Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Canadian Red Cross in Alberta

2013 Alberta Floods, Calgary's East Village

NON-PROFIT - The Canadian Red Cross began in 1896, as an affiliate of the British Red Cross Society. The Alberta division was established in 1914, with much of it's initial activities in support of the Society's wartime and post-war humanitarian aid efforts. Through the 1920s and into the 1950s, the Red Cross was at the forefront of pediatric healthcare in Alberta, culminating in the opening of the Alberta Crippled Children's Hospital in Calgary in 1952. Five years later the facility was transferred to the Province and eventually renamed the Alberta Children's Hospital.

Today the Canadian Red Cross in Alberta provides a wide variety of programs and services including:

1. Emergency and Disaster Services
2. First Aid and CPR
3. Health Equipment Loans
4. Migrant and Refugee Services        
5. Swimming and Water Safety
6. Violence, Bullying and Abuse Prevention

When the 2013 Alberta Floods hit, Red Cross volunteers from across Canada came to the aid of flood affected communities, assisting the most vulnerable in some of the hardest-hit and remote areas. In the following video, President and CEO Conrad Sauvé reflects on the work of the Canadian Red Cross during the Alberta Floods, Lac-Mégantic, and other recent disasters, at home and internationally.

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