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A Word from our Chair

A Word from our Chair

Laurent Bennarous

Since its inception in 1998, Héma-Québec has built a true reputation of excellence. The organisation fulfills its mission -to efficiently provide adequate quantities of safe, optimal blood components, substitutes, human tissues and cord blood to meet the needs of all Quebecers- with rigorous attention to details and with all the energy required by such a task. And there is more: Héma-Québec provides and develops expertise as well as specialized and innovative services and products in the fields of transfusion medicine and human tissue transplantation that have a tremendous impact on the health and well-being of our community.

The Héma-Québec Foundation’s mission is naturally to provide financial support for the creation and development of innovative projects that will help to keep Héma-Québec at the forefront of knowledge and services in all its areas of activity and expertise, allowing them to do more, do it better and do it faster.

I first decided to make this mission mine in 2006, when I agreed to join the board of directors of the Foundation. In June 2011, I renewed my trust in this incredible cause by accepting to position of chairman of the board. I did so because the role the Foundation plays is important for the people of Québec. Projects such as the Blood Red! Educational Guide, made possible thanks to Desjardins, or the mobile blood collection unit, funded by Couche-Tard, RBC Royal Bank and the most popular “Fête de la Vie”, truly help Héma-Québec fulfill its mission and make a real difference in the lives of the ones who are ill or injured. I did so because the research conducted by Héma-Québec, namely about the therapeutic benefits that IVIg could provide in the treatment of neurodegenerative deceases, brings extraordinary hope to hundreds of thousands of people.

’Give blood. Give life.’’ We all know these two short lines and we associate them to Héma-Québec and the most precious gift: to the gift of life. However, there are other ways to support the remarkable work done at Héma-Québec. The ones who cannot give blood can donate to the Héma-Québec Foundation and make a true difference too. Whether you wish to plan the future generation of blood donors, facilitate blood collection everywhere in Québec or advance research in the field of transfusion medicine, thank you!

‘’Give live. Differently.’’ Support the Héma-Québec Foundation. With your help, Héma-Québec will do more, do it better and do it faster… to answer Quebec’s ever increasing needs.

Laurent Benarrous, Chairman of the Board of Directors