Oak Bay doc earns Order of Red Cross

Oak Bay's Dr. Andrew MacPherson, with the Canadian Red Cross National Medical Advisory Committee, has earned the Order of the Red Cross

Board chair Sara John Fowler honors Dr. Andrew MacPherson with the prestigious Order of Red Cross.

Promoting first aid is easy for emergency room physician Dr. Andrew MacPherson.

The Oak Bay resident feels decent training makes his job a “heck of a lot easier” when all is said and done.

Sept. 12 was World First Aid day, and MacPherson, Medical Director for the Canadian Red Cross National Medical Advisory Committee, celebrated the annual campaign to promote the importance of first aid training in preventing injuries and saving lives.

“It makes my job in the emergency room a heck of a lot easier,” he said. “What Red Cross does, and what we teach, is the most current and up-to-date standard in the world. Any Red Cross training you do will be the best, bar none.”

That includes everything from first aid training to babysitting to anti-bullying courses.

Under his leadership, the Canadian Red Cross pioneered the inclusion of automated external defibrillation training in its first aid courses. Research later demonstrated that the use of an AED along with CPR administered immediately after cardiac arrest can double a person’s chance of survival.

“We were one of the leaders including that in one of our training packages. It’s quite impressive. That was about eight years ago, the big push, since then it’s been ongoing improvements in cardiac arrest training and CPR training,” MacPherson said.

MacPherson is also the lead author of the Canadian and International First Aid guidelines, a document used by all national societies for the creation of their own first aid programs. His dozen years of volunteer work and dedication led to an Order of the Red Cross earlier this year.

“It’s the highest award the international movement has, so the criteria surrounding the awarding of the order is very high and very tight. There aren’t many given out,” said Sara John Fowler, national board chair.

“We view the award internationally in comparison to the Order of Canada, it’s that level of an award.

“For him to be recognized by his peers, and by his country – because it’s a national organization – it not only validates the work that he’s contributed but the calibre of the work. It speaks to the quality of his work and the quality of the people we engage in this high level volunteer positions.”

He’s had a long-serving record and is committed to the values she said, which got him through the significant vetting process of the award.

“The amount of hours he’s committed, which is all voluntary, above and beyond his practice and as an emergency room physician is inspiring,” Fowler said. “We need to pay attention to our people and the good work that they do. … It’s a commitment above and beyond emergency room medicine. It’s above and beyond first aid. It’s embracing the whole mission, if you like, of the movement.”

The Red Cross mandate is to do no harm and MacPherson, she said, is one of those “ordinary people doing extraordinary things” that make a difference to the organization.

“It’s our honour to work with Andrew. We’re very grateful for the contributions that he’s made to the Society but also to first aid internationally. It’s a tremendous accomplishment and we’re very proud that he’s decided to work with us in this delivery,” Fowler said.

“We’re so blessed in Canada and in Victoria to have people and an individual like Andrew to do what he can at a very high level. It does ultimately help those situations.”


Just Posted

Peace Walk fundraiser for hospice runs on Sunday

Take a walk, have a snack, and help donate to a local charity

Thousands attend 31st TD Art Gallery Paint-In

Artists display their work along 20 blocks of Moss Street

City of Victoria joins national food waste reduction program

The City is partnering in the Love Food, Hate Waste Program

Details scarce as union confirms probe underway involving Victoria care homes

Island Health, VicPD offer no comment on report of investigation into alleged sexual assaults

Swimmer set for double crossing of Georgia Strait

Jill Yoneda’s Aug. 3 swim will benefit Canuck Place

Here’s what you need to know about Day 2 at the BC Games

From equestrian to volleyball to swimming, all 18 events in full swing here in the Cowichan Valley

Brush fire breaks out west of Port Alberni

Fire forces partial closure of Highway 4 heading to Ucluelet and Tofino

Accident on Vancouver Island after artillery gun rolls down hill and damages taxi

Witness says accident happend about 1 p.m. Saturday; RCMP investigating

B.C. mining company, involved in 2014 spill, ordered to pay lost wages

Mount Polley Mining Company must pay wages to 26 employees who were laid off without proper notice

Two significant wildfires burning in southeastern B.C.

More than 20 fires were burning in the Southeast Fire Centre as of Saturday afternoon

Volunteers provide the glue that keeps BC Games moving

The 2018 Cowichan Summer Games had more than 2,300 volunteers on hand across Vancouver Island

No Name brand chicken nuggets recalled due to possible salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says multiple illnesses reported in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

Lodeiro scores twice to help Sounders beat Whitecaps 2-0

Seattle’s Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he converted a penalty kick

Most Read