Eganville is a small community that lies between Barry’s Bay and Renfrew, Ontario and hosts four to five blood donor clinics each year. The Rotary Club and the Masons have co-hosted these clinics since 1972.

Ed Byers recently took over the role of Volunteer Leader for the Rotary Club and since his involvement, he has worked to keep the volunteers organized, the donors happy and ensure the success of the clinics. Being a paramedic, he recognizes the need for blood so he started his new role by organizing a challenge between Emergency Services workers.

Recognizing that the future of the blood program lies with our youth, Ed also approached his fellow paramedics and through the Paramedic Association of Renfrew County, Canadian Blood Services was able to recruit and train 14 paramedics as “Blood Typers.”

They make themselves available to the What’s Your Type? high school program to 16 high schools in 12 communities in which Canadian Blood Services holds clinics across Renfrew and Lanark Counties.

Ed also recognizes the value of the Partners for Life program and has networked with companies and organizations, including the former mayor’s office to connect the right people and companies to the Partners for Life program across Renfrew County.

Canadian Blood Services is extremely thankful to community-minded volunteers like Ed who support our programs and work towards their success. Saving lives is what Ed does.