Save our St. John Ambulance Ontario Cadet Youth Program (11-13 yrs.)

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Our LAST Chance! - SJA Ontario Cadet Youth Program Survey - YOUR FEEDBACK COUNTS! -

Please COMPLETE the NEW December 2019 survey (5 min) found here (All responses are anonymous)
http://bit.ly/SJA-C4Owg-ON-Survey-d3

Survey's MUST be completed by DECEMBER 15th, 2019

We are asking every parent, every current & past youth member, everyone within the SJA community and even the public to take this 5-10 minute survey before DECEMBER 15th at 11:59pm.

The St. John Ambulance Council for Ontario is considering CLOSING the St. John Ambulance Cadet Youth Program (11-13 yrs.) and a Volunteer Youth Work Group has been given the task of showing Council for Ontario that there IS value and support for the program.

The future of the St. John Ambulance Ontario Cadet Youth Program depends on your feedback!

Thank you for signing our original petition which we asked at the beginning of this year. Thank you for taking a few minutes to help save our Ontario Cadet Youth Program by completing our survey.

Sincerely,
C4O Work Group Committee Volunteers

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(ORIGINAL PETITION)

Save our St. John Ambulance Junior and Cadet Programs (age 6 - 13)

As of June 30th, 2019 Ontario Council will close down the junior program and only allow recruitment and membership into the new SJA Connect youth program starting at age 14.  Only 11, 12 and 13 year old members will be grandfather into this new version St. John Ambulance Youth.

Many youth leaders and long time members have already expressed that they were not consulted on this decision.

Tell Council not to abandon our youth members! 

I know the impact the youth program has.  I was a 12 years old cadet when I joined.  Weekly meeting gave me new friends, strong leaders and self confidence.  As a teenager it gave me responsibility as an NCO and first-aider. 

These years helped shape who I am as a person today.  It made me a Paramedic, a member of the Order and most importantly a Unit Coordinator.  I wanted to make sure every youth had the same opportunity for growth and development that I had.

It made me feel like I belonged to something of great importance.

We need to tell Council that it is not OK to forget about youth age 6 to 14. 

Juniors and Cadets have value and we value them. 

We want to lead them.  We are leading them.  Let us continue to lead them.

Give us your voice.  Tell us your story about St. John Ambulance Youth and send it to cadets.sja@gmail.com 

Please show your support for our Junior and Cadet programs by signing this petition.

More information about the new SJA connect program can be found at connect.sja.ca

Thank you,

Laura Illman – member since 1995 – Serving Sister – Unit Coordinator – Paramedic