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BC Wildfires: Volunteering on the front line

Red Cross volunteer Jack McCaskill recently helped respond to the wildfires in British Columbia. He took a moment to share his experiences as a front line volunteer, responding to a disaster. 

Seeking better health at Red Cross treatment centre in east Africa

She sits cross legged on the cot, amid the many other mothers in the crowded tent. She has a smile that can light up a room. She uses it to bravely mask her concern. Two of her three children have fallen sick to bacteria ravaging many villages across eastern Africa. Acute watery diarrhea/cholera has taken its toll on the bodies of six-month-old Abdi who lies in his mother’s lap, and on six-year-old Zakaria, who curls up lethargically at the foot of the cot, barely able to lift his head.

Electric shock drowning: what is it and how to prevent it

​Electric shock drowning is relatively new given the rise of power-driven docks in recent decades but its consequences can be severe; it’s important to consider safety when around water and electricity. Electric shock could happen when electric current leaks into the surrounding body of water, causing the water to become energized.

Regina volunteer Ross Pratt: Giving back is a family value

For Ross Pratt it was an easy decision to leave Regina and volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross as the organization supports evacuees from the B.C. wildfires.

Volunteerism is in his blood.

Holding the family together in a disaster

Williams Lake grandmother Marlene Johnnie is the glue holding her family together during the B.C. wildfire crisis.

What it was like working in a cholera treatment centre with the Red Cross

Jenna Atchison is a nurse from Ottawa. This year, she traveled to east Africa to work in a cholera treatment centre. Jenna took a moment to share her experience with us. 

Essentials tips for wildfire recovery

Over the next days and weeks, thousands of evacuees from wildfires in British Columbia will be returning to their home and the Red Cross will be there to assist them all through recovery. 


 

Colleen Laginskie: exposing herself to risk to help others

Ethiopia, Iraq, Kenya, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, all countries with varying degrees of instability; all countries in which travellers expose themselves to a certain amount of risk; and all countries in which Colleen Laginskie has worked.

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