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From Lebanon with love: a Red Cross romance

​It was love at first sight for Canadian Red Cross volunteer Georges Yaacoub who met his wife at a Red Cross Valentine’s Day party in his birthplace of Zahlé, Lebanon. Born into a benevolent Lebanese family, Georges spent his childhood surrounded by humanitarians.
Immigrating to Canada in 2010, Georges settled in Nova Scotia. He sat down recently to share his incredible journey from hometown to Halifax and his love for all things Red Cross.

Meet Joy Geizer, Red Cross volunteer extraordinaire

It’s easy to see that red is Joy Geizer’s favourite colour. Her winter coat is red. Her car is red. All her Christmas ornaments are red. A disaster management volunteer for seven years, Joy stopped by the Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Red Cross office to talk about her passion for helping others while balancing her life as a full-time working mom in the health industry.  

100 years of helping with Dilke Red Cross

It takes a long time to grow an old friend.
 
You could call it the unofficial motto of the Dilke Red Cross Society, with close-knit friendships being one of the reasons why the organization has lasted the test of time.
 
The group from the small Saskatchewan community of Dilke is celebrating 100 years this year.

Meet a Canadian Red Cross volunteer: Erina Park

The work of the Canadian Red Cross is made possible through the tireless work of our dedicated volunteers. Today we want to celebrate the work of all our amazing volunteers, and take a moment to introduce you to Erina. 

Canadian Red Cross volunteer recalls wartime service and giving back since

It’s humbling to speak with someone who refers to the Second World War as simply “the war,” as a real experience not out of a history textbook. For Red Cross volunteer Joan Chapella, this reality is simply a chapter in an exciting life that has taken her across the globe.

Meet a Red Cross volunteer: Cathy Bossenberry

The work of the Canadian Red Cross is made possible through the tireless work of our dedicated volunteers. December 5 is International Volunteer Day, and we want to celebrate the work of all our amazing volunteers, and take a moment to introduce you to Cathy. 
 

Volunteer admires the power of community in disaster responses

Brenna Brown is a Disaster Management volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross. She was most recently involved in the Alberta Fires response, setting up emergency reception centres and shelters in Calgary and Edmonton to provide services for the thousands of evacuees from Fort McMurray and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Red Cross national partner Aviva takes part in global mapping project

It’s hard to believe, but many parts of the developing world that are most vulnerable to humanitarian crises, like natural disasters, disease outbreaks, epidemics or conflict, are still not mapped digitally or on paper.  Without comprehensive maps, response times can drastically increase during natural disasters or disease outbreaks making it harder to reach people who need help.

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