British Columbia and Yukon News and Stories


Lending a HELPing Hand During the Pandemic

October 23, 2020 - Getting to know a volunteerr who has been with the Canadian Red Cross for the last two years at the HELP (Health Equipment Loan Program) Depot in Richmond, B.C.

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30 years of volunteering

August 11, 2020 - Meet Pam Vilac, and emergency management volunteer who has dedicated 30 years to helping others. Pam is a Red Cross volunteer based in Lillooet. 

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Elizabeth Zook Emergency Management Volunteer

Elizabeth Zook shares her passion for Volunteering

July 20, 2020 - Meet Elizabeth Zook, an emergency management volunteer who lives on Salt Spring Island. 

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Dustin Wales, Emergency Management Volunteer

Meaningful work equals an incredible opportunity to learn and give

July 06, 2020 - Environmental researcher Dustin Wales has been volunteering with the Canadian Red Cross for nearly a year, and commends the structure of clear response procedures and the opportunity to give back to his community. 

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Nurse turned HELP Volunteer

June 25, 2020 - Australian nurse Wendy Frese is a volunteer with the Health Equipment Loan Program in Salmon Arm, B.C. and is giving her time to the Red Cross, and trains new volunteers. 

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Virtual Disaster Assistance in the era of COVID-19

June 18, 2020 - In April 2020, a wildfire near Squamish. British Columbia displaced more than 140 people burning homes and property.  The BC-based Canadian Red Cross team supported individuals and families - remotely due to COVID-19. 

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Garrett Young - Volunteer EM and HELP

Garrett Young passionate about giving back

June 16, 2020 - Meet Garrett Young, a Red Cross volunteer giving back to his community through the Health Equipment Loan Program and as a Duty Officer in the Emergency Management Program. Garrett is younger than most volunteers, and shares the value of volunteering for those just starting out in their careers. 

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Paul Ravelle, Prince George

Giving back, after receiving help

June 13, 2020 - Like many volunteers, Paul Ravelle first came to the Canadian Red Cross when his wife required specialize equipment following an illness. The Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) in Prince George supported the Ravelle family, and today Paul is a valued HELP volunteer. 

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First Aid and CPR courses in your area

Interested in taking a Red Cross First Aid or CPR course? Find a course in your community or online.

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