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Aviva Asset Mapping: helping older adults navigate community resources, stay connected

A screenshot of a map on a computer

Navigating the health care system and available community health resources can be tricky. Recognizing this, the Canadian Red Cross has created a program to make it easier for older adults, their caregivers, and families.

A screenshot of a map on a computer

Women in Leadership: Pat Laberge’s path to humanitarian work

Pat handing supplies to a person standing among a crowd

“I just remember night after night for what seemed like weeks this was always a news item, this war in Biafra. The fighting, the starving children, the displaced people,” Pat Laberge says. “I also remember the Red Cross and that the Red Cross was helping.”
It wasn’t long before she pointed at the television and blurted out that this was what she wanted to do with her life. She was going to be a humanitarian. She was going to join the Red Cross. And she did.

Pat handing supplies to a person standing among a crowd

Tribal Council in Saskatchewan trains local first responders

Two men standing outside a building by a kit full of supplies to help in emergency response

First responders have advanced first aid training which allows them to stabilize a patient until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. In rural and remote communities where EMS can be hours away, having local first responders on the scene can mean the difference between life and death.

Two men standing outside a building by a kit full of supplies to help in emergency response

Jules Zanré wins the 2021 Kroum Pindoff Award for his commitment to the health of women and children in Mali

Jules standing in a Canadian Red Cross vest standing by a concrete wall.

Jules Zanré, a Montrealer originally from Burkina Faso, has spent the last 10 years improving access to health care for mothers, newborns, and children in many rural communities of Mali.

Jules standing in a Canadian Red Cross vest standing by a concrete wall.

Working together to slow a COVID outbreak in Iqaluit

Red Cross team in red vests and winter coats standing on a snowy landscape in Iqaluit.

As a COVID-19 outbreak in late April and early May 2021 impacted Iqaluit, Mayor Kenny Bell knew that help was needed. The Canadian Red Cross was brought to Iqaluit in mid-May to provide additional support to a homeless shelter in the city but, by the time the team left, they had also done Epidemic Prevention and Control (EPC) assessments for 13 organizations across the city. 

Red Cross team in red vests and winter coats standing on a snowy landscape in Iqaluit.

Providing critical aid during the pandemic: Meet Public Health Deputy Lead Rateb Fouad

Headshot of Rateb in a Canadian Red Cross red vest

As a young child in Canada, Rateb always acknowledged that his internal calling was to help those in need. Following his parents’ immigration to the Middle East, Rateb obtained his medical degree in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Rateb saw the opportunity to directly apply his training and skills through the greater good of humanitarian work, and joined the Canadian Red Cross to help on the front lines.

Headshot of Rateb in a Canadian Red Cross red vest

Red Cross helps firefighters battle flames instead of COVID-19

Three people in personal protective equipment including gowns, masks and gloves

In late June, a plane full of firefighters touched down in Sudbury to help protect communities in Northern Ontario. Shortly after the team stepped off the aircraft, the Canadian Red Cross immediately set to work, ensuring their task would not be more difficult than usual.

Three people in personal protective equipment including gowns, masks and gloves

The healing power of sport

Athletes in wheelchairs circled warming up for a game of basketball

One of the first things I noticed about Joe Higgins is that he gets excited about everything. That unbridled enthusiasm has served him well throughout his 35 years of coaching wheelchair basketball. It was his enthusiasm that convinced me to join a virtual training session he was running with a few athletes from Cambodia.

Athletes in wheelchairs circled warming up for a game of basketball

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