influenza viruses change over time, new strains are more likely to infect young children because they have no exposure to the new strains or similar previous strains through immunization or natural infection.

However, healthy adults and their children who wish to protect themselves from influenza are encouraged to receive the vaccine.

If you develop flu-like symptoms, but you do not have an underlying medical condition:
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Drink a lot of liquids
  • Avoid using alcohol and tobacco
  • Consider taking over-the-counter medications to relieve the symptoms of flu. But do not give salicylates (aspirin) to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms unless specifically directed by a doctor. The use of aspirin has been strongly linked with the development of Reye�s Syndrome, a rare disease that affects mainly children or teenagers during a viral illness, such as chicken pox or influenza. It can be fatal.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with other people to protect them from catching your illness
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze to protect others from your germs.

In children, some emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
  • High or prolonged fever
  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Changes in mental status, such as not waking up or not interacting; being so irritable that the child does not want to be held; or seizures
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions (for example, heart or lung disease, diabetes)


The most important thing you can do is to get a flu shot. Adverse reactions to the flu shot are rare. However, certain groups should not be vaccinated. These include children under six months of age and people who have had a severe allergic reaction to eggs or a previous dose of the vaccine.

The current vaccine is expected to provide good protection against A/Panama- like viruses and influenza A viruses and to also provide some cross protection againt A/Fujian.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) provides Health Canada with ongoing and timely medical, scientific, and public health advice relating to immunization. NACI recommends that immunization programs focus on those at high risk of serious illness from influenza and their close contacts. Canadians, particularly people who are at high risk, (e.g., people over 65, and people who already have medical conditions), and those who can spread flu to persons at high risk of influenza complications (e.g., health care workers, household contacts or home care providers), get a flu shot.

As of December 18, 2003, provinces and territories indicated that there is sufficient vaccine supply for public programs and manufacturers to meet extra vaccine requirements.

Health Canada is closely monitoring the situation

Health Canada�s FluWatch program monitors outbreaks of influenza throughout the flu season and advises public health professionals via its FluWatch web site. Influenza surveillance is a collaborative effort between provincial and territorial ministries of health, participating laboratories, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, sentinel physicians, and Health Canada.

Information is collected weekly from participating physicians, nurse practitioners, laboratories and ministries of health in each province and territory. The data is then analysed, interpreted and summarized to provide a national picture of influenza activity. The process of data collection and analysis is conducted during the following week and the information is posted in the FluWatch on Health Canada�s web site every Friday afternoon.

Surveillance for the week of December 7 to 13, 2003 is now available at http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/pphb-dgspsp/fluwatch/index.html.

Health Canada, holds regular teleconferences with the provinces and territories to discuss emerging epidemiology of influenza in Canada and vaccine supply. The most recent teleconference was December 15th.

In addition, Health Canada is undertaking enhanced respiratory illness surveillance activities, including international monitoring and collaboration, and provinces and territories have been asked to report any influenza-related deaths in children.

For more information visit Health Canada�s flu web site at www.healthcanada.ca/flu

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Ontario Open First Aid Competition


This year�s Open First Aid Competition, on November 1, marked the event�s 33rd anniversary.

The 41 entrants, competing at the Ontario Science Centre, included some of finest teams and individuals in Ontario, representing the corporate sector, emergency services, and St. John Ambulance. They competed under uniform conditions and standards, to be evaluated on the degree of first aid proficiency achieved.

A particular highlight of the 2003 Competitions was the introduction of two new awards recognizing First Aid and CPR instructors in a distinct competition category. The Ashby-Whitehead Cup was donated by Robyn Ashby and. Michael Whitehead to promote excellence in first aid skills among First Aid or CPR instructors. The Paul Craig Memorial Cup was donated in memory of Paul Craig, a dedicated instructor with St. John, who was an inspiration to many instructors and volunteers throughout Ontario.

Among the dignitaries attending was the Acting Deputy Chief of Operations for Toronto�s Emergency Medical Services, Gary Thorne who served as this year�s Honorary Competition Patron.

ONTARIO OPEN FIRST AID COMPETITION
WINNERS
2003


The IAPA Trophy - IAPA related companies

Winner � Domtar Espanola Mill

The Ontario Power Generation President's Award - Team - Electrical Utilities

No qualifier


The Ontario Power Generation President's Award�Individual�Electrical Utilities

Winner � no qualifier
2nd Place � Andrew McGilliard
3rd Place � Tim Burgess

The Ashby-Whitehead Cup � Team � First Aid/CPR Instructors

Winner � St. John Ambulance Burlington Branch - Burlington Band-aids
2nd Place � Sick Bay
3rd Place � St. John Ambulance Instructors � Hutchinson/Warman

The Paul Craig Memorial Cup � Individual � First Aid/CPR Instructors

Winner � Daniel Whitworth
2nd Place � Melanie Kidd

The Leonard Trophy - Junior

Winner � Y1004 New Tecumseth Division � Chicken Dance
2nd Place � Midland-Penetang Branch � Moreau/Vassair
3rd Place � Midland-Penetang Branch � Evans/Vassair

