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A Pot PourrI of Styfe-Not«* 
From Here and There 


— sheer nude-colored insets at the 
neckline of formal dresses. They 
suggest wide cut-out necklines and 
off-shoulder designs and are very 
pretty with lace in grey, pastels and 

—the “gypsy” necklace which is 
seven strands in all. Each strand 
is different. Included are beads in 
pale rose, carnelian, white, plus 
strands of pearls, jade and gold 
metal chains. 

— the hat with an oblique line. A 
few are tilted so far to one side they 
have wire frames that hold them 
securely in place. Black and grey 
j-ersey is draped in a smart fatigue 
cap version. 

— a little muff covered in the 
same fabric as your wool suit. A 
brown and orange plaid suit has its 
matching muff piped in solid orange. 

— two materials in footw T ear for 
day and evening. Bronze kid is 

used with bronze suede or gun- 
metal leather is combined with grey 

— an orange wool hostess coat with 
gold embroidered collar. The coat 
Is wrapped to one side and fastened 
with one button at the waist. 

* * * 


Tie Silk — Originally this fine silk 
fabric was used for men’s ties but 
today designers of women’s clothes 
have seized upon it for blouses and 
daytime or evening dresses. Tie 
silk has a resiliency and pliability 
that makes it firm for knotting 
men’s -ties and these same qualities 
make it excellent for draping and 
one designer has created some lovely 
evening gowns with fullness draped 
to the back in bustle effect. The 
small patterns and colors character- 
istic of this silk are flattering to 
women of all sizes and complexions. 

* * * 

Dear Miss Marsh: 

I have a tan wool suit with 
four box pleats in the back and 
in the front of the skirt. Will 
you suggest a way to make the 
skirt about three inches longer? 

I plan to have the suit dyed 
black if it can be remodeled. 
Perhaps you could drop the skirt 
to the desired length by inserting 
a deep band at the waistline. This 
could be in wool or velveteen. An- 
other idea would be to stitch down 
the pleats in the front of the skirt 
only. Then the skirt would be 
straight in front and full at back 
which is a new silhouette for fall. 
It may be possible to salvage 
enough material from the front 
pleats to add a wide band at the 
waistline. Have the suit dyed after 
you finish remodeling. 

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Dear Miss Marsh: 

Could I wear mousseline de 
sole in October? I plan to be 
married then and have my at- 
tendants in taffeta gowns. 
Certainly you can wear mousse- 
line de soie in October. This will 
be pretty with the taffeta your at- 
tendants will wear. Since the wed- 
ding will be in the early fall, you 
could use velvet or ostrich feathers 
lor their headdresses. 

* * * 

Dear Miss Marsh; 

I am to be godmother to my 
nephew and I wonder if you 
will tell me what to wear at 
the ceremony? I am 16 and 

Wear an afternoon dress in solid 
pastel color or print with light 
background. You will also wear a 
hat and this might be a small shape 
*o that it will not present a prob- 
lem when you hold the baby. Little 
shortie gloves and comfortable 
shoes, with the height heel to which 
you are accustomed, should com- 
plete the costume. 

New Apron 
To Crochet 

This Pattern 20 Cents 

Countess Popular At CNE 

Telegram Photo 

Countess Mountbatten, trim in her uniform as head of the Order of 
St. John in England, is greeted at the CNE opening by Mrs. W. A. 
Curtis (left) of Ottawa, wife of the Chief of Air Staff, and Mrs. 
Ray Lawson, wife of Ontario’s lieutenant governor. 


C OUNTESS Mountbatten, when 
she opened Teen Town Theatre 
at the CNE yesterday, bade the 
teen-agers “live confidently, but with 
modesty." She told them they had 
an important part to play, always to 
have pride in their country; to re- 
member always it was spirit that 
counted; that great opportunity was 

“I may be looking into the eyes 
of the future Prime Minister of Can- 
ada, perhaps a boy who will some- 
day be premier of Ontario, or a 
girl who will go high up in the 
field of public service,” she said. 

They gave her their young laugh- 
ter when she said she was old, be- 
cause Lady Mountbatten has youth 
shining from her eyes, and the young 
people saw it and gave cheer on 
cheer, and much applause, but she 
reminded them that she had two 
daughters and a grandson. When 
she came on the platform of 
the theatre there was some gay 
music being played, and Lady 
Mountbatten, who is a fine dancer, 
tapped to the music and waited her 
turn to be in the program. 

