Every year, we take time to celebrate the individuals and organizations who are the heart of Canada’s blood system, and who provide a lifeline each year to hundreds of thousands of Canadians who need blood, blood products or stem cells. Without their commitment and support, there simply would be no blood system in Canada!
This year's event is being held at the Canadian War Museum on September 9th, 2013. Our Emcee for the evening will be Lloyd Roberston and our Keynote speaker Jody Mitic is currently competing on the Amazing Race Canada with his brother.
The evening promises to be a memorable one and we look forward to honouring the following guests:
Scotiabank uses its size, influence and resources to lead by example and make a difference in the lives of people in our communities.
Since 2009, Scotiabank has launched several successful initiatives to support the ongoing growth of the Partners for Life blood donation program.
Through the leadership of Robin Hibberd, Executive Vice President – Scotiabankers hosted events like What’s Your Type? and Bloodmobiles, and participated in The Big Save Blood Donor Clinic to educate employees on knowing their blood type and the importance of donating blood.
In 2012, Scotiabank continued to respond to the need for blood and developed creative ways to build momentum of the program. Contributions included over 1,600 units of blood, the recruitment of 89 new donors and the reinstatement of 228 existing donors. As well, Robin joined other Scotiabankers in The Big Save event sponsored by Maple
Leafs Sports + Entertainment. While enjoying a fun event with 25 other organizations, Scotiabankers rolled up their sleeves and donated nearly 13% of the total blood donations for the day.
Engaging employees in a national partnership may have its challenges but Scotiabankers
and their executive team continue to maintain a focused approach to supporting the
community through blood donation.
Fraser Health has been a member of Canadian Blood Services’ Partners for Life (PFL) program since 2009. Fraser Health uses the most blood of any health authority in British Columbia, so they know the importance of a sustainable blood supply.
Fraser Health initially established local partnerships at two of its hospitals, and then eventually expanded to include PFL champions at all 12 hospitals it oversees. The organization uses a variety of communication channels to promote registration into the PFL program and increase awareness about the need for blood across all its sites, both acute and community, including quarterly business meetings, a weekly electronic newsletter, special events, and through Roving Carts within its 12 acute care sites.
Fraser Health also hosts Canadian Blood Services’ Bloodmobile seven times a year at two of its hospitals, which last year alone collected more than 300 donations. Looking forward in 2013 they will be adding a third location, its corporate offices, as a host for the Bloodmobile. Thanks to its ongoing efforts to promote blood donation among its teams, Fraser Health was responsible for more than 600 donations last year.
A Partners for Life (PFL) member now going into its fifth year, Suncor contributed 185 donations in its first year as a partner. Four years later, Suncor has significantly grown its donor base - in 2012, the company contributed 837 units and was the second largest corporate PFL contributor in Calgary. Total contributions to date by 492 active Suncor donors amount to more than 2,300 units of blood.
Since 2011, Suncor has hosted 10 mobile blood donor clinics with five more planned this year. The team at Suncor goes out of its way to ensure blood donor clinics in their building are successful, from advertising and creating awareness, to set-up and tear down. Suncor also books a LifeBus at least five times a year. What’s more, the company organizes an annual PFL “thank you” and kick-off event for its donors to strategize on ways to grow their donor base and exceed the yearly pledge goal.
Harvard Broadcasting makes a compelling case for how effective radio continues to be
among traditional media. The organization sets an example of excellence in community involvement. Providing more than $10,000 a year in promotional support in Regina, Saskatchewan, their generosity and in-kind donations to the blood system exceeds most media outlets in the region and across the country.
Their promotional support provides much needed exposure at difficult times of the year and includes: live remotes hosted by three of their radio stations; live interviews; daily on-air promotion leading up to recruitment drives; and clinic promotion on their events calendar.
Since approaching Harvard in 2009 to discuss a mutually beneficial partnership, they collaborated with Canadian Blood Services to develop a recruitment strategy and our relationship with the station has since flourished.
This year, Manulife celebrates 60 years of partnership with Canada’s blood system. Manulife has been a Partners for Life member with Canadian Blood Services in Central Ontario since 2008 and last year made 557 blood donations. Manulife also provides financial assistance in support of Canadian Blood Services. Manulife’s financial assistance allows Canadian Blood Services to operate a permanent blood donor clinic at the Manulife Centre in the heart of downtown Toronto and their employees host blood donor clinics on site.
