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Newcomer doctor duo on deployment

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Sepideh Alvandi and Vahid Zolfagharimoheb are married physicians from Iran who arrived in July 2021 to make Canada their new home.
The couple wasted no time applying their professional skills and humanitarian drive to help others in need in their new country.

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Be present and listen: Advice from a seasoned disaster responder

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When Dave Schiller decided it was time to retire after 30 years as a school counsellor in London, Ontario, he was looking for his next venture. He found it with the Canadian Red Cross.
“I wanted to retire to something and not just from something,” Dave explains.

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Time to help: Red Cross Volunteer Rudy Ambtman

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As volunteers, we all give what we can when we can. The Canadian Red Cross could not help those in need without this support and volunteer Rudy Ambtman from Manitoba has a lot to give.

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A little too close to home: a community member helps Red Cross following her evacuation

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On November 14, Barb Gagnon saw flood waters come very close to her house just outside of Princeton, British Columbia. She was evacuated to a friend’s house with her dog, Daisy, and it wasn't long before she decided to roll up her sleeves “in order to keep my sanity and keep busy,” she says.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Practical gifts that will help

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While many Canadians are hunting for the perfect holiday gifts for those they care about, the Canadian Red Cross Holiday Gift Guide offers many thoughtful and practical gift options that can easily be ordered online from our e-Shop.

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From Alberta Fire evacuee to Red Cross Responder for the B.C. Floods response

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Brian Boyes is in Kamloops, British Columbia with the Canadian Red Cross as part of the logistics team at the Reception Centre for people evacuated from their homes. He knows what they are going through because he and his wife Angela were two of some 80,000 people who had to flee the wildfire that descended on Fort McMurray in 2016. 

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2021 B.C. Floods: Home on the road - a year of supporting Canadians

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The longest stretch that Fran Carter has spent at home in Falher, Alberta this year is ten days. That’s because she has been going from disaster response to disaster response with the Canadian Red Cross – and wouldn’t have it any other way.

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How to prepare for and cope with flooding and extreme weather

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Whether you are experiencing this week’s flooding, landslides and extreme weather in British Columbia first-hand or are watching it unfold through social media and television screens, there’s no denying the sheer devastation it has caused.

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