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What employees need to know: Your digest archive

This digest will highlight the latest policy and employee support measures, resources to help you manage our new reality and original content like articles and videos to remind us that what we do matters.

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November 27, 2020

  • Save the date for our next open board meeting
  • Update on our DEI journey — visible displays of social justice
  • New virtual performance management guidelines
  • Canadian Blood Services recognized by the CST
  • The COVID caregivers
  • Question of the day: I’ve heard disposable masks are hazardous for wildlife. What can I do to minimize the impact?

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November 24, 2020

  • Together we make a difference pins — your questions answered
  • External vendors on-site
  • Employee perspective — matching our values to our career goals
  • Medication made from plasma donations helps fight bleeding disorder
  • Question of the day: What are some examples of steps Canadian Blood Services has taken in order to achieve our goals on the diversity, equity and inclusion journey?

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November 20, 2020

  • Launch of our public commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • New video — importance of COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Save the date — virtual holiday celebrations
  • The COVID caregivers
  • Question of the day: I am having issues accessing the service award recordings on Connect. What do I do? Can this be fixed?

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November 17, 2020

  • TODAY — live Q&A with our CEO
  • Cord blood donors could be someone’s hope for life
  • On the stem cell registry? Let us know you’re truly prepared to donate
  • Question of the day: With the holiday’s coming up, can I hold an in-person event on-site? 

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November 10, 2020

  • Honouring Canada’s Lifeline ceremony postponed
  • One week to go — live Q&A with our CEO
  • The link between blood type and COVID-19 severity
  • In honour — paying tribute to those who serve
  • Bringing the Lethbridge plasma donor centre team together
  • Question of the day: When will we learn about more supports for working caregivers at Canadian Blood Services?

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November 6, 2020

  • Following COVID-19 safety protocols is critical to your health and our ability to meet patient needs
  • Save the date — live Q&A with our CEO
  • Big win at Brampton Board of Trade Business Excellence Awards
  • Update on flu clinics
  • Question of the day: With all of our COVID-19 safety measures, are we still distributing milestone pins to donors?

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November 3, 2020

  • How financial donors help us adapt, innovate & overcome
  • Meet the recipients of this year’s Living our values awards
  • Vancouver home to unique donor centre collecting blood for research
  • To honour Remembrance Day, this master corporal suggests donating blood
  • Question of the day: Have there been any recent updates to our eligibility criteria? 

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October 30, 2020

  • Our 2019–2020 annual report is live
  • Calgary testing team moves into new facility
  • The COVID caregivers series
  • Blood drive celebrates recipient’s first birthday, honours donors
  • Get in the spooky spirit
  • Question of the day: What mental health resources are available for frontline staff who can’t access gyms? Some of us are really struggling.

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October 27, 2020

  • The COVID caregiver’s series
  • Recruiting new donors in a pandemic — meet territory manager, Jhoanna Del Rosario
  • Blood donor events celebrate patient’s ongoing recovery
  • Question of the day: Will the regional winners of Living Our Values be announced soon? Also, why were this year’s nominees not made public during the nomination period like they were last year? 

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October 23, 2020

  • Townhall recording now available
  • New employee resource groups for BIPOC and employees with disabilities
  • Update on phase one of Return to Office
  • As a pandemic second wave hits, we’re prepared with PPE
  • Gyms at Canadian Blood Services
  • New updates to COVID-19 case management dashboard
  • Question of the day: Why are we providing infrared thermometers to employees and not donors?

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October 20, 2020

  • Join us today for our live townhall
  • We are adding more virtual fitness classes and need your input!
  • NHL players team up to inspire stem cell registration
  • Volunteer Life Bus driver marks 350 blood donations
  • Question of the day: When will we learn about more supports for caregivers? 

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October 16, 2020

  • Save the date for our next live townhall
  • Update on flu clinics
  • Healthy Workplace Month — Manulife Vitality
  • New updates to COVID-19 case management dashboard
  • Gratitude prompts kidney recipient to give back to the organ transplant community
  • Question of the day: There was mention of using the Canadian Blood Services Staples account to order items for the home office. Is this still available?

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October 13, 2020

  • Save the date for our next live townhall
  • Her Last Project premiers on CBC
  • Spreading the word about stem cell donation is more important than ever
  • Family marks stem cell transplant anniversary with appeal to donors
  • Two stem cell transplants from one donor saved his life twice
  • Question of the day: When I am going through the employee wellness checkpoint at our sites, can I take my temperature via my wrist? 

