Canadian Medical Assistance Teams

Canadian Medical Assistance Teams

March 03, 2010 15:23 ET

Canadian Medical Assistance Teams Deploy Initial Assessment Team to Earthquake Affected Concepcion, Chile

Team includes Logistician and paramedics, scheduled to depart Thursday

TORONTO, ONTARIO and VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 3, 2010) -

Media Interview/Photo Opportunity

In response to the Chilean government's international appeal for aid, the Canadian Medical Assistance Teams (CMAT) will deploy its initial disaster assessment team to Concepcion, Chile to conduct a needs assessment and ascertain the level of devastation, destroyed infrastructure and health needs of the quake affected people in preparation for the deployment of CMAT's inflatable field hospital. A powerful 8.8 magnitude quake and ensuing tsunamis struck the area on February 27th, 2010. Over 700 people are confirmed dead, and countless others are injured.

On Thursday morning, the CMAT initial disaster assessment team will be departing from the Vancouver International Airport en route to Chile.

Media are invited to meet and interview the departing team:

David Johnson: Team Leader, Search and Rescue Logistician from Vancouver, BC.

Chris Kaley, Paramedic and CMAT Board member from Squamish, BC.

Michael Lowey, Paramedic from Vancouver, BC.

Jennifer Dearman, Paramedic from Seattle-based partner IMAT

Team members Johnson and Kaley were also part of CMAT's initial assessment team that conducted a needs assessment in the quake affected regions of Haiti in mid-January and where CMAT continues its operations to date in the Leogane region. Lowey is a paramedic who immigrated to Canada from Concepcion, Chile in 2000.

Two Media Interview/Photo Opportunities are available:

Date:        Thursday March 4, 2010
Time:        11:00 a.m. PST
Location:    Vancouver International Airport, International Terminal near
             the Jade Canoe 

Date:        Thursday March 4, 2010
Time:        10:00 p.m. EST
Location:    Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1 departures level,
             opposite Starbucks

The Canadian Medical Assistance Teams (CMAT) is a grassroots disaster relief organization comprised of medical professionals and non medical volunteers who selflessly give their time and resources to assist and provide relief aid to the victims of natural and man-made disasters around the world. CMAT teams have responded to numerous crisis situations including the Southeast Asian Tsunami, and earthquake ravaged Kashmir, Pakistan and Sichuan, China.

Most recently, CMAT responded to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, and continues to run its field operations in Leogane.

CMAT has also launched an emergency appeal for donations to help provide medical aid to the people in Chile. To donate, please visit:

About the Canadian Medical Assistance Team (CMAT):

Canadian Medical Assistance Teams (CMAT) is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-denominational charitable foundation registered in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. Established in December 2005, CMAT has earned a reputation as an important partner agency of the United Nations.

CMAT's mission states that by preserving human dignity, helping to reduce suffering and building capacity, CMAT aims to assist vulnerable communities most affected by poverty, conflict and natural disaster to heal their biological, psychological, and social wounds. For more information please visit Canadian Charitable Registration # 88439 3315 RR0001.

For more information please visit and

Contact Information

  • For further information or to schedule an interview:
    Canadian Medical Assistance Teams
    Shari Balga - Toronto
    Media Relations
    Canadian Medical Assistance Teams, Bill Coltart - Vancouver
    International Disaster Response Coordinator
    for Chile Mission
    Regional Chair (Western Canada)