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Women in Leadership: Lucia Lasso

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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.

Working together to slow a COVID outbreak in Iqaluit

Red Cross team in red vests and winter coats standing on a snowy landscape in Iqaluit.

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. 

Red Cross team in red vests and winter coats standing on a snowy landscape in Iqaluit.

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

A smiling man holding a dog

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.

A smiling man holding a dog

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 remained focused on his resolve and pursued his medical education in the Kingdom of Bahrain where he obtained his medical degree. Rateb saw the opportunity to directly apply his training and skills through the greater good of humanitarian work. 

Headshot of Rateb in a Canadian Red Cross red vest

Dispelling 5 common disaster myths

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Statistics show that only one out of three Canadians will take steps to be prepared for a disaster - which means the majority of us are not prepared in case of emergency. This could be for few reasons so we want to dispel five common disaster myths.

A mom sitting with a baby and a toddler looking at a tablet

Red Cross helps firefighters battle flames instead of COVID-19

Three people in personal protective equipment including gowns, masks and gloves

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.

Three people in personal protective equipment including gowns, masks and gloves

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

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

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