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Community Hero Award 2016

Iridia has always been invested in empowering people to save lives by providing the public with the right tools, education, and resources. But let’s face it. We can’t do it alone. Our communities rely on everyday heroes whose dedication to safety may never reach the spotlight, but who donate their time and resources anyway to make their communities a safer place.

This year, in celebration of Iridia Day (July 7th), we are looking to celebrate the achievements of those who have demonstrated excellence towards public health and safety in their community and provide them with a way to give back more. We have been collecting nominations over the last week and, today, we are proud to present to you the top 3 finalists. Read their stories and vote for who you believe should win the award.

  1. Amanda Ockeloen and Bawn Campbell of the Rotary Club of Bowen Island
    The Rotary Club of Bowen Island has started an extensive Community Public Access to Defibrillation Program. This would not have been possible without the two AED Champions who drove this project forward: Bawn Campbell and Amanda Ockeloen. Their dedication to increasing the survival rate of Sudden Cardiac Arrest provided the energy and drive for the Club’s tireless work over the last few years in expanding Bowen Island’s AED program to 8 units. Together with the community, they worked on placing the AEDs, protecting them from the elements with their signature AED Bird Houses, as well as training the community in both CPR and AED use.
  2. Whole Way House
    Whole Way House is a Vancouver-based charitable society that serves approximately 85 low-income tenants in the Downtown Eastside. Working with residents transitioning out of homelessness, most of whom struggle with mental illness and/or addiction, can create a high risk environment. As a result, they have worked hard to bring in available safety training to empower and educate their volunteers and residents for emergency situations. Their recent efforts have already enabled peace of mind in one incident where a volunteer helped a resident suffering from a seizure. Whole Way House’s work in furthering the belief that everyone should feel safe in their own home is taking strides in bringing about a culture of health and safety to their Downtown Eastside residents.
  3. YVR – Vancouver International Airport
    Vancouver Airport Authority promotes health and safety to employees and travellers alike. They have placed AEDs in accessible and convenient locations across the airport, they actively raise awareness about Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and they provide opportunities for their employees and travellers to learn more about CPR skills. Their AED program has already seen benefits, with multiple lives saved over the last year. And that’s just one of their initiatives. Their heart for health and safety can also be seen in their President’s Award for Safety Excellence program, where employees are encouraged to create innovative safety solutions.

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Thanks for everyone who voted! Voting is now closed – stay tuned for the announcement of the winner on Thursday, July 7th!

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Zika Virus Update – June 15, 2016

Zika Virus Updates - June 15, 2016
So far, there are no local mosquitoes transmitting the Zika Virus in the continental US or Canada, but there is mounting international concern over the virus as the Rio Olympics draw closer. We’ve compiled the latest updates into bite-sized chunks for you here:

Updated as of June 15, 2016

  • To date, there is one locally-acquired case of the Zika Virus through sexual transmission and 114 travel-related cases in Canada (+47 since last month). However, there are no documented cases of locally-transmitted Zika infections in Canada or the continental US.
  • On June 07, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued new guidelines on preventing sexual transmission of the Zika Virus. They suggest that women in Zika-infested areas should delay pregnancy, citing mounting evidence that sexual transmission of the virus is more common than previously assumed.
  • The WHO rejected a call to move the Rio Olympics, despite health experts urging the UN agency to take action over concerns that the Games will speed up the spread of the virus.
  • U.S. health officials and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) plan to send a rapid-response team to any community on the mainland and in Hawaii if the mosquito-borne Zika Virus begins to be transmitted locally. Six states – Florida, Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas – are being watched closely.

Source: WHO, CDC, and the Public Health Agency of Canada

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