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National Youth Leadership Training Course for 2007 - Certificate Program
Brampton - December 1 & 2, 2007


TO: Branches and affiliated Community Services Units
FROM: Doug Keith, Provincial Youth Program Advisor
Geoff Wybrew, Chair, Standards and Support Committee
DATE: October 1, 2007
RE: National Youth Leadership Training Course for 2007 - Certificate Program
Brampton - December 1 & 2, 2007

The National St. John Ambulance (SJA) Youth Leadership Training Program is a course that continuously evolves and is currently being taught to all SJA Youth Leaders across Canada. This informative course introduces leaders to the SJA Youth program, and outlines all the required information and disciplines needed to run an effective SJA Youth program. This course is essential for all SJA Youth leaders and SJA Community Services support staff (RCSCs, Volunteer Coordinators, etc.) across Canada that have direct involvement with SJA Youth. Current SJA Youth leaders and support staff are required to have certification in this course. New SJA Youth leaders and support staff are required to attend the course within the first year of taking on their position.

The St. John Council for Ontario will be holding this course the weekend of December 1 & 2, 2007 in Brampton, Ontario. The course will be held at the Fortinos Store training room which is located at the corner of Main (Hurontario) and Bovaird in Brampton. The course will run from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. � 4 p.m. on Sunday. The course itself is no charge. We will provided refreshments in the morning/afternoon and a full lunch at no charge. Coffee and tea will be available at all times to everyone. Travel expenses (including any required accommodation) for the weekend will be the responsibility of participants.

A copy of the course manual is available on-line for viewing at / under the resources tab. A hard copy of the manual will be provided to you when you take the course.

Attached is an application form for the Brampton Y.L.C. Course. After receiving the completed registration, Council�s Community Services Department will send a confirmation back to the applicants with joining instructions and directions on how to get to the venue. We have room for 20 participants on the course and registrations will be processed on a first come first serve basis, so send your application in early. Applications are due back to Council no later than November 16th, 2007.

We at Council are committed to the National goal of having all of our Youth leaders and support staff trained. This course is a national Youth Leader requirement and failure to attend this course may affect your youth leadership/participation status. If you have any questions about the National Youth Leadership Training Course, please contact the Council�s Community Services Department at 1-800-268-7581 ext. 282.

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TO: Branches and affiliated Community Services Units
FROM: Doug Keith, Provincial Youth Program Advisor
Geoff Wybrew, Chair, Standards and Support Committee
DATE: October 1, 2007
RE: National Youth Leadership Training Course for 2007 - Certificate Program
Brampton - December 1 & 2, 2007

The National St. John Ambulance (SJA) Youth Leadership Training Program is a course that continuously evolves and is currently being taught to all SJA Youth Leaders across Canada. This informative course introduces leaders to the SJA Youth program, and outlines all the required information and disciplines needed to run an effective SJA Youth program. This course is essential for all SJA Youth leaders and SJA Community Services support staff (RCSCs, Volunteer Coordinators, etc.) across Canada that have direct involvement with SJA Youth. Current SJA Youth leaders and support staff are required to have certification in this course. New SJA Youth leaders and support staff are required to attend the course within the first year of taking on their position.

The St. John Council for Ontario will be holding this course the weekend of December 1 & 2, 2007 in Brampton, Ontario. The course will be held at the Fortinos Store training room which is located at the corner of Main (Hurontario) and Bovaird in Brampton. The course will run from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. � 4 p.m. on Sunday. The course itself is no charge. We will provided refreshments in the morning/afternoon and a full lunch at no charge. Coffee and tea will be available at all times to everyone. Travel expenses (including any required accommodation) for the weekend will be the responsibility of participants.

A copy of the course manual is available on-line for viewing at / under the resources tab. A hard copy of the manual will be provided to you when you take the course.

Attached is an application form for the Brampton Y.L.C. Course. After receiving the completed registration, Council�s Community Services Department will send a confirmation back to the applicants with joining instructions and directions on how to get to the venue. We have room for 20 participants on the course and registrations will be processed on a first come first serve basis, so send your application in early. Applications are due back to Council no later than November 16th, 2007.

We at Council are committed to the National goal of having all of our Youth leaders and support staff trained. This course is a national Youth Leader requirement and failure to attend this course may affect your youth leadership/participation status. If you have any questions about the National Youth Leadership Training Course, please contact the Council�s Community Services Department at 1-800-268-7581 ext. 282.

