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A lifetime of community service recognized by Canada's highest award for volunteers

Cor Zandbergen has been helping people his entire life. In 1971, as an 18 year old, he joined the Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service in the town of Mackenzie, B.C. Since then, he’s been an active volunteer with the Vancouver Police Department, Vernon Search and Rescue, and of course the Red Cross. In fact, you would have to try pretty hard to find a time when he wasn’t volunteering to better his community.

Meet the Mozambique translators: Communicating crucial information on the ground

Because communication is essential, the work of translators is vital. Meet three translators who are helping people impacted by Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique.  
 

In her words: a Nova Scotia fisher finds time to volunteer

Volunteer Tammy Saunders joined the Canadian Red Cross in the spring of 2012. A self-employed commercial fisher, Tammy says the seasonal nature of her work gives her portions of the year that she likes to fill with volunteering.
 

Making the invisible, visible: Advancing women’s health leadership in humanitarian environments

To ensure increased capacity and protection for women, their families, livelihoods and communities it is essential to address women's unequal access to healthcare, education, economic resources and decision-making power. Women leaders use unique understanding of context, vulnerabilities and capacities of women in crisis to support resilience.

First-hand experiences with first aid app

Recently, I had a couple panic-inducing situations with my five-year-old nephew where I was very glad I had the Canadian Red Cross First Aid app on my phone. It helped mitigate some natural-born panic and saved my nephew some pain since my natural instincts were in direct opposition to what I should do to properly care for him.

Mozambique field hospital opens specialized malaria treatment centre

The Red Cross field hospital in Mozambique has opened a specialized malaria treatment centre to support people affected by Cyclone Idai. This is in addition to the existing cholera treatment unit that has been operating at the Nhamatanda rural hospital since early April.

New Brunswick family faces floods two years in a row: How Red Cross helps

In the spring of 2018, Bessie Froud and her husband Ray had to evacuate as flood waters inundated their home. Having no place to go, it was the Canadian Red Cross that arranged accommodation during the three weeks they were evacuated.
 

Meet a logistics aid worker at the field hospital in Mozambique

Getting a field hospital from Canada to Nhamatanda in Mozambique on the east coast of Africa is no simple task. Few people understand this challenge better than Garth Tohms, a Canadian Red Cross logistics aid worker. 

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