Ontario News and Stories

Ontario News and Stories

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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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Red Cross connecting with people isolated due to COVID-19

May 07, 2020 -

The Canadian Red Cross is partnering with the City of Ottawa to conduct wellness visits as part of the city’s emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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National Volunteer Week 2020

April 20, 2020 - To mark National Volunteer Week (April 19-25), we'd like to take time to thank all the hard-working volunteers who help to carry out the Red Cross mission of helping vulnerable Canadians and individuals around the world.   

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The lasting impact of a tiny piece of chocolate

April 09, 2020 - How long can a tiny Easter chocolate last? For Canadian Red Cross volunteer Tim Rudow, it can and will last forever. Every year at this time, Tim can’t help but think back to this highlight of his volunteer service with the Red Cross, six years ago.

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Canadian Red Cross launches Toronto Emergency Food Assistance

April 08, 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the ability for some individuals to access food.  There are many people, many of them seniors, who are self-isolating or in quarantine and need assistance for food delivery.  While many people rely on friends and family to help with food pickup and delivery, there are some who do not have this support.

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International Women’s Day 2020

March 06, 2020 - This International Women’s Day, the Canadian Red Cross celebrates the contributions of all female staff, volunteers and aid workers who work locally in their communities and travel to other parts of the world to provide assistance to those who need it most.

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