Retired employees serve as volunteers at the six blood donor clinics held each year at Manulife’s flagship Toronto office and staff from their Toronto Queen Street location regularly shuttle to our permanent clinic on King Street to donate.
To help celebrate the 60th anniversary of its partnership with Canada’s blood system, Manulife hosted this year’s Central Ontario Honouring Our Lifeblood awards in their building and ballroom.
Blood donation is critical for the treatment of cancer. That’s the message the family behind the Gold Ribbon Campaign has so successfully delivered in Ontario. Created by Londoner Stephanie Simmons, a three-time brain tumour survivor, the Gold Ribbon Campaign raises awareness of childhood cancer and how important blood donation is to
Stephanie and her family help distribute campaign information to all Ontario families affected by childhood cancer. The Simmons’ infectious enthusiasm resulted in 18 more families touched by childhood cancer stepping forward to join the campaign. These families shared their stories with local media, on posters, and during visits to clinics.
With 10,000 children already living with cancer, the campaign set the lofty objective to collect 1,500 blood donations in one month. Last September, they achieved that goal, with 1,504 donations - 110 from first-time donors. The campaign continued gathering a life of its own, and by year’s end had resulted in a total of more than 2,300 donations.
BESTECH proves that a small company can make a big difference in the community. This Northern Ontario engineering, automation, software development and environmental monitoring firm has approximately 100 employees. Yet, in their first year in the Partners for Life program, the team at BESTECH donated 42 units. BESTECH exceeded its potential, proving to be a significant player in the community’s blood drive efforts.
This small team has active participants from all levels of the company, with the CEO and management team championing the cause, and all levels of employees embracing the call for donations.
What started with one employee finding their blood type at a local What’s Your Type? event, led to two What’s Your Type? events held at BESTECH’s Sudbury and Timmins offices. Two weeks later, BESTECH held its first of many group donations at the Sudbury permanent clinic and they are still going strong.
In 2008, Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) Atlantic joined the Partners for Life program and set an initial pledge to collect 30 units of blood from their Saint John, New Brunswick office. Their commitment started with regularly scheduled visits to the permanent clinic. By 2010, they expanded their commitment to include all seven CAA offices across the Atlantic region.
After successfully engaging staff they decided they could broaden their recruitment efforts by encouraging their Members to consider blood donation. CAA held a “Day of Giving” on December 5, 2012 to inspire their staff and clients to take part in an Atlanticwide one day event. They leveraged their current CAA Member Rewards program and created the “Show Your Card and Save…a Life!” slogan. This helped encourage 263 CAA Members to donate blood. Of those donors, 31 were new and 60 were re-instated donors. Hard work and commitment paid off for CAA - by the end of 2012, CAA employees and Members made an impressive 804 donations.
Colleen Fitzpatrick has become a brave advocate for blood donation. In 2010, her son, Cpl. Darren Fitzpatrick, was fatally wounded in the line of duty while serving in Afghanistan. She and her husband, Jim, credit blood transfusions for prolonging Darren’s life for two weeks so his family could see him.
Colleen was the recipient speaker for the 2012 Honouring Our Lifeblood event in Prince George, British Columbia. Her son’s death also inspired the Remember the Power of Giving campaign, which ran in November 2012 throughout the B.C. and Yukon region, capturing national media attention.
The Fitzpatrick family also shared their story in a video created for Canadian Blood Services that has been viewed more than 4,000 times on YouTube. As the Partners for Life champion for “In Honour of Cpl. Darren Fitzpatrick” and temporary champion with her employer, Finning Canada, Colleen continues to reiterate the importance of blood donations and encourages others to pay back the blood her son received.
Just three months shy of his 16th birthday, Grant Skalk passed away from leukemia in September, 2011. Shelagh McCracken taught Grant for five years at Mountain Park Middle School in Calgary and formed a special relationship with him. Knowing how important blood was to Grant’s treatment, she and his family decided to host mobile clinics to honour his memory.
Shelagh spearheaded two clinics which collected 328 units of blood in total. Soon after, Blessed Cardinal Newman School hosted two In Honour clinics, which collected more than 1,000 units of blood from 181 new donors and 170 re-instated donors.
