As Canadian Blood Services prepares to close the doors on the Brandon Blood Donor Clinic, many Manitobans are petitioning to keep them open.

The recent decision to close Brandon’s clinic ultimately affects rural Westman as the 10 communities who hosted the mobile units will no longer have the service easily available to them. Beginning June 15th, a mobile unit will come to Brandon twice each month to collect from donors.

Griswold resident and donor, Russell Thiessen, has donated blood over 40 times in the past 7 years and believes this decision is detrimental to community participation in giving the gift of blood. “I will be donating for my 42nd time this coming March 22 and it fills me with sadness that it will be the last time visiting with the wonderful staff in Brandon. Regression is not growth and Western Manitoba needs life!”

Thiessen recently contacted MP Larry Maguire with positive response.

MP Larry Maguire shared with Thiessen that his office immediately reached out to the Canadian Blood Services office in Ottawa to let them know he does not support this decision. Maguire has also requested a meeting with their management and will ask that they immediately reverse this decision.

To get personally involved to advocate the reversal of this decision to close the Brandon Blood Donor Clinic, and ultimately the 10 mobile unit community sites, write to [email protected]

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