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October 9, 2020

  • Save the date for our next live townhall
  • New COVID-19 case management dashboard available on Connect
  • Q1 report —strengths and challenges as we responded to COVID-19
  • Cyber Security Awareness Month is here!
  • Register for human bingo
  • Canadian Blood Services employee marks fifth anniversary of liver donation
  • Question of the day: How do I submit eligible office expenses as part of the available virtual work guidelines funding?

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October 6, 2020

  • A message from our CEO
  • An update on flu clinics
  • Healthy Workplace Month
  • Tracking the prevalence of COVID-19 at top speed
  • Question of the day: Do always I need to wear my mask when I am in the cafeteria on site?

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October 2, 2020

  • Save the dates — live townhall with our CEO
  • Reminder, COVID-19 related leave support is available
  • Birthday celebration attracts six first-time blood donors
  • Jett Woo brings team spirit to Hockey Gives Blood
  • Question of the day: Can you provide me with an update on the number of employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 in our organization?

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September 29, 2020

  • Update on the 2020 Service Awards
  • Joining forces to improve blood research in Canada
  • Inspiring plasma donors from 3,000 metres up
  • Reminder when submitting office expenses
  • Question of the day: What exceptions have been made for donors who cannot wear masks because of health reasons?

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September 25, 2020

  • Our diversity, equity and inclusion survey results are in
  • Updates to donor mask requirements
  • Working together to educate children about organ donation
  • New Reasons TV campaign
  • Donated plasma saves Ottawa man’s life
  • Question of the day: Will Canadian Blood Services be issuing T2200’s at tax time? 

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September 22, 2020

  • Register for fall virtual fitness classes
  • Cord blood donation information sessions for expectant moms
  • Cancer survivor feels ‘blessed’ by stem cell donor’s act of kindness
  • Question of the day: I am currently working at home, can I purchase an internet router, printer or monitor for use at home?

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September 18, 2020

  • New guidelines for virtual and flexible work
  • Update to wellness checks
  • Stems cells saved her life, now her story is helping to save others
  • World Marrow Donor Day
  • Question of the day: We are required to wear masks on site. Can you clarify whether Canadian Blood Services is supplying masks for employees working in a lab or a clinic? I am being told by my manager I need to bring my own.

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September 15, 2020

  • TODAY — Join Graham for a live townhall at 1 p.m. ET
  • How we help patients with rare blood
  • Breakthrough study uses AI to analyze red blood cells
  • Question of the day: Will I be able to claim quarantine leave if my child is sent home from school because of COVID-related reasons?  

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September 11, 2020

  • REMINDER — The next live townhall is on Tuesday
  • Updates to COVID-19 employee financial supports
  • The road to LEED: how green design principles have shaped our new Calgary site
  • COVID-19 antibody testing shows few healthy Canadians have had the virus
  • Question of the day: With gyms in our facilities still closed, will Canadian Blood Services continue to offer virtual fitness classes?

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September 8, 2020

  • Guest speaker announced for next live townhall
  • WATCH NOW— Sudbury plasma donor centre welcomes first donors
  • B.C. motorcyclist owes his life to blood donors
  • Question of the day: Why do masks need to be worn at all times in common areas at Canadian Blood Service sites and donor events where there is plenty of room for physical distancing? 

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September 4, 2020

  • IMPORTANT REMINDER —Microsoft Teams replacing Skype
  • Masks — your questions, answered
  • Thousands of Canadians donated in honour of #NovaScotiaStrong
  • Fundraising goes virtual to support patients during COVID-19
  • Teen recovers thanks to donated plasma
  • Question of the day: When we are discussing important topics like diversity, equity and inclusion at work, can I voice a contrary opinion without fear of negative consequences?

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September 1, 2020

  • Save the date — live Q&A with our CEO
  • Wait to donate reduced for short-term travellers to malaria risk areas
  • Resources to manage back-to-school stress and anxiety
  • Question of the day: As we head into September, can you remind me how our organization will be making decisions about who will be returning to administrative spaces as phase one of our return to office plan gets underway? 

