Canadian Red Cross Celebrates Nine Babysitter Heroes



    OTTAWA, April 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Nine young Canadians have been recognized
for their exemplary efforts as caregivers through the Canadian Red Cross and
the Hudson's Bay Company (Hbc) Babysitter Hero Awards.
    Sponsored by Hbc, the Canadian Red Cross Babysitter Hero Award recognizes
outstanding young people who put their Red Cross babysitting training to work
and demonstrate an outstanding commitment to protecting children. Recipients
of the award go above and beyond the call of duty in providing a safe
environment for the children in their care. Youth, parents or babysitting
clients enter the competition on-line at www.redcross.ca. The annual contest
closes on December 1 of each calendar year.
    "These young people have recognised the responsibility involved in caring
for children in a way that demonstrates a level of heroism," says Dr. Pierre
Duplessis, Secretary General of the Canadian Red Cross. "Through our
Babysitter course, Red Cross provides youth with knowledge and confidence to
deal with life's emergencies."
    March is the official Canadian Red Cross month. The 2007 awards were part
of the month long calendar of events, and were presented at Zellers stores
throughout the country, depending on where the recipients live.
    The 2007 Babysitter Heroes are:

    Zebrina Dennis, Dease Lake, British Columbia
    Rhianna Wickson, Victoria, British Columbia
    Casey-May Huff, Calgary, Alberta
    McKenna Norgaard, Calgary, Alberta
    Joshua Aussem, Guelph, Ontario
    Rebecca Colautti, Windsor, Ontario
    De Vonte MacGlashan, Oshawa, Ontario
    Camille Burbridge Izquierdo, Saint-Bruno, Quebec
    Veronique Leroux-Forget, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec

    Representatives from Canadian Red Cross and Hbc presented the delighted
recipients with an award and a $500 Hbc gift card at their local Zellers
store.
    "Hbc is proud to be partnered with this worthwhile program," says Diane
Gordon, Director, Hbc Community Investment. "Families with young children are
our core customers and their safety is important to us. This partnership is
just one more way we at Hbc can support programs that build healthy families
and make a difference in our communities."
    Since 1972, the Red Cross has trained more than one million babysitters
in Canada to be prepared, fun and responsive caregivers. Sponsored by Hbc, the
activity-based Babysitter Course features age-specific content that covers
caring for kids, injury prevention, first aid and leadership skills. For more
information, please visit www.redcross.ca/first aid or contact your local Red
Cross office.

    The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and Red
Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross
and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and
185 national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Our mission is to improve
the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada
and around the world.




For further information:

For further information: Miguel Pacheco, Hudson's Bay Company, (416)
861-6429


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