Alberta News and Stories

Alberta News and Stories

Ghufran Othman

The Journey from Syria to Canada and the Canadian Red Cross

April 25, 2022 - “My life as I was leaving Syria took the path of the unknown. I wasn’t sure what would happen next.”
The course of Ghufran Othman’s life changed dramatically in 2012, just as she was preparing to graduate from Damascus University. The civil war had escalated to a point that her family feared for their safety. Othman and her sister were sent to Jordan, followed by their mother.

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Red Cross humanitarian aid worker Shelby Bay supporting vaccinations in Manitoba, April 2021.

How two Canadian Red Cross nurses supported Alberta's COVID-19 response

April 08, 2022 - After 38 years as a registered nurse, George Rudancyz came out of retirement to help the Canadian Red Cross COVID-19 response.
"I have extensive training in critical care that I should not just hold back,” says Rudancyz, explaining his decision. “I just want to help. I am glad to help. I should offer my time and skill to others."

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Program Coordinator Kailee Berezowski

Indigenous Swimming and Water Safety Program Expands in Alberta

March 22, 2022 - The pandemic provided opportunities for program instructors to innovate and expand delivery of water safety and injury prevention courses in Indigenous communities, says Kailee Berezowski, a program coordinator for the Canadian Red Cross Indigenous Swimming and Water Safety program in Alberta.

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Two Red Cross volunteers in Alberta

Friendly Calls program expands in Alberta

February 05, 2022 - “Right away people are telling you, ‘I'm so thankful that you called. I was not expecting any other calls this week.’ They are happy to hear from us.”

That is the way Luisa Castro, the provincial coordinator of the Virtual Support Team describes the reaction of participants in the Friendly Calls program. 

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Brian Boyes in Kamloops, British Columbia, unpacking supplies.

From Alberta Fire evacuee to Red Cross Responder for the B.C. Floods response

December 09, 2021 - Brian Boyes in Kamloops, British Columbia with the Canadian Red Cross as part of the logistics team at the Reception Centre for people evacuated from their homes. He knows what they are going through because he and his wife Angela were two of some 80,000 people who had to flee the wildfire that descended on Fort McMurray in 2016.

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Fran Carter from Fahler, Alberta working with the logistics team in Kamloops, British Columbia

2021 B.C. Floods: Home on the road - a year of supporting Canadians

December 07, 2021 - The longest stretch that Fran Carter has spent at home in Falher, Alberta this year is ten days. That’s because she has been going from disaster response to disaster response with the Canadian Red Cross – and wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Melaina and her dog Terry, courtesy of Heads and Tails

Calgary Humane Society: Stop the Spread and Stay Safe! Program

December 02, 2021 - "It was fast and painless. Took at most 15 minutes. Provided peace of mind that I was not asymptomatic and potentially spreading the virus."
 That is how one staff member with Calgary Humane Society (CHS) described their experience taking a COVID-19 rapid antigen test as part of the Canadian Red Cross Stop the Spread and Stay Safe! program.


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Back Home Again movie poster

Back Home Again: A Movie about Hope, Strength, and Resilience

November 30, 2021 - Inspired by community resiliency after one of the largest wildfire evacuations in Canadian history impacted the lives of more than 80,000 residents of Fort McMurray and area in 2016, the animated short film, Back Home Again, was brought to life with support from the Canadian Red Cross and other partners. 

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Canadian Red Cross CEO Conrad Sauvé, CRC VP for Alberta and N.W.T., Jenn McManus, and Siksika Nation

Siksika Nation Memorandum of Understanding: Collaborating on Programs and Services

November 26, 2021 - With a traditional exchange of blankets, words of appreciation and signed documents, the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) and Siksika Nation formally agreed to collaborate and explore the delivery of programs and services together.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the Canadian Red Cross and Siksika Chief Ouray Crowfoot in a ceremony at the Nation’s Council Chambers in November 2021. 

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Virtual Red Cross booth showing an emergency kit for evacuation on a wall in the booth

Emergency Preparedness Week Goes Virtual – Adapting Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Preparedness Communication to the Virtual World

May 28, 2021 - “Given we couldn’t meet in person, this was the next best thing!” says Sara Walsh, a Disaster Risk Reduction Manager in Alberta. With communications currently limited to electronic means, Canadian Red Cross knew Emergency Preparedness Week 2021 needed to adapt. 

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