ACT Foundation of Canada

ACT Foundation of Canada

June 17, 2011 10:00 ET

Minister of Education Leona Dombrowsky Celebrates 1,500 More CPR-trained Youth

Belleville, Hastings, Prince Edward County, and Quinte West area youth are ready to react and save lives!

BELLEVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 17, 2011) - Today, the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation is launching the ACT High School CPR Program for all high schools in the Belleville, Hastings, Prince Edward County, and Quinte West areas. The program is being launched in partnership with lead community partner, TransCanada Corporation and provincial partners, the Government of Ontario and The Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The launch will take place at 10:00 a.m. at Quinte Secondary School, 45 College Street West, Belleville, ON.

This program will see more than 1,500 Grade 9 students from eight high schools in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board empowered to save lives every year.

Today's launch completes the program set-up in all high schools in the area which includes the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board. As the school year comes to an end, this means that a total of 2,000 youth will be out in the community ready to react in emergencies and save lives!

"CPR instruction for Grade 9 students gives them life-saving training they can use in their community," says Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education and MPP for Prince Edward-Hastings. "Our government recognizes and supports the important work of the ACT Foundation to empower students and save lives."

The ACT High School CPR Program is built on ACT's award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support. ACT raises funds for CPR mannequins and teacher training for all high schools and guides schools in program set-up. CPR is a mandatory part of the high school curriculum in Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta.

"The Ontario Trillium Foundation continues to be impressed with the work the ACT Foundation is doing across the province," says L. Robin Cardozo, CEO of The Ontario Trillium Foundation. "Building healthier and more vibrant communities through our grant making policies is one of our primary goals and I believe the ACT Foundation's CPR program will continue to further this objective."

The ACT Foundation is a national charitable organization dedicated to establishing CPR as a mandatory program in every Canadian high school. ACT's health partners who are committed to bringing the program to the Belleville, Hastings, Prince Edward County, and Quinte West areas and to all high schools across Canada include AstraZeneca Canada, Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada, Pfizer Canada and sanofi-aventis.

"TransCanada believes in partnering with organizations that help build stronger communities," says Dean Cowling, Vice-President, Community, Safety & Environment, TransCanada. "Helping these young students to gain the ability to make a serious contribution to the health and safety of others in their community is a perfect opportunity to do just that and we are proud to be a part of this program."

To date, the ACT Foundation has set up the ACT High School CPR Program in more than 1,500 schools nation-wide, empowering more than1.8 million youth to save lives.

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