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WHY VOLUNTEER WITH US?
Volunteering with Canadian Blood Services means helping Give Life—whether you’re supporting blood donors during the donation process, recruiting people for blood or stem cell donations, organizing a blood donor clinic in your community, or raising awareness of the importance of blood donation.
As a volunteer, you:
- Make a difference. Whether you’re new to your community or have lived there for years, you can have a direct impact on the life of a neighbour, friend or stranger in need. Many volunteers find that creating positive change by helping others also refuels their energy and enthusiasm for life.
- Develop new skills. Want to try something new? Interested in healthcare or a career in the medical field? Apply your skills, gain some new ones, and develop valuable leadership experience along the way.
- Grow your network. Your fellow volunteers, Canadian Blood Services staff and the donors you work with as a volunteer all become part of your personal and professional networks. As a national organization with more than 17,000 volunteers, we connect people from across the country to a wide range of fields and professions.
- Make our good work even better. Through regular meetings with your team and by taking part in national surveys, your input helps us continuously improve the volunteer and donor experience.
WHO WILL I HELP?
There are so many ways to make a difference as a Canadian Blood Services volunteer. You might support the people who attend one of our 14,000 clinics across the country each year. Maybe you’ll register potential stem cell donors at an event in your community, or participate in events that help people learn about their blood type. However you give your time, you’ll touch the lives of people who depend on our lifesaving products to give them hope.
As a volunteer, you can help:
All it took was one unit of blood to save Nicholas’s life.
Stem Cell Recipients
Hector was able to find his match and start the next chapter in his life.
Ed keeps coming back to donate because he feels like he’s part of a family.
Companies like Sifton Properties need volunteer support to meet their blood donation pledges.
What Would I Be Doing?
As a volunteer, you can help save a life by supporting Canadian Blood Services in one of the following areas:
- IN-CLINIC VOLUNTEERS
Customer care and service are vitally important to supporting Canada’s blood system — especially during the donation process.
Greeting donors with a smile, making conversation, and accompanying and encouraging them throughout the donation process helps them feel welcome and comfortable. The care and attention you give is very often a key reason why donors return. As one of the last faces donors see on their way out, you play a critical role in the success of future blood donor clinics.
- VOLUNTEER LEADERS
Our volunteer leaders may help coordinate and host blood donor clinics in their communities and workplaces, or provide leadership in our permanent clinics. As a volunteer leader, you’ll help set up mobile clinics in partnership with staff; recruit, train and schedule volunteers; and promote upcoming community clinics.
If you’re interested in contributing and developing your leadership skills, are connected in your community and would like to be involved in events, becoming a Canadian Blood Services volunteer leader may be the opportunity for you.
- IN-COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS
If you’d like a volunteer opportunity that offers a flexible schedule and involves participating in community events with a focus on recruiting new donors and promoting upcoming clinics, an in-community role may be right for you. In-community volunteering is a great chance to meet people by working with different groups and raising awareness of the importance of donating blood.
- YOUTH LEADERSHIP TEAM MEMBERS
Youth Leadership Team Members
Like in-community volunteers, the members of our Youth Leadership Team go out into the community to recruit new donors and promote the importance of donating blood. Aged 17 to 25, Youth Leadership Team members also have the opportunity to engage their schools through the Give Life High School Challenge. If you’re a young person who believes in the importance of blood donation, consider joining our Youth Leadership Team.
- SPEAKER’S BUREAU MEMBERS
Speaker’s Bureau Members
If you have strong public speaking skills, a flexible schedule and a passion for saving lives, joining the roster of our Speaker’s Bureau may be exactly the volunteer opportunity you’ve been waiting for. You’ll have the chance to speak at schools and public events about patients in need and the importance of supporting Canadian Blood Services.
- ABO TYPER
Did you know there are six primary blood types? Do you know what yours is?
Most people are unfamiliar with their own blood type. Blood typing events provides an opportunity for individuals to learn both their blood type and how they can contribute to the blood system. Qualified ABO typer volunteers perform typings on individuals and provide information on various blood types as well as promote the importance to donate blood.
This opportunity is ideally suited to people who have previous medical interest and experience. It requires daytime or occasional evening availability as well as training in blood typing and first aid, both of which can be provided by Canadian Blood Services. As an ABO typer, you’ll be asked to make a minimum commitment of one year.
Meet Some of Our Volunteers
He has a story to tell. A story that will break your heart and give you hope all in one breath. Jon Brent is a cancer survivor at 20 years old. And he shares his story of hope and healing to anyone who asks. At three years old, Jon was diagnosed with leukemia. He went through three years of chemotherapy, with no success.
More than fifty years ago, Lily Silverthorn started a group that has become legendary in the small northern Alberta town of Westlock. In 1952, she gathered a group of fellow nurses together to volunteer at blood donor clinics. As nurses, they saw firsthand the need for blood.
Amelia Stegeman was in high school when she went to her first blood donor clinic. Her school took part in Young Blood for Life, which sees schools challenge each other to donate the most blood. Her school won. The prize? Visiting the Oak Street clinic in Vancouver. There, she spoke with staff and donors and was impressed with the selflessness and kindness of those she met.
“It was love at first sight,” says George Cann of his wife Carol, when she walked into his office at the Halifax Regional Municipality in 1993. “People say that doesn’t happen, but it did for me. It did for us.” They married in December of 1995 and were happily married until March 7, 2011 when Carol passed away from cancer. Carol Cann worked with Canadian Blood Services since the early 1990’s