In 2012, Shelagh established The Grant Skalk Memorial Partners for Life group and volunteered to take on the role of champion. She has been instrumental in recruiting donors. Shelagh has kept in touch with Grant’s classmates, who are turning 17 this year and will be eligible to donate. Shelagh is arranging for students to donate with her at her regular donation time and others will attend Grant’s upcoming In Honour clinic in December at their former school.
Together, Shelagh and the Skalk family have inspired a whole new generation of blood donors.
As a second year medical student, the demands on Maegan’s time are extraordinary, but she can always be counted on to fulfill her commitments. In her first year at school she took on the role of Partners for Life champion for the University of Manitoba’s Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) chapter.
In this role, Maegan spearheaded CFMS’ first-ever challenge in Manitoba and is now turning her attention to encourage CFMS clubs at 16 universities across the country to focus specifically on blood recruitment. This year for the first time, she helped organize a OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network swabbing event and Recipient Panel to launch the CFMS blood drive.
Since Maegan stepped up to organize and lead the CFMS partnership nationally, CFMS has brought in 1,050 units of blood. She has helped grow CFMS’ donations in Winnipeg from 11 units in 2011 to 44 units in 2012 and she is on track for exceeding that number in 2013.
June Watkins is one of our strongest and staunchest champions of the blood program at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Over the years, she has been instrumental in helping Canadian Blood Services book, promote and recruit for the clinics at the hospital. Plus, she is usually first in line to donate at the clinics she’s worked so hard to help fill.
As a lab employee at St. Michael’s, June has dedicated a significant amount of time and effort to promote blood donation. She gives tours to new employees at the hospital, speaks to them about the importance of giving blood and encourages staff to donate at the clinics. She often helps arrange blood typing clinics to coincide with staff events. When logistical issues put the St. Michael’s clinic in jeopardy this year, June took it upon herself to find a new location in the hospital, a location that proved to be extremely successful.
When we wanted university students to sign up to donate through our online booking system, as luck would have it, we had Jacqueline Bar and Olivia Figliomeni to help. Make that: as L.U.C.K. would have it. L.U.C.K., which stands for Laurier University Charity Kouncil, is a group of students who run charity programs within Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.
As president of L.U.C.K., Olivia works with Jacqueline, Executive Chair of the university’s blood program, to engage their fellow students to donate blood by booking appointments online. Students are more willing to donate on the spot using the iPads and laptops Olivia and Jacqueline rent from the school. As a result, 81 donations were collected at last October’s mobile clinic—the highest ever at the university.
The online booking method suits the audience well and helps manage an efficient and effective strategy for recruiting donors. Through Jacqueline and Olivia’s help, it has become a template for use across the country.
louderthanwords is a youth based organization in Ottawa aimed at bettering the youth and local community. This group lives by the saying “actions speak louder than words” by initiating awareness and making changes.
In addition to many other events they organize to improve their community, the group plans and organizes regular group donations at the Ottawa blood donor clinic. Each month they promote blood donation and recruit new donors from the student body at the University of Ottawa. Our local community development coordinator is in regular contact with group members who have a clear understanding for the constant need for blood.
They recruit numerous first-time donors, many of whom will become lifelong donors. Although founded by young Muslims, the organization’s intent was to address and assist every issue of the community, regardless of race or faith. This group is an outstanding example of the positive role young people can play in their community.
Cheryl has been an unofficial blood donor recruiter for approximately 15 years, promoting the need for donors in her circle of friends, family and co-workers. She has been a donor since 1987 and since converting to the plasma program in 2009, has donated every week.
Through her job at IBM and her involvement in ContactNB (a New Brunswick contact centre association that represents 16,000 members), Cheryl finds every opportunity to incorporate Canadian Blood Services programs in her work. Whether it’s organizing What’s Your Type? events, arranging for the LifeBus or adding recruitment information in expo registration packages, Cheryl opens the door to prospective partners and donors.
She organized IBM Week to support the Saint John clinic last December and facilitated a financial contribution in the form of an IBM Community Grant from her company to support the clinic for the week.
