BRANDON, MB – Students from Brandon University teamed up with St. John Ambulance and launched the first Advanced Medical First Responder (AMFR) First Aid Group in a Manitoban University. The group has now been awarded a Priory Vote of Thanks for their efforts.
The Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, the Honourable Philip Lee, presented the group with the award at a ceremony Tuesday evening at Government House in Winnipeg. The group is made up of BU students, Kyla Woodson, Kathryn Martin and Janet Lee, along with Professor, Dr. Patrick Jackson.
“St. John Ambulance is extremely proud of the leadership and initiative shown by these Brandon university students who formed the inaugural University First Aid group in Brandon and Manitoba,” says Christine Kaskiw, Director of Community Services. “The creation of this group will help St. John to continue to respond to the growing need for advanced medical first responders at events throughout the Brandon and Westman area.”
A Priory Vote of Thanks (PVOT) is awarded in recognition of exemplary, dedicated service, assistance or support to the Order of St. John in Canada on a particular occasion, or over a period of years.
Kaskiw says these women are “keen, energetic and excited about how this is assisting their career choice and desire to give back to the community.”
The group meets on campus at BU weekly to train and practice various First Aid and CPR skills. The First Aid group was formed to help meet the increasing need for AMFRs at events on campus and throughout Western Manitoba. St. John Ambulance AMFRs were present at 523 events in 2009 including Royal Winter and Summer Fairs, Wheat King Games; and H1N1 clinics.
For more information, please contact:
- Brant Batters
- Communications Officer
- Brandon University
- (204) 727-9762