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First Aid Basics: It’s made for you

A man in a red vest is showing how CPR is done, on a mannequin, with a small crowd of people around him watching.

Some of our first aid courses can be long in order to provide certification meeting legislation requirements - but there is also First Aid Basics. If you’re a new parent, want to build confidence in responding to emergencies, or want to refresh and update your first aid skills, this course provides practical knowledge in the basics of first aid in 2 to 2.5 hours.

A man in a red vest is showing how CPR is done, on a mannequin, with a small crowd of people around him watching.

Jules Zanré wins the 2021 Kroum Pindoff Award for his commitment to the health of women and children in Mali

Jules standing in a Canadian Red Cross vest standing by a concrete wall.

Jules Zanré, a Montrealer originally from Burkina Faso, has spent the last 10 years improving access to health care for mothers, newborns, and children in many rural communities of Mali.

Jules standing in a Canadian Red Cross vest standing by a concrete wall.

First Aid practice prepares six-year-old for life-threatening emergency

A little girl smiling while holding a teddy bear and an award

Six-year-old Jaycee Berezowski received the Red Cross Rescuer Award recently; her life-saving actions show how crucial practice can be in a crisis.
Jaycee’s mom, Jenine, had all her wisdom teeth removed. She was taking pain medication and after a couple of days with no ill effects, Jenine’s boyfriend returned to work, leaving Jenine to rest and recover with her daughter, Jaycee.

A little girl smiling while holding a teddy bear and an award

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.

Providing critical aid during the pandemic: Meet Public Health Deputy Lead Rateb Fouad

Headshot of Rateb in a Canadian Red Cross red vest

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 obtained his medical degree in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Rateb saw the opportunity to directly apply his training and skills through the greater good of humanitarian work, and joined the Canadian Red Cross to help on the front lines.

Headshot of Rateb in a Canadian Red Cross red vest

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

The healing power of sport

Athletes in wheelchairs circled warming up for a game of basketball

One of the first things I noticed about Joe Higgins is that he gets excited about everything. That unbridled enthusiasm has served him well throughout his 35 years of coaching wheelchair basketball. It was his enthusiasm that convinced me to join a virtual training session he was running with a few athletes from Cambodia.

Athletes in wheelchairs circled warming up for a game of basketball

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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