IBM signed on as partner in 2008 with 40 units. Last year, when Cheryl became the partner champion, IBM surpassed their goal by collecting 102% of the pledge. Her efforts ensured the recruitment of 12 new and six lapsed donors who contributed a total of 38 units.
David was a 72-time blood donor and a volunteer at Vancouver General Hospital before becoming an in-community volunteer with Canadian Blood Services. He was one of the first to be trained in the new volunteer role to recruit donors, which was piloted in B.C. in 2011.
Not only has David taken on a leadership role and provided hands-on coaching to new volunteers, he has also organized and executed street teams and information booths across the Lower Mainland. He regularly goes beyond what’s expected of a volunteer and takes initiative to look into community events that would be most optimal for donor recruitment.
The events David has volunteered for and helped organize are extremely effective in recruiting donors. Thanks to his contributions, nearly 1,200 people signed up in 2012 to become blood donors.
A Health Sciences student at the University of Calgary, Tammy began volunteering with Canadian Blood Services in 2009 while in high school.
Tammy volunteers every week at the Calgary clinic as an in-clinic hospitality/donor ambassador and takes additional shifts whenever she can. Described by staff as trustworthy, dedicated and energetic, Tammy has arranged for LifeBuses to pick up groups; will arrange to donate with or accompany new donors she has recruited; and has even gone as far as driving new donors to their appointments.
To date, she has contributed more than 750 hours of volunteer service. Tammy has successfully assisted in training more than 20 new hospitality volunteers; she participates in various campaigns and challenges; and has single-handedly recruited close to 70 new donors.
As a member of the Calgary Youth Committee, she has been involved with the recruitment of nearly 400 new donors and is a youth representative on the Alberta Regional Liaison Committee.
Self-motivated, conscientious and dedicated to our cause, Patricia demonstrates integrity in how she represents our organization.
A Registered Nurse in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Patricia has worked in the emergency room as well as with children in hospital care. A blood recipient herself, Patricia understands the need for blood in a big way. In 2006, feeling weak, she received two blood transfusions before undergoing exploratory surgery that discovered cancer. While undergoing cancer treatment, she received another four units of blood. Her reason for volunteering with Canadian Blood Services is simple: she wants to pay forward the generosity of blood donors.
Patricia started volunteering in 2007. Since then, she’s volunteered in the clinic hospitality area, managed information booths, helped out with mobile clinics, supported the What’s Your Type? program, spoke about the need for blood at special events, and was recently trained as a blood type tester. She has inspired her daughter, who donates regularly and also volunteers with Canadian Blood Services.
A passionate volunteer, Lorna Van Bergen became an in-clinic volunteer in 2010, but soon lent her time and expertise to supporting community events, such as information booths, blood typing and promotional events.
A retired high school teacher from Vaughan, Lorna is a wonderful educator and loves working with students to encourage them to become the next generation of blood donors. She is a wealth of knowledge for new volunteers, taking them under her wing until they feel comfortable on their own.
As a loyal blood donor for many years, Lorna completed more than 80 donations until a cancer diagnosis impacted her eligibility to donate. Now a cancer survivor, Lorna is committed and enthusiastic about the cause of blood donation. A mentor, an educator and a staunch advocate – these are just a few of the attributes that identify Lorna as one of our most outstanding volunteers.
Give high school student Crystine Clark an assignment and she will not only finish it, but keep working long after initial expectations are met.
Participating in the 2012 Assignment Saving Lives program, which encourages students to recruit blood donors over the summer months, this Waterford District High School student recruited 30 donors.
However, Crystine wasn’t content to stop there; she was determined to strengthen her commitment to the blood program. She became a volunteer last October, and now helps out at our Waterford clinic. She also promotes awareness within her school, encouraging her peers to make a difference in their community through blood donation.
A few months after Crystine became a volunteer, her aunt required a blood transfusion, an event that reinforced her resolve and strengthened her motivation to recruit donors. To this volunteer, we give an A+.
As a Volunteer Leader with the Powassan Community Blood Donor Clinic in Ontario, Doug plays a pivotal role in helping make every clinic a success. In his role, he is responsible for recruiting and scheduling volunteers and helps in the hall set up. Doug is reliable, organized and always available to do whatever it takes to ensure the community is aware of the dates and times of the clinics.
