How one volunteer is helping in her community and across Canada

Louise Carson is an Emergency Management volunteer in New Brunswick. She lives in Saint John and is retired with one grandchild who was born this summer. Volunteering is both her hobby and her passion, and she volunteers with various organizations in her community.
Louise Carson
She started volunteering with the Red Cross following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, answering calls for donations in a call centre in Saint John. Afterwards she was hooked! She’s volunteered for People Services, Community Health, Emergency Management and Volunteer Resource Services.

“Assisting people in my own community has been memorable as many have lost everything due to house fires or other disasters. They appreciate the help we are giving.”

She has also deployed many times to help elsewhere across Canada during disasters. Her very first deployment was in 2016 for the Alberta Wildfires. She also helped with the 2017 New Brunswick ice storm. In 2017, she assisted in Saint-Bernard de Lacolle, Quebec, where she helped refugee claimants connect with their families. In Manitoba in 2018, she aided Indigenous communities affected by wildfires.

“When I speak to people about being a volunteer, I always mention the diversity of help that the Red Cross offers. A volunteer needs to be flexible and able to manage what is required within each response, which can be as varied as setting up cots, delivering water to a community or comforting someone evacuated from their community.”

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