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Riita Rossi

Riita Rossi - Good Citizen Award 2015Riita Rossi is a retired nurse who has volunteered with the Red Cross as a Personal Disaster Assistant (PDA) responder for the past 9 years.  A personal disaster typically affects a single family.  It could be a house fire or sewage backup.  When personal disasters strike, the Canadian Red Cross provides food, shelter, clothing and essential supplies to those in need.  Whenever available, Riita has been quick to respond when called day or night.  She is reliable, caring and dedicated in her efforts, and is effective and efficient with those she helps.  Riita contributes in many ways to the Red Cross Disaster Management program.  It is through the dedication of volunteers like Riita that the Red Cross and the City of Thunder Bay are successful in their organized response to large and small scale disasters.  Riita will give as much time as possible during large scale emergencies in whatever capacity is required.  She has helped with registration and personal services as well as repatriation at the end of a response.  Behind the scenes, Riita answers the phone at the branch office, prepares kits for large scale responses, helps with clean-up when a response is over and supports positions for such large scale responses as Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti Earthquake.  Riita was involved as a Personal Disaster Assistant with the 2011 and 2012 forest fire evacuations from Sandy Lake, the flood in 2012 in Thunder Bay, and the flood evacuations in 2013 and 2014 from Kashechewan and Attawapiskat.