Volunteers

Read blog posts from the Canadian Red Cross about our network of volunteers at home and abroad

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A Red Cross legacy of giving to help future generations: Peter and Donna’s story

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Peter and Donna Collens, a couple from Newfoundland and Labrador, have an unwavering commitment to giving back and helping the community. Their Red Cross story began with volunteering and it will continue long into the future thanks to the legacy gift to Red Cross that they have left in their wills.

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Volunteering in mental health while studying to become a doctor

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Meet Wegdan Rashad Abdelmoemin. Wegdan moved to Toronto, Ontario, just over two years ago, and started volunteering not long after. An international medical graduate, with training in psychiatry and mental health, she is currently studying to get licensed as a doctor in Canada.

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Making a difference for Canadians’ well-being

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Cindy Chiu volunteers to support the Health Equipment Loans Program and the Friendly Calls Program, two vital Red Cross community health and well-being services in Alberta. 
“The most rewarding part about volunteering with HELP is hearing people express their gratitude for the equipment they received; how it greatly aided in their recovery or helped them continue to live independently.”

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Red Cross volunteer David Summerby-Murray: unexpectedly applying his infectious diseases background at home

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Red Cross volunteer David Summerby-Murray never expected a need to apply his expertise regarding infectious diseases in a place like Nova Scotia, but that quickly changed with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Helping after Newfoundland housefires – volunteer Herica’s experience

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Emergency Response Volunteers, like Herica in Newfoundland, play a big part in coordinating access to food, shelter, clothing, comfort and emotional support to Canadians affected by emergencies and disasters.

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Celebrating 35 years with the Canadian Red Cross

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With 35 years under his belt at the Canadian Red Cross, Guy Choquet is a critical member of the organization. His journey started at the age of 15 when he stepped forward to contribute his time as a water safety leader volunteer at the Canadian Red Cross. From then on, he never looked back.

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New Canadian finds a way to give back to the country that welcomed him

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After an arduous journey as an asylum seeker from Colombia via the U.S., Juan Andres Espinel says his first moments after crossing the border into Canada have shaped his new life ever since. This is how he went from migrant to volunteer.

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Making a difference on the front line

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Red Cross volunteer Jack McCaskill helped respond to the wildfires in British Columbia in 2017. Here, he shares his experiences as a front line volunteer, and how volunteering has developed his skillset.

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The purpose of this blog, quite simply, is to talk. This blog is an opportunity for Red Cross staff, volunteers, supporters and friends to share stories about what is happening in your community and the important work you are doing. It is a tool that will help keep all of us connected.

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