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August 28, 2020

  • Meet your new Microsoft 365 Learning Library
  • Your step-by-step guide on how to connect to VPN
  • #NovaScotiaStrong, honouring Tom Bagley
  • Question of the day: Can I be assured that those of us who are Christian will not be treated unfairly as a result of the diversity, equity and inclusion initiative? 

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August 25, 2020

  • New plasma donor centre in Sudbury welcomes its first donors
  • Family thankful to donors after toddler survives ingesting a battery
  • Make sure you are registered for MFA
  • 10 tips to plan a successful staycation
  • Question of the day: Recently, there was news that some brands of hand sanitizer were recalled. Are we providing any of those brands to Canadian Blood Services staff?  

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August 21, 2020

  • Register for live seminars to help manage back-to-school stress and anxiety
  • We’ve launched our new career site
  • Cord blood collection resumes in Vancouver
  • Blood donors to honour one man’s community service
  • Question of the day: What are we doing for donor diversity and inclusion? Will there be an assessment on the donor side and will donor questions be translated? 

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August 18, 2020

  • #NovaScotiaStrong campaign kicks off with emotional blood donor events
  • Canadian Blood Services backgrounds now available on Microsoft Teams
  • Frontline nurse donates cord blood
  • Question of the day: Can you provide me with an update on our collections?

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August 14, 2020

  • Encouraging Canadians to donate in honour of #NovaScotiaStrong
  • Helping parents manage back-to-school anxiety
  • Surprise meeting motivates lifelong donor to keep donating plasma
  • DIY fundraising — a lifeline for patients
  • Question of the day: What were the results for the diversity, equity and inclusion survey? When will we see the results?

Read more >>

August 11, 2020

  • Join us TODAY for a live Q&A
  • Group of plasma donors returns to pre-pandemic routine
  • We made progress on our strategic plan
  • Staycation series — explore natural beauty in Calgary
  • Question of the day: Can I go into the office and get my monitor and other items from my desk? 

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August 7, 2020

  • Reminder — live Q&A with our CEO
  • Search function now available on your COVID-19 employee portal
  • Stories from our frontline
  • Register now for virtual SH’BAM™
  • Question of the day:  Is unconscious bias part of the diversity, equity and inclusion strategy? Since everybody has an unconscious bias, and it’s important to recognize our individual biases, how is this being handled as part of our work? 

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August 4, 2020

  • Reminder — live Q&A with our CEO
  • New virtual recruitment and onboarding tools
  • A thousand plasma donations and counting
  • Cancer survivor celebrates second anniversary of stem cell cure
  • Question of the day: I am celebrating my service anniversary this year. When can I expect to receive my gift and certificate of recognition?

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July 31, 2020

  • Update on return to office plan
  • Goodbye Skype for Business, hello Microsoft Teams
  • A thousand plasma donations and counting
  • Staycation series — exploring Canada’s capital
  • Question of the day: What support is in place to help employees who are caregivers to young children or elderly family members find alternate care for their loved ones?

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July 28, 2020

  • Save the date — live Q&A with our CEO
  • ‘Surprise’ baby gives hope to patients
  • Stories from our frontline
  • Cord blood researcher helping to fight blood cancers
  • Question of the day: I don’t consider myself ‘diverse’, why should I complete this survey? 

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July 24, 2020

  • How common is COVID-19? Early results from our seroprevalence study provide some insights
  • Cord blood collection in Ottawa resumes July 27
  • Staycation series — where to go from Toronto
  • Question of the day: Many employees have been asked to work from home since March in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Will Canadian Blood Services issue completed and signed Form T2200s, so these employees can deduct expenses paid for the employment use of workspaces in their homes?

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July 21, 2020

  • Update on the Voluntary Blood Donations Repeal Act in Alberta
  • Stories from the frontline
  • New branded templates now available
  • Question of the day: Paying this much attention to diversity and this survey will just divide us all and create fractures. Why aren’t we focused on what unites us all?

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July 17, 2020

  • Celebrating our frontline employees
  • Access information on masks at Canadian Blood Services
  • Reminder — your digest is going to twice a week
  • Some words of thanks from our donors
  • Question of the day: Could you let us know why other departments within Canadian Blood Services are not notified when employees test positive for COVID-19?

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July 16, 2020

  • International business travel
  • Staycation series — exploring outdoor adventures in Nova Scotia
  • Cord Blood Awareness Month — Q&A with researcher Jennie Haw
  • Question of the day: Are we considering issuing a public statement on DEI and telling the public what we are doing to address diversity, equity and inclusion at Canadian Blood Services? 

