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Adapted first aid training: an inclusive Red Cross experience  

Three people kneeling around a mannequin

When my first aid certification expired during the pandemic, I knew it was time to renew. Typically, I’d be keen to refresh my skills and knowledge – after all, being able to help in an emergency is a valuable skill to have. Still, I hesitated. Unlike the last time I’d certified, I now live with reduced mobility and was feeling less confident about training this time around. 

Three people kneeling around a mannequin

Responding to COVID-19 around the world - part 4

A woman in mask and goggles standing inside an arena where chairs and tables are set up

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, some countries are now experiencing devastating second, third, and fourth waves of the virus. While the quick development of vaccines is positive news, COVID-19 remains an ongoing crisis and its effects will still be seen for years to come. Here are some examples of how Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies continue to provide support.

A woman in mask and goggles standing inside an arena where chairs and tables are set up

Toronto theatre company back on stage with support from Red Cross screening program

Testing equipment, such as swabs on a table in front of a stage

Although the staff at Theatre Gargantua in Toronto picked up some interesting hobbies and pastimes during the early stages of lockdown, they were eager to get back to the stage. When they were able to do so, Theatre Gargantua quickly applied for and adopted the Stop the Spread program to ensure that their staff and audience would feel safe and comfortable getting back to live theatre.

Testing equipment, such as swabs on a table in front of a stage

10 things parents with kids back in school CAN control

Close up on three lockers coloured black, orange and grey

In a world where a pandemic has prevailed for more than a year, it can be overwhelming to think of children in school and how to best protect them – and ourselves – against COVID-19.
We may not be able to control certain things but we can control what to do to make things easier on us and our families during this stressful time.

Close up on three lockers coloured black, orange and grey

Embrave: still providing a safe place with Stop the Spread program

A woman carrying a child, only shoulder of woman and hand of child visible

Providing a safe place to people in need of shelter, Embrave Agency to End Violence could not even consider closing due to the pandemic. Instead, they looked for ways to keep operating safely, for clients and staff, implementing many safety measures, including the Canadian Red Cross Stop the Spread program.

A woman carrying a child, only shoulder of woman and hand of child visible

Red Cross responders share B.C. Fires experiences: Being able to provide this support is just a beautiful thing to do

A woman in a Red Cross vest wheeling a dolly with clean-up kits on it

Since the start of this year’s wildfires season in British Columbia in mid-June, more than 1,600 wildfires were recorded in the province, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes throughout the province. The Canadian Red Cross sent close to 200 employees and volunteers from across the country to help support individuals, families and communities affected by the wildfires.

A woman in a Red Cross vest wheeling a dolly with clean-up kits on it

Remembering Barney Chanda: Red Cross volunteer, lifelong learner and mentor

Barney holding a toddler in a swimming pool, smiling, while the child squirts water out of a toy.

The Canadian Red Cross family experienced a great loss last week. Long-time volunteer, mentor, Master Instructor Trainer (MIT), and friend, Barney Chanda, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, October 13th. Many will recognize Barney for his many appearances over the years in Red Cross first aid and water safety manuals, videos, and resources.

Barney holding a toddler in a swimming pool, smiling, while the child squirts water out of a toy.

The story of Muggins just keeps getting better

Book cover with a picture of Muggins the fundraising dog on top the title: Muggins, the life and afterlife of a Canadian canine war hero

Stories about Muggins the fundraising dog always delight, and the stories that continue to unfold over the years just keep getting better. His fame as a four-legged fundraising mascot is now the subject of a recently published book.

Book cover with a picture of Muggins the fundraising dog on top the title: Muggins, the life and afterlife of a Canadian canine war hero

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