Victoria volunteers deploying to Canada Winter Games

From Feb. 13 to March 1, St. John personnel are among the more than 4,000 volunteers who will lend their skills to the games.

  • Feb. 10, 2015 8:00 p.m.

Volunteers serving with Victoria St. John Ambulance are busy preparing to deliver medical first response services at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George.

From Feb. 13 to March 1, St. John personnel are among the more than 4,000 volunteers who will lend their skills to the games.

“Provincewide, members from St. John Ambulance have answered the call of duty” said St John Victoria Board chair Doug Angrove.

“We are proud that several volunteers from our Victoria Brigade will be providing expert medical first response at this tremendous event”.

The 2015 Canada Winter Games will be the largest multi-sport and cultural event to ever be held in Prince George and northern British Columbia.

“For many, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of the largest multi-sport and cultural event for youth in the nation” said volunteer David Valentine.

“I am inspired by the determination these athletes bring to their sport and I’m proud to play a small role in the Games’ success.”

Valentine is among several St John Ambulance members who will travel to Prince George in the coming days to volunteer at the Games. He also volunteered at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and the Canada Winter Games in Kamloops.

“It’s my way of giving back to B.C. for all that I’ve enjoyed in my lifetime” says Valentine. “I originally received my St. John first aid training in 1963 and I’ve been involved ever since”.

To learn more about St. John Ambulance and other volunteer initiatives, visit us at www.sja.ca.