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Red Cross provides wellness supports for Manitobans evacuated due to wildfires

A card with words written on it, a thank you note to Sharla for helping an evacuee

Sharla Kojima is a safety and wellbeing responder on deployment with the Canadian Red Cross in Manitoba working with First Nation members evacuated to Winnipeg because of air quality concerns due to wildfires. Her help has been very appreciated by those impacted, as shown in this comment card.

A card with words written on it, a thank you note to Sharla for helping an evacuee

How the Red Cross is helping Haiti after another devastating earthquake

A bright yellow house lying in rubble after an earthquake in Haiti

Hit by several significant emergencies in recent years, the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on August 14 caused more damage, destroying critical infrastructure resulting in more than 2,180 deaths, more than 12,200 injuries, and 298 people missing so far. The Red Cross has been working to meet the urgent needs of people impacted since the first moments after the earthquake occurred. 

A bright yellow house lying in rubble after an earthquake in Haiti

First Aid Basics: It’s made for you

A man in a red vest is showing how CPR is done, on a mannequin, with a small crowd of people around him watching.

Some of our first aid courses can be long in order to provide certification meeting legislation requirements - but there is also First Aid Basics. If you’re a new parent, want to build confidence in responding to emergencies, or want to refresh and update your first aid skills, this course provides practical knowledge in the basics of first aid in 2 to 2.5 hours.

A man in a red vest is showing how CPR is done, on a mannequin, with a small crowd of people around him watching.

Jules Zanré wins the 2021 Kroum Pindoff Award for his commitment to the health of women and children in Mali

Jules standing in a Canadian Red Cross vest standing by a concrete wall.

Jules Zanré, a Montrealer originally from Burkina Faso, has spent the last 10 years improving access to health care for mothers, newborns, and children in many rural communities of Mali.

Jules standing in a Canadian Red Cross vest standing by a concrete wall.

First Aid practice prepares six-year-old for life-threatening emergency

A little girl smiling while holding a teddy bear and an award

Six-year-old Jaycee Berezowski received the Red Cross Rescuer Award recently; her life-saving actions show how crucial practice can be in a crisis.
Jaycee’s mom, Jenine, had all her wisdom teeth removed. She was taking pain medication and after a couple of days with no ill effects, Jenine’s boyfriend returned to work, leaving Jenine to rest and recover with her daughter, Jaycee.

A little girl smiling while holding a teddy bear and an award

COVID-19 testing strengthens the relationship between Canada and the Philippines

Our Philippines Country Representative Mladen Milicevic at the dedication ceremony for the newly opened molecular lab, standing in front of the building sign

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, as information began to flow into Canada about how serious this disease might become, Alberta Health Services started ramping up their testing capacity. Some 10,000 kilometres away in Southeast Asia, the Philippine Red Cross took notice.

Our Philippines Country Representative Mladen Milicevic at the dedication ceremony for the newly opened molecular lab, standing in front of the building sign

Making a difference for Canadians’ well-being

A young woman with short hair tied in a yellow ribbon, sitting at a desk, resting her face on her hand

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.”

A young woman with short hair tied in a yellow ribbon, sitting at a desk, resting her face on her hand

Women in Leadership: Lucia Lasso

Lucia Lasso smiling with a group of people sitting near her.

Lucia Lasso is one of two full-time Head of Emergency Operations with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), which means she’s almost always thinking about disasters. But even when she’s not actively engaged in an operation, she spends her time thinking about how the Red Cross can respond to emergencies more effectively. This includes encouraging other women to aspire to positions of leadership.

Lucia Lasso smiling with a group of people sitting near her.

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