Become a Hero in Thirty Minutes

After giving 200 individuals life saving techniques last May, the “Hero in Thirty” cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training program has returned to Stanstead!  Back by popular demand, join us at the Pat Burns Arena on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the second edition of this survivor creating program and join the ranks of individuals who have been equipped with life saving resuscitation techniques in just thirty minutes!

Launched in Quebec in 2012 through a partnership between the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Corporation d’urgences-santé, the Hero in thirty Program is a simplified version of the traditional CPR techniques, without mouth-to-mouth, which can be learned by all ages.

For anyone living in a small community where it takes time for emergency help to arrive, having CPR training can help you save the life of a family member, a friend, or even a stranger.

During the 30 minute training session participants will gain the knowledge needed to recognize signs of complete airway blockage, which means that the person is unable to breathe, and potentially on their way to cardiopulmonary arrest.  Participants will be taught the techniques needed to clear the airway and keep the person alive until help arrives.

Offered for free, those who complete the course will receive a CPR qualification certificate. As participants wait their turn to become a hero in thirty they can visit the various health and social services kiosks and tables that will be on site.

New this year, a health workshop with an emergency doctor will be held from 11 a.m. to noon and again from 2-3 p.m., so prepare your questions ahead of time. For the younger audience there will be inflatable games. Everyone who goes through the training program can be entered in a draw to win an iPad mini.

Summer Job Opportunity

Are you organized, outgoing and creative? Do you like to meet new people?  Are you interested in working with a non-profit organization? Why not spend your summer working with us in the beautiful Eastern Townships!

Townshippers’ is looking for a University-level student of Communications, Tourism or English Studies to work as an ambassador for our association and recruit new members for the summer of 2014. This is a full-time 7 week position, beginning on Monday, June 16th, 2014.

This position is open to members of the English-speaking minority in Quebec, with priority given to local students from the Eastern Townships region. Candidates must have been a registered student in the winter of 2014 and be returning to full-time studies in the fall 2014 semester.

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Applications and CVs should be sent in English, by Friday, May 30, 2014, to Rachel Hunting, Executive Director, Townshippers’ Association, at [email protected], fax 819-566-0271 or postal mail to 257 Queen St., S. 100, Sherbrooke, QC J1M 1K7. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook and our website Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll free: 1-866-566-5717 or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll free: 1-877-242-4421.


Photo Credit: Courtesy Heart and Stroke Foundation

Photo Caption:  Hero in Thirty is back and ready to turn even more Townshippers’ into lifesaving heroes with a free thirty minute program this Saturday in Stanstead.