AN UPDATE ON THE BLOOD SYSTEM FOR YOU IN
NORTH/EAST ONTARIO AND NUNAVUT
Father Becomes Regular
Donor After Seeing
Daughter’s Life Saved
By Jennifer Ciavaglia, Maia received three transfusions of blood during
her stay at Kingston General Hospital. Without those
Communications Specialist, Ottawa/ transfusions, Melissa believes Maia would have
Kingston, North/East Ontario and died. “If somebody hadn’t given an hour of their
day, our daughter wouldn’t be here,” she said. “It’s
Nunavut that simple. Those transfusions did more than save
Maia’s life, they also inspired Phil (her father) to
Someone who gave an hour of their time and a unit do something he had never done before – donate
of their blood also gave Melissa and Phil Alkenbrack blood.”
a lifetime of happiness. The Belleville-area couple
have a young daughter whose life was saved by the
simple, selfless act of giving blood. “If somebody hadn’t given an hour of
In January of 2009, the Alkenbrack’s daughter, Maia, their day, our daughter wouldn’t be here,”
was born three months premature. Weighing in at
just over one pound and two ounces, the tiny girl
had to go through rigorous tests to ensure she was “My type is O negative, which means I’m universal;
healthy. anybody can take my blood,” Phil added. “I never
knew my type until Maia needed blood and when I
“Typically, these babies face cerebral palsy as well as found out, I figured it’s only an hour of my time ever
heart defects and major lung defects,” Melissa said in couple of months.” Phil has now become a regular
an interview with the Belleville Intelligencer in August donor, giving a unit of blood every 56 days.
of this year. But baby Maia faces no such troubles.
“She has no kidney issues and no brain issues.” Today, Baby Maia is thriving. Melissa and Phil are
thankful for the simple act that helped save their
The only problem Maia faced was the drawback of so daughter.
many blood tests; her body couldn’t produce blood
as quickly as it was being taken out.
Phil Alkenbrack and baby Maia.
Donate Red and Shoot for the Green!
Generous partnership Club to anyone attending a blood donor clinic from
July 1 to September 30, 2009. To make the deal even
promotes summer blood sweeter, Seabrook also supported the branding of
two red golf carts with the Canadian Blood Services
donation in eastern Ontario logo and arranged a grand prize draw for those
who used their voucher at the golf course. He even
extended an employee discount to Canadian Blood
By Jennifer Ciavaglia, Services staff and volunteers, all in the name of
Communications Specialist, Ottawa/ bringing some summer fun into what is otherwise a
Kingston, North/East Ontario and
Known as “Donate Red and Shoot for the Green”
Nunavut or “Le rouge, c’est la vie… Le vert, le plaisir,” the
partnership was a success for both Canadian Blood
Canadian Blood Services is faced with a unique Services and the Canadian Golf and Country Club.
challenge: how to maintain a constant level of donated Feedback was positive: even if donors didn’t golf,
blood for Canada’s hospitals, 24/7, 365 days a year. many indicated they were happy to pass the voucher
Whether it is Labour Day, New Year’s Day or anytime along to a friend or colleague who did. Others told us
in between, patients are still in need. So when they enjoyed the mini putting-greens available in the
summer vacation rolls around and people are less permanent clinics in Ottawa and Kingston during the
likely to donate because they are on holidays, what’s course of the promotion.
an organization like Canadian Blood Services to do?
“Donate Red and Shoot for the Green” provided
Tim Williams, Regional Partnership Specialist for an important recruitment tool for Canadian Blood
Canadian Blood Services, found the answer after Services as it reached out to donors in Eastern
contacting Mark Seabrook, General Manager of the Ontario over the summer vacation season. A heartfelt
Canadian Golf and Country Club, located just west thank you goes out to Mark Seabrook and his team
of Kanata, Ontario. Seabrook agreed to a generous for supporting blood donation during those critical
summer partnership with Canadian Blood Services to summer months.
help leverage blood collections in Eastern Ontario.
For more information on the Canadian Golf and
The partnership provided a voucher good for $10 Country Club, please visit www.canadiangolfclub.com.
