St. John Ambulance is a non-profit organization that has been teaching first aid and CPR classes in Canada since 1883 and in Burnaby since 1942. Their worldwide headquarters is located in London, England and The Queen is the Sovereign Head of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. St. John Ambulance is located in all countries of the British Commonwealth and supports the Opthalmic Hospital in Jerusalem. Revenue derived from training courses and sales of kits help to support the delivery of local community service programs. The community services volunteers provide first aid and emergency response support. They also improve the quality of life for people confined to health care facilities through the Therapy Dog Program.
Andrea Banning started her career by working odd jobs before becoming the First Aid Attendant and Office Assistant for Alberta Transportation, where she’s worked from 1979 to 1983. She worked for the Hong Kong Bank for 5 years as a teller. Presently, she’s been working for St. John Ambulance since Sept. 1988 – almost 23 years. She was the CPR Coordinator for the Vancouver Branch, then Vancouver Branch Manager, then Call Centre Assistant Manager. She made a shift to work in Surrey as Surrey Branch Manager for 13 years, and now she’s worked as Burnaby Branch Manager for nearly 3 years. She also teaches first aid and CPR to the general public.
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Trina Isakson has enjoyed what she calls a “crooked career path” – her experiences have included degrees in science, education, and business. She’s held roles in teaching, special event planning, curriculum design, musical theatre production and non-profit management. She loves speaking with students about career paths in general, and careers in the non-profit sector especially.