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Feeling stressed? How to handle the ongoing pandemic

For many Canadians, probably every Canadian, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is causing some form of upset in daily life. The cycles of lockdowns and various protocols can be overwhelming at a time when your stress levels are already higher than normal. With so many things out of our control, what can we do about it?

Five inspiring stories mark five years of resilience and progress after Alberta wildfires

Disasters affect people in different ways, but it is clear that hope, gratitude and determination prevail in stories of the devastating 2016 wildfires in Fort McMurray and the surrounding region. There are many stories of people helping people in the region, but the five following stories showcase the power of humanity at its best.

Fort McMurray and Area Floods: One Year Update

Two Red Cross team members standing in a tent talking to a resident of Fort McMurray

When spring flooding forced thousands to leave their homes in northern Alberta last year, seniors living in downtown Fort McMurray were hit hard. Luana Bussieres, executive director of St. Aidan’s Society in Fort McMurray, says the organization is grateful for the support offered by the Red Cross to help seniors along their path to recovery after the flooding.

Two Red Cross team members standing in a tent talking to a resident of Fort McMurray

Fun activities to do with the family this spring

A yellow and red painted bird house

The exceptional circumstances we’re experiencing under COVID-19 are forcing us to get creative to find safe activities while keeping a social distance. Since the beginning of the pandemic, several organizations and businesses have been generous in offering free movies, videos, music, training and other content to keep us entertained at home. We've compiled online entertainment ideas.

A yellow and red painted bird house

Young volunteer makes a difference in communications and fundraising in Quebec

In a way, it was a desire to learn more about the Canadian Red Cross that led Dourrice Adamson to fill out her form in 2017 to work there as a volunteer. That first step marked the beginning of a great adventure that has been ongoing ever since!
 

"I enjoy helping people": Art Brown on why he volunteers

Art has been volunteering with us since 2017, and has been involved in numerous responses both within Manitoba and other parts of Canada.

Janis Mack helping people transition from hospital to home in B.C.

Eight years ago, Janis Mack retired from her 42-year career as a pharmacist and began volunteering with the Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. HELP provides community healthcare equipment loan services in 75 locations across B.C. and Yukon to people recovering from illness or injury or wanting to spend their final days at home.

Ian Dalsin: Volunteering to get out from behind a computer

Ian Dalsin works with computers for a living, so when he was looking for a volunteer role, he wanted something more hands on.
“I often get stuck behind a screen for extended periods of time,” says the Edmonton-based IT consultant. “It’s nice to be able to step out and deal with people face to face.”

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