Rosemarie Tremblay has served the community for more than 60 years. She first volunteered at age 14, helping an older sister with camp counselor duties. After more than 20 years as a Boy Scout leader, Rosemarie began to look for other volunteer opportunities and learned that the Canadian Red Cross needed help with its blood donor clinics. She signed on and for the past 27 years has volunteered continually in a variety of roles at donor events in Victoria, B.C.
“Giving blood is such an important thing,” says Rosemarie. “We all need it at one time or another.”
Despite considerable adversity — her husband and son both passed away, and her knees are failing — she continues to volunteer with Canadian Blood Services.
“It's humbling in a way,” she says, “but it's such a great feeling when I leave the clinic. Even if I'm tired, it's a good tired.”