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In 1897 St John Ambulance was established in Edmonton and Calgary when the Mayor of the Town of Edmonton, John A. McDougall, supported the training of nurses in St John first aid. The nurses then formed St John Nursing Units in support of community health care needs and trained the public in bystander first aid.
To celebrate this historic year, a Commemorative Medallion has been designed by the Organizing Committee for this historic event.
The Medallion, 76 mm in diameter, will be made from die-struck cartridge brass and packaged in a black velvet display case.
The Logo of St John Canada was created in 1983 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary when the very first organized first aid courses were given in Montreal and Kingston in 1883. The logo is the white Maltese Cross inside a black roundel surrounded by the Maple Leaf. The maple leaf was recognized as an official Canadian symbol in 1859. 1897-2022 represents 125 years of St John activities in Alberta.
The Medallion depicts the Wild Rose, which was adopted as the official flower of Alberta in 1930. The province’s schoolchildren made the final choice, and the Wild Rose has become synonymous with Alberta since then. The Grant of Arms and Flag of the Priory of Canada was approved by the Canadian Heraldic Authority on September 16, 1999, which was the 900th anniversary of the Order of St John worldwide. It depicts the symbol of the Governor General of Canada in the ensign position (upper left). The Governor General is the Prior of the St John Priory of Canada. The flag itself is a white cross on a red background with the Maple Leaf in the centre.
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To retain the significance of this important event, a limited number of Commemorative Medallions will be produced.