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Manitoban Garry Enns supports entire Honduras emergency health clinic deployment

Garry posing in front of a white tent being constructed behind him

Most Canadian Red Cross international emergency health clinic deployments last four weeks.  In fall 2020, however, Garry Enns of Manitoba was the first Canadian Red Cross humanitarian worker to support the clinic from start to finish.

Garry posing in front of a white tent being constructed behind him

Red Cross provides wellness supports for Manitobans evacuated due to wildfires

A card with words written on it, a thank you note to Sharla for helping an evacuee

Sharla Kojima is a safety and wellbeing responder on deployment with the Canadian Red Cross in Manitoba working with First Nation members evacuated to Winnipeg because of air quality concerns due to wildfires. Her help has been very appreciated by those impacted, as shown in this comment card.

A card with words written on it, a thank you note to Sharla for helping an evacuee

How the Red Cross is helping Haiti after another devastating earthquake

A bright yellow house lying in rubble after an earthquake in Haiti

Hit by several significant emergencies in recent years, the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on August 14 caused more damage, destroying critical infrastructure resulting in more than 2,180 deaths, more than 12,200 injuries, and 298 people missing so far. The Red Cross has been working to meet the urgent needs of people impacted since the first moments after the earthquake occurred. 

A bright yellow house lying in rubble after an earthquake in Haiti

COVID-19 testing strengthens the relationship between Canada and the Philippines

Our Philippines Country Representative Mladen Milicevic at the dedication ceremony for the newly opened molecular lab, standing in front of the building sign

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, as information began to flow into Canada about how serious this disease might become, Alberta Health Services started ramping up their testing capacity. Some 10,000 kilometres away in Southeast Asia, the Philippine Red Cross took notice.

Our Philippines Country Representative Mladen Milicevic at the dedication ceremony for the newly opened molecular lab, standing in front of the building sign

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.

Remembering the Saguenay flood, 25 years later

An aerial view of the Saguenay flood and affected village submerged.

Exactly 25 years ago, during the night of Friday, July 19 to Saturday, July 20, 1996, heavy rain triggered floods in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, threatening the entire region and causing one of the largest evacuations in the history of Quebec. Thousands of people, helpless in the face of the tragedy, braved the torrential floods that swept everything away.

An aerial view of the Saguenay flood and affected village submerged.

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

Finding purpose in service: Bobbi Montean, Red Cross Volunteer

Bobbi Montean smiling wearing white winter jacket

“Be open. Be willing to try something you’ve never ever done before.”
 
Looking back on over 30 years of volunteering with the Canadian Red Cross, Bobbi Montean speaks from a wealth of experience.

Bobbi Montean smiling wearing white winter jacket

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