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Manitoban Garry Enns supports entire Honduras emergency health clinic deployment

Garry posing in front of a white tent being constructed behind him

Most Canadian Red Cross international emergency health clinic deployments last four weeks.  In fall 2020, however, Garry Enns of Manitoba was the first Canadian Red Cross humanitarian worker to support the clinic from start to finish.

Garry posing in front of a white tent being constructed behind him

Volunteering in mental health while studying to become a doctor

A head shot of a woman with dark curly hair, smiling at the camera

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.

A head shot of a woman with dark curly hair, smiling at the camera

Walmart fundraising campaign: Improving disaster readiness one dollar at a time

Cars decorated in red and white balloons in a single file parade outside a Walmart store.

This summer, Walmart and the Red Cross have worked together to raise $4.2 million across Canada through customer donations, Walmart internal fundraising, and a corporate match of $820,000 from Walmart Canada’s corporate office.

Cars decorated in red and white balloons in a single file parade outside a Walmart store.

Red Cross provides wellness supports for Manitobans evacuated due to wildfires

A card with words written on it, a thank you note to Sharla for helping an evacuee

Sharla Kojima is a safety and wellbeing responder on deployment with the Canadian Red Cross in Manitoba working with First Nation members evacuated to Winnipeg because of air quality concerns due to wildfires. Her help has been very appreciated by those impacted, as shown in this comment card.

A card with words written on it, a thank you note to Sharla for helping an evacuee

How the Red Cross is helping Haiti after another devastating earthquake

A bright yellow house lying in rubble after an earthquake in Haiti

Hit by several significant emergencies in recent years, the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on August 14 caused more damage, destroying critical infrastructure resulting in more than 2,180 deaths, more than 12,200 injuries, and 298 people missing so far. The Red Cross has been working to meet the urgent needs of people impacted since the first moments after the earthquake occurred. 

A bright yellow house lying in rubble after an earthquake in Haiti

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

Our Philippines Country Representative Mladen Milicevic at the dedication ceremony for the newly opened molecular lab, standing in front of the building sign

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

Women in Leadership: Lucia Lasso

Lucia Lasso smiling with a group of people sitting near her.

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.

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