“I don’t know how I fit into the 
circle, I was rather ‘bounced’ into 
it," she said. “Mrs. Aitken wants me 
to speak to you on India, and that 
would take longer time than we 
have, but I will tell you that the 
youth of India played an amazingly 
wonderful part in bringing relief to 
the sufferers in the riots." 

Mrs. H. M. Aitken in her introduc- 
tion of guests, that included the 
wives of the directors of the CNE, 
wives of men of federal, provincial 
and municipal life, called Mrs. 
George Drew “Our Glamour Girl” 
(the Premier's wife looked very 
charming in her white frock end big 
hat) later when Mrs. Ray Lawson, 
wife of the Lieutenant Governor 
opened the Woman’s World. Mrs. 
Drew added her praise to women’s 


Mrs. Ray Lawson, wife of the 
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, 
presented Lady Mountbatten with a 
Maple Leaf brooch from the CNE 
directors at the women’s committee 
luncheon, which was attended by 
many leaders in the women’s or- 
ganizations of the city. Mrs. Lawson 
spoke of strong ties between \Can- 
ada and Great Britain, maintained 
throughout the years by the English, 
Scottish and Irish settlers, who never 
forgot their ties with the homeland. 

Mrs. K. R. Marshall, wife of the 
president, in her charming welcom- 
ing remarks to the distinguished 
visitor spoke of the Earl and Coun- 
tess Mountbatten of Burma as “two 
of the world’s best known people, as 
charming as they were capable, 
cementing the unity of the common- 

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Lady Mountbatten had high praise 
for the work of the Canadian women 
in the war, and thanked them for 
their continuing effort in “these 
days we officially call peace, in the 
sending of aid to Europe, and some- 
thing we shall never forget is the 
unending stream of parcels from 
rich and poor alike." 


A presentation was made to Lady 
Mountbatten of a pen, pencil and 
thermometer set and a knapsack for 
overseas, at the CNE headquarters 
of St. John Ambulance. The Red 
Cross, from their fine display of 
work done by the disabled veterans, 
will choose a toy to be taken home 
to the baby grandson. 

The Mountbattens lingered at the 
India exhibit, admiring the beauti- 
ful handicraft, not unknown to her 
since she had visited the natives at 
work. Both promised to speak well 
of the exhibit to Indian officials in 
London when they returned home. 

The impression given by Lady 
Mountbatten throughout the busy 
afternoon as she stopped at this 
exhibit and that, to look over a new 
kitchen; to see the weaving of a 
dog’s hair into cloth; to see the work 
of young artists: to review the guard 
of honor at the St. John Ambulance; 
to see their first aid work; to' see the 
many activities of the Red Cross; the 
blind at work was that she felt 
deeply life was serious, but it could t 
be charming. And it was with great 
grace and charm, making everyone 
feel at ease that she greeted those 
closely concerned in the exhibits. 
“My husband and I during our visit 
to the Exhibition hope to see many 
of the exhibits, and so educate our- 
selves,” she said. 


The sleek black lustre-like fabric 
of her “warm weather” uniform of 
the St. John Ambulance, was tailored 
to perfection. The skirt short, only 
a little below the knees, and she 
wore gunmetal hose, and black shoes. 
The visor cap of the uniform showed 
her brown hair loosely curled up at 
the back. 

The imposing array of ribbons on 
her jacket told of her many decora- 
tions, the Cl (Commander of the 
Star of India), the DC VO, Dame 
Commander Victorian Order, and 
OBE and the one she says she values 
most is the oak leaf above the rib- 
bons which means “mentioned in 



From the time she left the Royal 
York Hotel shortly after twelve noon 
till after six she was continually on 
the go, and did not change from her 
uniform until gowned for dinner at 
bhe York Club. Then Lady Mount- 
batten wore a superb gown of bro- 
cade made in India in a shade of 
dove grey, and with the red ribbon 
of the Order of the British Empire, 
fastened with a diamond clip. 

innie Prentice 


war refugees begin new lives 

By Nicolaas van Rijn 
Toronto Star 

A memorial service will be held 
later this summer for Amelia Kate 
(Minnie) Prentice, 103, a Sister 
Commander of the Order of St. 
John of Jerusalem and a former 
administrator of Ontario House in 

She died Monday following a 
brief illness. 