Tim Williams, Regional Partnership Specialist, Canadian Blood Services. off a round of golf at the Canadian Golf and Country
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Clinic Profile - Napanee, Life’s Precious Gifts, 50 years, 221 Donations and Counting, Sudbury Blood Donor Clinic Extended Hours . . . . . . . . 2
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National Collections, Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Goes Public, Influenza Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Community Hero and Caring Canadian, Students Out for Blood, Sing Tao Canada Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 to share with others!
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Clinic Profile – Napanee Regional Collections Ré
The Town of Greater Napanee is located just west and supplied from Kingston and Ottawa. This Not only do they act as volunteers themselves, they
of Kingston along a limestone-banked stretch of administrative shift also brought a change in the day also organize a rotation of local service clubs that
the 401. Home to about 15,000 residents, it has a of the week the clinic is typically held. sponsor, provide refreshments for, and volunteer
remarkably well-preserved Victorian downtown and at each clinic. This is no small task, given the busy THIS YEAR’S GOAL:
Throughout these many changes, a pair of long-
many pretty historical sites. It is also home to a well-
standing community volunteer leaders, Dr. Roger
nature of their lives already; the Wales’ practice has platelets 76% 5,582 Units plaq
established, community-driven, blood donor clinic. offices in Napanee, Kingston and Picton!
and Mrs. Rita Wales have continued their strong
Up until last year, the Napanee clinic was part of support of the blood system. Well known in the area This year, the Wales were honoured at Canadian
the Central Ontario region, in terms of its placement professionally (Dr. Wales is a physician and Mrs. Blood Services’ Volunteer Awards held at the
within Canadian Blood Services’ administrative Wales supports his practice) and personally (the Strathcona Paper Centre on July 14, 2009. Dr. and
regions. Last year, however, Canadian Blood Services Wales have raised seven children in Napanee,) this Mrs. Wales were honoured for 22 years of volunteer
whole THIS YEAR’S GOAL:
shifted some of its administrative borders, and the dynamic couple have been the mainstay of the clinic service. blood 70% 99,900 Units sang
Napanee clinic became a part of the North Eastern for more than 20 years.
Ontario and Nunavut (NEON) region, which is staffed
The above reflects regional collections from April 1,2009 C
to December 31, 2009. Through March 31, 2010, your donations will
help us meet regional as well as national targets (see page 3). à at
From left to right: Sonya Fraser, Charge Nurse with Mrs. Rita Wales and volunteer coordinator Nena Pestamo Sonya Fraser, Dr Roger Wales and Nena Pestamo
Life’s Precious Gifts Help us continue to save lives. Book an appointment today by
calling 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).
Stay tuned for more collections updates in upcoming issues of Bloodlines.
Powassan resident “The blood I was given saved my life,” said Moore. “I
do not know whose blood I received, but I am eternally
impact you could have by taking an hour out of your
busy day to donate blood. By Caroline Donnelly,
grateful for it.” Communications Specialist,
supports blood donation Awakened to the importance of donating blood, Mona
On the brink of her 90th birthday, Mona continues to
volunteer at the Powassan clinics and anticipates the Sudbury, North/East Ontario
became a member of the Powassan blood donor upcoming November clinic with as much fervour as
for more than 30 years committee in the 1970s and has been a dedicated
volunteer at the clinics since their inception more than
she did two decades ago. “We always hope for a big
clinic — those are the more exciting ones,” proclaimed
20 years ago. “Volunteering does not feel like work,” an exuberant Moore. She likewise commends the If you have you ever wanted to donate blood,
but never had the time, now is your chance to
By Caroline Donnelly, said Moore. “It [volunteering] is totally worthwhile and a dedication of the clinic organizers: “We [the public] do
book a life-saving appointment.
