The Maple Leaf And The White Cross: A History of St. John Ambulance and the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusal by Christopher McCreeryThe Maple Leaf And The White Cross: A History of St. John Ambulance and the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusal by Christopher McCreery

The Maple Leaf And The White Cross: A History of St. John Ambulance and the Most Venerable Order of…

byChristopher McCreery

Hardcover | July 21, 2008

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As a foundation of the Order of St. John, St. John Ambulance has been providing first aid training programs in Canada for the past 125 years. From the sweatshops of the Victorian era and military hospitals of the First World War to a modern-day volunteer organization devoted to the service of humanity, this history recounts the remarkable story of the Order's contribution to our country and those who made it possible.

With connections to the hospitaller work of the Order of St. John in the tenth and eleventh centuries, the Order of St. John finds its modern roots in the English revival of this charitable work in 1831. The 1883 establishment of the Order of St. John in Canada signalled the beginning of a long and distinguished history of service to Canadians and people around the globe. As a nationwide volunteer organization involving more than 25,000 Canadians, St. John Ambulance continues to be the principal provider of first aid training in Canada.

Christopher McCreery has served as the Priory Historian for the Order of St. John since 2005. A respected institutional historian, McCreery holds a doctorate in Canadian history from Queen's University, is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, and has been the recipient of awards for his work on honours.
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Title:The Maple Leaf And The White Cross: A History of St. John Ambulance and the Most Venerable Order of…Format:HardcoverDimensions:332 pages, 10 × 7 × 1 inPublished:July 21, 2008Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from pro utilitate hominum - for the service of humanity "The Maple Leaf and the White Cross" is an official of the St. John's ambulance and the Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem written by Priory Historian Christopher McCreery. McCreery surveys the role of the Hospitaller in the major events of the 20th century both abroad and at home. Complete with over 20 pages of pictures and illustrations, the book serves as a fitting tribute to the men and women "who have sought to carry forth the motto pro fide, pro hominum" (xii). Why exactly is this book important? If we think about the state of crisis the Canadian healthcare system faces today, the lack of funding, the lack of resources, the lack of facilities. We are doing a huge disservice to the honorable men and women of St. John's Ambulance when some of their services have been relegated to run out of the back of junkyards. To think that we can accept such conditions in an industrially advanced nation like ours is disgraceful. Where are our priorities? To be clear, as an official history McCreery does not delve into the stories of individual members, or dwell on the politics of The Order. McCreery presents the facts as they are and the interpretations and judgments are left to the reader to make. Overall, anyone who wants to learn more about St. John's Ambulance or is planning on doing more researching into hospitallers and the history of Honours in Canada will definitely be well-served in reading this book.
Date published: 2008-08-29

Editorial Reviews

This well-referenced history does justice to an organization that has served Canada well.