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Canadian Red Cross Region of York Branch celebrates 115th anniversary

On December 31, 2015 the Canadian Red Cross Region of York Branch will celebrate its 115th anniversary!  In the past 115 years, this branch has actively supported the Red Cross mission in the community and around the world. Ontario Provincial Disaster Coordination Team HR volunteer Beverly Verwey took a moment to tell us a little about her Branch’s history. 

Manitoba volunteer honoured with top Red Cross award

For the past 26 years, Phyllis Wiscombe of Arnes, Manitoba, has given her time to help people affected by disasters, train future disaster responders and improve the Red Cross’s capacity to help people in need. For her outstanding contributions to the movement, Wiscombe recently received the Order of the Red Cross, the highest honour the Canadian Red Cross can give a volunteer.

Appreciating those who provide community support through Red Cross programs

Catherine Mitchell calls herself the bionic woman. She jokes, but it’s partly true...she does have a bionic leg at least. A bad fall left Catherine with a shattered femur that required two months in hospital and three months at a nursing home before being able to return home. Once she did, she realized she needed additional support in place to live independently.

World Disasters Report 2015: focus on local aid

Released today by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), this year’s World Disasters Report takes a look at the importance of local actors, individuals and local groups such as National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, taking action as first responders at the scene of a crisis.

Manitoba recognizes two selfless humanitarians of the year

Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Larry McIntosh and Young Humanitarian of the Year Rhianna Holter-Ferguson say helping others is a highly rewarding experience and they encourage others to get involved.

​SmartStart: Newcomers give back through safety program

According to Kassahun Shambo, an emigrant from Ethiopia, being a newcomer to Manitoba can be a frustrating experience. Shambo remembers walking with a friend, another newcomer to Canada, who slipped and injured himself on a patch of ice. The men didn’t know what to do, so they went to a local shopping mall and asked people where they could get medical help.

Joining the fight against gender-based violence in Kenya

Dash Bare Sagar arrived in a Dadaab refugee camp in 2011 following continued clashes in his home area of Jilib, Somalia, which left his uncle dead. He managed to escape with his mother, wife, as well as five children (two from his deceased uncle) and travelled to Kenya where he became a community leader in his camp and a Kenya Red Cross volunteer.

Celebrating our superheroes

Did you know that over 20,000 Canadians dedicate their time to helping others as Red Cross volunteers? As we mark National Volunteer Week, it’s time to say thank you to these everyday heroes!  

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