On Tuesday, Jan. 12 the St. John Ambulance Brigade turned 20 years old! For two decades our dedicated volunteers have been providing first aid and patient care at many events in the Cowichan Valley.
From small venues such as the Bench Elementary Fun Fair to large events like the Ladysmith Festival of Lights, the members of the St. John Ambulance Division have given our community more than 60,000 hours of volunteer time. Members are now trained as Advanced Medical First Responders.
Over the years, our volunteers have regularly covered community events like the Polar Bear Swim, the CeeVacs 10K run, Special Woodstock, the Cobble Hill Fair, the Buckskin Soccer Tournament, Maple Bay Rowing Club Regatta, Duncan Gymnastics competition, Subaru Triathlon, Dance Under the Stars and Cowichan High’s Dry Grad. We have provided first aid at the Cowichan Exhibition for many years. At every event at the BC Forest Discovery Centre you will find St. John Ambulance volunteers covering multiple day duties. Many sporting events cannot run without our members there to provide first aid. We are an important part of the Cowichan Valley.
We are proud to serve our community. On Thursday, Jan. 21 St. John Ambulance is hosting an open house to both recruit new members and welcome past members to visit. Come down and find out what the Brigade is all about. Come down and say hello.
Suzanne Anderson, SSStJ