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TO: Branches and affiliated Community Services Units
FROM: Doug Keith, Provincial Youth Program Advisor
Geoff Wybrew, Chair, Standards and Support Committee
DATE: October 1, 2007
RE: National Youth Leadership Training Course for 2007 - Certificate Program
Brampton - December 1 & 2, 2007

The National St. John Ambulance (SJA) Youth Leadership Training Program is a course that continuously evolves and is currently being taught to all SJA Youth Leaders across Canada. This informative course introduces leaders to the SJA Youth program, and outlines all the required information and disciplines needed to run an effective SJA Youth program. This course is essential for all SJA Youth leaders and SJA Community Services support staff (RCSCs, Volunteer Coordinators, etc.) across Canada that have direct involvement with SJA Youth. Current SJA Youth leaders and support staff are required to have certification in this course. New SJA Youth leaders and support staff are required to attend the course within the first year of taking on their position.

The St. John Council for Ontario will be holding this course the weekend of December 1 & 2, 2007 in Brampton, Ontario. The course will be held at the Fortinos Store training room which is located at the corner of Main (Hurontario) and Bovaird in Brampton. The course will run from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. � 4 p.m. on Sunday. The course itself is no charge. We will provided refreshments in the morning/afternoon and a full lunch at no charge. Coffee and tea will be available at all times to everyone. Travel expenses (including any required accommodation) for the weekend will be the responsibility of participants.

A copy of the course manual is available on-line for viewing at / under the resources tab. A hard copy of the manual will be provided to you when you take the course.

Attached is an application form for the Brampton Y.L.C. Course. After receiving the completed registration, Council�s Community Services Department will send a confirmation back to the applicants with joining instructions and directions on how to get to the venue. We have room for 20 participants on the course and registrations will be processed on a first come first serve basis, so send your application in early. Applications are due back to Council no later than November 16th, 2007.

We at Council are committed to the National goal of having all of our Youth leaders and support staff trained. This course is a national Youth Leader requirement and failure to attend this course may affect your youth leadership/participation status. If you have any questions about the National Youth Leadership Training Course, please contact the Council�s Community Services Department at 1-800-268-7581 ext. 282.

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NLS Certified Lifeguard Required


The Divisional Superintendent, Newmarket 910 Youth Division is looking for a NLS certified lifeguard for her cadet camp in Aug. (guard required August 11th).

Anyone qualified and able to assist this Youth Division is encouraged to contact our Provincial Office for further details.
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Who Cares? The Graff-Reed Conversations


From: Linda L. Graff
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2007 10:45 PM
Subject: Who Cares? The Graff-Reed Conversations

Declining volunteerism and civic engagement threaten Canada�s communities at their core.

Volunteerism and civic engagement are eroding in Canada, and two of this country�s leading experts predict an enormous impact on our communities if leaders across the country don�t respond. Who Cares? was launched this week to spotlight the urgent need for action in communities across Canada, and to protect these most precious of Canadian values.

The value of volunteering in this country is staggeringly high but largely unnoticed. Try to think of a community organization that does not rely on voluntary contributions in one form or another � the arts, education, healthcare, the environment, sports and recreation, faith communities, neighbourhoods, service clubs, disaster response, children�s programs, family services, supports for seniors, civilian defense.

Linda L. Graff, noted author and voluntary sector specialist, and Paul B. Reed, Carleton University Professor and Senior Social Scientist, Statistics Canada, have started a national conversation about the future of our communities � the Who Cares? project. Drawing from the most comprehensive data ever assembled on this issue, Graff & Reed have produced a series of engaging audio conversations to enlighten and inspire Canadians with a way-of-life wake-up call based on compelling but troubling research findings. Local elected politicians, chambers of commerce, and other leaders in business, industry and the nonprofit sector are being urged to take action immediately.

To download a free copy or get more information, go to: www.CanadaWhoCares.ca

If people stop doing �
If neighbours stop helping �

Who Cares? A way-of-life wake-up call for Canada�s communities.

Linda@CanadaWhoCares.ca
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Minister Day Launches Emergency Preparedness Week and Signs Agreement to Strengthen Partnership with St. John Ambulance Canada

ST. LAZARE, QUEBEC, May 7, 2007 � The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today launched Emergency Preparedness Week by signing an agreement with St. John Ambulance Canada, formalizing its relationship with the Government of Canada regarding emergency management.

�I am pleased to announce the signing of an agreement with St. John Ambulance, through which we will strengthen our partnership in emergency response and management,� said Minister Day. �Once again, Canada�s New Government is taking action to protect Canadians and ensure that we are well prepared for any emergencies.�

�This initiative will enhance collaboration between the Government and St. John Ambulance Canada in emergency response, exercises, public education, communications and training,� noted Ian Bennett, Chief Operating Officer of St. John Ambulance Canada. �This will both help the Government and our organization to prepare Canadians for emergencies and will improve emergency response.�

�Quebecers remember the ice storm of 1998 and the 1996 floods in the Saguenay region. Such events help them to appreciate the need to be prepared for emergencies,� noted the Honourable Michael M Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister Responsible for the Region of Montr�al, who was on hand for the event. �The Government of Canada works closely with the Quebec Department of Public Security during Emergency Preparedness Week to encourage people in the province to prepare for emergencies.�

In addition to recognizing the role St. John Ambulance has played for Canadians in emergencies, Minister Day stressed the role that individuals could play.

