Karen Snider

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Delivering aid to typhoon victims

When Typhoon Maysak made landfall in the North Pacific island nation, Micronesia, approximately 30,000 people were affected in some way. 

Canadian aid worker in Micronesia in response to Typhoon Maysak

Canadian Red Cross delegate Karen Leiva is currently on a mission in Micronesia with the International Federation of Red Cross to assess the damage caused by Typhoon Maysak. It’s considered a silent disaster, as it has gone mostly unnoticed outside of the region and occurred on the heels of another emergency in the Pacific, Cyclone Pam. The Red Cross responds to hundreds of these silent disasters every year. Karen shares some of the challenges of reaching remote communities.

First Aid app to the rescue

Just recently I was vacationing in South America, waiting at a very busy bus station when I noticed a woman had dropped to the ground. I couldn’t tell for certain what had happened, but I understood there was a medical emergency. The first thing that popped into my head was: ‘what if she needs CPR?  I may be able to help.’

Food Friday: Bake Sale Success

This week the Red Cross in Ontario hosted a bake sale to raise funds. The communications team was responsible for baking up some goodies to sell. We had a little help from our social media friends too. Here’s a (mouth-watering) glimpse of what we were up to. Happy Friday!

Red Cross Cookie Monsters – we want to hear from you!

The communications team at the Canadian Red Cross in Ontario has been tasked with hosting a bake sale next week at our headquarters in Mississauga. Help me choose which cookies to bake to ensure a successful bake sale. 

Food Friday: There’s nothing like a BBQ to start the long weekend!

Red Crossers Colleen Lowe and Terrellyn Fearn grilled up a storm during a special summer BBQ celebration. More than 75 staff at the Ontario Red Cross head office took a break to enjoy the summer weather (or should we call it the it’s-not-winter weather?!) and burgers, hot dogs and other goodies. 

Any time, any place..but, the toilet?

To be a Red Crosser sometimes means you have to be ingenious about getting the job done, especially in a disaster response. And job location flexibility is always an asset when you work with a global humanitarian response agency.

Volunteer Spotlight: Debbie, Donna and Sharon

Debbie Smith, Donna Doak and Sharon McDougall are Red Cross disaster response volunteers from Brockville who have been volunteering their time to help those who have been evacuated from their homes in northern Ontario due to flooding.

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