17,000 reasons to say thank you
Canadian Blood Services celebrates National Volunteer Week
April 6, 2014 (Ottawa) – During National Volunteer Week (April 6-12), Canadian Blood Services thanks and celebrates the more than 17,000 volunteers who donated 210,000 hours of their time in the last year to support Canada’s blood system.
“Volunteers help make saving lives possible,” says Stephanie Smith, manager volunteer lifecycle. “We truly appreciate the talent and energy our volunteers contribute—it’s time that made a significant difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of Canadians who needed blood products this past year.”
Volunteers from coast–to-coast are the bedrock of healthy communities. These individuals are represented by seven of our Honouring our Lifeblood delegates who are rallying their communities to support blood donation and to make saving lives possible.
At Canadian Blood Services, volunteers promote important campaigns throughout the year, coordinate and host blood donor clinics and speak to others about the importance of blood and stem cell donation. For more information about volunteer opportunities with Canadian Blood Services visit www.blood.ca.
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About Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization that manages the supply of blood and blood products in all provinces and territories outside of Quebec. Canadian Blood Services also oversees the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, and provides national leadership for organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Canadian Blood Services operates 42 permanent collection sites and more than 20,000 donor clinics annually. The provincial and territorial Ministries of Health provide operational funding to Canadian Blood Services. The federal government, through Health Canada, is responsible for regulating the blood system.