Truro Heights cou­ple rec­og­nized for work with Cana­dian Blood Ser­vices

Truro Daily News - - Colchester County - BY LYNN CURWIN lynn.curwin@truro­daily.com

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.”

LYNN CURWIN/TRURO NEWS

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-

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