May 9, 2013 – Orleans Star published article

In partnership with the Orléans Chamber of Commerce, CPR U READY – which offers Community First Aid and CPR training – offered the east end business community a CPR training course, Saturday.

“In light of Stephen Blais’ serious heart attack a few months back, we see the importance of emphasizing emergency CPR training for the business community,” said Jamie Kwong, executive director for the Orléans Chamber of Commerce.

Blais is also a member of the Chamber. “My office manager was actually in the same gym as him and witnessed the personal trainers administering CPR”.

CPR U Ready’s aim is to create a safer neighborhood and is operated by the Canadian Group Emergency Training Inc.

“CPR and defibrillation are key to keeping a person alive until the first responders arrive,“ continue Kwong. “Also, last week, another member and pillar of the community – André Lacroix, owner of Lacroix Source for Sports, has suffered a stroke.”

With these recent incidences in the community, and swimming pool season around the corner, the Chamber felt it was important to raise awareness to this essential life-saving technique.

Less than one-third of sudden cardiac arrest victims are administered immediate CPR from bystanders or family members.

“Through events like this, the Canadian Group Emergency Training has developed a variety of training programs to teach lifesaving skills,” said Canadian Group Emergency Training Inc. in a press release.

“Our goal is to increase community awareness and the importance of early CPR intervention. Greater public access to this type of training will save many lives.”

Contact Michael Garneau, Director of Business Development, at or at 613-592-9373 today to get your family/ business/association CPR certified and/or to receive first aid training.

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