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July 15, 2020

  • Your daily digest is changing! 
  • How cord blood saves lives
  • Question of the day: There’s been mention in the news about a scientific commentary with emerging evidence of the airborne spread of COVID-19. Will this affect our current safety measures or the return to office plan?  

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July 14, 2020

  • An important update on masks at Canadian Blood Services sites 
  • Help us reach new COVID-19 convalescent plasma donors
  • Question of the day: A diversity and inclusion assessment was conducted three years ago. What was the outcome of the initial assessment? If this didn’t move the needle for us, why conduct another assessment? 

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July 13, 2020

  • We have important work to do — diversity, equity and inclusion survey
  • Next steps on Living Our Values
  • Question of the day: When will convalescent plasma be used to treat patients? 

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July 10, 2020

  • Cord blood collection in Edmonton resumes July 13
  • Sidewalk art boosts spirits and blood donations
  • Question of the day: Re: Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion assessment

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July 9, 2020

  • Voluntary Blood Donations Repeal Act in Alberta 
  • Looks like you could use a vacation
  • RBC attracts new stem cell donors with “watch and swab” screening of Mixed Matched
  • Question of the day: With provinces re-opening gyms, when will Canadian Blood Services be reopening its fitness rooms? Will they be re-opened on a province by province basis or do we have to wait to use the facilities until all provinces have re-opened gyms?  

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July 8, 2020

  • Thank you for your participation
  • Stories from our frontline
  • Two more days to nominate a colleague for Living Our Values
  • Question of the day: Why are we even talking about diversity, equity and inclusion? Can’t we all be treated equally without the mention of one’s skin’s colour, gender or race? 

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July 7, 2020

  • Reminder—live Q&A and conversation on diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Team Canada hockey stars score for patients
  • Bringing our brand to life during challenging times
  • Question of the day: Now that masks are mandatory in areas like the GTA and Ottawa, how will this affect our sites?

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July 6, 2020

  • New research project to improve understanding of COVID-19 immunity
  • Live virtual fitness classes start this week
  • Going digital — requesting payouts just got easier
  • Question of the day: I won’t likely be going back into the office until phase two of our return to office plan. Can I go in and get my monitor and other items from my desk?

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July 3, 2020

  • Join us for a live Q&A and conversation on diversity, equity and inclusion
  • How we are meeting an increased demand for blood
  • Question of the day: How will our wellness checks change now that the Atlantic provinces are “bubbled? 

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July 2, 2020

  • World traveller driven to donate
  • PPE tracker update
  • Cord blood awareness month 
  • Question of the day: Can you clarify whether logistics staff need to wear masks when setting up a mobile collections event? 

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June 30, 2020

  • New essential travel approval process
  • Some words of thanks from our donors:
  • Question of the day: Have faints have increased since we removed salty snacks from the front of our collection’s events. Have we considered putting salty snacks outside the front of clinic for donors to each prior to clinic especially new donors? 
  • Happy Canada Day! 

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June 29, 2020

  • Update on return to office
  • Temporary change to minimum hemoglobin eligibility
  • Inventory updates on plasma protein and related products now publicly available
  • Question of the day: I work from home and I want to get a virtual assessment for my home office. How do I do this? 

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June 26, 2020

  • A message of thanks from the board of directors
  • An update on masks
  • Stories from our frontline
  • Happy Pride!
  • Question of the day: Can you please provide an update on the plasma research program for men who have sex with men (MSM)?

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June 25, 2020

  • Triplets mark birthday by becoming first-time blood donors
  • Recognizing diversity, equity and inclusion celebratory days
  • Question of the day: Should washrooms in donor centres be cleaned after each donor use? Since we have to clean equipment such as screening booths and beds after each use, could this be clarified?  

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June 24, 2020

  • Recording of open board meeting now available
  • Wellness Wednesday — dip, duck, dodge, dive
  • Tell us what you think about the digest
  • Question of the day: I am curious about why we are advising that three feet for “walking/passing by” donors and other staff is acceptable. Shouldn’t our ultimate goal be to have two metre distancing in all aspect of the donor centre?  

