Each day, Héma-Québec volunteer action helps to save lives



    MONTREAL, April 16 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of National Volunteer Week that
runs from April 15-21, Héma-Québec would like to remind the public that
volunteer action is essential for maintaining Québec's blood supply. In
addition to the 320,000 individuals who voluntarily give blood every year,
Héma-Québec relies on the generous contribution of a network of tens of
thousands of people, throughout Québec, who support its endeavours by
recruiting donors, organizing blood drives or volunteering their services at
the blood donor clinics.
    To celebrate the commitment and importance of its volunteers for
achieving its mission, Héma-Québec has established a recognition program
especially for them. The Québec blood supplier pays tribute to the
contribution of regular volunteers in the following categories:
Young Volunteers, Volunteers, Regional Volunteers and Volunteers of the
Association of Blood Donation Volunteers. It recognizes also the contribution
of the blood drive organizing committees in the community, corporate,
government, medias and provincial sectors, as well as in our academic and
cultural communities.
    As part of this program, four recognition evenings were organized to
celebrate the priceless contributions of a finalist group of volunteers: two
in Montréal on March 21 and April 10, 2007, and the other in Québec City on
March 14 and April 4, 2007. These finalists were those individuals or
organizations who really stood out during the last year. Sixty-three winners
from all across Québec were honoured at these four celebrations.
    "Québec's blood supply rests essentially on the generosity of volunteers.
Every volunteer, whether a blood donor, telerecruiter, drive organizer, or
volunteer at the blood drives, helps to save lives or improve the quality of
life of recipients. Hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours are dedicated
annually to maintaining the collective blood supply. Volunteers deserve all of
our thanks for their wonderful sense of sharing," stated Dr. Francine Décary,
Héma-Québec's Chief Executive Officer.has a constant need for new volunteers
to continue its operations and
    We should emphasize that Héma-Québec to replace the volunteers who are
retiring. No experience is necessary since Héma-Québec provides all of the
training required for its team of volunteers. To become a volunteer or to find
out more about volunteer work, visit the "Volunteers" section of the Web site
at www.hema-quebec.qc.ca or telephone 514-832-5000, extension 162, in the
Montréal and Western Québec region, or 418-780-4362, extension 2245, for the
Québec City and Eastern Québec region.

    Héma-Québec's mission is to efficiently provide adequate quantities of
safe, optimal blood components, substitutes, human tissues and cord blood to
meet the needs of all Quebecers; provide and develop expertise along with
specialized and innovative services and products in the fields of transfusion
medicine and human tissue transplantation.
    Héma-Québec is 1,300 employees, some 3,000 days of blood drives and more
than 300,000 blood donors each year, 16,000 volunteer partners and 400,000
blood products delivered each year to Québec hospitals to meet patients'
needs.
    Give blood. Give life.

    ORGANIZATIONS OR VOLUNTEERS WHO REALLY STOOD OUT IN 2006

    MONTREAL AND WESTERN QUEBEC ORGANIZING COMMITTEES

    Corporate Sector
    Place Ville-Marie
    Rolls Royce Canada Limited
    Centre de la Petite Enfance de Blainville
    Oerlikon Contraves Inc.

    Community Sector
    Iberville Optimist Club
    Les Caisses Desjardins de l'Estrie
    Douville-Saint-Hyacinthe Optimist Club

    Government Sector
    National Defence Montréal Garrison
    Sûreté du Québec de l'Estrie
    Corps de Cadets 3062 Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines

    Cultural Community Sector
    Parc-Extension Youth Organization P.E.Y.O.
    Les Kataeb Libano-Canadiens

    Academic Sector
    Collège Charles-Lemoyne Campus Longueuil II
    Pensionnat des Sacrés-Coeurs
    Collège Saint-Sacrement
    Ecole Anne-Hébert

    Media Sector
    CFCF on the occasion of the Auto Show
    M 103,5

    Provincial Sector
    Mouvement Desjardins


    MONTREAL AND WESTERN QUEBEC VOLUNTEERS

    Permanent Volunteers at the Montréal facility
    Ninon Harnois
    Vilma Bermudez
    Lise Larocque

    Young Volunteers at the Montréal facility
    Lamia Harraz
    Anita Tataru
    Meriem Hammou

    Regional Volunteers
    Jean-Noel Doucet from Varennes
    Réjeanne Pelchat from Granby
    Suzanne Dumaine from St-Hyacinthe

    Association of Blood Donation Volunteers
    Teresa Arena-Bishai from Montréal
    Lucie Carleton from Gatineau
    Claude Germain from Varennes

    QUEBEC CITY AND EASTERN QUEBEC ORGANIZING COMMITTEES

    Corporate Sector
    L'Union Canadienne
    ING
    ALCOA Aluminerie de Deschambault

    Community Sector
    Chevaliers de Colomb de Montmagny, conseil 2634
    Chevaliers de Colomb de Saint-Bernard, conseil 12751
    Ambulance Saint-Jean et Chevaliers de Colomb de Saint-Prosper

    Government Sector
    Sûreté du Québec, MRC Lac-Saint-Jean-Est
    Pompiers de Lambton
    Pompiers de Chesterville
    Academic Sector

    Ecole l'Escalade
    Département d'éducation physique de l'Université Laval
    Association des étudiants du Cégep de Sainte-Foy
    Ecole du Sous-Bois

    Media Sector
    Rock Détente 94,7 Mauricie
    CHOI Radio X

    Provincial Sector
    Mouvement Desjardins

    QUEBEC CITY AND EASTERN QUEBEC VOLUNTEERS

    Permanent Volunteers at the Québec City facility
    Josette Hamel
    Georges Hamel
    Ginette Bourgoin

    Young Volunteers at the Québec City facility
    Rodrigo Pena
    Geneviève Simard
    Maryse Marceau-Grimard

    Regional Volunteers
    Lucille Caron from Rimouski
    Lucien Leblanc from Thetford Mines
    Irène Ouellet-Plante from Rivière-du-Loup
    Simone Roberge from Lévis

    Association of Blood Donation Volunteers
    Sylvio Chaîné from Québec City
    Gilles Gingras from Trois-Rivières
    Robert Houde from Victoriaville
    Marie-Lise Pagé from Stoneham

    Distinguished Volunteer
    Françoise Caouette from Saint-Romuald




For further information:

For further information: Michel Thisdel, Director, Public Affairs, (514)
832-0871

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