My Defining Canadian Moment is:

Working with Red Cross workers during Thunder Bay flood relief

By: Lynda Henshell, Thunder Bay, Ontario

On May 28, 2012 my city, Thunder Bay, Ontario flooded causing our water and sewage plant to fail. Over 5000 people were affected by this disaster.

Many had raw sewage floating in their homes and some residents had up to 4 feet of water in their basement.

My moment came when I (a Canadian Red Cross Volunteer) walked into our morning meeting ready to work as a photographer and saw hundreds of Canadian Red Cross workers, most of whom are volunteers, sitting in the college cafeteria.

I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of people who had volunteered to come help the people in my city.

We had people come from as far away as British Columbia and all the way from Newfoundland.

Thunder Bay is grateful and I will never forget walking into that room full of Red Cross vests.

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  • Balfour5

    May I say, as one of those volunteers, that Lynda was there for the long haul and worked many hours for her city long after the large group left. She is truly dedicated!!

    • Dean

      I would also like to comment as it was a honour to be able to help those in need when they needed the help!!! I as well worked with Lynda. As I was deployed as well with here. We came from all over the country as 1 big family!!!!!

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