Doug was a blood donor himself, but was unable to continue donating due to an illness. He thought “what better way to give back, but to volunteer”.Doug strongly supports the blood program by putting up posters in several rural communities prior to the clinics, handing out flyers at local community events and helping recruit and schedule volunteers. Over the years, Doug has helped secure sites for What’s Your Type? events and has provided contacts with local business owners, politicians and schools.
At 75 years of age and after dedicating 375 hours of volunteer service with Canadian Blood Services, Doug is an inspiration to old and young people alike.
Dave has been volunteering with Canadian Blood Services in Halifax for nearly 25 years. As a committed donor with more than 300 donations, Dave came to know the clinic staff very well. Once he retired, he decided to become a volunteer.
Dave is an advocate for healthy living and is always chatting with donors and staff about the importance of donating blood. Being a former avid runner, he has mentored several staff on running and fitness.
He is always eager to help at donor events and takes on any vacant hospitality shifts. He has even had special requests to volunteer at In Honour Clinics by family members. He provides background music on his shifts and is well known for his ‘soft shoe’ dancing steps.
In addition to the over 2,000 volunteer hours he has committed with us, Dave also manages to volunteer with the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.
Rod Fimrite is a dedicated donor and a passionate torch bearer for the blood donation cause. In 1969, his six-year-old daughter haemorrhaged after a tonsillectomy and required an emergency transfusion to save her life, motivating Rod to be a regular donor.
In 2012, Rod made his 175th donation before being diagnosed with cancer, making him ineligible to donate blood again. Thankfully, he had passed on his sense of duty to donate blood to his four children.
In February, his son Dennis made his 125th donation. They commemorated the feat by organizing a combined 300-donation milestone party at the Victoria, British Columbia Donor Clinic. Approximately 30 people, including more than 10 first-time donors, attended the celebration and gave blood in response to the Fimrite’s call for donors. Through his ongoing work in the property management company his family runs, Rod continues to use his position in the community to rally support for blood donation.
As a former professional driver, Tim knows the impact car and motorcycle accidents have on the need for blood. He has made more than 200 donations to date and started as a whole blood donor. He joined the plasma program when one of our staff asked him if he was willing to donate more often and save more lives. When Tim was notified that he was a match with a specific hospital patient, he started donating platelets. He has been known to change his donation appointments upon request to help meet patient needs.
Tim interacts with staff on a weekly basis when he’s in to donate plasma and is well known for his dedication to saving lives. When Canadian Blood Services in Edmonton was looking for a spokesperson for the Bikers for Life challenge in 2012, staff recommended Tim. He agreed to take on the role as an ambassador for blood donation, encouraged several fellow donors who are also bikers to take part in the media launch, and offered great suggestions to make the kick-off event aa success.
John has been a committed donor for nearly half a century. An accountant by trade who
only recently retired, John became a donor while living in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan just after leaving high school.
He initially donated whole blood then moved to our plasma program for several years before going on to donating platelets, where John has remained for more than 16 years. He has donated more than 400 times and has demonstrated willingness to participate in all of our programs.
John has been a part of the Canadian Blood Services family throughout our evolution. He is always respectful of fellow donors and employees at the Saskatoon clinic, and epitomizes the ideal donor who models leadership by example.
Doug Hickey sees his role as a high school teacher as just that: a role. And like an actor
playing a part, he is not afraid to don a costume to help get his message across. At Keswick High School, where he is a Math, Careers and Leadership teacher, Doug can often be seen dressed as different professions to tie into whatever lesson he is teaching. For example, he dresses as a construction worker to show the reasons behind learning a math formula, and for blood donation, he shows up at the school clinics dressed in medical scrubs.
A long-time donor himself, Doug encourages and supports a team of students who champion the school’s twice-yearly donor clinics with the same level of passion and enthusiasm. He asks many of the students to continue donating at the clinics held in the community, and is so successful, alumni return to donate long after they’ve finished high school.
Lindy Brunarski has dedicated her career to saving lives. She’s a full-time advanced care
paramedic in the Niagara region, a part-time paramedic in Haldimand County and a parttime instructor in Niagara College’s paramedic program yet still finds time to donate blood and recruit others to donate blood and sign up with the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network.