�To be prepared, we encourage Canadians to take three important steps; get an emergency kit, develop a family emergency plan, and know the risks in their region. Canadians should prepare themselves to be self-sufficient in an emergency for at least 72 hours, which will allow emergency workers time to help those in greatest need,� concluded Minister Day.

Emergency Preparedness Week is an annual national awareness initiative that takes place each year during the first full week of May. It is a collaborative event undertaken by provincial and territorial emergency management organizations as well as non-governmental organizations which supports activities at the local level, in concert with the Government of Canada.

Information on emergency preparedness is available at www.GetPrepared.ca or by calling 1 800 O-Canada (1 800 622-6232) TTY: 1 800 926-9105.

For further information, contact:

Media Relations
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
(613) 991-0657

M�lisa Leclerc
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
Minister of Public Safety
(613) 991-2863

Link to Media Release:

http://www.news.gc.ca/web/view/en/index.jsp?articleid=300539
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Toronto Branch - St John Week - Parade


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From: Toronto Branch
Subject: Toronto Branch - St John Week - Parade

On Sunday, May 27th, Toronto Branch will be holding a parade to kick off St.
John Week celebrations. On behalf of St. John Ambulance Toronto Branch, we would like to extend an invitation to all Community Service Units to join us in this exciting event. We will be marching from the Toronto Police Headquarters, located at the intersection of Yonge Street and College Street, to a dispersal point close to City Hall (Nathan Phillips Square).
Among invited guests are: representatives from the City of Toronto, Toronto Police Service, Toronto Fire and Emergency Services and the TTC. Toronto Branch's Patron, Major General Richard Rohmer will be taking the salute along with me.

This is a special occasion for all of us and we would like to feature all aspects of the St. John Community Service family, from Medical First Response to Therapy Dogs. We need your Units, bicycles, youth and fellowship members to join us for this, our special day.

The event is scheduled to run from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

If you're interested in joining us please RSVP to Carolyn Baker at the Toronto Branch. Carolyn can be reached via email at carolyn.baker@on.sja.ca . The details of assembly points and actual route will be forwarded accordingly.

Frank Fernandes
Chair, Toronto Branch
St. John Ambulance
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Knowledge of the Order - Youth Proficiency Course


TO: Admin Centres, Branches, RCSCs and Volunteer Coordinators and Youth Units.
FROM: Brampton Y950 Cadets
DATE: March 20, 2007
RE: Knowledge of the Order Proficiency Course

St. John Ambulance, Brampton Cadets Y950 is offering a �Knowledge of the Order� Course for those who wish to understand the history of the Order and how it relates to the workings of St. John Ambulance.

The course is being offered on Saturday June 2 & Sunday June 3, 2007 between 9 am and 5 pm [both days are mandatory]. The course will be held at Brampton St. John Branch, located at 8A Rutherford Road, Brampton, Ontario (Rutherford Road and Queen Street).

Applications for this course will be due by May 15, 2007. A confirmation letter will be sent to those whose applications are received prior to this date. No extensions or refunds will be granted.

The candidate cost for this course will be $20.00 for the weekend and will cover course materials, refreshments and snacks will be provided. Transportation, meals and accommodation costs will be the responsibility of the course candidates. However, the Branch has offered the use of the building for anyone who may need overnight stay (floor space available).

As this course is a requirement for the Grand Prior�s Badge, Youth members are encouraged to attend. There are group and individual projects assigned over the weekend and candidates must bring paper, pen/pencils and markers. Divisional Superintendent recommendations are required.

Candidates can refer to: / - (resources; on-line resources�youth related; cadet proficiency subject; category A), to review reference material on this course prior to attending.

Completed applications are to be returned to Y950 Brampton Cadets, 8A Rutherford Road, Brampton, Ontario L6W 3J1. Space is limited.

Respectfully,

R. Osborne
Divisional Supt. Y950
Brampton Cadets
St. John Ambulance

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Dr. Harold (Harry) Richardson

1938 - 2007


It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Dr. Harold (Harry) Richardson. On Monday morning (Feb 12, 2006), Harold Richardson passed away. He was 69. He is survived by his wife, Mary, three children, and six grand children. Harold was a physician who dedicated his life to making a difference. He was a very strong supporter of quality assurance and an equally strong supporter of advancing health care in the Caribbean and Eastern Europe � Kosovo specifically. His specialty was infectious diseases and laboratory medicine. For the last 10 years, he ran the Ontario Government Medical Laboratory Quality Assurance Program and through that helped export Canadian expertise in health care to the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.