A private funeral was held earli- 
er this week for Miss Prentice, who 
was buried in her parents’ plot at 
Mount Pleasant Cemetery. 

Born in North Shields, Northum- 
berland, England, Miss Prentice 
received her early education in 
local schools and later studied 
music in London. 

She accompanied her parents to 
Canada in 1904, when she was 20, 
and the family moved to Toronto 
in 1910. 

She worked as a public health 
nurse for the Toronto Health De- 
partment for several years before 


returning to England at the out- 
break of World War I, where she 
served as a nursing sister. 

After the war she returned to 
Toronto and continued in the pub- 
lic health field. 

“During the 1920s and 1930s she 
worked in Toronto and did a lot of 
volunteer work for St. John Ambu- 
lance,” said relative Oswald Oster- 
man of Beaconsfield, Que. 

During World War II, Miss Pren- 
tice was hired by the provincial 
government to work as adminis- 
trator of Ontario House in London. 

Immediately after the war she 
worked as a volunteer co-ordinator 
with British war brides on their 
way to Canada, explaining what 
they could expect to find and how 
to make the necessary changes a 
new homeland would demand. 

In 1945 she was hired by the 
United Nations refugee and relief 

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service and for the next four years 
was chief welfare officer at the 
sprawling Landeck refugee camp 
in Austria. 

There, she was responsible for 
helping war refugees, many with- 
out documents or any other posses- 
sions. She helped reunite families, 
arranged for new homes for them 
in other countries or in their home 
lands, and provided them with 
basic necessities. 

“For many years after her re- 
turn to Canada,” Osterman said, 
“she would receive sudden, unan- 
nounced visits from people who 
had passed through that refugee 
camp — people who wanted to say 
‘hello’ to her and to thank her 
again for her assistance.” 

‘Got busy’ 

She lived in Long Branch for 
many years, and was an active 
member of St. James Presbyterian 
Church, where the memorial serv- 
ice will be held this summer. 

“Minnie was active for many 
years and in many fields,” Oster- 
man said, “but she always said that 
her work in Landeck during those 
post-war years was the most 
important work she did in her 

Miss Prentice retired after her 
return to Canada in 1949, “and 
then she really got busy with her 
volunteer activities,” Osterman 
said. “She was an only child, never 
married and had no relatives in 
Toronto, so she considered she had 
a lot of time and a lot to give.” 

He described her as “a truly 
exceptional woman who stood ou 
anywhere she involved herself . 

She got things done.” 

The Tribune, Saturday, February IS 1992—15 



Dedication, commitment 
mark millennium of mercy 

WELLAND (Staff) — In 1099 when the crusaders fought to free Je- 
rusalem, the Brothers of the Hospital of St. John cared for those 
wounded on the battlefield. 

In 1870, during the Franco-Prussian War, members of the newly- 
revived Order of St. John offered their services for ambulance work 
in the field. 

Between the two conflicts lie more than 800 years and a great deal 
of history — a history that reaches beyond the first crusade to a time 
when pilgrims first trod the dusty roads to the city of Jerusalem. 

It was the pilgrims who established the need for a hospital that 
would eventually lead to the founding of the Knights of the Order of 
the Hospital of St. John. 

The order began early in the 11th century, when the Benedictine 
monks — later known as the Brothers of the Hospital of St. John —re- 
stored the pilgrim hospital in Jerusalem. 

Almost a century later, after the first crusade, substantial gifts of 
property and land were bestowed upon the order — many of the gifts, 
no doubt, from the grateful knights who had been under the care of 
the Brothers. 

By 1113, the Brothers had become a separate order of hospitallers 
— the Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem — and a mili- 
tary order as well. 

By the early 12th century, the Knights of St. John were not only de- 
fending pilgrims to the Holy Land, they were also taking part in the 
Holy Wars. They were no longer confined to the hospital or the mon- 
astery or to the Holy Land. With wealth, came expansion and power, 
power that stretched from Italy to Spain, France, England and Ger- 

When the last Christian stronghold in the Holy Land fell in 1291, the 
Knights sailed to Cyprus, then to the Isle of Rhodes. 