When Lindy’s friend, Shane McCready, was diagnosed with leukemia and was in need of a stem cell transplant she helped organize a OneMatch swab event at Niagara College with a target of signing up 25 registrants, but signed up 10 times that number. Sadly, Shane passed away in October of 2012, but had received over 130 units of blood during his fight, and in honour of him Lindy encouraged blood donations amongst colleagues and has established a Partners for Life commitment in his honour.
Lindy organized a second swab event at Niagara College this year and helped bring a mobile blood clinic back to Thorold, the first one in over 13 years, held in Shane’s honour. She plans on making these two events an annual occurrence.
In high school teacher Matt Saunders, we have found not only a blood donor willing to answer our call for help himself, but one who inspires those around him to join the cause.
A student project on blood donation inspired Matt and students to start the “Blood Club”. Wearing customized “Blood Club” t-shirts, the group arranges fun and educational activities to encourage students to donate, such as day-long blood typing events. Every two months Matt, who has donated 82 times himself, can be seen with a group of students in tow taking the LifeBus to the Kingston, Ontario blood donor clinic.
Faced with a work-to-rule action this past school year, Matt still made it possible for his students to continue to participate in the LifeBus. While donations from other schools were lost during this period, Matt encouraged his students to take over the responsibility by rallying donors.
Jim Lord reached an exceptional milestone in 2012. The 61 year-old Bedford, Nova Scotia man was the third person in the country to donate blood and plasma 1,000 times and was the first person in Atlantic Canada to reach the milestone.
Jim is a pharmacist but takes time in his schedule to visit the clinic in Halifax every Thursday. His father was a blood donor and Jim has been donating blood since high school. He recruits every opportunity he can, from speaking to his colleagues at work, to promoting blood donation to his pharmacy customers.
Jim takes all the precautions to ensure he is never sick and in perfect health in order to donate blood. He is a dedicated donor and well on his way to reaching 1,100 donations.
Selfless, generous and a true inspiration is how OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network describes Kabir Chughtai. After learning that he was a potential match for a patient in need, Kabir did not hesitate to help. Despite an urgent request and lack of child care, Kabir drove six hours from his home in Saskatoon to Edmonton to attend his medical assessment, taking his three children along for the journey. Kabir donated stem cells in November 2012 with his wife by his side, all the while viewing his ability to donate as a privilege.
With a full-time job, planning a household move, and having three children at home, Kabir never for a moment second guessed donating.
Andy Law was excited for the opportunity to donate stem cells when he first learned
of being a match for a patient. Little did he know that he would donate twice – once in December 2010 and again in January 2012.
Since his first donation, Andy became an advocate for stem cell donation, helping promote the need for donors through his volunteer work with OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network and community organization, OtherHalf Chinese Stem Cell Initiative. When a request to help the same patient for the second time came, Andy didn’t hesitate to proceed. He wanted to do anything to help save a life.
His kindness and passion for making a difference continues to drive Andy in raising awareness for others to follow in his footsteps.
As a physician and Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Cancer Care Manitoba, Dr. Donna Wall treats hundreds of patients every year in need of a stem cell transplant and those in need of blood and blood products. As such, she turns to OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network for assistance in finding matching donors. But Dr. Wall doesn’t stop there – she actively encourages people to register, particularly from the Aboriginal community – a community that is poorly represented on the Network.
Knowing how important it is for OneMatch to increase its Aboriginal representation, Dr. Wall seeks out opportunities to recruit First Nations, Metis and Inuit donors. For example, Dr. Wall put OneMatch staff in touch with a family of a young Aboriginal patient in need of a transplant. Together, they facilitated a swab event at the Manito Ahbee Pow Wow in Winnipeg. Dr. Wall was instrumental in organizing this event, right down to recruiting volunteers. Dr. Wall’s leadership, enthusiasm and clear determination led us to recruit 50 Aboriginal registrants in one day.
When OneMatch hosted an information session at the Aboriginal Centre in Winnipeg, Dr. Wall and her staff attended and spoke to the need for Aboriginal registrants. Her heartfelt presentation, along with detailed information on the donation and transplant procedure, resulted in a swab event that saw 40 new Aboriginal registrants.
