Disasters can strike any time and anywhere. When they do those in need can't wait; their needs are urgent. The Canadian Red Cross helps vulnerable communities in Canada and around the world affected by emergencies and disasters ranging from individual house fires to floods and others that can disrupt an entire region.
The Red Cross to provide for people's basic needs including shelter, family reunification, assistance finding support, first aid, information, food and clothing.
Welcome to the Nova Scotia Region
The Nova Scotia Region of the Canadian Red Cross includes eight full-time Service Centres located in Amherst, Antigonish, Bridgewater, metro Halifax (Burnside), Kentville, Sydney, Truro and Yarmouth. There are also numerous volunteer-run Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) depots across the province. And our Disaster response volunteer team members live in communities throughout Nova Scotia.
Service Centres generally operate weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and offer a full range of programs or services such as Disaster Management and emergency preparedness education, Health Equipment loans, information on Injury Prevention programs such as First Aid & CPR or swimming and water safety, international Humanitarian laws and issues, programs to prevent or stop bullying, harassment and other forms of violence and abuse, Fund Development and donations, and volunteer opportunities and training. Hours for local HELP depots vary and these depots only offer Health Equipment Loan services.
The Canadian Red Cross mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.
The Canadian Red Cross is the leading humanitarian organization through which people voluntarily demonstrate their caring for others in need.
Our actions and decisions will be based upon:
• humanitarian values, as expressed in our Fundamental Principles;
• respect, dignity and care for one another within and outside of Red Cross, and
• integrity, accountability, effectiveness, and transparency.
History of the Red Cross
"Would it not be possible, in time of peace and quiet, to form relief societies for the purpose of having care given to the wounded in wartime by zealous, devoted, and thoroughly qualified volunteers?"
This is the question Henry Dunant, the Swiss founder of the Red Cross, asked after he witnessed suffering on an Italian battlefield in 1859. The young Henry Dunant returned home to Switzerland to write the book A Memory of Solferino, which led several years later to the founding of the Red Cross.
The Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement grew, spreading from country to country as local people came together, founded a society, elected a volunteer governance board and started to recruit volunteers.
Today, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is a world-wide organization, with close to 100 million volunteers. The Movement is active in times of war and peace, working for the benefit of mankind under the Seven Fundamental Principles: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity, and Universalism.
In Canada, Dr. George Sterling Ryerson founded the national Red Cross Society. A regimental surgeon of the 10th Royal Grenadiers of Toronto in the North West Campaign of 1885, he wanted to distinguish his medical supply wagon from other wagons of the Militia. He fabricated a flag with a Red Cross emblem and flew it on his wagon in the battles of Fish Creek and Batoche. In 1909, the Canadian Government passed the Canadian Red Cross Society Act which established it as the corporate body responsible for providing volunteer aid in Canada.
Since that time, thousands of Canadians Red Cross volunteers have served communities, across the world and across the street. Today, the volunteer network is as active as ever before delivering a range of services to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and contributing to a strong civil society in Canada.
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