Ontario News and Stories

Ontario News and Stories

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Away for the Holidays; Why One Humanitarian Traded a Winter Coat for the Red Vest

December 24, 2020 - This holiday season will be far from ordinary for many of us due to COVID-19, but for Andrea Peters it will be completely different as she spends her time supporting hurricane relief efforts in Honduras. This will be Andrea’s first holiday season spent away from her family, but she says she feels fortunate to be there

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How One Red Cross Found Hope While Supporting Long-Term Care

December 18, 2020 - Christelle was a site manager with the Canadian Red Cross in the Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury, Ontario. It was the first long-term care home in the province to receive assistance from Red Cross, upon request by the Ontario government and funded by the Government of Canada

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International Volunteer Day 2020

December 05, 2020 - Meet some of the many Ontario Red Cross volunteers below, who are supporting families and communities across the province. We are thankful to have them on our team

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Friendly Calls Program creates meaningful connections between volunteers and isolated seniors

November 16, 2020 - Katherine Barrer has been volunteering with the Red Cross for seven years, helping various programs including meals on wheels, transportation and friendly visits. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the friendly visits program transformed into friendly phone calls in order to limit face-to-face interactions and keep both clients and Red Cross personnel safe.

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Words of Appreciation: Migrant worker support in Windsor-Essex

October 20, 2020 - The Canadian Red Cross worked in support of federal, provincial and local public health officials by operating isolation sites. Red Cross personnel provided humanitarian assistance to migrant workers during their isolation. Experienced Red Cross staff and volunteers provided various personal services to individuals. One of those volunteers was Fabiano Oliviera de Moura who shares his experience providing support to workers.

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How years of Red Cross training helped save a neighbour’s life.

September 02, 2020 - Over the many years of working as a lifeguard and first aid responder, Johnathan has used his training in various situations but has never had to use it in an emergency like this, until this summer when his 71 year-old neighbour Albert collapsed.
 

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Remembering Red Cross Volunteer Clare Lewis

August 26, 2020 - Clare Lewis lived her life full of passion for helping people. She dedicated her career, personal time, and countless efforts into a devotion for bettering her community and communities across Canada

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Supporting Community Health: Seniors Helping Seniors

July 29, 2020 - As COVID-19 spread across the country this year it quickly became common knowledge that older Canadians have a far higher risk of developing serious, potentially life-threatening complications. One of the vital protection measures is the directive to “Stay home, stay safe.” 

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Ensuring Food Access for Vulnerable Torontonians During the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 22, 2020 - When the COVID-19 pandemic was declared and I was temporarily laid off by my employer, it was clear to me that I would dedicate my time to volunteering for the Red Cross’ food services program. 

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Red Cross volunteers on the ‘virtual’ frontlines of response during pandemic

May 26, 2020 - While many aspects of a Red Cross personal disaster assistance (PDA) response remain the same – providing shelter, food and clothing, or emotional support to people affected by a personal emergency - the Red Cross remains flexible, adapting  its service delivery process in order to meet those needs. During COVID-19, this has meant going virtual.

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