Home joins Canadian Blood Services Partners for Life program
November 29, 2013 — Jennifer Neutel
When Christina Verleysen looked across the room as she donated blood and saw her Streamway Villa colleagues, she says she felt even more proud to be a part of the home.
Fifteen of the Cobourg long-term care home’s staff members donated blood Nov. 20 at the Columbus Community Centre, thanks to the idea of dietary aide Tamara Dunn. Dunn approached Verleysen, life enrichment co-ordinator at the home, with the idea and asked if Verleysen could organize it.
“I’m a regular donor and I think everybody should do it if they can,” Dunn tells the OMNIway.
When Verleysen approached colleagues they were eager to give blood and understood the importance of saving lives.
“It was just amazing the response I got so it was definitely something that I will be doing again in January,” says Verleysen. “It brought us closer – it doesn’t matter what your position is at Streamway, everyone came together.”
According to the Canadian Blood Services every hour saves three lives, so through the 15 staff members 45 lives were saved.
Streamway Villa is now part of Canadian Blood Services’ Partners for Life Program, and will be in touch with the agency every other month.
Canadian Blood Services community development co-ordinator Crystal Powell says Verleysen was able to educate and recruit a large number of donors for their first blood drive. The home has a goal of 30 units of blood (one unit equals one donation, healthy donors can donate every 56 days) for 2014.
“I am sure they will far exceed this number given the great leadership of Christina and the obvious camaraderie and teamwork of its staff. I look forward to watching their lifesaving number grow throughout the year,” says Powell.
Among the benefits to workplaces for getting involved with Canadian Blood Services are saving lives, building staff morale and pride, providing employee development opportunities, having a positive public image and receiving recognition from Canadian Blood Services.
“New donors are essential to the continued success of our blood donor clinics and the Partner for Life program is a great way for organizations, groups, companies to become involved,” says Powell.
To learn more about the Partners for Life program or to join visit www.blood.ca. After joining, a community development coordinator gets in touch to answer questions, complete the registration process and develop an individual plan.
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