- Our open board meeting is today, Dec. 3 (10:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. ET). Employees are encouraged to tune into the live broadcast in English or French.
- In case you missed it, get inspired by the stories of exemplary donors, recipients, community leaders, volunteers and employees by watching the recording from Monday’s Honouring Canada’s Lifeline event.
Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities with a special lunch & learn
International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), observed on Dec. 3 each year, promotes the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, including the workplace. For more than a decade, Christine Selinger, an instructional designer with Canadian Blood Services’ stem cells division, has worked to build a more fulsome and accurate narrative around disability. The two-time world champion para canoeist says her introduction to the disability community fueled her passion to educate others. To celebrate IDPD, we’re sharing stories on Connect from a few Canadian Blood Services employees living with disabilities. You can also register to join Christine for a special lunch and learn focused on disability inclusion on Wednesday, Dec. 8, from noon to 1 p.m. (ET).
Students inspired to save lives through plasma donation
As a first-year grad student at the University of Lethbridge and the captain of a varsity team, Keegan Brantner’s schedule is packed. But she and her teammates have found a powerful way to help others that takes just a few hours a month, at most. “The amount of time it takes to donate plasma is minimal and the impact is so significant,” says Keegan. “For my friends and I, donating plasma has become something that we enjoy doing together. It’s an easy way for us to give back to the community and we can do it with our friends and teammates.” Since our Lethbridge plasma donor centre opened in December 2020, staff have welcomed many local students who have booked appointments to donate plasma. Read more at blood.ca/stories.
New donor feedback process is a win for donor and employee experience
Building and deepening our relationship with donors is about more than just listening to their feedback. It involves acting on it, too. But do you know how feedback goes from attention to action? This past summer, the feedback management office was created within the service and experience team at the National Contact Centre. This office responds to feedback, inquiries and complaints from multiple channels across the organization. Thanks to the new processes they have put into place, feedback is now being handled faster and more effectively, ultimately helping to improve the donor and employee experience. Learn more on Connect.
New educational portal provides age-appropriate resources to talk about organ donation
In collaboration with Canada’s organ and tissue donation and transplantation organizations, we have launched a new learning resource portal to help parents talk to their children about this complex topic. The web portal collects and shares age-appropriate, easy to access and easy to use teaching resources for educators, parents and students. This educational tool is meant to help spark conversation and inspire a new generation of donors to join Canada’s Lifeline. Read more on Connect and explore the Organs & Tissues for Life Education Portal.
Question of the day: Can we plan holiday celebrations on site this year?
With the holiday season approaching, you may be wondering if it’s safe to plan holiday gatherings on site. We recognize that it’s been another challenging year, and some may look forward to socializing with colleagues. Although we are a vaccinated workplace, we must stay the course and refrain from social gatherings. Those working on site are expected to continue to follow our current COVID-19 rules.
Cafeterias, lunchrooms, break rooms and meeting rooms:
- Follow occupancy limits
- Maintain physical distance
- Wipe down surfaces after use
Wear your mask and sanitize: As always, sanitize your hands and wear your mask until it’s time to eat.
Thank you for continuing to keep our workplaces safe this holiday season.
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