CAW earns Trillium Gift of Life Network recognition award



    Over 260 000 employees committed to raising awareness about organ and
    tissue donation

    TORONTO, Dec. 7 /CNW/ - The Canadian Auto Workers will be presented with
the highest recognition award for raising awareness about organ and tissue
donation from Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) today at their annual
general meeting in Toronto.
    "The commitment of the CAW to organ and tissue donation is incredible,"
said Frank Markel, President and CEO of TGLN. "You embraced the cause and you
have helped at every opportunity to raise awareness. I am honoured to present
this award to you today - and I hope that other groups look to you as a model
of what it is to be responsible citizens - thank you so much."
    Today in Ontario, more than 1655 patients are on the transplant waiting
list.
    "The CAW is proud to help Trillium Gift of Life raise awareness about its
important work," said CAW President Buzz Hargrove. "So many people and their
families are affected by organ and tissue donation. I'm urging CAW members and
their families to continue being involved by raising awareness and by also
signing their donor cards and by talking to family members so they know about
your wishes."

    
    Over the past year the CAW has worked with TGLN to:

    -   Write several articles for their internal newsletters,
    -   Place an organ and tissue donation message on pay receipt envelopes,
    -   Circulate and hang awareness posters,
    -   Have an organ and tissue donation presence at all CAW functions.
    

    "I got my kidney/pancreas transplant 5 1/2 years ago," said local 222 CAW
Member Phil Goodwin. "I don't know what I would have done without it. I am so
proud that the CAW understands the importance of raising awareness for organ
and tissue donation. Everyone should be doing something. It's easy to make a
difference and save lives."
    Every three days someone on the organ donation waiting list dies.
    "It's critical to have groups like this raising awareness. It's so
important that every person in this province knows that they have the power to
save lives. I hope that we can continue to work together to get people to talk
to your family about your organ and tissue donation wishes," said Markel.

    Trillium Gift of Life Network is a not-for-profit agency of the
Government of Ontario and is responsible for planning, promoting, coordinating
and supporting organ and tissue donation across Ontario and improving the
system so that more lives can be saved.
    For more details on Trillium Gift of Life Network please visit our
website at www.giftoflife.on.ca or call 416.363.4001 or toll free
1-800-263-2833.





For further information:

For further information: Carrie Hoto, Trillium Gift of Life Network,
(416) 619-2299 (direct line), (416) 735-0099 (cell)

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