The Canadian Red Cross in British Columbia and Yukon offers an extensive network of programs and services that actively reach out and serve local communities throughout the province.

Please refer to the programs listed below to locate the services offered in your community.

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Programs & Services in British Columbia and Yukon

Community Support Initiatives

Community support initiatives are programs and services that are developed to respond to specific local community needs.

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Emergency & Disaster Services

In partnership with first responders, emergency managers, public officials and in collaboration with other voluntary sector organizations, the Red Cross may provide emergency and disaster services such as emergency lodging; reception and information; emergency food; emergency clothing; personal services and family reunification services.

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Finding Family

The Canadian Red Cross Restoring Family Links program helps people in Canada re-establish contact with immediate family members after separation due to armed conflict, natural disaster, migration and other humanitarian crises.

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First Aid and CPR Training

First aid and CPR training courses for home and babysitters; the workplace; first responders and instructors and training partners.

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International Humanitarian Law

The Canadian Red Cross International Humanitarian Law program holds conferences, seminars and training workshops

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Swimming and Water Safety

The Swimming and Water Safety program offers swimming lessons for all ages from preschool to adults.   This program also offers Leadership development training for those interested in becoming a water safety instructor or a Red Cross Training partner.

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Violence, Bullying and Abuse Prevention

Education is the key to prevention of abuse, bullying, violence and sexual exploitation.  Violence, Bullying & Abuse Prevention programs promote healthier relationships and safer communities through education and partnerships.

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The Red Cross In British Columbia and Yukon

Supported through a family crisis

The Red Cross Family Support Program provides support for parents and caregivers in times of crisis. At British Columbia’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) we make a tremendous difference in the lives of many, including Krystal’s, whose baby was born with holes in his heart.

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SmartStart students receive Red Cross Rescuer Award
SmartStart students receive Red Cross Rescuer Award

Penny and Golnar are both ESL students at Vancouver Community College, and have taken SmartStart: Community Access to First Aid, a course offered by the Canadian Red Cross. On the same day that they took the class, they rescued a female friend who started coughing and choking.

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