David Nadeau, left, from Three Hills, was recognized in Red Deer by Canadian Blood Services, Tues. May 15 for having donated blood more than 150 times.
Blood donors, volunteers and administration staff—all in one room, just like at the clinic.
But this time, Tues. May 15, the donors, helpers and staff were in a hotel ballroom for an annual donor recognition and staff appreciation reception.
Canadian Blood Services (CBS)saluted over 50 donors at the Red Deer Radisson for their commitment to keeping Canada’s blood supply viable and available.
The brief program included remarks from Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer, comments from Susan Matsumoto, director of donor relations for the prairies, and an inspiring speech from a blood donation recipient, para-athlete Tammy Cunnington of Red Deer.
In her comments, Matsumoto said that since CBS took over managing Canada’s blood supply system from the Red Cross 20 years ago, there have been no recorded instances of blood-borne infections from either hepatitis C or HIV, that 18 million units of whole blood, plasma, and platelets have been collected, and that five million patients have been helped by a blood donation.
Certificates of appreciation were presented to donors who have given 50, 75, 100, and 150 times.
Three Hills’ David Nadeau was one of three recognized for having donated more than 150 times.