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School Board Trustee Fights for AEDs

A TVDSB school board trustee is joining the fight to get AEDS in all schools.

The push is on to make AED's mandatory at every school in the Thames Valley District School Board.

Trustee Jake Skinner has tabled a proposal to budget for putting an AED in every elementary and every high school in the TVDSB. He tells Heart FM they need to get the support of parents to make this happen. 

"What would really help is if people contact their local school trustees, drop them an email, let them know what their position is on it and that will go a long way in convincing the other trustees to move forward with this, because people should not consider this a done deal - it is not even close to a done deal. I need the rest of the trustees to get on board as well to help get this pushed through. 

Skinner already has the support of local MPP's Jeff Yurek and Ernie Hardeman and the Andrew Stoddart Legacy Fund to make this happen. This comes less than a month after Thames Centre Ward 1 Councillor Kelly Elliot and Zorra Councillor Ward 3 Marcus Ryan brought forth a joint motion to their respective councils to put pressure on the TVDSB in hopes of convincing the school board to create policies that would allow for the installation of AEDs at all schools.

Skinner says the TVSDB is behind the 8 ball on this particular subject. 

"We are the only school board in Ontario that did not participate in the National Heart and Stroke Foundation program to equip schools with AED's so we got left behind. The truth is the other boards have already done this and so this is just us catching up." 

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