While students all over the city were enjoying one of the last PD Days of the year, over 20 Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) employees took time out of their day on June 9, 2017 to save some lives. Administrative staff from the main Board office rolled up their sleeves to give a life-saving donation to Canadian Blood Services (CBS), who is currently struggling to maintain a strong national blood inventory.
The OCSB heard the call to donate to this worthwhile cause, and answered with enthusiasm. Thanks to Life Bus shuttles provided by CBS, participants took a 10 minute drive up West Hunt Club Road to Tudor Hall, where a mobile blood donation clinic was set up. After answering some eligibility questions, donating blood, and enjoying a cold drink and sweet snack, they headed back to work with a greater sense of purpose.
Every minute of every day, a Canadian needs blood. While many people have extremely valid reasons for not donating blood, only 4% of people who are eligible to donate actually do. One car accident victim can require transfusions from over 70 donors. One child diagnosed with cancer might need several blood transfusions each week just to stay alive. One donation can save up to three lives.
The OCSB is proud of all of its employees for supporting this cause. Contact Canadian Blood Services today to make an appointment to donate blood and join the movement today.
Kelly McKibbin is the Board Website Coordinator with the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s Communications Department, and manages all aspects of the Board’s district website. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Ottawa, is the recipient of a 2016 United Way Ottawa Community Builder Award, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Waupoos Foundation.