The Edgar J. Stone Trophy - Intermediate

Winner � Y0150 Belleville Cadet Division
2nd Place � Midland-Penetang Branch � Graham/Dupuis
3rd Place � Polar Patrol 1

The Vice President's Trophy - Senior Mixed (Male/Female)

Winner � St. John Ambulance Burlington Branch � Burlington Band-Aids
2nd Place � Midland-Penetang Branch � Braaksma/Dupuis
3rd Place � Sick Bay

The Provincial Open Senior Women's Trophy

Winner � Loeb Lifesavers
2nd Place � Polar Patrol !!!
3rd Place � Global Med Medics

The Provincial Open Senior Men's Trophy

Winner � Domtar Espanola Mill
2nd Place � GTA Good Samaritans
3rd Place � D0325 Oakville Division

T.S. Jones Challenge Trophy - Individual 18 years of age and over

Winner � Kenneth Phillips-Smith
2nd Place � Danny White
3rd Place � Jon Benoit


The Ross B. Elliott Centennial Trophy - individual 17 years of age and under

Winner � Miriam Bailey
2nd Place � Amanda Rosebush
3rd Place � Emily Hall

The Earle C. Morgan Trophy - Overall Winner

Winner � Domtar Espanola Mill
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Congratulations to our 2003 Ontario Grand Prior Awards Recepients
Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario
November 7, 2003

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REMEMBRANCE DAY IS TUESDAY NOVEMBER 11

Wear your poppy with pride in remembrance and honour of all those who served this country and those who continue to serve. If you are attending services in St. John Ambulance uniform, the Poppy should be worn on the left lapel.
If you know a veteran or a member of the regular or reserve forces, take the time to thank them. (And to those who are currently serving, this is my thank you!)

(As most of you know) The St. John Ambulance organization had a presence around the world in both world wars. Regular volunteers, men and women, who took their St. John Ambulance training overseas where they served as ambulance drivers, hospital staff, rations packers, mobile X-ray technicians, mechanics, typists, and more... including two legendary women who maintained a concealed "dressing station" in occupied France for three years during WW1.

The picture included with this newsletter is a segment of the front cover of a pamphlet published on in England during WW2 on the story of the War Organisation of the British Red Cross Society and Order of St. John of Jerusalem.

Re-printed from Southwestern District's Weekly Newsletter November 5, 2003; with thanks!
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NHQ's Raw Meat Diet Policy


For immediate information sharing ~

Please advise Branches and Community Services Units that National HQ has put the recently released Raw Meat policy on hold as of today pending further review...this means that no action on this issue needs to be taken locally until we have received further direction/clarification.

Thanks

Brian Cole
Provincial Manager, Community Services
St. John Ambulance, Council for Ontario
46 Wellesley Street East
Toronto, ON M4Y 1G5
Tel. 1.800.268.7581 ext. 243
Fax. 416.923.4856
Email. bcole@on.sja.ca
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NHQ's Raw Meat Diet Policy

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A number of concerns have been raised at the local and provincial levels of St. John with regard to the release of the national "raw meat" policy, and I wanted to assure everyone that we (Council and your Provincial Therapy Dog Team) are working with National HQ and our National Vet. consultants to review the policy to be fair to all dogs in the program while still being responsive to potential risks.

We hope to have more to report to you on this shortly.

Brian Cole
Provincial Manager, Community Services
St. John Ambulance, Council for Ontario
46 Wellesley Street East
Toronto, ON M4Y 1G5
Tel. 1.800.268.7581 ext. 243
Fax. 416.923.4856
Email. bcole@on.sja.ca
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COMMUNITY SERVICES PATIENT CARE COMPETITION

Congratulations!


Provincial Patient Care Competitions was held on September 21, 2003 at 7 different venues across Ontario. The winning teams will proceed to the Open Competition November 1 in Toronto.

Junior: 1st Toronto 1037 Agincourt
2nd Central 1004 New Tecumseth
3rd Central West Oakville Cadets

Intermediate: 1st Eastern Belleville Y0150
2nd Toronto 333 North York
3rd Northern Y0503

Senior: 1st Central West Oakville Adults
2nd Toronto 725 Varsity
3rd Northern DO162
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Limited Time Opportunity: For those who attended ICE'03 and wish to remember it well; we have limited quantities of our Collectable ICE'03 TShirts for sale! If you recall, the front and back sides of this Tshirt are shown below.

TShirt FrontTshirt Back

For those who love wearing their RallyT's for years; you might wish to take advantage of this limited offer to acquire additional Tshirts from ICE'03!

For a flat rate of $8.00 per TShirt, our Provincial Headquarters will mail you your purchase. This $8.00 flat rate offer is the same for pickup or shipped orders. Orders must be received with full payment (cheque or money order only); no billing through branches, VISA or invoicing is possible for this offer. We are only able to offer this deal to you while Tshirt supplies and sizes last. We have approximately 2 dozen T's of each size (S/M/L/XL/XXL) available.

