Matt O'Connor

Alberta Blogger

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Photo of the Day: Summer campers raise funds for Alberta floods

Duct tape wallets, handmade dog biscuits and soap as well as homemade terrariums are just few of the items participants from the Next Great Entrepreneur Summer Camps at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary manufactured and sold to raise money for two char...

Photo of the Day: working together to help a community in need

The Canadian Red Cross has been working hard at identifying and addressing the needs of people affected by Alberta’s floods. One of the ways that we do this is by heading into communities and finding out what people need, first-hand. We rely h...

Dispatch from flooding response in Calgary

Many people are still out of their homes in Calgary and some 300 of them spent Saturday night at the Southland Leisure Centre. Volunteers from a variety of agencies all worked together to meet the needs of the evacuees. Canadian Red Cross voluntee...

Photo of the Day: 77-year-old receives the Order of the Red Cross

At a time when many people are slowing down and enjoying their retirement 77-year-old Joan Thomson just can’t do enough. 18 years ago Joan started volunteering with the Canadian Red Cross after she took a First Aid Instructor’s course. Since t...

Photo of the day: 11-year-old saves his mom’s life

It is said that eating dinner as a family is an important thing to do, but did you ever think it might save your life? 11-year-old Connor McCarthy was having dinner with his family when his mom began to choke and could not breathe. Calmly, Con...

Photo of the day: Traveling across the world to volunteer for the Canadian Red Cross

Most teenage boys are busy playing video games, trading baseball cards or are out playing street hockey with their friends; but after speaking with Victor and Ward, it is easy to see that they are not your typical 14-year-olds. These two boys ...

Photo of the Day: Colin Parry helps out where he can

Red Crosser Colin Parry is a lead volunteer with both the Health Equipment Loan Program and the Emergency Response Team in Terrace, B.C. Volunteering in the Health Equipment Loan field is incredibly rewarding according to Colin. He remembers o...

Video: What it means to be a volunteer

Canadian Red Cross Volunteer, Susan MacKenzie, has responded to disasters across North America.  From the Northern Alberta wildfires to Hurricane Sandy, she is always putting others before herself. Without volunteers like Sandy the Canadian Re...

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