The order 

ruled the island, 
as a sovereign 
power, for more 
than two centu- 
ries. By the time 
Rhodes fell, in 
1522, the Knights 
of St. John had 
expanded to the 
sea — they were 
a great naval 
power — and to 
the world of 

St. John Ambulance 

The need never changes. 


Still, they continued to protect pilgrims, to maintain hospitals for 
the sick and destitute — and to make enemies. 

The Knights were forced from Rhodes by the military might of the 
Ottoman Empire in the 15th century. The seige was long; reinforce- 
ments had failed and no assistance was sent by the Christian powers. 
From Rhodes, the order withdrew first to Crete and then to Malta. 

It was the beginning of the end. 

By the lbth century, the Knights were no longer a dominant force. 
In 1792 the vast possessions of the order in France were confiscated; 
in 1798, Napoleon captured Malta with little opposition and the 
Knight’s long rule of the island — as well as their military power — 
came to an end. 

The order did continue to exist, however, to serve the sick and the 
poor as it had always done. 

ioS? e ^n Jol \ n , Ambulance Association was formed in England in 
1 & 77 , followed by the St. John Ambulance Brigade 10 years later. 
Both services centre On first aid and home mirsinp The foriis of the 

Tribune photo/Cec Mitchell 

(centre) gets some hands-on experience and expert advice from 

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sics of coping with an emergency situation. Student Jennifer Lan- 

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gives St. John Ambulance First Aid students . . . 


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gives St John Ambulance First Aid students . • • 


□ St. John Ambulance is a non-profit organization operating 
throughout Canada and the Commonwealth. Its goal is to alleviate 
suffering and promote health and safety by provision of a high 
standard of service, first aid and health care training. 

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Ambulance Brigade in Ontario. 

[~j Members can be seen in their distinctive uniforms, ready to 
help at parades, regattas, sports events and rock concerts - 
everywhere that people get together and might need them. 

□ Every year in Ontario, 80,000 people receive vital; first aid 

from the St John Ambulance Brigade. 

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Q Every year in Ontario, Brigade members give more than half a 
million hours of volunteer duty. 

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have « in the bathroom , workroom and kitchen. 

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✓ 6 large gauze pressure dressings 
/ 12 sterile gauze dressings 3”x3 M 
/ 12 sterile gauze dressings 4" x4 M 
/ 2 sterile surgical pads 
/ 2 waterproof adhesive tape T 
/ 34 adhesive strips 

✓ 6 triangular bandages 
/ 1 box applicators « cotton tipped 

✓ rubbing alcohol 
/ antiseptic soap 

✓ sharp needle 

✓ scissors 
/ thermometer 
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✓ icepack 


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WELLAND - It’s an early 
morning at the Welland Optimist 
Club and 17 men and women are 
gathered around St. John Ambu- 
lance instructor June Johnson. 

“Lift the head back. . . cover her 
mouth with your mouth. . . be sure 
the airway isopen.” 

The class is totally quiet except 
for the brief rustle of a notepad or 
the scrape of a pen on paper, as 
Johnson demonstrates the proper 
method of artificial respiration. 

Johnson’s patient is a CPR man- 
nequin by the name of Resusci 
Anne. This morning, Anne isn’t 

“It’s difficult to do this on An- 
nie,” she says as she makes one 
more attempt to open the manne- 
quin’s airway. 

Finally, with an explanation 
that this Anne is brand new and 
not as pliable as she could be, 
Johnson gives up and exchanges 
the mannequin’s new head for an 
old one. 

There are a few laughs, a few 
nervous titters. Some members of 
the class are beginning to feel 
more comfortable. 

Johnson knows exactly how they 
feel — once minute she was work- 
ing at a typewriter, the next she 
was working on Resusci Anne. 

“I started out working in the of- 
fice and the first thing I knew (ad- 
ministrative director) Leah Jinks 
had me enrolled in a course,” she 

Eventually — after a lot of 
training — Johnson became an in 
structor. That was three years 


Now, she teaches about 40 
classes a year — including this 
one — a Standard First Aid course 
that focuses on the needs of busi- 
ness and industry. 

Each class, she says, is totally 

‘‘Some of the students expect 
you to have all the answers. Some 
think that this is a medical course. 
It’s not. 