great way to meet new people and keep in touch with not always see what goes on behind the scenes, but
Communications Specialist, your community.” clinic preparation is, indeed, a lot of work. I admire the Since June 2009, the Sudbury donor clinic has
Sudbury, North/East Ontario people who bring the clinics to fruition.” been open for donations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.,
When asked about today’s blood donation process
Monday to Friday. These extended hours are
and Nunavut versus the process 30 years ago, Moore felt it is much “Volunteering at the Powassan blood donor clinics has
being piloted for one year. If the 8 to 8 pilot
the same: “There was a need for blood 30 years ago added great value to my life; it has made my life more
and there is a need for blood now.” Approximately one interesting. It’s a treat for me. I feel very enriched and project is successful, standardized hours may
Have you ever pondered the meaning of life? For be introduced permanently at other Canadian
some, the reasons are clear. Just ask long-time in two Canadians are eligible to give blood, yet last year, privileged to have had such an opportunity,” explained
one in 60 actually did. Blood and blood components Moore. “Ultimately, I am so thankful to be alive. I did not Blood Services donor clinics of similar size
Powassan resident Mona Moore. Mona was in a serious across the country.
automobile accident some 30 years ago that changed are used to treat a number of injuries and illnesses, think I would make it this far.”
her life. Some would say that it is in these moments that including various forms of cancer, hip and joint surgery, Canadian Blood Services currently operates 41
we define ourselves. You see, Mona has never forgotten transplants and trauma patients. It is never too early to book an appointment and never
too late to give. Suddenly you, like Mona, could be the permanent collection sites located throughout
the nameless blood donors who made her life-saving all provinces except Quebec. Hours of operation
transfusions possible. Moore never forgot the generosity of the donors who one in need of blood. Wouldn’t you hope someone was
saved her life and would like you to think about the donating for you? differ from day to day and site to site, making it
difficult to communicate a consistent message
Steven Tipman, Director, Donor & Clinic
50 years, 221 Donations and Counting...
Services for the North/East Ontario and Nunavut
(NEON) region is hopeful 8 to 8 will continue
to bring in more donors. “We [Canadian Blood
Services] recognize that people have busy
schedules and finding time to donate blood in
past October 2009 he made his 221st donation at our She thanked her brother for being a blood donor and the middle of the day can often be a challenge,”
permanent blood donor clinic located at 1575 Carling in said, “If it was not for the generosity of people like you, I he says. Extended clinic hours offers a busy
Ottawa. It has taken him a total of 50 years to reach this would not be alive today.” population more opportunities to give blood.
incredible milestone. Our donors in Sudbury have been telling us they
This really reinforced the importance of giving for wanted these changes for some time — so we
Sterling started donating blood on his 18th birthday. He Sterling and for his family knowing that someone close responded.”
was a resident of St. John, New Brunswick at the time. to him had needed blood and that blood was there for
He wanted to help people. He figured that he was not his sister to receive. Wanda Berton, Sudbury’s Community
really in a position at that time in his life to help others Development Coordinator for Canadian Blood
financially so this was the one thing he could do to give Sterling is now 68 years old and retired. He and his Services agrees, “Standardized hours of
back. He was healthy and he knew others could benefit wife have one daughter and two grandchildren. They operation has helped avoid confusion among
from his generous gift. He has been donating ever since. live in Ottawa now. They had moved to Toronto from Sudbury donors.”
St. John and then 10 years later relocated to Ottawa
If you consider that one donation could potentially save to be close to their daughter. The Calhoun’s’ daughter Donors who have come in since the inception
three lives then this amounts to 663 people that have and her family are so proud of their father. In fact he of 8 to 8 are happy with the new hours of
been potentially impacted due to Sterling’s generosity. has received five plaques which they have made for operation. When asked about the biggest
Coincidentally, Sterling also met his wife on his 18th him in his honour throughout the course of his vocation challenge 8 to 8 has brought to Canadian
birthday. They will have been married for 49 years in as a blood donor. He has a plaque for 35 donations, Blood Services, Berton emphasizes public
February of 2010 and look forward to making it to 50! 50 donations, 75 donations, 100 donations and 200 awareness. “Educating the public about 8 to 8
Stirling Calhoun making his 221st donation at the Ottawa blood donor donations. He is still waiting for the last plaque to be is a challenge; getting the message out is the
Sterling comes from a large family of 10 children. He made for 221 donations. hardest part.”
clinic on Oct 1, 2009 with nurse Cheryl Lalonde.
was born a twin but his brother died shortly after their
birth. He still thinks of his brother and what could have He says “I feel really good about being a blood donor In spite of these challenges, Berton is
By Natalie St-Pierre, Regional been but Sterling says “God spared me so that I could and blessed that I have been able to help so many determined to work hard in order to ensure 8 to
Communications Manager, North/ be a blood donor and save lives.” people. I am not a rich person so I am not able to help 8 yields positive results. “8 to 8 is an excellent
others financially but this is something I could do.” opportunity to call upon our Partners for Life
East Ontario & Nunavut The Calhoun family was always been impressed with and to build as a community,” she says.
