For Mother’s Day at TRC it’s the gift of volunteering together with family that hits home

For some mothers and daughters, quality time together could be cooking or baking or going out for brunch. For others it’s picking up a chainsaw to clear out debris after a tornado. Their first step, their first taste of solid food, the first day of school, these are some of a mother’s fondest memories of her child. At Team Rubicon Canada (TRC) it’s something different.... Read More »

National Volunteer Month: Greyshirt Spotlight

| Posted By: Helen Lialias
National Volunteer Month: Greyshirt Spotlight

April is national volunteer month and we’re taking a look at why our Canadian Greyshirts decided to join and volunteer with Team Rubicon Canada (TRC).  Our Greyshirt spotlight this month features Eric Depenau who is the Deputy Administrator for the Prince George Metro. He is a Lieutenant in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Primary Reserve and spent time with the BC Wildfire Service from 2011 – 2020.  When I joined Team Rubicon, I had spent nearly a decade in emergency... Read More »

Operation Bridgegap: Reflections from Ronin Jong

| Posted By: Helen Lialias
Operation Bridgegap: Reflections from Ronin Jong

After hearing about the organization during my previous service with another NGO, I joined Team Rubicon Canada (TRC) last year ready to tackle earthquakes, floods, muckouts, tornadoes, and other ‘big’ incidents as I had been doing elsewhere for almost a decade, but with the added TRC ‘secret sauce’. Who better to take on a disaster than military veterans, first responders, and kickass civilians? However, the... Read More »

Canadian Volunteers Deliver Southern Comfort

| Posted By: Helen Lialias
Canadian Volunteers Deliver Southern Comfort

Disaster relief volunteers deploy to the American Southeast to help serve survivors of historic hurricane season. Before responding to Hurricane Sally with Team Rubicon, Canadian lawyer Amilah Abd-Al-Rashid had never held a chainsaw. After, she held her Chainsaw 1 qualification, and the knowledge she’d played a part in helping 584 survivors in Florida and Alabama get back into their homes.  Abd-Al-Rashid is one of the... Read More »

In Service, Finding Soul Food

| Posted By: Helen Lialias
In Service, Finding Soul Food

A Canadian Greyshirt reflects on community, teamwork, and the TRibe ... Read More »

Above and Beyond: Veteran Volunteers Go From Sawyers to First Responders

While doing disaster relief in Texas, a Greyshirt saw team takes on a tarping job and ends up saving a life. ... Read More »

Hurricane Dorian Volunteer Reflections

| Posted By: Bryan Riddell
Hurricane Dorian Volunteer Reflections

Some of our Greyshirts reflect on their time in Abaco, Bahamas during Hurricane Dorian Bahamas Relief operations. I wanted to become involved in Team Rubicon because I was impressed and inspired by what the organization stands for and its stated mission. This was my first deployment, so I came into the operation with an open mind in terms of expectations. However, I was taken aback... Read More »

Team Rubicon Canada Providing Hurricane Dorian Relief in The Bahamas

| Posted By: Bryan Riddell
Team Rubicon Canada Providing Hurricane Dorian Relief in The Bahamas

Volunteers with Team Rubicon Canada are currently deployed to The Bahamas to provide disaster relief services in the wake of the devastation brought on by Hurricane Dorian.... Read More »

How One Volunteer Lives by our “Service Above Self” Principle

As Zach Simard, a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Team Rubicon Canada (TRC) volunteer, answered the call for help from communities impacted by the 2019 spring floods in Eastern Canada, he faced devastation not just in his own community in Renfrew County, ON, but also his home. It had flooded, forcing him to vacate, take up temporary residence in a hotel and... Read More »

Flood Response in Eastern Canada

| Posted By: Bryan Riddell
Flood Response in Eastern Canada

In April 2019, snowmelt and rainfall overwhelmed parts of Eastern Canada. Along the Ottawa River, flooding reached record levels as residents struggled to save their homes. As the floodwaters recede, homeowners are facing the continued physical and mental challenges of displacement, and the dangers of infection from contaminated water and mould. Each passing day presents greater risk, greater costs and greater hardship for the communities... Read More »