Dr. Wall is an active member of the Medical Scientific Advisory Committee, OneMatch Stem Cell & Marrow Network and the National Public Cord Blood Bank. She provides direction on scientific, technical and clinical aspects of umbilical cord blood stem cell biology, manufacturing and umbilical transplantation. In addition, Dr. Wall offers guidance and feedback on improving our volunteer training program, spending her own time assisting our team in developing a much more thorough and easy-to-understand presentation for volunteers in training.
Throughout his career, Dr. John Dossetor has made significant contributions to the
field of transplantation medicine. He is considered the pioneer of kidney transplant medicine in Canada, having authored or contributed to hundreds of publications towards improving transplantation. As a board member for the Canadian Council for Donation and Transplantation, he was instrumental in developing a collaborative and coordinated national program for donation and transplantation for Canada.
Dr. Dossetor graduated at Oxford University in 1950 and then served in the British Army for two years. Following his army service, he spent two years in post-graduate work in London, then came to Canada in 1955, joining McGill University as a teaching fellow and later, Chief Medical Resident at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal.
He is the founding physician of Canadian dialysis and transplantation, and cofounder of the Kidney Foundation of Canada. In 1958, he co-ordinated Canada’s first successful kidney transplant between identical twins at the Royal Victoria Hospital. It was the first such lifesaving procedure in the British Commonwealth. He became Royal Victoria Hospital’s Director of Renal and Urologic Research, and oversaw Canada’s first deceased-donor (cadaver) kidney transplant program, which in the mid1960s was second largest in the world. In 1970, Dr. Dossetor joined the University of Alberta as a Professor of Medicine, Director of the Division of Nephrology and Immunology and co-director of the Medical Research Council Research Unit at the University Hospital. He was responsible for developing the Human Organ Procurement and Exchange (HOPE) program in Alberta.
From 1985 to 1996, he was Director of the Bioethics Centre in the Faculty of Medicine (later named the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre), before retiring in 1998. The Dossetor Centre delivers health ethics education to students and makes important contributions to health ethics research on a broad spectrum of ethical, moral and human rights issues.
Dr. Dossetor was named Officer in the Order of Canada in 1995; received the Queen’s Jubilee Gold Medal in 2003; the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal; and was the first recipient of the Canadian Medical Association’s Dr. William Marsden Award in Medical Ethics (2007).
The Canadian Hemophilia Society (CHS) was founded in 1953 to help ensure that an adequate supply of blood products, plasma, cryoprecipitate (and eventually clotting factor concentrate) would always be available to treat hemophilia patients across Canada. In the 1970’s and 80’s, Canada’s tainted blood tragedy deeply impacted this patient community, with more than 700 hemophiliacs becoming infected with HIV, and more than 1,600 infected with the hepatitis C virus.
In the aftermath of this tragedy, CHS rallied patients across Canada, successfully advocating for compassionate financial assistance from federal and provincial governments for those affected by tainted blood, and demanding change.
CHS went on to play a prominent role in helping reform the blood system, and as members of Canadian Blood Services Board of Directors advisory committee, the National Liaison Committee (and several Regional Liaison Committees), they continue to ensure that matters of safety and supply are at the forefront of our decision-making. Their constant vigilance, focus on safety, and commitment to ensuring Canada’s blood tragedy is never forgotten, has helped define the way Canadian Blood Services operates.
As an organization, CHS has challenged our thinking and perceptions and they have never hesitated to step up and contribute when asked. They have helped Canadian Blood Services restore public faith and trust, and grow into one of the world’s safest blood operators.
According to his staff, Denny Michaud lives and breathes Canadian Blood Services’ values every day. As Manager, Customer Relations for the National Contact Centre, Denny and his staff deal with calls from across the country. An employee for 10 years, Denny works with the highest level of integrity, quality, openness, respect, accountability and safety.
No matter the situation, Denny always maintains a positive attitude. His calm and approachable nature inspires his staff and empowers them to be open and honest with performance, reliability and accountability. His excellent problem-solving skills are evident – when the team is trying to reach their targets, he will pinpoint the weak area and find a solution, all with coolness and composure.
Denny motivates his staff to come to work and give their best each and every day. He excels in his leadership role by always going over and above what is expected of him. He is always smiling and offering an ear to listen.
Under Denny’s management, staff feel they have grown as employees and leaders. He is a mentor and fosters a team environment, encouraging staff to produce time and time again.