MADD chap­ter do­nates AED

Life-saving de­vice to be mounted in Al­ber­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­tre

Journal Pioneer - - COMMUNITY -

The Cana­dian Men­tal Health As­so­ci­a­tion’s com­mu­nity cen­tre in Al­ber­ton will soon be in­cluded on a pro­vin­cial registry of fa­cil­i­ties with an au­to­mated ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tor (AED) avail­able for the pub­lic’s use. The West Prince Chap­ter of Moth­ers Against Drunk Driv­ing (MADD) Canada re­cently pre­sented the fa­cil­ity with an AED. The MADD Chap­ter pur­chased the $1,800 de­vice with funds from fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

“We wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent in the neigh­bour­hood,” said the chap­ter’s trea­surer, Edna Gal­lant. “Our MADD group is not all about fundrais­ing; it’s about giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity.”

She said the do­na­tion, like MADD’s mes­sage, is about help­ing save lives. She noted the de­vice pro­vides voice prompts on its use as soon as it is switched on.

“It’s cru­cial to have in ev­ery fa­cil­ity,” said Ju­lia Ram­say, who ac­cepted the do­na­tion on be­half of CMHA Al­ber­ton. “It’s go­ing to be re­ally good for our com­mu­nity cen­tre to have it.”

ERIC MC­CARTHY/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Ju­lia Ram­say, sec­ond left, site man­ager at Cana­dian Men­tal Health As­so­ci­a­tion Al­ber­ton, ac­cepts a do­na­tion of an au­to­mated ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tor for the fa­cil­ity from the West Prince Chap­ter of Moth­ers Against Drunk Driv­ing (MADD) Canada. Mak­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion are, from left, Trudy Betts, Edna Gal­lant and Bruce Gal­lant.

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