Dear Editor. As we celebrate National Volunteer Week (April 21-27), Canadian Blood Services thanks the 17,000 volunteers who dedicated 215,000 hours of their time in the last year to help support Canada’s blood system.
In B.C. and the Yukon Region, 1,800 volunteers invested nearly 35,000 hours to assist in more than 2,300 community and clinic events that enable our organization to keep expenses low.
Nation-wide, our volunteers are involved in leading positive change in a variety of ways, all of them vital: They coordinate and host blood donor clinics, greet and assist donors, promote key campaigns throughout the year, and publicly speak about the need for blood and stem cell donation.
Our volunteers provide considerable value to the donation experience, which is recognized by many of our donors. Their combined efforts and commitment help us to deliver daily on our organization’s services that are so important to many Canadians.
We put together a special message of thanks for our volunteers from blood donors across the country: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alKRux0i1XQ&feature=youtu.be
Thank you to those who currently volunteer with Canadian Blood Services and other charitable organizations. Your efforts and enthusiasm are truly appreciated.
Ed Yee, Director of Donor and Clinic Services
Canadian Blood Services, BC and Yukon Region