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Across Canada

Throughout the year, Canadian Blood Services holds special recognition events to celebrate donors, partners, volunteers and peer recruiters. In the spring, local events are held across the country and following the summer, a national event is held in Ottawa.

Last year, on Sept. 15, many selfless individuals and organizations were recognized for their dedication and commitment to Canadian Blood Services and the patients we serve.

“We are proud to recognize these amazing champions from across the country,” said Canadian Blood Services’ CEO Dr. Graham Sher. “Whether they are regular donors who go that extra mile, local companies that lead by example, volunteers who dedicate countless hours of their time, or recruiters who engage their community to donate, they are all wonderful examples of the thousands of generous Canadians who are helping to save lives.”

Held at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, the evening was hosted by MC Heather Hiscox from the CBC News Network and featured Olympic gold medallist Brian Price, the former coxswain for the Canadian men’s eight rowing team, as the keynote speaker. Those in attendance also heard the firsthand account of blood recipient Celia Missious who received many blood transfusions after being struck by a car while crossing a street in Toronto in 2006.

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. Starting in April and for the next couple of months, local Honouring Our Lifeblood events will recognize our milestone donors, volunteers and partners. Without their time and effort, Canadian Blood Services would not be able to provide the lifesaving blood, stem cells, and organs and tissues regularly required by patients from coast to coast.



OUR HONOUREES

Donors

Glyn Weir
British Columbia and Yukon

Kathy M. Austin
Alberta, Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories

Ben Wickstrom
Manitoba, Northeastern Ontario and Nunavut

Bruce Laing
South-Central Ontario

J.P. Martinello
Atlantic

Stem cell donors

Luke Hall
Manitoba, Northeastern Ontario and Nunavut

Mohamed Alibhai
South-Central Ontario

Living organ donor

Michael T. Hayes
South-Central Ontario

Volunteers

Tony Joe
British Columbia and Yukon

Emily Phillipos
Alberta, Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories

Karli Schon
Manitoba, Northeastern Ontario and Nunavut

John and Drenise Cowlard
South-Central Ontario

Morley Reid
Atlantic

Peer recruiters

Jenna Hauck
British Columbia and Yukon

Kevin Pelehos
Alberta, Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories

Stacey LaCroix-Sauvé
Manitoba, Northeastern Ontario and Nunavut

Melanie Melchin
South-Central Ontario

Steve Richardson
Atlantic

Partners

SAP
British Columbia and Yukon

SaskPower
Alberta, Saskatchewan and Northwest Territories

Science North
Manitoba, Northeastern Ontario and Nunavut

Walter Fedy
South-Central Ontario

101.5 The Hawk Radio
Atlantic

National partner

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

National Employee Award of Distinction

Colleen MacKay
Clinic Supervisor/Mobile Charge Nurse

The Schilly Award

Gina Parker
Manitoba, Northeastern Ontario and Nunavut

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Gershon Growe

Photography by Greg Teckles

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