BC Games Society and St. John Ambulance partner to provide First Aid services

Oct 23, 2015

October 23, 2015 (Victoria, BC) – The BC Games Society and St. John Ambulance (British Columbia and Yukon) are pleased to announce a new partnership to provide first aid services at the 2016 and 2018 BC Winter and BC Summer Games.  

St. John Ambulance has been involved in many BC Games events in the past however, the new agreement formalizes the partnership and ensures there will be a consistent standard of first aid care for participants, volunteers, and spectators at every BC Games event.  
“St. John Ambulance is excited to partner with the BC Games Society in providing first aid to a large BC-based community of athletes, coaches, and sports enthusiasts,” said Karen MacPherson, Chief Executive Officer for St. John Ambulance (BC and Yukon Council). “For over a century, St. John Ambulance Medical First Responders have been providing first aid and patient care to thousands of British Columbians at numerous events, from sport tournaments to the 2015 Canada Winter Games, and other mass gatherings. As a charity dedicated to enabling peoples’ health, safety, and quality of life, we look forward to providing service to BC’s biennial celebration of sport and community.”

“We are pleased to partner with a well-recognized and respected organization like St. John Ambulance,” said Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society.  “Together with our Host Society medical volunteers, St. John Ambulance personnel will provide expertise and care to ensure a safe experience for everyone involved with the BC Winter and BC Summer Games.”

The 2016 BC Winter Games will take place in Penticton followed by the 2016 BC Summer Games in Abbotsford.  In 2018, the BC Winter Games will take place in Kamloops and the BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley.

About the BC Games Society
The BC Games Society is the leadership organization that guides the BC Winter and BC Summer Games and prepares Team BC for national multi-sport Games. Since 1978, the BC Games have taken place in 38 communities and brought together thousands of athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators in celebration of sport and community excellence. It is a milestone event that people count as an exceptional experience where memories, friendships, spirit, and pride are abundant. For more information visit www.bcgames.org.

About St. John Ambulance
St. John Ambulance is a charity and international humanitarian organization dedicated to helping Canadians improve their health, safety and quality of life. As Canada’s standard for excellence in first aid and CPR services since 1883, St. John Ambulance offers innovative programs and products to save lives at work, home, and play. With over 1200 volunteers contributing over 240,000 hours of unpaid community service a year in BC and Yukon, through programs such as emergency and medical first response, youth programs, and therapy dog services, St. John Ambulance is an integral part of the community. For more information or to contact your local branch, visit www.sja.ca.


Media Contacts:

Lia Threlfall
Communications Manager
BC Games Society

Maria Bekiaris
Marketing Coordinator
St. John Ambulance (British Columbia and Yukon)