National Volunteer Week - Héma-Québec highlights volunteers' commitment to the cause of blood donation

    MONTREAL, April 20 /CNW Telbec/ - "Volunteering comes in many shapes and
forms in the daily operations of an organization like ours. Thousands of
volunteers work alongside members of the Héma-Québec team, devoting their
time, energy and passion to maintaining Quebec's blood supply. I've said it
before and I'll say it again, Héma-Québec could not accomplish its mission
without each and every one these people, who make giving blood and giving life
possible," stated Dr. Francine Décary, Héma-Québec President and Chief
Executive Officer, to highlight National Volunteer Week 2009.
    Héma-Québec would like to take advantage of National Volunteer Week,
which runs from April 19-25, to draw attention to the vital role volunteers
play in blood donation. Special posters will be on display at blood drives
across Quebec to mark this important week.
    More than 600 blood donation volunteers are expected to attend two
recognition events organized by Héma-Québec in their honour, one in Montreal,
today, April 20, and another in Quebec City on Thursday, April 23.
    "Thanks to the generosity of volunteers who give blood or organize blood
drives, thousands of lives have been improved. Our volunteers deserve all of
our gratitude for their commitment to the cause of blood donation," added Dr.
Francine Décary.
    Each year, volunteers across Quebec help organize and run every single
blood drive by, among other tasks, placing a significant number of the 1.2
million calls made to donors. Notably, nearly 300,000 people gave blood in the
last year-a purely voluntary and selfless act.
    Héma-Québec is always looking for new volunteers to successfully conduct
its blood drives. For more information or to volunteer, call 514 832-5000,
extension 162 in the Montreal and Western Quebec region, or 418 780-4362,
extension 2245 in the Quebec City and Eastern Quebec region, or visit the
"Volunteers" section of Héma-Québec's website at

    About Héma-Québec

    Héma-Québec aims 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 2,000 blood drives and more than
300,000 blood donors every year, 16,000 partner volunteers and more than
450,000 blood products delivered to hospitals in Quebec annually to fulfill
the needs of patients.

    Give blood. Give life.

For further information:

For further information: Valérie Legault, Information Officer, (514)
832-0871,;; Source: Laurent
Paul Ménard, External Communications Director

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