Whereas, 2022 is the 81st anniversary of the establishment of the Barrie Simcoe Muskoka Branch of St. John Ambulance; and

Whereas, The Barrie Simcoe Muskoka Branch of St. John Ambulance has been serving the community since 1941 and fulfilling our mission to enable Canadians to improve their health, safety, and quality of life by providing training and community service; and

Whereas, St. John Ambulance is an integral part of the community, offering unique and innovative programs, including medical first response, disaster response, car seat installation clinics, health and safety related youth programs and therapy dog services; and

Whereas, Last year, as much as possible during the pandemic, the 150 volunteers of the Branch provided the community with approximately 12,000 hours of volunteer services; and

Whereas, In 2021, 59 Medical First Response volunteers attended 31 events and contributed over 4,928 hours of volunteer service. In 2021, 63 Therapy Dog volunteers contributed over 4,000 hours of volunteer service, completing 90 inperson and virtual visits to 18 facilities, including senior residences, hospitals, and schools, bringing comfort and companionship to all they visited. In 2021, 5 Youth volunteers learned about becoming better citizens, while developing leadership skills and contributed over 133 volunteer hours. In 2021, 8 Car Seat Safety Team members educated 38 parents and caregivers on the proper way to install car seats and contributed over 500 volunteer hours.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Lynn Dollin on behalf of the Town of Innisfil hereby proclaim June 20 to June 26, 2022, as St. John Ambulance Week in the Town of Innisfil.