Canadian Blood Services

Canadian Blood Services has strong turnout at Amherstburg clinic



By Ron Giofu


Despite not reaching their goal, Canadian Blood Services is still reporting a busy turnout at a recent blood donor clinic in Amherstburg.

The clinic, held in late December at the Libro Centre, saw 79 units of blood collected though local officials had a target of 96. Still, it was reported that a steady flow of people passed through the community room at the Libro Centre donate.

One of those people who attended was Nancy Dupuis of Amherstburg.

“I have O-negative blood. I know there is always a need,” said Dupuis. “I want to do my part.”

Amy Vreman and Nancy Dupuis attended a recent blood donor clinic at the Libro Centre.

Dupuis said she used to donate years ago but got out of the habit. She returned with a few friends in the last few years and continues to do so.

Amy Vreman accompanied Dupuis to the blood donor clinic and Vreman said she began donating regularly thanks to a friend. Vreman said paramedic Mary Lou Beneteau encouraged 50 friends to donate 50 units of blood and has been returning to blood clinics since, often with Dupuis.

“We started doing this as a date thing,” she said.

For those who missed the clinic in December, Canadian Blood Services has more scheduled for the Libro Centre in the coming weeks. According to their website, there is a Jan. 13 clinic from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. A Feb. 21 clinic is also planned at the Libro Centre from 2-7 p.m. while there is also a March 10 clinic planned at the same place from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Local man makes 150th blood donation



By Ron Giofu


A local man has reached a blood donation milestone.

Lawrence Beneteau made his 150th blood donation in late December during a clinic held at the Libro Centre. Beneteau started donating blood 35 years ago and continues to do so through a club that was started through the Knights of Columbus.

“We started a group in the K of C and I try and sign up as many people as I can,” said Beneteau. “We plan to donate 30 units per year.”

While Beneteau has long been a blood donor, he now has an extra purpose when he does it. His brother Jim died from multiple myeloma three years ago and Lawrence donates now with his brother in mind.

“I do it for him too,” said Beneteau. “He used to come and donate with me all the time.”

Lawrence Beneteau of Amherstburg made his 150th blood donation at a recent clinic at the Libro Centre. There are upcoming clinics Jan. 14 and Feb. 15.

Lawrence Beneteau of Amherstburg made his 150th blood donation at a recent clinic at the Libro Centre. There are upcoming clinics Jan. 14 and Feb. 15.

Beneteau encourages everyone to donate blood as it is helpful to others. He said his father used to donate and his brother Paul also is a blood donor.

“I get a good feeling helping people out,” said Beneteau. “Give if you can. Most people can give. Don’t be afraid. There are no side effects. It’s a good thing to do.”

Marisa Gatfield, territory manager with Canadian Blood Services, said blood is used within five days of being donated. She said new donors are always welcome.

“The need is constant,” said Gatfield. “It’s giving the gift of life.”

Gatfield said the next blood donor clinic will be at the Libro Centre Jan. 14 9 a.m.-12 p.m. with another clinic being from 2-7 p.m. Feb. 15.

There is also a blood donor clinic at Sacred Heart Church in LaSalle Jan. 5 from 2-7 p.m.

“What better way to start the new year?” asked Gatfield.

For more information on Canadian Blood Services and how to donate, visit