Toyota and Canadian Blood Services are two organizations with vastly different products and services but a similar dedication to quality, efficiency and improving the lives of Canadians - an unlikely partnership has turned out to be a perfect match.
Collaboration across the organizations began as a knowledge sharing project in 2015. For more than 70 years, Toyota has excelled at developing its manufacturing processes and has worked hard to continuously improve them. Based on the philosophies of the world-renowned Toyota Production System, Toyota has helped hundreds of other organizations enhance productivity, maximize available resources and further improve quality and safety.
In its first Canadian project in 2015, the Toyota Production System Support Centre (TSSC) collaborated with Canadian Blood Services to identify opportunities for process improvements at its production and distribution facilities. Significant improvements included additional production time, a 40% reduction in packing time, and a 30% reduction in steps taken by employees every day.
Continuing in 2017 Toyota Canada and its dealers will be extending their support of Canadian Blood Services with an annual donation of $210,000. With this new phase of our partnership, we also have the tremendous opportunity to tap into each Toyota dealership’s community and engage people at both the national and regional levels to raise awareness about donation.
Department of National Defence - Canadian Forces Health Services
The Department of National Defence became the first national Partners for Life organization in 2006 and since then have donated more than 30,000 units. CF Health Services work tirelessly to promote blood and stem cell donation, host blood drives and OneMatch swabbing events and actively promote recipient stories within the organization. They also have a policy that supports time off for employees who want to donate. Their steadfast commitment exemplifies the long-standing relationship between Canada’s military and the blood system which stems from when Canadians voluntarily donated blood to help wounded troops during WWII.
Sixty years after the war, with the CF Health Services in command of the Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Canadian Blood Services and the CF collaboratively created a walking blood bank program.
Canadian Blood Services pre-screened troops before their deployment so that the CF in Afghanistan had access to on-call donors in the event large quantities of blood were needed or supplies became exhausted. The agreement also saw Canadian Blood Services training CF nursing and laboratory personnel in drawing and testing blood according to the highest Canadian and world standards.
Give Life Partners
We are pleased to launch the new Give Life partner program. This partnership program engages national organizations who are eager to help patients in need of blood. The community-minded organizations profiled below are targeting one or two months a year to encourage their employees, members and clients across the country to Give Life by donating blood and/or stem cells. They are inspiring people to #GiveLife on social media, through internal and client communications to make an even greater difference.
For over 60 years, Manulife has been a proud supporter of Canada’s blood system. With a rich history of hosting blood donor clinics and encouraging employees to give back, Manulife has impacted the lives of countless Canadians. As we continue our commitment to help patients and ensure they receive the lifesaving products they require, we are partnering again with Canadian Blood Services during the month of November as a Give Life partner.
Canadian Federation of Medical Students
We are an organization representing over 8,000 medical students from 14 Canadian medical student societies from coast to coast. We represent medical students to the public, to the federal government, and to national and international medical organizations.
From September 2016 to April 2017, medical students from 14 medical schools collected almost 700 units of blood during their annual Phlebotomy Bowl challenge.
About the Canadian Ismaili Muslim Community
The Shia Ismaili Muslims are a community of ethnically and culturally diverse people living in over 25 countries around the world. Guided by their Spiritual Leader, His Highness the Aga Khan, Ismailis today are settled throughout Canada and occupy a variety of positions across the public, private and voluntary sectors. Over the last 45 years of Ismaili presence in Canada, the community has sought to contribute to the fabric of Canadian society by its involvement in many spheres of public life and through regional programs that demonstrate the values of volunteerism, compassion, self-reliance and intellectual engagement.
About the Diamond Jubilee Ismaili CIVIC 150
Ismaili CIVIC 150 represents a pledge by the Canadian Ismaili Muslim Community to give 1 million hours of service to improve the quality of life of Canadians — one Canadian at a time. Volunteer service that improves the quality of life of Canadians or otherwise contributes to Canada is counted towards this pledge. Ismaili CIVIC 150 is a legacy initiative representing the continuous commitment Canadian Ismailis have to adding value to the country in which it lives.