WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s credit unions have made a $250,000 donation to the St. John Ambulance Building on a Caring Tradition capital campaign.
The donation will support the construction of the Centre for Excellence in First Air training community services centre at 1 St. John Ambulance way, across from Polo Park Shopping Centre on Portage Avenue.
“Between our old facility and the courses, we offer around the province, we’ve been training 22,000 Manitobans every year, running seven days a week,” said St. John Ambulance Council board chair Bill McDonald.
“Demand continues to grow, though, and this gift from credit unions gives us a significant boost in capacity.”
The new 13,000-square-foot centre will be a hub for training and community services, for thousands of new and returning students, volunteers and clients every year. St. John Ambulance provides training in First Aid, CPR and AED lifesaving skills to individuals, government, industry and business.
McDonald expects additional corporate and private donations to flow in towards the campaign in the coming weeks.
Construction is expected to begin by the end of March or early April 2020.