Since 2008, the Living Arts Centre has been home to SOS First Aid’s CPR and safety training courses in the heart of Mississauga, Ontario. Each year, over 7000 students are trained to save lives at this vibrant facility in the heart of Peel region. 800,000 residents of diverse cultures, religions and languages live in Mississauga and the diversity is clearly represented in our classes.
It is a centrally-located, beautiful facility of 225,000 square feet, neighbouring with Square One, the Civic Centre and Sheridan College. The Centre is visited by more than 300,000 people each year. Visitors come to see performing and visual arts programs, attend corporate meetings, or participate in a variety of cultural and community events. The Living Arts Centre, LAC for short, hosts year round children’s and adults arts programs, offering many activities to the vibrant community.
Diversity is clearly represented in each class SOS runs at the Centre. Students of every profession, culture and religion with different life experiences speaking different languages come to our classes. It is a dynamic environment on which our instructors thrive, adapting to students’ needs that help all learners leave feeling confident with their newly-learned life-saving skills.
Several arts organizations and community cultural groups use LAC facilities, including the Mississauga Choral Society, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra and Mississauga International Children’s Festival. The Centre is also used to host a variety of business events, art exhibitions and community classes in a variety of crafts. The largest theatre, Hammerson Hall, seats over 1300 spectators, is used for a wide variety of arts, cultural, and entertainment functions. One of the largest in the GTA it is a world-class, award-winning theatre that is fully equipped with sound, lighting, and rigging equipment to accommodate all types of events, such as community performances, corporate meetings and product launches, film shoots, major touring productions, and gala events.
In fact, there have been many times when film shoots are taking place outside the room that SOS First Aid is running classes. For example, the Canadian TV series Saving Hope was filmed at The Living Arts Centre. It was used for the hospital’s main forum where the staircase leading to the second floor of Hammerson Hall was seen as a backdrop.
The Living Arts Centre celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017 with one of Canada’s most iconic and beloved musicians, Gordon Lightfoot.
Mr. Lightfoot belongs to both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame. He is also a recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, as well as a companion of the Order of Canada. He’s been nominated for several Grammy Awards, has won more than a dozen Juno Awards, and is the artist behind timeless hits including If You Could Read My Mind and The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
The Living Arts Centre also has a heated underground parking garage and is close to shops, restaurants, the YMCA, schools and municipal politics. In our opinion, it is the perfect location to offer our safety training solutions for the workplace, the community and home.