Across Canada

On sept. 19th, Canadian Blood Services held its 12th annual Honouring Our Lifeblood event at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa to celebrate individuals and partner groups from across the country.

The event recognizes donors, volunteers, peer recruiters, partners, and sponsors from across Canada who provide a lifeline to hundreds of thousands of Canadians who need blood, stem cells or organs and tissues. In addition, the Lifetime Achievement award, National Employee Award of Distinction and the Schilly Award for excellence in recruitment and awareness were given out.

“It is significant that we celebrate individuals and organizations who are the heart of Canada’s blood system in order to inspire others to follow their lead and join the movement,” says Dr. Graham Sher, Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Blood Services. “Giving blood, blood products and stem cells, and supporting the efforts of those who do, can be very fulfilling ways by which Canadians can have a direct impact on the lives of others in need.”

The ceremony was hosted by award-winning former journalist, Rosemary Thompson and included a keynote address by Mark Black, author, motivational speaker and double-lung and heart recipient.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of blood donors and volunteers, as well as numerous community groups, sponsors and partners work together to help ensure that those needing blood receive it. Without their time and generosity, Canadian Blood Services would not be able to provide the life-saving blood, stem cells, and organ and tissues required by patients from coast to coast.


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