Truro Heights couple recognized for work with Canadian Blood Services
Even though they’re not able to give blood, Barb and Jim Urquhart are extremely valuable people to have at blood collection clinics.
They’ve been volunteering at clinics for 22 years, and Canadian Blood Services recently thanked them for their e orts by presenting them with an honoured volunteer award.
“I was surprised when I got the call,” said Jim. “We’d just nished a clinic and I thought they were calling about that.
“When they told me about the award, I couldn’t stop talking about it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and I took vacation to go there.”
The award was presented in Ottawa on Sept. 7. Five of these awards were given out this year, and the Urquharts represented the Atlantic provinces.
ey enjoyed hearing Dr. Brian Goldman speak at the awards ceremony, and they had a tour of the Ottawa-gatineau area and the blood facilities.
Although they can’t donate blood, because of medication they take, they were happy to get involved with clinics when they heard there was a need.
“We’re members of the Lions Club, and we got involved through Lions,” said Barb.
“We didn’t realize we’d been volunteering for 22 years until they told us. I really enjoy helping out at the clinics.”
Jim helps schedule volunteers ahead of collection dates, and on clinic days the Urquharts help with set up and tear down, stocking refreshments, reassuring new donors, and keeping things moving smoothly.
“I really like it because I can help save a life, and I like mingling with people,” said Jim.
Blood collection clinics are being held at Immanuel Baptist Church Oct. 3-5 and Nov. 14-16. Donation times can be booked online at https://blood.ca/en .
“I’d encourage everyone to volunteer with us, or to donate blood,” said Barb. “ ere’s always someone in need.”
Barb and Jim Urquhart were recently presented with an award by Canadian Blood Services unteer e orts. They’ve been helping at blood clinics for 22 years. in recognition of their vol-