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Keeping isolated people in the here and now

With the Red Cross for over a dozen years, I have been deployed to the scene of unimaginable emergencies many times, including the Lac-Mégantic railway tragedy, the Fort McMurray wildfire, the recent floods in Eastern Canada and to Montreal to welcome many Syrian refugees. Unfortunately, I understand too well the plight of people confronted with extraordinary situations.

Swimming for lifelong fitness – Canada edition

For more than 70 years, the Canadian Red Cross has been teaching kids right across the country how to swim through programming that is engaging, age appropriate, and, most of all, focused on being safely active around water.

HELP in Fort McMurray keeps on trucking despite flood and pandemic

When the muddy water from nearby rivers spilled into Fort McMurray in late April, some made its way into the Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) depot there. At its height, the freezing floodwater stood more than a metre deep in the building.

Online first aid and water safety sessions & activities now available

There may be some differences this swimming season - and please follow local guidelines and rules when it comes to public water - but skills in water safety and first aid stay the same. With that in mind, we are providing a series of online water safety sessions to help keep your first aid skills strong this season. 

How tips from Red Cross helped me teach my nephew to ride a bike

​In my mind’s eye, teaching my just-turned-five-year-old nephew how to ride a bike would make for delightful memories resulting in his lifelong enjoyment of this popular activity. In reality, it was not. Here are some tried and true tips in teaching bike safety.

Still providing HELP during pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped Avel Juatco from going into people’s homes to set them up with wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds or lifts. It just means that the Health Equipment Loan Program technician has to wear personal protective gear like masks and gloves to ensure her own safety and that of her clients in Metro Vancouver, B.C.

Family activities for National Lifejacket Day

National Lifejacket Day is on Thursday, May 14, and you're invited to celebrate with us!
While National Lifejacket Day might look different this year, there are a number of ways you and your family can participate, share knowledge, and help spread the word about lifejacket safety.

Setting up our field hospital to help in COVID-19 response

With the Red Cross since 2011, Sam Dueck has deployed as a technician with the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) to far away regions like Jordan, Sierra Leone, and Ecuador. His latest posting was much closer to home. He went to Vancouver to set up an alternative care site.

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