In addition, Harold was also an active member of St. John Ambulance, retiring as the National Commissioner.


Dr. Harold (Harry) Richardson was also a past Provincial Commissioner for the Council for Ontario.

Further details on memorial arrangements will be updated as they are made available.

updated Tuesday February 13, 2007 1446hrs

Service for Harold Richardson

We have arranged for an informal gathering at the Faculty Club, McMaster University on Saturday, Feb 17, from 1-3 pm to gather and remember my dad. All are welcome.

We are also in the process of arranging a scholarship in Post Graduate Medicine at McMaster to be established and invite you to make a donation in memoriam. We will provide specific details shortly.

We are in the process of arranging for an announcement to be made in the Globe and Mail.

Please pass on this email to anyone else who might be interested.

Many thanks to all for the kinds wishes, Andrew.

Andrew Richardson (son)
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National Office
1900 City Park Drive, Suite 400
Ottawa, Ontario K1J 1A3
(613) 236-7461


DID YOU KNOW Readership Survey - Action Required


Hello from St. John Ambulance National Office and thank you in advance for participating in our survey. Your feedback is important as St. John Ambulance continues to refresh and modernize its brand. We are focusing on SJA newsletters this year, which includes asking our readership about the value of the Did You Know monthly Community Services newsletter. Your feedback will help guide the editorial focus for print and online communication services.

St. John Ambulance practices privacy protection in all its communication activities, including surveys. Therefore, all responses are kept strictly confidential. This survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Due date for completed surveys, in all formats, is: February 15, 2007.

Link for electronic survey:

http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=WEB225XSY8JCEJ

For printed returns, please fax to:

613-236-2425 attention: Jennifer Lavoie

Or mail to:

St. John Ambulance, National Office
Attention: Jennifer Lavoie
400 - 1900 City Park Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1J 1A3

With appreciation, Jennifer Lavoie, Director of Marketing and Communications, Ottawa
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International First Aid Competitions for Cadets 2006

From: NHQ
Sent: January 16, 2007

We are pleased to announce the results of the International First Aid Competition for Cadets 2004. Congratulations to the Manitoba Team "B" who were the overall Canadian winners. Congratulations to all divisions from across Canada who participated.

Following are the International and Canadian results:

International
CountryTeam NameScoreOverall Position
England Essex246 1st
Hong Kong 222 2nd
Canada (Manitoba) 203 3rd
New Zealand 197 4th
Ireland 190 5th
South Africa 170 6th


Priory of Canada
Team/Council Score Overall Position
Team "B" - Manitoba 203 1
Oakville Rookies - Ontario 199 2
Team "D" - Manitoba 179 3
Hamilton Hayes - Ontairo 175 4
Team "C" - Manitoba 160 5
Burlington Big Time - Ontario 152 6


Congratulations to all!!
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For information sharing with all SJA Medical First Response Units:

From: Brockville Branch
Re: Ontario Senior Winter Games

This is an exciting new event coverage opportunity for St. John Ambulance. The Ontario Senior Games Winterfest will bring 1,200 Senior Citizens from across Ontario to compete in these winter games. Events will include downhill skiing, hockey tournaments, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, curling etc.

The events will take place over two (2) days at 15 different venues in Brockville, Ontario and the surrounding area. The times are from 08:00 to 16:00 on February 15 and 16, 2007.

We require Medical First Responders at each location. This is a Thursday and Friday event so it does present a challenge for our local operation alone. Therefore we are asking Medical First Responders from all SJA MFR Units in Ontario for their assistance with this event. This is a new event for SJA and we do want to make a good showing.

Four and eight hour shifts are available. Accommodations may be available for out of town members able to volunteer for both days.

Any Community Services Unit able to bring their Mobile First Aid Post will be reimbursed for gas expenses by the Brockville Branch.

If you are able to assist with this exciting event, or have any questions, please contact me at beyre@on.sja.ca.

Thank you and I look forward to your participation.

Bud Eyre
Regional Community Services Coordinator
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Infection Control and Pet Therapy - Recent Media Reports


Over the past few days you may have read or seen media reports similar to the one below related to an international Infection Control/Pet Therapy Conference held yesterday in Toronto.

I am pleased to advise that the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program was well represented at the conference. St. John Ambulance's National Veterinary Advisor, National Community Services Director and designated local Ontario Therapy Dog representatives were active participants at the conference, and St. John Ambulance has been an active partner over the past few years in Guelph University's ongoing research in this area - all with the aim of improving infection control and safety standards for valuable programs like the St. John Therapy Dog Program.

We will continue to share information with respect to the recommendations from the conference as it becomes available.

Regards
Brian Cole
Director, Community Services
St. John Ambulance - Council for Ontario

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