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A Warm Line provides a warm shoulder during COVID-19

Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, mental health has been at the forefront as the disruption to regular life and routines has many people feeling trapped and isolated in their own home.
 
In southwestern Nova Scotia, the Shelburne County Mental Health & Wellness Association is helping by offering a Warm Line for people in distress. It’s a non-crisis telephone support service where peers help peers. Staff have all been trained or have personally experienced trauma that they themselves are willing to share. Primarily there to listen, peers offer compassion and validation to callers, helping them to develop new coping skills.

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.
 

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.
 

My first time encountering winter in 'Winterpeg'

Three years ago, I encountered my first winter in Canada and to this day I still remember the very first snowflake that fell on my hand. It was magical. 

However, my fascination quickly turned into horror as I found myself walking through 20 cm deep snow embraced by the minus 30°C temperature. This is how my home city, Winnipeg, jolted me into the realities of winter. Or as Winnipeggers called it, ‘Winterpeg’.

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