Sterling’s devotion and have also seen the impacts of He would like to pass along the torch and is
Have you ever donated blood? If you have, we thank blood donation firsthand. This past July, his sister was encouraging his grandchildren to carry on the tradition Sudbury residents are encouraged to help
you for your generosity. For those of you who have, you rushed to the emergency room of the Ottawa General of blood donation so they too can know what it means save lives by supporting the 8 to 8 initiative.
may have donated five times or 10 times or even an Hospital. She had internal bleeding in her stomach and to help others in this way. Call 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888-236-6283) for
astonishing 50 times, but can you imagine donating required five units of blood to survive. clinic or eligibility information or to book an
221 times? Well Mr. Sterling Calhoun certainly can. This appointment.
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National Collections Cornerstone Financial
Résultats nationaux Influenza Update:
THIS YEAR’S GOAL:
THIS YEAR’S GOAL:
Donor Wall unveiled
plaquettes 79 %
Objectif 2009-2010 :
42 350 unités
Objectif 2009-2010 :
Important information for all donors
platelets 79% 31,910 Units 31 910 unités
The H1N1 flu virus has been reported around
the world, and the World Health Organization
(WHO) has declared it a pandemic influenza
Objectif 2009-2010 : virus. Because a flu pandemic could seriously
whole THIS YEAR’S GOAL:
blood 75% 689,736 Units 75 % 689 736 unités impact blood inventory levels, Canadian
Blood Services has developed an emergency
Collectes nationales du 1er avril au 31 décembre 2009 et
preparedness plan that will respond to any
The above reflects national collections from April 1, 2009 objectifs annuels d’ici le 31 mars 2010. threat to the blood supply. The greatest threat
to December 31, 2009 and our annual targets for March 31, 2010. a pandemic influenza presents for the blood
Aidez-nous à continuer de sauver des vies. Composez le
Help us continue to save lives. Book an appointment today by 1 866 JE DONNE (1-866-533-6663) et prenez un rendez-vous
system is the number of donors, volunteers and
calling 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283). pour donner du sang. staff who will fall ill and won’t be able to donate
Stay tuned for more collections updates in upcoming issues of Bloodlines. Surveillez l’arrivée du prochain numéro d’hémogramme pour or process blood.
obtenir une mise à jour des résultats de collecte.
To prepare for the potential repercussions of a
pandemic, we need to build up our inventory
now. Every donation you make can help save
up to three lives. Please continue to donate.
Safety of the blood system remains
our top priority.
Giving and receiving blood is safe; you cannot
get the flu (seasonal or pandemic) by giving or
receiving blood or blood products. No cases of
transfusion transmission of respiratory viruses,
such as influenza, have been reported. These
viruses are usually spread by droplets through
Dr. Verna Skanes signs her name to the Cornerstone Wall the respiratory route or by direct contact.
Canadian Blood Services has hygiene and
Prominent wall helps These donors represent annualized donations of
$40,000 that will go toward projects to improve
infection control measures in place to enhance
the protection of our donors, staff and
the donor experience and help recruit future blood
Canadian Blood Services donors and registrants to the OneMatch Stem Cell
volunteers. In addition, if the severity of the
pandemic escalates, you may see:
and Marrow Network.
recognize valuable “Each time a brick is added, it reflects increased
• Hand Sanitizers: You may be asked to
use the readily available hand sanitizers
funding to help improve a number of our
financial contributors initiatives,” says Steve. As an example, last year,
before entering the clinic area and upon
leaving the clinic.
