Alberta News and Stories

Alberta News and Stories

Canadian Red Cross opens appeal to help Albertans impacted by wildfires

May 08, 2023 - The Canadian Red Cross has opened the 2023 Alberta Fires Appeal to help provide assistance to people across the province who have been impacted by wildfires.

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Red Cross volunteer Joe Michielsen in Nova Scotia

A Volunteer Journey

April 17, 2023 - “That’s just what I do. I am a long-term volunteer. I find it rewarding to get out there and help people. Somebody’s got to do it.”

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Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal

Alberta Red Cross Personnel Recognized

March 27, 2023 - Seventeen Canadian Red Cross volunteers and staff in Alberta received recognition with Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medals for their humanitarian work.

The Red Cross was honoured by a request from the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, the Honourable Salma Lakhani, to select and submit award recipients

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Recipient receives Order of Red Cross

Alberta Volunteer John Napier Inducted Into the Order of Red Cross

January 31, 2023 - “Volunteering has provided me the opportunity to connect with so many people, some in times of need, others in times of joy.  It has truly nourished my soul.”

John Napier is well-known in first aid and swimming and water safety. The long-time volunteer was inducted into the Order of Red Cross, Member Level, at a small gathering in Calgary this fall.

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Recipient receives Order of Red Cross

Alberta Volunteer Inducted into Order of Red Cross

January 20, 2023 - “For me, the impact of my life is actually knowing I am making a difference for people.”
Jackie Specken has been making a difference for more than 15 years as a Canadian Red Cross volunteer. She has volunteered in emergency management and deployed at local, provincial, and national levels. Additionally, she has supported volunteers and staff as an educator, mentor, advisor, and friend.

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Rasha Hassan smiling at camera

Language, culture, and mental health support following a disaster

January 08, 2023 - “Mental health is the foundation to support individuals during challenging times. There are many difficult decisions to be made under recovery that are stressful.”

Guy Choquet, the Red Cross Director of Operations, Alberta Fire Recovery in Fort McMurray was one of thousands of people evacuated when flood waters came into the downtown area on April 26, 2020.

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Sarah Gale, Technical Advisor, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, presents at the IHL conference

University of Alberta Law Students Discuss Climate Change and Armed Conflict

November 16, 2022 - Climate change and armed conflict is an increasingly urgent issue. Yet, it is complex.

The Canadian Red Cross and the University of Alberta’s Law Students for Human Rights collaborated to bring together experts, students, and members of the public to demystify this topic and its connection to international humanitarian law (IHL).

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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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