City of Pointe-Claire

City of Pointe-Claire

June 09, 2008 08:00 ET

Pointe-Claire Saves Lives !

POINTE-CLAIRE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 9, 2008) - On March 11, 2008, Mark Lazare lost consciousness in the shower of the Malcolm-Knox Aquatic Centre and suffered a major myocardial infarction leading to cardiac arrest. Dr. Lazare is a practicing dentist in the City of Pointe-Claire and has been a patron of the Aquatic Centre for more than 30 years.

Thanks to the prompt intervention of Aquatics manager Bill Gate and three lifeguards of the Aquatic Centre, Kevin Pinsky, James Tobin and Damian Bowness, his life was saved. In addition to having performed Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation on Dr. Lazare, an automated external defibrillator (AED) was used by the Aquatic Centre staff, which greatly increased his chances of survival.

Today Dr. Lazare will officially bestow a donation to the City of Pointe-Claire and the Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) team. Members of his family will also be present.

Members of the Pointe-Claire Volunteer Rescue Unit will also be officially congratulated by the City for having saved a life this past year using an AED machine.

In 2007 and 2008, thanks to the generous funding of the Oliver and Estelle Nicholson Foundation (Mr. Nicholson was Director General of the City of Pointe-Claire for 17 years), the City of Pointe-Claire was able to purchase 10 defibrillators, which were placed in highly frequented areas. Over 250 employees were trained, via the CPR program. This foundation also enables the funding of equipment to volunteers of the Pointe-Claire Volunteer Rescue Unit.

Because of the city's awareness, we are now one of the leading cities in the province when it comes to Public Access Defibrillation.


Contact Information

  • City of Pointe-Claire
    Gary Malcolm
    514-630-1200, ext. 1407