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Helping after Newfoundland housefires – volunteer Herica’s experience

Young woman in a Red Cross vest, pink sweater and jeans standing in front of charred siding, deck and BBQ of a burned out house.

Emergency Response Volunteers, like Herica in Newfoundland, play a big part in coordinating access to food, shelter, clothing, comfort and emotional support to Canadians affected by emergencies and disasters.

Young woman in a Red Cross vest, pink sweater and jeans standing in front of charred siding, deck and BBQ of a burned out house.

No task too challenging when helping others

Ashwin in a Red Cross vest and grey toque talking to a man

Growing up in Southern India, Ashwin witnessed the resilience of these communities and was inspired by their ability to bounce back after a disaster.
His experience left him eager to dive deeper into disaster management, and after coming to Canada that’s exactly what he did. 

Ashwin in a Red Cross vest and grey toque talking to a man

The healing power of sport

Athletes in wheelchairs circled warming up for a game of basketball

One of the first things I noticed about Joe Higgins is that he gets excited about everything. That unbridled enthusiasm has served him well throughout his 35 years of coaching wheelchair basketball. It was his enthusiasm that convinced me to join a virtual training session he was running with a few athletes from Cambodia.

Athletes in wheelchairs circled warming up for a game of basketball

Moving day: Tips to avoid injuries on the big day

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Are you currently packing boxes for a fast approaching move? Having lived through my own move recently believing I was prepared for any contingency, and after a few minor injuries, I compiled a few tips so you can avoid injuries when the day comes.

A black and brown dog sitting in a cardboard box

Getting organized to move: Where do you start?

A fluffy white cat sitting in a cardboard box

Having been through a move recently myself believing I was prepared for any contingency, I still wished I had read the Moving for Dummies guide first! After a few (minor) injuries and several ups and downs, here are a few hard won bits of advice to help you prepare for your move.

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Celebrating 35 years with the Canadian Red Cross

Guy standing between, with arms around, two women in Haiti

With 35 years under his belt at the Canadian Red Cross, Guy Choquet is a critical member of the organization. His journey started at the age of 15 when he stepped forward to contribute his time as a water safety leader volunteer at the Canadian Red Cross. From then on, he never looked back.

Guy standing between, with arms around, two women in Haiti

New Canadian finds a way to give back to the country that welcomed him

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After an arduous journey as an asylum seeker from Colombia via the U.S., Juan Andres Espinel says his first moments after crossing the border into Canada have shaped his new life ever since. This is how he went from migrant to volunteer.

A young man in glasses sitting at a desk smiling

Making a difference on the front line

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Red Cross volunteer Jack McCaskill helped respond to the wildfires in British Columbia in 2017. Here, he shares his experiences as a front line volunteer, and how volunteering has developed his skillset.

Man leaning against a concrete pillar smiling with arms crossed

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