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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 … Read More

COVID-19

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 … Read More

Reflection

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 … Read More

From The Field

In Service, Finding Soul Food

Deploying with Team Rubicon recently I found true soul food—or, food for the soul. But, what is food for the soul? Let me give you just a little taste:   It’s community: This is the powerful thing that drives Team Rubicon Greyshirts to the heart of disasters. The external community, in the heart of disaster, is full … Read More

Stories of Service

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

They weren’t even supposed to be there. Not as a team and not as individuals. Yet somehow the universe conspired to put four veterans—each from a different branch, each from a different part of North America—in front of a home with a downed tree in Orange, TX, in late October and then on top of that … Read More

Reflections

Reflection

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 … Read More

Reflection

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 … Read More

Reflection

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 … Read More

Reflection

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 … Read More

Reflection

Reflection: Op Trogon

  A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be offered a role in Operation Trogon, the TR UK led operation in Haiti, to help respond to the impact of Hurricane Mathew that made landfall there. I was asked to join the Op as a chainsaw specialist due to a need identified by … Read More

Reflection

Reflection: Op Country Road

  This was my first deployment with Team Rubicon, supporting Operation Country Roads in West Virginia. As a Canadian Armed Forces veteran, I have struggled since leaving the military. Over the past three years, I have taken the right steps to get healthy, get tools to live a “new” normal, and pursued higher education to create a new chapter.   … Read More

Reflection

Reflection: Joy Duggan

  I am forever grateful for the opportunity to join Team Rubicon. When I first heard that TR was coming to help out in my hometown of Fort McMurray  I assumed they would be like all the other NGO’s out there; well intentioned but of limited effectiveness. My initial perception couldn’t have been further from … Read More

Reflection

Reflection: Op Nirman

As the Sun began to set behind the Himalayan Range, the sounds of drums and singing in the distance welcomed us into a village with very little, yet so much to give. In mid-March, Team Rubicon UK – along with members from Team Rubicon Canada, Australia, USA and Germany – came together in Nepal to … Read More

Reflection

Reflection: Emma Butterfield

The devastation wrought by the earthquake is hard to comprehend: we have driven for hours, through towns, villages, hamlets, all full of collapsing buildings. The roads themselves are scarred with cracks where the earth has just opened up. The disaster has encompassed a huge area. The people of Ecuador have welcomed us into their homes, … Read More

Reflection

Reflection: Georgia Yurwich-Spink

In that strange no man’s land of time between Christmas and New Year, when social events with friends are a blur and there’s a constant drone of Home Alone in the background, it can be hard to think of anything other than what else to do with those turkey leftovers and whether the shop will … Read More

Reflection

No Time to Think

Paddy Trewin joined the British Army in 1978 at the age of 15, but says he wasn’t allowed through the gates until he was 16. He served 23 and a half years with the Royal Green Jackets before retiring in November of 2011, and learned of Team Rubicon through his former regiment. He received an … Read More

Reflection

Returning to Keswick

In December the rainfall in Cumbria was at an unprecedented level as Storm Desmond passed through, causing incredible damage to homes and businesses. News reports showed people using boats to get to their houses to try and salvage anything they could and a great many families will now be spending Christmas in temporary accommodation. As … Read More

History & Culture

History and Culture

And Then There Were Four: Meet the Team Rubicon Canada Staff

We’re thrilled to announce we’ve hit a significant milestone in our growth as a disaster response charity. Team Rubicon Canada officially welcomes three new staff members to our National Headquarters. Our organization is now poised to take on a greater, more impactful role in disaster relief operations in Canada and abroad.   Ashley Pardy-Serre, Director … Read More

History and Culture

Deploying Abroad

Deploying internationally is complex and requires a significant amount of planning and coordination. When we arrive on site after a disaster in a foreign country, all eyes and hope have turned to us, expecting immediate action and results. Disasters are no-excuse, results-only zones. Team Rubicon Canada will sort you out with travel and logistics and take … Read More

History and Culture

Deploy in Canada

At the start of 2016, Team Rubicon Canada had only a handful of volunteers; within weeks of Op Pay Dirt in May-June, the ranks of the organization swelled. These volunteers now stand ready and available when their communities are in their greatest need. As we work towards the full launch of Team Rubicon Canada later this year, we expect the deployment pace to accelerate. REGIONAL … Read More

History and Culture

Team Rubicon Canada Spins Up

On May 1st, 2016, a wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta that within days would sweep through the city and destroy more than 2,400 homes and displace more than 80,000 residents. The wildfire, which would come to be known as ‘The Beast’, would eventually grow to nearly 1.5 million acres. Having established a strong … Read More

Stories of Service

Stories of Service

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

They weren’t even supposed to be there. Not as a team and not as individuals. Yet somehow the universe conspired to put four veterans—each from a different branch, each from a different part of North America—in front of a home with a downed tree in Orange, TX, in late October and then on top of that … Read More

COVID-19

COVID-19

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 … Read More

Partner News

Partner News

General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada Announces Support to Team Rubicon Canada

OTTAWA–General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada is pleased to announce its support of Team Rubicon Canada and the important humanitarian work it does globally. General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada will equip Team Rubicon with EmergencySHIELD™ – communications equipment designed for disaster zones – so they can deliver more effective disaster and humanitarian response operations at home and abroad. … Read More

Partner News

BIG News!

  We are elated to announce that the Canada Revenue Agency has granted Team Rubicon Canada CHARITABLE STATUS!!! We would like to thank all of our supporters who have contributed to the success of our organization during this process. We could not have achieved this without all of you championing TR the whole way. We would also like … Read More

From the Field

From The Field

In Service, Finding Soul Food

Deploying with Team Rubicon recently I found true soul food—or, food for the soul. But, what is food for the soul? Let me give you just a little taste:   It’s community: This is the powerful thing that drives Team Rubicon Greyshirts to the heart of disasters. The external community, in the heart of disaster, is full … Read More

From The Field

Team Rubicon Canada Providing Hurricane Dorian Relief in The Bahamas

Highly trained 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. Led by military veterans and first responders, the team deployed from Canada to Grand Bahama on September 17 to conduct debris removal, expedient home repairs, and … Read More

From The Field

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 … Read More

From The Field

Team Rubicon Canada Launches Response To Unprecedented Flooding In New Brunswick

New Brunswick is currently entering the Recovery Phase of the worst flooding in the Province’s history, displacing over 1000 people from their homes, and leaving nearly 7000 without electricity. Nearly 140 provincial roads, bridges, and culverts have been affected by the flooding, with more than 100 roads closed. As the waters begin to recede, Team … Read More

From The Field

Team Rubicon Canada Deploys to Brantford, Ontario Following Historic Flooding

Local and regional flooding hit Southern Ontario hard in the past several weeks. Water levels rose seven meters in the Grand River, forcing more than 5,000 people to evacuate their homes. As the ice begins to melt, Team Rubicon Canada, a veteran-led disaster response organization, is preparing to deploy to Brantford to provide immediate response. … Read More

Education

Education

Team Rubicon Canada Rolls Out Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Last March, Team Rubicon Canada was excited to deliver Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) to 12 Greyshirt volunteers in Calgary. We have a dense population of veterans, first responders and civilians who are regularly exposed to disaster zones, making suicide intervention a life-saving skill for our volunteers to have.   What is ASIST? ASIST, … Read More