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Women in Leadership: Carmen Ferrer

It is Carmen Ferrer’s job to help meet the needs of people who have lost so much in the wake of disasters. As Head of Emergency Operations, she’s responsible for managing the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) regional response to Hurricanes Eta and Iota. Read how she became a leader.

Over 100 years of victories, large and small, of women in Canada

The Canadian Red Cross was founded in 1896, and since the very beginning women played a crucial role. To mark International Women's Day on March 8, we‘re going  back in time from the beginning of the Red Cross to celebrate the victories, big and small, of women in Canada.

If the storm of the century hit tomorrow, would you be ready?

Fifty years ago, on March 4, 1971, part of Quebec was paralyzed by the ‘storm of the century’. Although several other powerful storms occurred in the 20th century, including the very memorable 1998 ice storm, the 1971 storm took the title due to a particularly intense mix of harsh conditions. Here are other historic snowstorms from across the country.

Tips for coping with loneliness

Feeling lonely? It’s expected – and many people are feeling this way right now. Fortunately, there are things you can do. Here’s four tips on helping yourself and others.
 

Blue ice and red flags: How to stay safe when skating on lake ice

Maybe it’s happened to you: You’re skating along the frozen surface of a lake, when CRACK! You see a fracture in the ice shoot out from under your skates. Suddenly you’re wondering… How thick is this ice? Should I be this far out? Tips from Canadian Red Cross ice safety expert Lynn Kolba for having a safe day on the ice.

21 days of wellness challenge

Join us from March 1-31 for the #21DaysOfWellness challenge on Twitter!

COVID-19 has made things extra tough this year. It is more important than ever to find activities to help care for your mental health.

Doing something for 21 days is a great way to start a habit of taking care of yourself and working to build your resilience.

Community ties shine in Red Cross assistance to Saskatchewan family displaced by fire

When Mark Pettitt fundraises for his local United Way in Estevan, Saskatchewan, he always tells people that giving is important because, “you never know when you might be the one needing help.”
Little did he know that he would need assistance from the Canadian Red Cross, one of the organizations supported by the United Way Estevan, when an October fire forced his family out of their home in the middle of the night.

Puppy power, personal disaster assistance, and the Canadian Red Cross

It was midnight on November 10, 2020. An already eventful evening, one of their three dogs was having puppies, 11 puppies. Excited by all the action, Katlin’s two young daughters, who would have normally been asleep in their own bedroom, had been up and about and were sleeping in their mom’s bed. That likely saved their lives.

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