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BUSINESS: Red Cross officially opens doors on new office space

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Dryden City councillor and current Deputy Mayor Martin MacKinnon (third from right) joins Canadian Red Cross District Branch Manager Shana Hansson (second from right), staff and volunteers to mark the official opening of a new office space at 32 Colonization Ave. Photo by Chris Marchand

By Chris Marchand

From the first outpost nurses to a more modern role in community health support services and disaster response the Canadian Red Cross has played a significant role in the establishment of Northern Ontario communities over the past century.

The Kenora-Rainy River District office of the Canadian Red Cross hosted an open house last week after many months of adjusting to their new location at 32 Colonization Ave.

The new office space — adjacent the Kenora District Services Board and the Dryden Observer — offers the organization a significant increase in space. They’ve made use of most of that space by renovating it into a large training room to accommodate the Red Cross’ training programs.

The Red Cross recently completed a significant accessibility upgrade at the location to allow wheelchair access.

Acting as a regional hub to smaller satellite offices throughout the District, the Dryden office features six staff, seven to eight instructors and 40 volunteers. It also features more parking options for staff, visitors and the organizations fleet of vehicles – used for its transportation program.

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