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June 23, 2020

  • What do you think about the daily digest?
  • Thank you for your participation
  • Register for multi-factor authentication before July 10
  • Question of the day: With the resumption of cord blood collection in Brampton, are we likely to resume at our other three locations soon? Also, what kind of discussions led to the resumption in Brampton?

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June 22, 2020

  • Reminder — virtual open board meeting tomorrow
  • The numbers are in — National Blood Donor Week
  • Question of the day: Will donors whose blood has been tested as part of the seroprevalence study be notified if they have COVID-19 antibodies?

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June 19, 2020

  • Engaging employees on diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Teamwork to save a child
  • Register for free virtual fitness classes with Goodlife
  • Some words of thanks from our donors
  • Question of the day: Since many staff are wearing homemade cloth masks, can we receive instructions for handling & cleaning of those as well? I am concerned about a used mask being stuffed into a purse or pocket.

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June 18, 2020

  • Save the date — live Q&A with our CEO
  • Nominate a colleague for Living Our Values
  • New study to determine the prevalence of COVID-19 antibodies
  • BEAP welcomes applications addressing COVID-19 transfusion challenges
  • Question of the day: What’s the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force and how is Canadian Blood Services equipped to help with determining prevalence of the COVID-19 antibody in Canadians’ blood serum? 

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June 17, 2020

  • Stories from our frontline
  • Cord blood collection in Brampton resumes Monday
  • Wellness Wednesday — S.T.O.P and meditate
  • Question of the day: How are the decisions regarding diversity taken? Is there a diversity committee in place? If so, is it composed of members of the different minorities?

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June 16, 2020

  • Virtual open board meeting and Q&A session with Canadians
  • Meeting the rising need for lifesaving plasma protein products
  • Question of the day: Why did Canadian Blood Services decide to move ahead with pandemic top-up pay for some employees?  

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June 15, 2020

  • How-to video series
  • New process for managing COVID-19 related cases
  • New process to make HR requests
  • Question of the day: Can you give us an update on our collections? Do we have excess inventory?

Read more >>

June 12, 2020

  • World Blood Donor Day
  • Stories from National Blood Donor Week
  • How corporate Canada is helping our blood system during the pandemic
  • Some words of thanks from our donors
  • Question of the day: Do we currently have mandatory training in place to prevent implicit biases from hiring or promoting certain individuals? If not, what resources are available to raise awareness about diversity, equity and inclusion? 

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June 11, 2020

  • Stories from National Blood Donor Week
  • COVID-19 survivors come together through convalescent plasma clinical trial
  • Canadians share their story
  • Standing together
  • Question of the day: Are we re-thinking opening more beds in donor centres seeing that plexiglass can be used between beds allowing the required distancing? 

Read more >>

June 10, 2020

  • What did you think of our live Q&A?
  • Stories from National Blood Donor Week
  • Wellness Wednesday — finding peace through paddling
  • Question of the day: What sort of self-reflection and conversations are occurring internally regarding diversity, equity and inclusion? How are we empowering employees at all levels to participate in these discussions? 

Read more >>

June 9, 2020

  • Thank you for your participation
  • Stories from National Blood Donor Week
  • Stories from our frontline
  • Question of the day: There seems to be a growing body of evidence that the disease caused by COVID-19 is not so much a respiratory disease but a blood vessel disease; does this affect our confidence that this disease is not transmissible by blood donation? 

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June 8, 2020

  • Reminder — live Q&A with Graham is tomorrow
  • Stories from National Blood Donor Week
  • Delivering “psychological first aid” to healthcare frontline
  • Question of the day: How are we actively listening to and engaging with the minority communities that we are trusted to represent and advocate for within Canada’s healthcare system?

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June 5, 2020

  • A time to reflect, to listen and to act
  • National Blood Donor Week
  • Stories from our frontline
  • Some words of thanks from our donors
  • Question of the day: What will donor recruitment events look like as we move forward in keeping with physical distancing?

Read more >>

June 4, 2020

  • Special guest joining Tuesday’s event
  • How women are supporting research on convalescent plasma
  • “Working together apart”
  • Question of the day: How do we respond to members of the MSM community who are frustrated that they are unable to participate in the COVID-19 convalescent plasma trial?  

Read more >>

 

June 3, 2020

  • Pulse survey results: We are listening
  • Education for health professionals during COVID-19
  • Wellness Wednesday — let us know what you would like to see
  • Question of the day: Are staff trained to remove a donor mask if a donor has a reaction and/or goes unconscious? 