money raised through individual donations helped
This past September, at a ceremony held at open the new King Street clinic in downtown • Wellness Checkpoints: Before entering a
Canadian Blood Services Head Office location, the Toronto, which collected 18,000 units of blood in clinic or a Lifebus, you may be greeted by
National Fundraising Office officially unveiled the its first year which shows that our cornerstone a staff member wearing a mask. This staff
Cornerstone Financial Donor Wall to recognize our donors are making a significant impact on our member will ask you, “Are you feeling
financial donors for their generous contributions. ability to collect much-needed blood.” completely well today?” and direct you to
a listing of flu-like symptoms to determine
Verna Skanes, Chair of the Board of Directors, your eligibility to enter the clinic or the
Did You Know?
Dr. Graham Sher, Chief Executive Officer, Ian Lifebus.
Mumford, Chief Operating Officer, and Steve
Harding, Executive Director of the National • Masks: Although not necessary, masks
Fundraising Office were on hand for the ceremony will be available for all who request them.
You can direct your United
Organ and Tissue
as were several other employee donors. Procedures are in place so that, in the face of a
Way donation to Canadian pandemic, we can respond quickly. If a severe
“This symbolic ‘brick’ wall recognizes the growing
number of financial donors that are contributing to Blood Services. Simply fill in pandemic hits your community, you may see
Donation and Canadian Blood Services either through monthly our name (Canadian Blood the following additional changes:
donations or single annual donations,” says Steve Services) and our Charitable • Clinic Location Changes: If a pandemic
Harding. ”In just six months, we have secured results in donor, volunteer and staff
Transplantation a total of 398 cornerstone donors made up of
monthly donors, employee payroll deduction
donors and donors who have made single
Number (87015 7641 RR0001)
in the appropriate space on the
shortages, Canadian Blood Services may
be forced to concentrate its services to a
limited number of locations. You may be
Goes Public donations.” United Way Gift form. asked to donate at a time and location
that is different from that to which you are
• Request for Specific Blood
Dialogues across the country Components: Blood products required by
hospitals are likely to change. You may be
will give Canadians a chance
to shape the new system Canadian Blood Services introduces asked to donate blood components other
than those you normally do.
preventative measure for patients
• Changes in Services Provided: Some
As part of our commitment to engaging the public in volunteer activities may have to be
the design of a new nationally coordinated system temporarily eliminated, such as Donor
for Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Greeters/Guides and child supervisory
(OTDT), we are undertaking a national stakeholder On July 20, 2009, Canadian Blood Services made At this time there is no test available that can services. All volunteers may be called
and public engagement initiative to educate, engage, changes to its apheresis platelet program to focus diagnose TRALI. However, Canadian Blood Services upon to become involved in specific roles
and mobilize individual Canadians and organizations on male donors and female donors who have never does have tests that can identify some of the antibodies as required by a clinic.
in relation to the development of a strategic plan. been pregnant. The reason for this change is to against white blood cells that may be at risk of Donated blood is needed to save lives every day.
A key component of this engagement initiative is a protect transfusion recipients from a known threat causing TRALI reactions in recipients. Tests are under
series of day-long public dialogues that will be held called TRALI (Transfusion Related Acute Lung Injury). development to help identify other antibodies against During a pandemic, we will be counting on
across the country. London, Vancouver, Edmonton, white cells that we cannot detect now. our donors — more than ever — to ensure
TRALI is a rare but potentially fatal complication an ample and safe supply of blood and blood
Halifax, Winnipeg and Montreal will all hold meetings that can occur in certain patients following a Donors who have never been pregnant may continue
while an online information and engagement products for those in need .
blood transfusion. Women who have had previous to give apheresis platelets. Donors who have been
component will supplement and support the in- pregnancies—including ectopic pregnancies, pregnant, however, can still support the blood Attending blood clinics should remain a priority
person dialogues. miscarriages and abortions—are at highest risk to system by giving whole blood or plasma collected for all who are healthy, including donors who
“Those dialogues, both in-person and online, will give develop antibodies. In fact, studies have shown that by apheresis. In addition, Canadian Blood Services have completely recovered from the flu.
