World Blood Donor Day

Posted on Saturday, June 6, 2015


Blood donation

Sylvain Léonard, Nathalie Saumure, Marie-Anne Burgess, JoAnne St-Gelais, Benjamin Duthie and Brigitte Dubois



Did you know that we can donate blood up to 6 times a year? With World Blood Donor Day taking place on June 14th, the Faculty of Social Sciences is encouraging all members of the University of Ottawa community to join them as they donate blood and save lives.

Why donate blood?

Simply put, donating blood saves lives. According to Canadian Blood Services, half of all Canadians will need a blood transfusion at some point in their lives or know someone who will need blood, yet only 4% of the population actually donates. Your donation has the potential to save lives.


You can be a blood donor if you are between the ages of 18 and 61 years of age, are healthy, and weigh more than 110 pounds. Donors cannot have been tattooed in the 6 months preceding the donation. People who have undergone surgical procedures recently, or have visited a dentist in the days preceding the procedure, are not eligible. For other conditions that may affect your eligibility, please visit the Canadian Blood Services website.


The process is rather simple, but it is important to know what to expect in order to be prepared. The day of your donation, you should have had something to eat and gotten an adequate amount of sleep the night before. You are more at risk of feeling uneasy if you have not sufficiently eaten or drank prior to the procedure. The entire process lasts about an hour.

Brigitte Dubois, first-time donor: “I donated blood for the first time this year and I am very happy I did it. I think it is a great way to make a difference, and I definitely plan on donating again.”

Benjamin Duthie, 2nd donation: “I was inspired by my mother’s generosity, seeing as she had been a consistent donor for many years. Before she was diagnosed with cancer, she was involved in the community in so many different ways, and so I felt a strong desire to follow in her footsteps.”

Sylvain Léonard, 6th donation: Seeing as I am lucky to be in good health, why wouldn’t I take advantage of it to help others who may not be as fortunate? We never know what the future holds, and I may eventually be in need of a blood donor myself. I will then be grateful that someone out there gave a little bit of their time to help me get through my difficult situation.”

Nathalie Saumure, 29th donation:  “Donating blood is one of the only gifts that you can give that is completely free, and it really does save lives. After every donation, I feel better because I made a positive contribution to someone’s life.”

JoAnne St-Gelais, 45th donation: “I have been donating blood for many years now. At the age of 17, I was already looking forward to being able to donate. I didn’t have much money at the time to donate to charitable organizations that I really cared about, but it put me at ease knowing that at least I could give a little bit of “myself” in the hopes of saving lives.”

Giving blood is like a giant human chain where each of us acts as a link that connects us with one another. This little donation to help those who need it is a simple and beautiful way of continuing the precious chain of life.”

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