Read more >>

June 2, 2020

  • Fostering an environment of respect
  • Save the date — live Q&A with Graham
  • Stories from our frontline 
  • We’ve officially rolled out Microsoft Teams
  • Question of the day: Why are we providing infrared thermometers to employees and not donors?

Read more >>

June 1, 2020

  • A heartfelt thank you
  • Nominate a colleague for Living Our Values
  • Sophie Grégoire Trudeau supports convalescent plasma research
  • Question of the day: Some of our staff have allergies or intolerances to scents. Are we looking at non-scented alternatives to items like Lysol wipes, so our workplaces can be scent-free environments? 

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May 29, 2020

  • Introducing employee temperature checks
  • New questions added to wellness screening
  • Stories from our frontline
  • Question of the day: I worry that donors will be turned away because their temperature is too high due to them waiting for their appointment in the direct heat. Have we considered setting up temporary cooling shelters outside of our mobiles across the country? 

Read more >>

May 28, 2020

  • As Canada’s health systems bounce back, so does the need for blood
  • PPE tracker update
  • Digital donor cards now available in Apple Wallet
  • Question of the day: I don’t think the surgical masks are environmentally friendly. Can I wear my own? 

Read more >>

May 27, 2020

  • What did you think of our live Q&A?
  • Dedicated return to office page
  • Wellness Wednesday — unleash your creativity
  • Question of the day: Is it safe to say that we are suspending all business travel for the remainder of the year? 

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May 26, 2020

  • Thank you for your participation
  • Update on return to office
  • Stories from our frontline
  • Question of the day: Are donors who are participating in the convalescent plasma program being encouraged to donate in the future at various time points so we can obtain an idea of how long we can expect neutralizing antibodies to last in a recovered patient's blood stream? 

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May 25, 2020

  • Join us tomorrow for a live Q&A with Graham
  • Virtual fitness classes for employees
  • The people of plasma
  • Question of the day: I don’t like the hand sanitizer supplied by Canadian Blood Services. Can I bring my own?

Read more >>

May 22, 2020

  • Special guest joining Tuesday’s event
  • Stories from our frontline
  • Pandemic top-up
  • Some words of thanks from our donors
  • Question of the day: I know that a lot of work is being done to create a return to office plan. Will employees have an opportunity to weigh-in on those decisions?

Read more >>

 

May 21, 2020

  • Reminder pulse survey closes tomorrow
  • Reminder — PPE inventory tracker
  • Taking vacation is important for your mental health
  • Question of the day: With the cancelling of stem cell swabbing events across the country, this will likely affect our ability to meet targets. How will this be managed?

Read more >>

May 20, 2020

  • Save the date — live Q&A with Graham
  • Supporting our employees who are primary caregivers
  • Wellness Wednesday
  • Question of the day: Can you provide us with an update on COVID-positive staff? 

Read more >>

May 19, 2020

  • Your new pulse survey — we are listening
  • Stories from our frontline
  • What does wellness mean to you?
  • Question of the day: As an immune compromised employee that currently works from home, when things start to open what considerations are being given to employees who may not be able to return to an office?

Read more >>

 

May 15, 2020

  • Pulse survey results: we are listening
  • Stories from our frontline
  • First convalescent plasma donor in Atlantic Canada
  • Finding balance even when it’s hard
  • Question of the day: Are we encouraging donors to use their cellphones to fill in their Q-pass from their cars if they didn’t already do it at home? 

Read more >>

May 14, 2020

  • PPE inventory tracker
  • Ipsos poll results — donor perspectives
  • Question of the day: Has the 2020–2021 budget been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? 

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May 13, 2020

  • Bringing Canada’s 17 eye and tissue banks together
  • Wellness Wednesday
  • ‘An opportunity to dream’ for a young woman with sickle cell disease
  • OHL Humanitarian of the Year supporting Canada’s Lifeline
  • Question of the day: Will we be adding a test for COVID-19 antibodies to our regular testing? 

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May 12, 2020

  • Thank you for your participation
  • Stories from our frontline
  • Celebrating National Nurses Week
  • Question of the day: How have we prepared centres across the country to start collecting convalescent plasma?