Canadians an opportunity to learn more about the after two pregnancies approximately 25 per cent of may also contact donors with a history of pregnancy
women have these antibodies. to donate apheresis platelets if they are a very good Please remember, it is important that we build
state of OTDT in Canada today,” says Lorna Tessier, up our blood inventory now. Every donation you
National Public Affairs Director. “They are also an match for a particular recipient. This is because the
The likelihood of TRALI increases when recipients are need for a very rare product may be more important make can help save up to three lives. Please
opportunity for them to speak up on what a new transfused with products containing large quantities continue to donate.
system should look like, and how it should operate.” than the risk of TRALI. When it comes to saving the
of plasma from a single donor. Platelets donated by life of a patient, platelet compatibility takes priority.
apheresis do contain a quantity of plasma. For more information about H1N1, please visit
Staff are welcome to attend or volunteer to help out www.fightflu.ca.
at the events. For more information or to register, For more information about TRALI, please visit
please visit www.blood.ca/speakup www.blood.ca.
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Community Hero and Caring Canadian
Edmontonian recognized “Slowly but surely I kept on going and something told
me I could win this fight,” remembers Cupido. “And
when it finally happened I was overjoyed for the sake
for challenging upper age of myself and many Canadians who could continue to
donate. It’s been a labour of love for me.”
donation criteria After five years of lobbying, Cupido became Canada’s
first “over-aged” donor to return to donate blood
in December 2004. Since the removal of the upper
By Candace Korchinsky, age limit, hundreds of donors (who were previously
Communications Specialist, ineligible to donate) have returned to donate blood.
AB/NWT Canadian Blood Services nominated Jim Cupido
for the Caring Canadian Award because of his
determination, community spirit and his desire to
Edmontonian and 565-time plasma donor Jim Cupido continue helping patients in need of blood.
recently received the Governor General’s Caring
Canadian Award for his work to have the upper age Lori Bosko, Community Development Coordinator in
limit of 71 removed for regular, healthy blood donors. Edmonton, was involved in the nomination process.
The Caring Canadian Award recognizes individuals “Jim has done so much for the blood system,” says
and groups whose unpaid, voluntary contributions Bosko. “He truly poured his heart into this cause and
provide extraordinary help or care to people in the his success has helped save so many more lives.”
Cupido, 78, began donating blood in 1964 as a way
Years ago, Cupido was facing a forced “retirement” of honouring the troops who liberated his home
as a blood donor due to an upper age eligibility country of Holland during the Second World War.
policy. Knowing he was soon approaching the age
limit, he became the driving force behind a campaign Now a retired blood donor, Cupido is a familiar face
to change the donor criteria. Cupido wrote 18 letters at the Edmonton blood donor clinic. He stops by
to the government including three prime ministers every two weeks to visit with staff and donors and
and a handful of federal and provincial health he also plays his violin in the clinic on special holiday The Honourable Norman L. Kwong, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, presents Jim Cupido with the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award.
ministers, as well as Canadian Blood Services. occasions. Photo by Jimmy Jeong/Epic Photography
The Sing Tao Canada Susan Go, Co-Chairperson of the OtherHalf Chinese
Foundation Brings Value
Stem Cell Initiative and her husband Andrew
Go, Chairman, Sing Tao Canada Foundation, did
precisely that by establishing a very successful
partnership within Canada’s stem cell program and
Students Out for Blood
Mitchell notes that the high level of student
to Stem Cell Program thus recruiting an astounding number of Chinese-
Canadians to become potential stem cell donors.
involvement is even more significant when you
consider the potential donations they could
As part of the partnership with Canadian Blood provide during their donation lifespan.
By John Bromley, National Services, the OneMatch OtherHalf Chinese Stem
Canadian Blood Services says that it will need
Communications Manager, Cell Initiative fund was established to raise funds to
more than 90,000 new donors in the next year.
financially support awareness events. The purpose of
OneMatch Stem Cell and “Young Blood for Life”, coupled with the “What’s
these events is to encourage more Chinese and other
Your Type?” donor recruitment program, will play
Marrow Network ethnically diverse Canadians to register.
an important role in reaching that objective.
