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Hospital employee honoured by Canadian Blood Services

St. Michael's Hospital needs blood to give our patients another chance at life. June Watkins feels it is important for the hospital community to support our blood supply.

Toronto, October 1, 2008

June Watkins June Watkins
St. Michael's Hospital needs blood to give our patients another chance at life. June Watkins feels it is important for the hospital community to support our blood supply.

June was recently recognized by the Canadian Blood Services for her efforts to re-establish successful blood donor clinics at the Hospital and for her personal contribution of more than 130 blood donations.

"We are a big user of blood and blood products," June says. "I felt we really needed to support our community and do our part to keep the blood supply strong." Blood is needed for emergency situations and for people who have cancer, blood disorders, sickle cell anemia and other illnesses. Some people need regular blood transfusions to live.

June was an award recipient at the ninth Honouring Our Lifeblood event. The national ceremony recognized individuals and organizations that represent blood donors, volunteers, community groups, sponsors and partners.

"The 2008 honourees are community role models who have helped to lead the transformation of Canada’s blood system over the past 10 years," said director of donor and clinic services for Central Ontario Sue Blasutti.

The event, hosted by CBS CEO Dr. Graham Sher, marked the 10th anniversary of CBS on Sept. 15 at the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa.