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Debbie James – A Red Cross Volunteer Making a Difference

The James family were one of many households in Ottawa impacted by the Great Ice Storm of 1998.  They managed through the many chilly nights without power but realized they could have been more prepared. Debbie made the decision, when the time was right, to join the Canadian Red Cross. When learning how to be better prepared for disasters, she also trained to be a responder to help others. 
On September 21, 2018, when tornadoes tore through the Ottawa/Gatineau region, Debbie had volunteered with the Red Cross for 13 years. In that time, she had responded to over 100 individual emergencies and supported Canadians impacted by  large-scale disasters like the Alberta Floods and Fort McMurray Fires. 
 

Family reunited with cat after evacuation - with Red Cross help

The Taylor family had less than five minutes to evacuate their home when a train derailed near their community. In the rush, therapy cat Tigger slipped off his leash outside the evacuation centre and couldn't be found. Luckily, with Red Cross help, Tigger is back home with his family! 

The voice on the other line: Meet a Red Cross volunteer who helps people living through disasters get help

It’s 3 a.m. and Parnian Hosseini’s phone is ringing insistently. ‘Red Cross, Parnian speaking. How can I help you?’. Parnian is a highly-trained volunteer who helps answer the 24/7 emergency assistance line, read about how she is using her skills to make a difference in the lives of those who are living through an emergency or disaster. 

In her own words: She joined the Red Cross after living through Hurricane Katrina, now she helps others impacted by disasters

Brandy Cherarmie lived through Hurricane Katrina, where she saw firsthand the help that the Red Cross provides. Since then, she has joined as a volunteer and and has travelled around Canada helping people impacted by emergencies and disasters. 

In her own words: volunteer Suha Nassour shares why she gives back to her new community

Suha immigrated to Canada and wanted to give back to her community so she volunteers with the Canadian Red Cross in the HELP program and has assisted in public education through emergency preparedness presentations. This is why she gives back in her own words:

Giving back after experiencing two wildfires in two years

After living through two wildfires and two evacuations in just two years, Red Cross volunteer Al Lucas turned his experience with natural disaster into a reason for giving back.
 

Here's why summertime can be a great time to volunteer

Have time on your hands this summer? Summertime is a great time for many, especially students who may have a few months of free time, to volunteer and reap its rewards. If you’re one of the lucky ones with more time on their hands in the summer, consider keeping your skills (whether life skills or more academically driven) sharp, or gain new ones, meet new people and have new experiences.

Using his strengths to give back: Meet Jason, a logistics volunteer

Meet Jason, a Canadian Red Cross volunteer who uses his technical skills to focus on logistics. Volunteers like Jason play a critical role in making sure responses to disasters run smoothly, and the supplies that are needed get where they need to go. 

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