“We are fortunate as an organization to have such
“Young Blood for Life” has two components,
extraordinary partners as Susan and Andrew Go
the first being High School Peer Recruitment
and everyone else at OtherHalf. Their contributions
workshops, targeting those involved in student
of leadership and dedication will benefit patients
government or student leadership programs,
directly; by increasing the number of Chinese
and training them to be Youth Development
Canadian registrants, and indirectly, by setting an
Champions. The second part is the national high
example for other diverse partners in Canada to
school challenge, launched on October 27.
follow,” commends Sue Smith, Executive Director,
OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network. Youth Development Champion Jeremy de Graaf of Winnipeg’s “The program is great because it gives me a
chance to connect with my fellow students and
Between community events starting with February
spread the word about the importance of giving
2009’s 221 event, to this year’s ‘Summer of Saving
Lives,’ OtherHalf have unceasingly provided more than High School Students Kick blood, says Kellie Lamoureux, the Youth Donor
Champion at F.J. Brennan Catholic High School
2,500 DNA samples for testing. This is a remarkable
achievement in such a short period of time. off “Young Blood for Life” in Windsor, ON. “I love being able to get our
school involved and I really like the tools we’ve
Susan and Andrew Go at the 221 Stem Cell Drive Feb 21, 2009
The financial donations received as a result of this been given to help promote our clinics and recruit
partnership total more than $63,000 so far. The Sing by Michael Hyduk, students to donate blood.”
Diversity development is at the heart of OneMatch Tao Canada Foundation had contributed $30,000,
Stem Cell and Marrow Network’s recruitment Sunrise Capital Corporation has contributed $10,000
Communications Specialist, Similar sentiments are shared by Jeremy de Graaf
strategy with concerted emphasis towards increasing Prairie Region of Winnipeg’s Collège Pierre-Ellliott-Trudeau.
and a special event held this year in honour of
the ethnic representation within the network. Dr. Collin Hong raised more than $20,000. “The main reason I wanted to become a YDC is
High school students from across Canada are because I wanted to make a difference. It was an
Years of diverse community development at As for the rest of 2009 and into 2010, OtherHalf being asked to throw their support behind the
Canadian Blood Services has taught one over-riding opportunity to help others and I took it. Everyone
Chinese Stem Cell Initiative will only continue to country’s blood program by signing on for the first
principle: “Reach out to community leaders so they should hold saving lives dearly and do their best
raise the bar. Together OneMatch and OtherHalf will national high school blood donor challenge.
can take the message forward; for the understanding to do just that. I think becoming a YDC is a good
take this message further and further into diverse
of need must be heard from them first before any “Young Blood for Life” pits students against each thing to do because it is something you can be
communities, giving more and more Chinese patients
engagement can happen.” other in a friendly battle to see who can make the proud about and it will most certainly look good on
a better chance of finding an unrelated stem cell match.
most blood donations at Canadian Blood Services’ a job or college application. I am very glad to have
permanent donor clinics over the course of the been given this opportunity and I wish everyone
2009/10 school year. could get involved in order to make a difference.”
awareness, free medical care and advocacy Students at schools registered for the challenge
campaigns have all featured prominently on IVD. Last year, more than 37,000 teenagers attended
Canadian Blood Services clinics and made almost will be taken to and from permanent site clinics
via the Lifebus shuttle. Awards will be made to
is your moment
Canadian Blood Services is pleased to recognize 56,000 donations - an important contribution
this day as an opportunity to thank our volunteers to Canada’s blood supply. With “Young Blood high school graduation committees nationally
for the invaluable role they have with the for Life” in action, it is expected that student to recognize the schools with the highest
organization and in their communities. Volunteers participation will increase significantly. participation rates during the challenges.
Celebrating International provide support to our donors and to the
organization, a total hourly contribution of 200,906 “Currently, teenage donors make up almost nine
per cent of our donor base,” says Carol Mitchell,
Young Blood for Life – a program truly meant to
recruit and retain young donors for life!
hours in 2008 alone.
Volunteer Day! On International Volunteer Day, we recognized
National Manager of Donor Services. “However,
the majority of regular donors are aging and it
Visit the new Young Blood for Life section at:
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