Fonds F035 - Fonds Coaticook St. John Ambulance

Members of the Coaticook St. John Ambulance brigade Administering first aid, St. John Ambulance Members of the St. John Ambulance Brigade of Coaticook

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Fonds Coaticook St. John Ambulance

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  • [195-?]-1986 (Creation)

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  • 211 photographs: b&w and col.
  • 20 textual records

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(Founded 1944)

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The Coaticook division of Ambulancière St-Jean (St. John Ambulance) was founded in May 1944 by Dr. Albert Préfontaine, Anna Perras, Eva Bourque, Laura Laroche, Florence Carbonneau, and Edvina Brière. In the early years, this division’s membership was entirely female and consisted of monthly meetings at the armoury which included drills and annual first aid training. Included among their work in the community was volunteering in the hospital, accompanying doctors during home births, and providing first aid support during the 1949 fire. In 1971, the Coaticook division was reorganized to include male participation. In 1972, over 250 people registered for first aid and home care courses. In 1976, Coaticook placed second in a regional first aid competition against other St. John Ambulance brigades. St. John Ambulance volunteers continue to be in active in the Coaticook region through the Ambulance St-Jean Division 234 in Compton.

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Fonds presents the activities and history of the St. John Ambulance Coaticook division from the 1950s to about the 1980s. It consists of press clippings, photographs that largely portray training activities and competitions, and a souvenir programme for the 35th anniversary of the Coaticook Division.

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Donor unknown for a portion of the material and a portion was donated by Annette Godbout in 2018.


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  • French

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