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May 11, 2020

  • Tomorrow — live Q&A with our CEO
  • New feature in the Daily Digest
    • Question of the day: With many employees now working from home, will we see new advancements in our technology? 
  • An update on our collections inventory
  • The milkshake connection — recognizing our frontline

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May 8, 2020

  • New measures in donor centres in effect Monday
  • A word from Andrew on mental health week
  • Stories from our frontline
  • Some words of thanks from our donors

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May 7, 2020

  • Reminder — your feedback matters
  • Father and son donate convalescent plasma for use in national clinical trial
  • Provincial extensions and how they affect you
  • New Microsoft feature to spot phishing emails

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May 6, 2020

  • Save the date — live Q&A with our CEO
  • Update on transitioning back to the “office”
  • Volunteers are a vital part of the donation experience
  • Wellness Wednesday — creating your family’s gratitude jar
  • The 2020 Dayna Brons Honorary Award

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May 5, 2020

  • Update on employee temperature checks
  • Stories from the frontline
  • Doctors Manitoba steps up

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May 4, 2020

  • How to wear a mask
  • New system for snacks in collections events
  • Mental Health Week
  • Your feedback is important

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May 1, 2020

  • You asked, we answered — what you need to know about PPE
  • How to set up a temporary home office
  • Some words of thanks from our donors

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April 30, 2020

  • Roll-out of mandatory masks
  • Meet our first convalescent plasma donor
  • mental health webinar
  • Celebrating #ThankfulThursday with Tims

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April 29, 2020

  • Wellness Wednesday
  • Frontline story
  • Survey reminder - Friday at 4pm ET

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April 28, 2020

  • Townhall thank you
  • Brampton pilot
  • Plasma explainers
  • National day of mourning

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April 27, 2020

  • Townhall reminder
  • New wellness portal
  • Childcare
  • Maintaining employee pay

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April 24, 2020

  • PPE - ask staff to send in their questions
  • Townhall reminders
  • CP patient
  • Olympic athlete gives back
  • Share social posts (volunteer week)
  • CBS volunteers

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April 23, 2020

  • 3 siblings (volunteer week)
  • NGO 11 year old donor
  • Plexiglass installation
  • NOTDAW article

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April 22, 2020

  • NGO - Stem cells
  • NOTDAW
  • 3 siblings (volunteer week)
  • Wellness Wednesday

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April 21, 2020

  • Returning to work after you have been sick
  • National volunteer week

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April 20, 2020

  • Nova Scotia shooting - staff message

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April 17, 2020

  • Donor feedback
  • TVO convalescent plasma
  • Financial wellbeing
  • Stem cell video

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April 16, 2020

  • COVID-19 assessment tool
  • Recording from TownHall
  • Deployment of face shields
  • Pulse survey

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April 15, 2020

  • Thank you participating in townhall with info on when recording will be available
  • Wellness Wednesday
  • Removing requirement for physical exam for plasma donors

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April 14, 2020

  • Reminder town hall
  • NGO PPP recipient
  • Convalescent plasma
  • Toyota announcement

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April 9, 2020

  • Long weekend video message from Graham
  • Save the date details
  • Companies helping CBS

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April 8, 2020

  • Wellness Wednsday
  • Muslim association
  • How to wear a mask

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April 7, 2020

  • NGO Kohen
  • Virtual work from home tips
  • Town hall details
  • Green shirt social media

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April 6, 2020

  • Info reminders
  • Convalscent plasma trial
  • NGO Mavrik
  • Thank you from board member

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April 3, 2020

  • Confirmed case in NB
  • CBS trial convalscent plasma
  • Active staff wellness checkpoint
  • Social media shout out

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April 2, 2020

  • Wellness Wednesday
  • Peter Mcdonald video
  • CBS townhall with Graham - open call for questions
  • Stem cells; update personal details on EDA
  • Performance evals
  • Performance management article link

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April 1, 2020

  • PPE
  • Link to new donor eligibility
  • Closing select mobile and perm sites
  • Thank you from patient

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March 31, 2020

  • PPE
  • Link to new donor eligibility
  • Closing select mobile and perm sites
  • Thank you from patient

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March 27, 2020

  • New cleaning measures
  • Convalescent plasmaF
  • Federal government aid bill summary
  • Call for staff volunteers
  • The need goes on - Thank you

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March 26, 2020

  • New donor eligibility
  • Appointments only
  • Salty snacks
  • HCL

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