My mother started volunteering for the Red Cross blood drives in the 1950's. Being the youngest child, would tag along with my homework. Coming from a small prairie farming community, I watched the dedication of the staff, volunteers and donors. I made my first donation as a High School senior and continued to donate during my training as a Lab. Tech. As I traveled a lot during my adult years, I didn't volunteer. Moving to BC in 1989, I registered as a donor in Mission, BC. I soon realized that there was a need for volunteers so I signed up. Soon the change to Canadian Blood Services came and I signed up as a donor and volunteer with them. I transferred to Abbotsford and Aldergrove in 2003. I love the caring atmosphere of the clinics and meeting all the great staff, volunteers and donors.
Second generation Volunteerism