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Fire damages Home In Westville

A family of four has been displaced by a fire early Saturday that heavily damaged a two-storey house in Westville. 

  Disaster volunteers with the Canadian Red Cross are assisting the couple, their four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son with emergency lodging and food.   Purchases of new clothing and other essentials were arranged through a partnership between the Red Cross and Walmart in nearby New Glasgow.

  There were no injuries from the fire, reported around 6 a.m. today Saturday at 1965 Church Street.

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Red Cross Appeals for more Disaster Volunteers in Nova Scotia

The Canadian Red Cross says it needs more disaster volunteers in the province, including locations in Northeastern Nova Scotia.  The agency’s disaster management coordinator for Nova Scotia, Nick Williams says these volunteers would serve in a variety of roles.
Williams says there’s also opportunities for volunteer deployments elsewhere in the country.  He says some Nova Scotia volunteers have been part of the Red Cross response to support evacuees from wildfires in British Columbia last summer and Fort McMurray in 2016
Volunteers must be 19 years of age, have a valid driver’s license, a clear criminal reference check, complete first aid and other specialized disaster training.
More information on applying be found the agency’s web site at redcross.ca/volunteer
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Fire Strikes Home in St. Peter’s

A family of four has been displaced by a fire on Sunday morning that caused major damage to their bungalow in St. Peter’s.

No one was injured in the blaze that occurred at 7:30 a.m at 811 Highway 247.

Disaster volunteers from the Canadian Red Cross have arranged emergency lodging, food, and clothing purchases for a couple and their two daughters aged 11 and 12.

The family was also provided with blankets, personal-care kits, as well as comfort toys for the girls.

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Red Cross to honour three Pictou County Businessmen for the Philanthropy Work

Pictou County business leaders Paul, Frank and Rob Sobey have been named co-recipients of the 2017 Humanitarian Award for Nova Scotia by the Canadian Red Cross.  Their family business is being recognized for their tradition of improving the lives of Atlantic Canadians through personal, foundational and corporate initiatives supporting health, educational and community causes.  Along with scholarships, research chairs and academic chairs, they also support various health related projects, including the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, the Sobey Cancer Support Centre in Halifax, the Alzheimer’s Caregivers Society and the Aberdeen Health Foundation in Pictou County.
They also support the visual arts through the Sobey Art Foundation, the Donald R. Sobey Foundation and the Sobey Award.  They have also backed Canadian Red Cross disaster responses, including the New Brunswick Ice Storm and Wilfires in Alberta and BC and global disasters like the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillipines in 2013.
The award will be presented at a fund-raising dinner at the Cunard Centre in Halifax in November.