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Helping seniors stay connected

Long before the pandemic, François had an idea: introducing seniors to the use of tablet computers and the Internet to enable them to stay in touch with their family and friends, renew their prescriptions at the pharmacy, and much more. Then came the pandemic with its lockdowns and physical distancing. Instantly, the needs of seniors became much more urgent.

New volunteer is no stranger to helping

Patricia Wilson is the kind of person who always has protein bars in her car in case she meets someone in need. Although a new volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross, Wilson is no stranger to disaster management, having responded to countless emergencies over the past two decades.

Free resources to keep you entertained at home (Part 1)

We would normally be able to get together with friends and family for some extra cheer, but as we all know, physical distancing is required to limit the spread of COVID-19. With many of us at home this season, here are some suggestions for (free!) activities to keep you entertained.

Community grant helps keep the doors open in Nova Scotia during pandemic

When residents in the Shelburne area of Nova Scotia need support paying for vital necessities like medications, eyeglasses, medical equipment or food, the Shelburne and Area Lions Club steps up to help.
However, due to COVID-19, the Club had to close its doors and community members who relied on them for help had to search for alternatives. Now, with the Club reopening, there are several unforeseen expenses as they try to adhere to new health and safety protocols.

5 tips to fight seasonal depression

The last months have been trying for many of us, and there’s every indication that this stressful time is not over yet. With winter at our doorstep, are you among many people who are feeling low on enthusiasm and energy? If so, you may be suffering from seasonal depression. Here are some tips to keep your spirits up during these difficult times.

Helping newcomers to Canada manage the challenges of living in a pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, newcomer families to Canada were among those hit particularly hard. Regularly accessed community programs shut down, and the sense of isolation grew as spring turned to summer.
 

Drop-in program builds social connections for seniors during COVID-19

Seniors, who are among those at greatest risk of severe illness due to COVID-19, have found many of their facilities closed and programs cancelled during the pandemic. After 108 days in self-isolation, 75-year-old James Burgess decided to take action and assist his community on the south shore of Montréal by applying for a grant from the Canadian Red Cross.

Shifting careers: how a SK student went from drawing blueprints to a career in disaster response

At the beginning of last summer Josh Windsor was a computer drafting student; by the fall he had completely changed his career direction and was starting his first semester working towards a degree in Emergency Management. He credits the change to a Canadian Red Cross volunteer experience where he coloured with children in a disaster shelter.
 

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