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Wilson Restrepo, medical specialist and leader of a Red Cross team deployed in a long-term care facility

The Canadian Red Cross has been mandated by the government to provide vital support to long-term care facilities (CHSLDs). The organization has been hard at work to recruit a humanitarian force, which now counts Wilson Restrepo among its ranks. Here’s his story.
 

Fun with floaties: water toy safety

Trying to beat the heat this summer? Nothing’s better than a good swim, especially if you have floaties and other recreational water toys to play with.

Unfortunately, improper water toy use can lead to accidents or injury.

Stay safe with these tips for different types of water toys.

Quarantine to volunteer: One Saskatoon man’s story

From sailing across the Pacific Ocean to isolation at a Canadian military base for two weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken Al Stickney of Saskatoon on a strange journey that ended with a new volunteer position with the Canadian Red Cross.

Community grant helps centre for young immigrants stay open during COVID-19

The Francophone Association of Brooks is working hard to continue programming amidst the pandemic, thanks to the Government of Canada’s Emergency Support for Community Organizations granting program.

How the Emergency Community Support Fund is helping fathers build their relationship skills

RePère is a non-profit community organization whose mission is to foster the development of paternal skills by giving fathers the tools to build and maintain strong relationships with their children. Its main goals are to offer support to struggling fathers and help men define their role as a father. The organization has been active in the Montreal area for 25 years.
 

Local organization restoring dignity to seniors in rural Nova Scotia

Read how a local organization is helping seniors in rural Nova Scotia, thanks in part to a grant from the Red Cross. Read how they are making a difference, and learn about grants that are available to community organizations helping vulnerable people during COVID-19. 

5 ways to keep kids entertained this summer

Parks and playgrounds were summer’s go-to for children across Canada. It’s still uncertain times with some places opening public areas, depending on your region, and some places still off-limits, especially for children. Even still, some Canadians may still be unsure about venturing into common domains. With that in mind, we thought to bring you some ideas to entertain children around home – still.

How taking the Canadian Red Cross Psychological First Aid course helped me

Jamie recently shared a post on her social media about taking our psychological first aid course and how much it helped her, especially with her own mental health. We asked her if she would share her story with us (and you) to hopefully help others, and this is what she wrote.

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