“We teach (our students) how to 
handle an emergency for the first 
few minutes until the ambulance 
gets there and (the attendants) 

At the moment, the responsibil- 
ity of those first few minutes are 
making more than one student 

“It’s tough, the first time you 
have to do something in front of 
the class,” admits Johnson. 

Rose Brozovic wouldn’t argue 
that particular point with the in- 

Leah Jinks 

administrative director 


Brozovic admits to two things: 
that she is thirty-something; and 
that she wants “to make all the 
right moves.” 

“Once I get up there I’m afraid 
that I’ll forget everything,” she 

She doesn’t. In fact, she per- 
forms the mouth-to-mouth on 
Anne with a cool confidence that 
belies her fears. 

“Well done,” Johnson tells her. 

Next up is Tom Kay, a 31-year- 
old grounds maintenance supervi- 
sor with the Niagara Training and 
Employment Centre. 

He’s a little more confident than 
Brozovic. In fact, he can’t resist 
making a quick comment to An- 

The class laughs, the reserve 
melts a little more and Kay grins 

Rose Brozovic 

first aid student 



Later he’ll confide that, initially 
at least, the course isn’t as easy as 
he made it look. 

“It’s a lot (to learn) all at 
once,” he says. 

Kay enrolled in the course be- 
cause it’s a part of his job. He 
works with the mentally chal- 

“But I would have taken the 
course anyway — for my own in- 

Like everyone who’s taking the 
course, Kay believes in being pre- 

He’s here because he hopes that 
what he learns today will help him 
deal with an emergency situation 

“It’s a matter of practice, of 
building the self-confidence, of 

few minutes until 

I the ambulance 

gets there . . . r 

.. June Johnson 

knowing that you can do it - or at 
least hoping that you can,” he 

The St. John Ambulance Stan- 
dard First Aid course teaches — 
among other things — cardiopul- 
monary resuscitation (CPR); how 
to deal with wounds and bleeding; 
and what to do in a choking situa- 

Prevention is also stressed. 

“To prevent choking, remem- 
ber that when you are eating 
that’s all you’re doing: you’re not 
running around, laughing, or eat- 
ing and drinking at the same 
time,” Johnson tells the class. 

She asks them the most com- 
mon cause of choking. 

“Peanuts,” someone shouts. 
That’s right, Johnson says, pea- 
nuts and hot dogs. 

“Never feed a small child pea- 
nuts. When you feed them hot 
dogs, make sure that the hot dogs 
have been cut lengthwise and be 
careful with the small corners 
(cut) from plastic milk bags.” 

Cut corners can totally seal an 

“It’s a seal that can be fatal, be- 
cause it’s so hard to break.” 


To bring home her point, she 
shows the class a video on chok- 
ing. It’s one of many that they will 
see during the two-day course. 

Although this particular course 
runs from early in the morning 
until late afternoon, the St. John 
Ambulance offers the same train- 
ing during the evening. 

“The evening course runs for 
four nights but we do have other 
courses as well,” administrative 
director Leah Jinks says. 

The Standard First Aid course 
is fairly comprehensive, but 
there’s also an Emergency First 
Aid course which teaches the ba- 
sics — a two-and-a-half hour Life- 
saver course and First Aid For 
Drivers. Courses in cardiopulmo- 
nary resuscitation are also avail- 

Since January, more than 200 
people have enrolled in St. John 
courses; last year, more than 
2,800 enrolled. For Jinks, it’s not 

“It’s a sad fact that under 15 per 
cent of the population of Welland 
is trained to handle a life-threat- 
ening emergency. First aid should 
be taken out of the option level. . . 
for the benefit of ourselves and so- 

Anyone interested in taking a 
St. John Ambulance course or 
wishing more information, can 
call 735-6431. 


Naval Earl Opens CNE As {Uniformed Countess Interested Spectator 







With Mrs. Ray Lawson, wife of Ontario’s lieutenant goverv \ 
shown on the bandstand from which he delivered the opening^ 

mated at 25 , 000 . He paid high' tribute to Cf 

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Countess Mountbatten, in her uniform as chief of the Order 
of St. John in England, was an interested spectator as her 
h..<=h a nd opened the CNE yesterday. 

