KURT LANGMANN PHOTO Aldergrove blood donor clinic volunteer coordinator Marion Kouleas (centre) welcomes blood donors Freida and Maegan on Saturday.

120 turn up for Aldergrove blood clinic

More volunteer help welcomed by Canadian Blood Services

Canadian Blood Services was pleased with the 120 blood donors who turned up at the clinic in Aldergrove on Saturday.

The clinic comes to the Aldergrove Community Secondary School dramnasium every three months. The next Aldergrove clinic will be on March 9, 2019.

Volunteer coordinator Marion Kouleas was there to help the donors take a seat and rest after providing their donations of a unit of blood.

She offered the donors cookies and juices or coffee, and observed to make sure none of the donors bled as they sat and relaxed.

Kouleas, who has donated over 100 units of blood in her time as a donor, is no longer able to donate blood but she is happy to help donors at the Aldergrove clinics, and would welcome new volunteers to help donors at the clinics.

“Many of us volunteers are getting older like me and can’t get out to help any more. We could use some new ‘blood’ on our volunteer crew.”

She invites new volunteers to sign up at the website (blood.ca) and training sessions will be arranged by Kouleas.

Kouleas is an active volunteer in the community, having worked in the past at the Aldergrove Community Policing Office, and she continues to work at emergency services and the Greater Vancouver Zoo as a volunteer.

“It’s a great way to be a part of your community.”

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