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The Gathering Centre: A place of friendship in Ontario’s North

Learn more about The Gathering Centre, a Red Cross program which focuses on bringing together elders in the First Nations community in Peawanuck. 

The kindness of strangers

Four days before the evacuation order was issued for the town of Williams Lake, Danny and Leeyann Allan made the decision to leave their home and head up to Prince George. They shared with us about some of the kindness they found along the way. 

Meet a Red Crosser: International aid worker Jean-Baptiste Lacombe

Jean-Baptiste Lacombe recently joined the Canadian Red Cross as Rapid Response Manager with the Emergency Response Team. He answered some questions for us about working as an international aid worker and his new role with the Red Cross.

Out at sea: One Canadian’s experience on board The Responder

Canadian Red Cross aid worker Dr. Kim de Souza shares her experience working in the Mediterranean Sea, aboard The Responder. In the four weeks she spent aboard, Kim provided medical care to rescued migrants who had endured treacherous conditions at sea. 

How bicycles help bring healthcare to remote communities in South Sudan

When faced with the challenge of reaching people in remote communities sometimes the best option is also pretty low-tech. Here’s how the Red Cross is delivering healthcare, with the help of bicycles. 

Coming home to pick up the pieces

A house on the river in a small, picture-esque community sounds like the perfect place for a retired couple to settle. But when flooding caused water damage to their Clarence-Rockland home, Sandra and Gordon Killins share their experience coming home to pick up the pieces. 

​Helping his community, one empty bottle at a time

“Le coeur de la classe.” That’s what Julian’s teacher calls him – the heart of the class. The 10-year-old Ottawa boy has always had a generous spirit and been aware of those around him who might be going through difficult times. As individuals and families in his region were affected by flooding this past week, Julian decided to embark on a fundraising effort to support them.

Flooding in Ontario: How one community is coping

Clarence-Rockland is a city of just over 22,000 people, about 40 km east of Ottawa. Many of the city’s residents live along the Ottawa River, which is currently at its highest level in decades. Out of approximately 140 homes in the river’s vicinity, 24 have been evacuated and others are still dealing with dangerously high water levels. More on how the Canadian Red Cross is helping affected residents.

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