8— the exam iner, Monday, May 27, 1991 

Donna Shoemaker 
lifestyle editor Z26-653Z 


St. John 's two new commanders 
helped victims of Barrie tornado 


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Lifestyle Writer 
|he St. John Ambulance of 
Barrie has seen 65 years of 

volunteer service between 

Phyllis Moody and Carl Mason. 

For their devoted service, the 
two volunteers have been pro- 
moted to commanders, the second 
highest level of the Order of St. 

John, after knight or dame. Only 
12 people in Ontario have been 
promoted to commander this 
year, said Mason, the Barrie 
branch chairman who has volun- 
teered for 25 years. 

The post is sanctioned by Queen 
Elizabeth and awarded through 
the governor-general of Canada. 

The number of commanders is 
limited, and the honor is perma- 
nent, so vacancies only become 
available as title-holders quit or 
die, said Moody, a volunteer with 
40 years of service. 

The number of knights (for 
men) and dames (for women) is 
also constant. Only three St. John 
volunteers in Ontario were pro- 
moted to the elite status this year. 

There are no knights or dames at 
the Barrie branch, but there is one 
other commander, Ralph Cong- 
don, who was promoted in 1978. 

Congdon has been a St. John vol- 
unteer for 40 years. 

“It’s a recognition of what you 
have done and expectation of your 
continued dedication,” said Ma- 
son, 57, who typically volunteers 
for 25 hours a week. 

Moody, 72, is offically retired 
from St. John, but still volunteers 
approximately 10 hours a week. 

Moody has donated upwards of 10,000 duty 
hours in both Canada and Germany, according 
to the notice recommending her for commander 
status. In 1948 she became Canada’s first lady 
ski patrol leader, who used to trained by St. 
John, and set up advanced first-aid training un- 
der the guidance of Dr. Ross Turnbull of Barrie. 

The pragmatic woman, wearing her black St. 
John uniform, continues to teach first aid, car- 
dio-pulmonary resuscitation, and babysitting. 
As an executive member, she’s involved in the 
new fellowship chapter, an alumni association 
for retired volunteers. 

Mason, a disciplined man in a dark navy suit, 
was a member of the Barrie Branch since its for- 
mation in March 1970, and held many executive 
positions. He has helped the branch grow from 
having taught 25 people first aid in the first year 
to 3,800 people trained last year. 

Both Moody and Mason said that providing aid 
to victims of the tornado that ripped through 
Barrie in May 1985 was the highlight of their ca- 

Moody, who also volunteers with the Humane 


Phyllis Moody, 72, and Carl Mason, 57, both of 
Barrie, have both been promoted to commander, 


the second highest status in the Order of St. 
John. Only 12 Ontario volunteers were awarded 
that status this year. 

Society, was first on the scene, because she was 
at the St. John office located adjacent Barrie 
Raceway in the city’s south end, where the tor- 
nado was most severe. 

“I was in my car, it picked my car up. I turned 
around and saw the debris coming across. I just 
closed my eyes.” 

After the tornado passed, Moody walked over 
to the race track to check for injuries. 

“There were plenty. 

“I assessed the injuries before the ambu- 
lances arrived and told them the priorities.” 

She administered first aid to victims, with 
bandages from her first-aid own kit, ambu- 
lances and anywhere other source. 

“A lot of it was just plain TLC (tender loving 
care),” she said, modestly. 

Moody helped from 4:30 p.m. to almost mid- 
night. Then, on her way home, she was flagged 
down outside Allandale’s IOOF home for seniors 
to help shuttle residents to hospital or tempo- 
rary accommodations. 

She did it all with a cast on her broken wrist, 
sustained in an accident before the tornado. 

Meanwhile Mason, the senior officer at the 
time was the first St. John executive member 
on the scene. Through the night he helped co-or- 
dinate the command centre at the St. John of- 


St. John’s vans were requested to as tempo- 
rary ambulances, a use not permitted without 
permission from the Ontario Ambulance Service 
or a medical official. 

The full name of a St. John commander is the 
most venerable order of the hospital of St. John 
of Jerusalem. It is non- denominational. 

The Order of St. John is the oldest charitable 
organization in the world, having stai ted during 
the Crusades in the Holy Land in the 11th cen- 
tury by Benedictine monks who established the 
Hospital of St. John. When the Crusaders cap- 
tured Jerusalem in 1099, many wounded were 
cared for in the hospital, and its fame spread 
throughout Europe. 




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