FreeVector-Blood-DropThree 2015 Chapter awards were presented at the 12th Annual Gala Dinner of Culinary Inspirations; Gold Star Classics on March 6th, 2015. John Rogasky, Kathy Mulder and Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries were honoured.


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The Stuart Johnson Award is awarded to a Chapter member with a bleeding disorder who has demonstrated devoted services to the cause of inherited bleeding disorders. The 2014 winner is John Rogasky.

John is the current Chapter President. John represents our organization’s commitment to welcoming people with all inherited bleeding disorders. He is our first President with a rare bleeding disorder. John was involved in 2 national conferences for people managing rare bleeding disorders. John is the Chair for the Chapter’s Healthy Aging Committee. As medications and care have improved, we now have, for the first time, a significant population in our community, who will live to see their golden years. John works to encourage the Chapter and the healthcare system to be proactive in preparing for the new challenges our aging population will experience.

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The Chapter’s Special Recognition Award is given to a Chapter member or a member of the Bleeding Disorders Care Team who has made a significant contribution to the Chapter within the past year or over a number of years. The 2014 winner is Kathy Mulder.

Kathy Mulder enjoyed a brilliant 40 year career as a physiotherapist. 33 of those years she worked in pediatric care including hemophilia, at the Health Sciences Center. Kathy is a collaborative professional and has shared her expertise all over the world as a volunteer of the World Federation of Hemophilia. Kathy won the Canadian Hemophilia Society’s Award of Appreciation in 2001 for her volunteer work with our National Organization. Kathy and her colleague, Joann Nilson, will be awarded the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association’s Connected to the Community Award for the development of the app “HIRT?”

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The Chapter’s Corporate Award is given to a company in recognition and appreciation of outstanding corporate support of the bleeding disorders community. The 2014 winner is Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. They have provided the Dinner Beverage Sponsorship for the Gala Dinner of Culinary Inspirations for every event, except the inaugural dinner. Our partnership has been much more than a sponsorship. Christine Girardin has worked with us, to elevate our fundraising event. The partnership with Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries helps the Chapter raise the funds needed to continue our work.