Pride Month kicks off
June is Pride Month in Canada and many countries around the world. Pride is a movement that celebrates Two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer, intersex, and asexual individuals and groups, and people of all other sexual orientations and gender identities (2SLGBTQIA+). We look forward to celebrating the incredible contributions that 2SLGBTQIA+ employees, donors, registrants, partners, volunteers and stakeholders have made —and continue to make —to Canada’s Lifeline. Visit Connect to read more about our plans to celebrate Pride Month and how you can get involved.
National Blood Donor Week Employee Challenge
In support of National Blood Donor Week (June 12—18) and the immediate need for blood and blood products, we have organized an employee BINGO challenge! Help us shine a light on the need for new donors and win 1 of 5 branded prize packs. The National Blood Donor Week Employee Challenge will run from June 6–18. Visit Connect for a full run-down of the contest details and to download your BINGO card. If you have any questions about the employee challenge, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Reminder: new guidelines for post-donation refreshments
This week, we began encouraging donors to consume post-donation refreshments on-site. The re-introduction of tasty post-donation treats and drinks will support a positive donation experience while keeping donors and employees safe through existing COVID-19 safety measures. Donors can now consume their refreshments of choice while seated in one of our physically-distanced and designated areas. Visit Connect for more details.
Question of the day
Are we allowed to use fans or air conditioning units in our facilities? Should we still be concerned about the spread of COVID-19 by fans or portable air conditioners?
The use of portable fans and portable/directional air conditioner units at any of our facilities, including fixed donor centres and mobile events, should continue to be avoided as they may spread droplets further than two meters. If temperature concerns arise at our owned or leased sites, please contact facilities management with your concern and they will respond. If it is determined that fans are required for operations, please review the Guidance on the Use of Portable Fans and Air Conditioner Units.