Fred Muzin made his 200th appearance at a blood donation clinic, Thursday at the Filberg Centre. Scott Stanfield photo

Courtenay resident makes 200th blood donation

As he closes in on his 70th birthday, Fred Muzin will be giving blood for the 200th time at a donation event, Thursday at the Florence Filberg Centre.

The Courtenay resident started donating blood in 1968 when he was a freshman in university.

“My first donation was at McGill (Montreal),” Muzin said. “The nursing school was involved in sponsoring it, and the refreshments included smoked meat sandwiches. That was the only time – it’s been cookies ever since.

“I was a first year science student,” he added. “I was curious, and even back then I had a strong sense of social justice.”

Muzin, now retired, worked in hospitals as a biomedical engineering technologist. He served as president of the Hospital Employees’ Union in B.C. for 15 years.

In Canada, he notes that blood donation is a voluntary community service, unlike the U.S. where donors are reimbursed.

“It keeps the blood system as public, despite some efforts to privatize it,” said Muzin, who has donated in Montreal, Regina, Whitehorse, Prince George and Vancouver. “I’ve seen the end result of blood donations from working in hospitals. Blood donations help people in surgery, in emergency situations and more. I’ve seen the good it does.”

There is no charge to donate blood.

“This a unique way to give back, and save someone’s life,” said Gayle Voyer, territory manager for Canadian Blood Services.

The non-profit is always in need of new donors.

Voyer said demand for blood is based on the needs of hospitals.

“In the Courtenay-Comox area, we have great support, and that is so appreciated.”

She encourages volunteers to bring a friend the next time they donate.

The next local donor clinics are Feb. 25, 26 and 27 at the Native Sons Hall, and March 24, 25 and 26 at the Filberg.

FMI: Call 1-888-2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) or visit Blood.ca. The website offers an eligibility quiz.

CBS also offers an app called Give Blood, a free download to help book appointments and provide reminders of events.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Uptown Yarns marks 20 years in business in downtown Courtenay

Owner Jennifer Emslie says crafts like knitting are making a comeback

Crown Isle in Courtenay home to one of lottery’s prize homes

Extras with local BC Children’s Hospital prize include nearby townhouse, vehicles and cash

Information session upcoming in Courtenay for potential Habitat for Humanity homeowners

One year ago, Kiley and her husband attended a homeownership information session… Continue reading

Hitched Wedding and Event Affair is a busy affair

This year Hitched is happening at the Comox Community Centre.

VIDEO: As 106 reported dead from the coronavirus outbreak, countries look to evacuate citizens

Canada is warning its residents to not go to Hubei province at all

Majority of Canadian boards had no female members in 2016 and 2017: StatCan

Statistics Canada says 18.1 per cent of director seats were held by women in 2017

First-place Canucks beat Blues 3-1 for ninth straight home win

Miller nets pair as Vancouver defeats Cup champs

Swapping grape varieties can help winemakers adapt to climate change: UBC study

Report says 56% of wine-grape-growing regions would be lost if global climate warms by 2 C

Alberta premier wants feds to approve Teck mine for benefit of First Nations

Kenney: ‘Surely [reconciliation] means saying yes to economic development for First Nations people’

Police search for man who went missing from Vernon hotel

Jay Rosenberger, 38, was last seen Friday

Filming for Resident Alien begins in Ladysmith

Aliens and excitement take over the streets of Ladysmith during new TV series

Women assaulted in pair of weekend attacks in Port Alberni

RCMP say no reason to suspect attacks are related, but suspects still at large

Most Read