The CHS will receive the Canadian Blood Services Life Time Achievement Award on September 9th. CHS President, Craig Upshaw and CHS Executive Director, David Page have been invited to Ottawa to accept the award.

The members of the CHS became involved with the reform of Canada’s blood system as a result of the tainted blood tragedy of the 1970s and 1980s. The inherited bleeding community saw over 700 members infected with HIV and more than 1,600 infected with hepatitis C. In Canada there were over 20,000 people infected with hepatitis C.

Members of the CHS became active participants in the reform of the Canadian blood system as active members of the Canadian Blood Services Board of Directors, the National Liaison Committee and Regional Liaison Committees. Bill Featherstone is the current CHS-MC representative on the Manitoba Blood Advisory Committee.

The CHS is constantly vigilant to be sure that the lessons of the tainted blood tragedy are not forgotten or repeated.