If you wish to receive additional TShirts, you will need to send your order to:


St. John Ambulance - Community Services Department
c/o ICE03 Tshirt Offer
46 Wellesley Street East
Toronto, Ontario
M4Y 1G5


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Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Awards


This program is put on by the Ontario Community Newspapers Association. The Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Awards is a program which gives important recognition to outstanding young people in their own cities/towns/villages through their local community newspaper. Of the 150-200 young people recognized each year, 12 final recipients from across the province will be honoured as Ontario Junior Citizens of the Year at a special ceremony in Toronto in March 2004.

Program information, nomination forms, etc. can be downloaded from their website www.ocna.org. (under Awards at the bottom of the web page) or by calling 905/639-8720 or e-mail at gayle@ocna.org


Regards

Joanna Mulvihill
Community Services Program Coordinator
St. John Ambulance
1900 City Park Drive, Suite 400
Ottawa, ON
K1J 1A3
Tel.:613-236-1283 x251
Fax: 613-236-2425
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International First Aid Competition for Cadets 2003


Each year St. John Ambulance in the UK holds an International First Aid Competition for Cadets inviting teams from St. John around the world. Canada has always done well in these competitions and we are once again anticipating a good participation level.

This year's Canadian deadline has been set at December 19, 2003. This deadline will allow our National HQ to compile the information and forward same to England in time for the International deadline.

Be prepared! Further information specific to how Ontario will be holding its ICFAC competition will be forthcoming within a week's time. With late notice as it is, it is likely that Ontario will hope to arrange for regional hosting of this competition on a set day to occur in late October or early November. Once again, Ontario specific details and information will begin to flow within the next 7 days through CadetsOnline.ca and through bunk mailings.

Don Smith
Provincial Youth Officer.

ICFAC Rules

The competition will be held in Canada, Essex, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Merseyside, South Africa, Kenya and any other invited countries.

Any team of four Cadets who have a current First Aid Certificate may enter providing the team have not won any other recognised competition at either Area, County, Regional or National levels. (In Ontario, we have clarified this to mean that no more than two members of a team of four should have ever participated in this (or any other local) first aid team competition.) This competition is designed to promote and encourage our newest members.

The competition is relevant to First Aid only.

The competition will comprise of a team test and an individual theoretical test for each team member.

The winning team will be the team in the overall competition that attains the highest aggregate marks.

If there is a draw, the team with the highest marks in the team test wins or again in the event of a draw, the highest marks obtained by the Team Leader will decide the winner.

Each country will in turn set the papers, the judges setting the papers will also state the requirements for the props and kits etc.

No Cadet over the age of 16 years will be allowed to enter. In Ontario, we have claried this to mean that only Cadets aged 11 to 15 years of age may compete as team members at this competition. (Note: Cadets and Crusaders, 16 years of age and over at the time of the competition date, are encouraged to assist with this competition through coaching, simulation and judging. Contact your DS and DCO for further details.)
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St. John Ambulance - Ontario Brigade Patient Care Competition Results
Sunday September 21, 2003


Here are the final results. Remember 1st,2nd,and 3rd place in each category go to the Ontario Open on November 1, 2003 being held at the Ontario Science Centre.

Junior: 1st Toronto 1037 Agincourt
2nd Central 1004 New Tecumseth
3rd Central West Oakville Cadets

Intermediate: 1st Eastern Belleville Y0150
2nd Toronto 333 North York
3rd Northern YO503

Senior: 1st Central West Oakville Adults
2nd Toronto 726 Varsity
3rd Northern D0162

I would like to thank all the teams and the Districts for their hard work. I would also like to thank all the Provincial Staff that visited all of our venues.

Paul Sims
Provincial Training Officer
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St. John Ambulance Bursary Program Report 2003


The St. John Ambulance Bursary Committee met in June to review all applications received for the various bursary programs for the 2003/2004 academic year.

This year we had received 44 applications in total: 4 to the James A. Albery Youth Bursary (one James A. Albery Youth Bursary was awarded for 2003 and it went to a candidate from Ontario), 37 to the Nursing Bursary Program and 3 to the Johanniterorden Bursary. Applicants were from all councils except Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

We are pleased to say that overall the quality of submissions and the caliber of applicants, were very good, with some exceptions.

The 3 applications for the Johanniterorden Bursary were declined because of the lack of funding. This Bursary was removed from the list of available bursaries in 2002. Four applications were refused because the applicants did not meet the academic requirements. Five applications were rejected because the files were incomplete, lacking either the mandatory Letters of Reference and/or the mandatory transcripts.

While it is understood that Winter transcripts are not available for inclusion at the time of submission (March 15th), nevertheless, it is possible for, and expected of, candidates to include transcripts up to, and including the previous Fall�s. The Bursary Committee asks that when performing the initial screening of files, Councils should ensure that all submissions include both the required Letters of Reference (2) and the most current transcripts available before forwarding to National. Councils must understand that due to the large number of submissions received every year, the screening process is lengthy therefore incomplete files are immediately rejected by the Committee.

The Bursary Committee wishes to express their appreciation to each Council for their ongoing support for the St. John Ambulance Bursary Program. It is hoped that through our collaborative efforts we can rectify these remaining issues in the application process for the benefit of our volunteer students. Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Marielle Gagn�
Chair, Bursary Committee

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