Alberta News and Stories

Alberta News and Stories

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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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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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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Five inspiring stories mark five years of resilience and progress after Alberta wildfires

May 20, 2021 - Disasters affect people in different ways, but hope, gratitude and determination prevail in stories of the devastating 2016 wildfires in Fort McMurray and the surrounding region.

Five years ago, wildfires in early May triggered the largest fire-related evacuation in Alberta’s history. More than 80,000 people were forced to seek safety away from their homes in the Wood Buffalo region.

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Red Cross volunteers provide clean-up kits to flood impacted residents in Fort McMurray in May 2021

Fort McMurray and Area Floods: One Year Update

May 19, 2021 - When spring flooding forced thousands to leave their homes in northern Alberta last year, seniors living in downtown Fort McMurray were hit hard.
Luana Bussieres, executive director of St. Aidan’s Society in Fort McMurray, says the organization is grateful for the support offered by the Red Cross to help seniors along their path to recovery after the flooding.

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Volunteer Ian Dalsin

Ian Dalsin: Volunteering to get out from behind a computer

May 12, 2021 - Ian Dalsin works with computers for a living. So when he went looking for a volunteer role, he wanted something more hands on.

“I often get stuck behind a screen for extended periods of time,” says the Edmonton-based IT (information technology) consultant. “It’s nice to be able to step out and deal with people face to face.”


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People skating on a mountain lake.

Blue ice and red flags: How to stay safe when skating on lake ice

March 01, 2021 - Maybe it’s happened to you: You’re skating along the frozen surface of a lake, when CRACK! You see a fracture in the ice shoot out from under your skates. Suddenly you’re wondering… How thick is this ice? Should I be this far out?

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Books for Kids: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library returns to Fort McMurray thanks to Red Cross grant

February 18, 2021 - The Imagination Library is the brainchild of country singer and philanthropist Dolly Parton, who was inspired by her own father’s inability to read. In 1995, she started a literacy program for children. Today, the program operates in five countries, with 1.7 million books distributed each month.

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Alberta volunteers awarded prestigious honour

February 17, 2021 - A dedicated emergency management volunteer, a passionate water safety instructor trainer and a loyal educator have received the highest award given by the Canadian Red Cross. 

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Winter in the Backcountry: Tips for being prepared

February 04, 2021 - While a day on snowshoes or skis is a great way to fend off cabin fever, it does come with some risks. Here are some tips for planning and packing for a safe winter excursion.

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