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Aviva Asset Mapping: helping older adults navigate community resources, stay connected

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Navigating the health care system and available community health resources can be tricky. Recognizing this, the Canadian Red Cross has created a program to make it easier for older adults, their caregivers, and families.

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Volunteering in mental health while studying to become a doctor

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Meet Wegdan Rashad Abdelmoemin. Wegdan moved to Toronto, Ontario, just over two years ago, and started volunteering not long after. An international medical graduate, with training in psychiatry and mental health, she is currently studying to get licensed as a doctor in Canada.

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

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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

Working together to slow a COVID outbreak in Iqaluit

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As a COVID-19 outbreak in late April and early May 2021 impacted Iqaluit, Mayor Kenny Bell knew that help was needed. The Canadian Red Cross was brought to Iqaluit in mid-May to provide additional support to a homeless shelter in the city but, by the time the team left, they had also done Epidemic Prevention and Control (EPC) assessments for 13 organizations across the city. 

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Red Cross volunteer David Summerby-Murray: unexpectedly applying his infectious diseases background at home

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Red Cross volunteer David Summerby-Murray never expected a need to apply his expertise regarding infectious diseases in a place like Nova Scotia, but that quickly changed with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Providing critical aid during the pandemic: Meet Public Health Deputy Lead Rateb Fouad

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As a young child in Canada, Rateb always acknowledged that his internal calling was to help those in need. Following his parents’ immigration to the Middle East, Rateb obtained his medical degree in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Rateb saw the opportunity to directly apply his training and skills through the greater good of humanitarian work, and joined the Canadian Red Cross to help on the front lines.

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11 ideas for offline activities for kids

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Think your kids may be having too much screen time while we’ve been at home more these days? You’re not alone. While screen time has its uses, we thought to provide a few offline activities that can help kids transition from the virtual world to the real world again.

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Red Cross helps firefighters battle flames instead of COVID-19

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In late June, a plane full of firefighters touched down in Sudbury to help protect communities in Northern Ontario. Shortly after the team stepped off the aircraft, the Canadian Red Cross immediately set to work, ensuring their task would not be more difficult than usual.

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